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IDOP Will Be on November 4th

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) will be observed on November 4th this year. You can make plans now to join other Christians across the country in praying for persecuted Christians.

How can you prepare?

*Let your parents, teacher, or children’s/youth pastor know about IDOP, and ask if you can help them prepare to observe it with your class or family.

*Make a list of five to 10 countries where Christians are persecuted. Enter the name of each country in the Search box on this site to find information about some of the struggles faced by Christians in those countries. Or, make a list of persecuted Christians from stories on this site or on prisoneralert.com. List two or three prayer points for each country or Christian.

*Plan to start praying about the prayer points on November 4th and to continue praying after IDOP. Read below about a way that one family prays for persecuted Christians.

Tamara S. commented on VOM’s Facebook page about how her family prays for persecuted Christians at mealtime: “We have Popsicle sticks in a vase with the names of hostile and restricted nations on them, and some of them have names of imprisoned [Christians] on them,” she said. “We try to draw one every meal at which we sit down together.”

*Tell an adult about IDOP resources for adults available here. Teachers and parents can also find lesson plans for children and youth in the Downloads section of this site.


Homemade Toys and a Toy Fast

Poor children in South Sudan and other countries often do not have a lot of toys. Visitors have seen children playing with a ball made from old, worn out, rolled-up socks, and a kite made from string and a piece of a trash bag.

For one day, try not playing with any toy or game that originally came from a store or was ordered online. Do not watch TV or use a computer or phone for entertainment. Pray for children in South Sudan.


Ful Sudani and Mush

Ful Sudani
Ful Sudani is a traditional treat from Sudan. Follow the instructions below to make the treat.

Stir together ½ cup of sugar and 3 egg whites in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a path remains when the spoon is drawn through the mixture — about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 tsp. of vanilla and 1 cup of chopped peanuts. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a well-greased, foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove promptly from the foil.

Mush
The government of Sudan drops bombs on the Nuba Mountain region of their country, where many Christians live. Many of the people have fled to refugee camps to escape the fighting.

People in the area are very poor. One of their foods is somewhat like cornmeal mush. If you want to make something like their mush, mix ¾ cup of flour (or cornmeal) with 1 cup of milk. Boil 1 cup of water, and slowly add the flour mixture to it, stirring constantly as you reduce the heat to low.

Continue stirring, and add an additional ½ cup of flour or cornmeal. Stir until smooth and until the thick dough begins to stick together. Cool the dough. Pull off a lump of the dough, make a dent in it with your thumb, and use it to scoop up stews or sauces, then eat it.


A Malaysian Treat and a Craft

Easy batik

The previous post told about Malaysia’s Independence Day. To make a Malaysian treat, try the recipe below.

Banana Fritters
Banana fritters are a popular treat in Malaysia. To make them, combine 1½ cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. In a separate container, mix 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients. If the batter is too thick, add water a little at a time until it is the thickness of pancake batter.

Heat enough oil for deep frying until hot. Slice 4 to 6 bananas lengthwise, and dip them into the batter to cover them completely. Deep fry the bananas until golden brown. Serve warm.

Easy Batik
Batik is an art practiced in Malaysia. Find easy instructions to make a batik prayer reminder here.

Learn more about Malaysia in Bold Believers in Malaysia, available in the free Downloads section.


Courageous Christians’ Countries

(Source: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom.)

Can you identify each of the countries below by their shapes? If you need help, click on the “Countries” tab above to find locations and shapes of each country.

The countries are a few of the places where Christians are treated badly because they follow Jesus.


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