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Easter Cross

You can make a cross that helps you remember persecuted Christians (Hebrews 13:3) at Easter and throughout the year.

Needed
Cardstock or poster board
Yarn (or twine)
Glue
Printed (or written) names of countries where Christians are persecuted, or “Pray for the Persecuted,” or a Bible verse reference

Instructions
1. Draw a 7½-inch tall and 5½-wide cross on cardstock or poster board. Cut out the cross.
2. Cut two 4-inch pieces and one 8-inch piece of yarn.
3. Apply glue to cover the long piece of the cross. Stick the end of the 8-inch segment of yarn to the cross, starting at the top. Attach the yarn to the cross little by little, until the outer edge of the piece is outlined with the yarn. Continue wrapping the yarn around the cross, working from the outside to the inside until the piece is completely covered. Trim the end of the yarn if necessary.
4. Repeat the process with the shorter parts of the cross, one at a time.
5. Glue on printed (or written) names of countries where Christians are persecuted, or “Pray for the Persecuted,” or a Bible verse reference.
6. Hang up the cross as a reminder to think of Christians who are persecuted for their faith in the one whose resurrection we celebrate at Easter.


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #51–60

  1. Attach pictures of persecuted Christians to a world map. Pray for them.
  2. Collect stories about children living in restricted countries to share.
  3. Start a neighborhood newspaper. Include VOM news.
  4. Record your prayers for persecuted Christians in a prayer journal.
  5. Using the Bible to help you, write a report about why Christians suffer.
  6. Invite a speaker from a persecuted country to share with a group.
  7. On a map, draw a small cross on a country each time you pray for the people there.
  8. Design a T-shirt to raise awareness of persecuted Christians.
  9. Put VOM publications in your doctor’s waiting room.
  10. Learn more about Islam and about Muslim converts to Christ.

 


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #41–50

  1. Offer a foreign language Bible to a visitor from a country where Bibles are rare.
  2. Write a story about persecution and submit it to a magazine.
  3. Share past issues of VOM publications with those who haven’t read them.
  4. Maintain a church bulletin board about persecution.
  5. Make a paper chain with links containing the names of Christians to pray for.
  6. Hold a bake sale or cooking contest to raise funds to help persecuted Christians.
  7. Make a pamphlet about your project to share with friends who might help.
  8. Write letters to persecuted Christians in prison. Visit www.prisoneralert.com for information.
  9. Use time riding in the car to pray for persecuted Christians.
  10. Dress a mannequin like a Christian hero (or make a life-size cardboard cutout). Present that person’s testimony to a group.

 


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #31–40

  1. Make a computer mouse pad that reminds you to pray for suffering Christians.
  2. Become an expert about a persecuted country. Offer to be interviewed about it on radio.
  3. Laminate VOM newsletter pages to use as placemats.
  4. When you are cold, sick, or in pain, pray for suffering Christians.
  5. Put on a drama about suffering Christians.
  6. Make a prayer calendar featuring the needs of Christians at risk.
  7. Send a member of your group to a VOM Advance Conference. See vomadvance.com for further information.
  8. Ask your elected officials if they would like information about persecuted Christians.
  9. Start a lending library of materials about persecuted Christians.
  10. Write a polite letter to a foreign embassy on behalf of persecuted Christians.


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #21–30

  1. Make paper flags to remind you to pray for countries where Christians are persecuted.
  2. Write letters to missionaries or soldiers serving in countries hostile to Christians.
  3. Visit the VOM online bookstore to shop for gifts.
  4. Make a doorknob hanger as a reminder to pray for struggling Christians.
  5. Send Bibles and Christian materials to countries where such materials are limited. Learn more about VOM’s Bibles to Captive Nations project.
  6. Make or buy a rubber stamp that says, “Pray for [name of persecuted Christian].”
  7. Share VOM videos or other resources with a youth pastor.
  8. Use time waiting in checkout lines to pray for persecuted Christians.
  9. Make a bracelet to remind you to pray for suffering Christians.
  10. Buy a book about a Christian martyr. Read it, then donate it to a library.