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Accordion Book

Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs made an accordion booklet about bold Christians. To make one like it, fold three or more pieces of paper in half. Lay them side by side, then overlap the middle edges about 1 inch. Tape or glue down the overlapped parts. (See the photo.)

Print photos and headlines from VOM websites or photocopy them from VOM publications to glue or tape to your booklet. Use the booklet to tell other Christians about persecuted believers around the world, or as a reminder to pray for courageous Christians.


Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

 

Coffee is not prepared quickly in Ethiopia. The entire ceremony may take hours.
A hostess roasts coffee beans on a small grill, then smashes and grinds them. Finally, they are brewed in a special pot. Children may help with the ceremony.

Read a story about Ethiopian Christians and a witch doctor.

Click on the image below to find a page to color.

 


Make a Coptic Cross

Needed: Paper, old CDs or DVDs, scissors, pencils, colored paper or poster board

Note: Some Coptic Christians in Egypt tattoo a cross on the inside of their wrist as a reminder of their Christian faith. Gangs that kidnap Christians remove the cross tattoos of their victims. But they can’t remove Jesus from the Christians’ hearts.

Read more about Coptic Christians in the Egypt Lesson Plan here.


Snack from Ethiopia

 

Read  about courageous Christians in Ethiopia in Bold Believers in Ethiopia, available in the free Downloads section.


Make a Brick

Many Christians in Pakistan have to work at brick kilns because better jobs often go to Muslim workers. A Christian woman who worked in a brick kiln explained more about what life is like for brick kiln workers.

“My family is uneducated and poor. I never went to school. I have been working at the brick kiln my whole life. I never played with toys because I was busy making bricks the whole day. In my free time, I took care of my younger brothers and sisters. I made the first brick that I made by myself when I was 10. I was very happy that I learned the art of making bricks to earn some money. I knew that my little income could not feed my family. But I could support them a little bit with what I made. At that time a brick kiln worker earned 40 cents for making 1,000 bricks. Today they earn $5 for 1,000 bricks.”

You can make a brick by mixing 2 cups of straw (or dried grass), 4 quarts of dirt, and 6 cups of water. Line a shoebox with plastic, such as a trash bag. Tape the plastic to the outside of the box to secure it. Pour some of the dirt mixture into the box. Let it dry in the sun for about two days. Take it out of the box and turn it over so the bottom can dry.


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