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Iranian Date Snack

Cut open lengthwise about ½ pound of dates. Break walnut halves in half lengthwise and insert one walnut piece in each date and close the date. Arrange the dates on a shallow serving dish. Melt a stick of margarine and stir in a half cup of flour over low heat until smooth. Pour the mixture over the dates and let it set before serving.

Learn more about Christians in Iran in Bold Believers in Iran, available in the Downloads section.


Tiny Sunday School

The government of China has been giving churches a hard time. So some Christians meet secretly in homes.

Recently a Chinese Christian visited The Voice of the Martyrs. He told VOM workers about a secret church that meets in a pastor’s house. About 35 children sit on the floor in the house to learn about God and the Bible. “The room is about the size of a small VOM office,” said the visitor.

The VOM office is about 11 feet by 15 feet. Measure off a space about 11 feet wide and 15 feet long. How many people could sit on the floor in your space? Do you think you could sit in the space with 34 other kids? Will you pray for Chinese children who attend house churches?

[Photo: Chinese Christians with audio Bibles]

Hieroglyphic Code

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Hieroglyphics is a kind of picture writing used by ancient Egyptians. Each hieroglyphic symbol below stands for the letter beside it. (The code is not based on an actual hieroglyphic alphabet.) To decode the sentence, write down the letters represented by the symbols. Check your answer in Isaiah 37:16 (NIV).

Learn about the religion of ancient Egyptians and how it differs from biblical Christianity here.

Read about Christians in Egypt in Bold Believers in Egypt, available in the Downloads section.

Color a Drawing from Vietnam

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs-USA and VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands (SDOK) visited persecuted Christians in Vietnam. One of the children they visited drew a coloring page for them.

Watch the girl draw the page in the video clip, then print the page to color.

The captions and title on the video are in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. The title says, “Dep from Vietnam makes a drawing.”

For more Kids of Courage coloring pages, check the activity books in the Downloads section of this site.

Chained with Them

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3).

A group of students in Texas thought of a creative way to remember the persecuted. (See Hebrews 13:3.) They attached chains to their backpacks as reminders of Christians who face extreme persecution.

Follow the instructions below to make your own backpack reminders.

*Carabiner clips
*Links of chain from a craft store or old necklace or bracelet
*Key rings
*Black marker

What To Do
*Attach four links of the chain to the carabiner clip. (If necessary, ask an adult to use pliers to separate four links from a longer chain, then to close the opening in the separated links.)

*Attach the key ring to the links.

*Write Colossians 4:18 on one side of a tag, and “Remember my chains” on the other side. (Use another verse if desired.) Attach the tag to the key ring.

*Hook the reminder to your backpack or another item that you use often.

Prepare an answer to share with anyone who asks about the meaning of your chain. You might tell them about a recent incident of persecution from a story on this site, or about a verse in the Bible that tells Christians to remember those who suffer for Christ.