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Honor a Friend; Bless a Child

The previous post told about Christmas Care Packs for children of persecuted Christians. You can sponsor Christmas Care Packs ($35 each) in honor of your friends, teachers, pastors, and family members. It’s a great way to show your love for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ while honoring someone close to you with a meaningful Christmas gift.

The person you honor will receive a special Christmas card and a VOM Christmas prayer ornament while supplies last.

Learn more about the packs in the November 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, or by visiting ChristmasCare.com.


Christmas Care

Would you like to give the child of a persecuted Christian a Christmas present this year?

Each year, The Voice of the Martyrs works through its global network to reach the children of persecuted Christians with a special Christmas Care Pack. The contents fit the needs of the children in each region. They include school supplies, clothing, hygiene items, and a toy. And every pack comes with a full-color, illustrated children’s Bible in the child’s language. For most of these children, it is the first Bible they have ever received!

To find out how to order a Christmas Care Pack, visit ChristmasCare.com, or call 800-747-0085.


Iraq Then and Now

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Sumeria, called Shinar in the Old Testament, was the lower part of Mesopotamia, the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The southern part of Mesopotamia was later called Babylonia. Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon, the capital of Babylonia. (See Daniel 3.) Babylonia was in the region that is now called Iraq.

 

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Praise the Lord Around the World

Use the chart below to learn how to say “Praise the Lord” in 10 other languages. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song with the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

Country
Language
How To Say It
Iran Farsi KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Pakistan Punjabi RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay
China Chinese tzahn-may joo
Colombia Spanish GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs
Russia, Kazakhstan Russian SLAH-vuh BOH-goo
Many Muslim Countries Arabic MAHG-duh lah rahp
Eritrea Tigrinya gway-tah yeh mess ghen
Malaysia, Brunei Malay Poo-jee TOO-hahn
Nepal Nepali jay muh-SEE
Bangladesh Bangla ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk

Learn About Sri Lanka

Sri LankaSri Lankan schoolchildren

Schoolchildren in Sri Lanka
A Christian worker in Sri Lanka said, “A Christian child has a time of devotion at home, then goes to school. Buddhist and Hindu children worship statues depicting their gods, and they offer white flowers to the statues as an offering. In school the Buddhist child is encouraged to bring flowers and oil for a lamp placed before a Buddha statue. [Buddha was the founder of Buddhism]

“It is also common to see non-Christian children wearing a white or colored thread around their wrist. They believe this keeps away evil and sickness, and that it helps them in their studies. Hindu girls wear a ‘pottu’ (dot) on their forehead to ‘keep away evil.’”

Christians in Sri Lanka
In recent years, there has been more persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka. More than 250 churches have been destroyed in violence.

Game and Recipe to Share
Share the following game or recipe from Sri Lanka with a Sunday school class or other group. Then tell them about Christians in Sri Lanka and ask them to pray.

Kotta Pora
Kotta pora is a traditional game played during spring celebrations in Sri Lanka. To play one version of kotta pora, players mark off a space about five feet and five feet. (Kotta pora is often played by two players sitting on a horizontal bar suspended above the ground, and sometimes on a low platform.) Two players face each other with a pillow in one hand. Their other hand is held behind their back, and they stand on only one foot. The players bat at each other with the pillows until one player puts his raised foot down or hops out of the marked-off space. The other player is the winner.

Gingered Bananas
Combine ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup water, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for about five minutes until thickened, stirring frequently. Sprinkle ground ginger over three bananas peeled and cut in half lengthwise. Pour hot mixture over bananas. Chill and serve.