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Pita Chips, an Egyptian Snack

To make an Egyptian snack, cut pita bread into triangles. Spread out the triangles on a baking sheet, and spray them very lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Stir together ¼ tsp. of garlic powder and 3 tbsp. of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture over the pita triangles. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until crisp.

 To find more Egyptian recipes, and stories and facts about life in Egypt, download Bold Believers in Egypt from the Downloads section.

Braid a Bible Rope

In the 1800s, three Koreans went to China to find work. While they were in China, a Christian shared the gospel with them. They decided to follow Jesus! The men wondered how they could take the good news to the people in their home country, where it was against the law to preach the gospel.

They planned to try to smuggle a Bible into Korea. The first man hid a Bible in his pack of belongings and started out on the long journey home. When he got to Korea, officials found his Bible and executed him. The same thing happened to the second man when he tried to cross the border into Korea with a hidden Bible.

The third Christian knew he had to try something different. He carefully tore out the pages of his Bible. Then he folded each page into a narrow strip. Next he wove the strips into a long rope and tied his pack with the rope. He easily got past the guards at the border with his Bible rope. After he untied the rope and put the Bible back together, he shared the gospel wherever he went.

(Source: On This Day by Robert J. Morgan (Nashville:Thomas Nelson, 1997)

To Try
Cut an 8½- by 11-inch piece of paper in half lengthwise. Write Genesis 1:1 in Korean (see above), or print a copy to tape on one of the halves. Fold or roll the page lengthwise into a tight narrow strip, and tape it shut. Ask someone who is good at braiding to help you braid the page into a homemade “rope,” using yarn or thick string for the other two strands of the rope.

Hide the Bible verse rope in a suitcase full of clothes and other items. Ask someone who does not know about your Bible rope to see if they can find a Bible verse in the suitcase.

(Sources: Bold Believers in North Korea and The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book)

Valentine Prayer Reminder Necklace

A VOM volunteer made a necklace as a reminder to pray for persecuted Christians. (See the photo.)

If you want to make a necklace like it, string red pony beads and pieces cut from colorful straws on red string, twine, or thick thread. Print a photo from this website or from, or cut one from a VOM newsletter.

Glue or tape the photo to a decorative label, thick paper, or cardstock. Glue two labels together if you want to make the backing thicker. [Optional: Cut the label in the shape of a heart before gluing on the photo.] Punch a hole near the top of the label, and tie it to the necklace.

You can find prayer suggestions here and here.


Korean children enjoy a game similar to hacky sack called jaegi (JAY-ghee). Koreans often use a homemade shuttlecock to play jaegi. A shuttlecock is a small ball or metal ring with something like feathers attached.

To make a jaegi, use a metal plumbing washer about 1 inch in diameter and a 10- to 12-inch square of tissue paper. (Or, make a “washer” by drawing a 1-inch circle on cardboard with a compass. Cut out the circle, then punch a hole in the center with a hole puncher or pencil.)

1. Put the washer along the edge of the tissue paper, centered within the side. (See photos for illustrations of the directions.)
2. Fold a 1-inch strip of the paper over the washer so it is tucked inside the paper.

3. Continue folding the paper in the same direction 1 inch at a time until the paper is fully folded with the washer inside.
4. Poke a pencil through the folded-up paper and through the washer hole.

5. Squeeze one end of the folded tissue paper tightly together and stick it into the hole, pulling it through as far as it will go.

6. Squeeze the other end of the tissue paper and stuff it through the hole, pulling it tightly.

7. To make the paper look like feathers, cut each of the two strips lengthwise twice with scissors and fluff the paper “feathers”.

Follow the instructions below to play the game.

Needed: Bean bags, hacky sacks, or homemade shuttlecocks

Instructions: Divide players into teams of four or five. Have the players on each team take turns seeing how many times they can kick the jaegi gently in the air without dropping it. Each player can take four or five tries. Kicking it even three times is very good for beginners! Add the best scores of each player on each team. The team with the highest total score wins.

(Source: Bold Believers in North Korea, available in the Downloads section of this site)

Follow the Leader Activity

Hide a Bible in an area where no obstacles block access to it. Choose one student to be a seeker, another to be a leader, and another to be a guide. Let the seeker wait in a supervised area outside the room where they can’t hear the instructions for the activity.

The seeker will be blindfolded. Tell the leader to direct the seeker toward the Bible by giving directions such as, “Take three steps forward,” or, “turn right and take two steps.” Instruct the guide to hold one of the seeker’s hands to keep him or her from bumping into things.

The leader will stand or sit among the other students, who will try to misdirect the seeker by interrupting the leader and giving incorrect directions. (Remind everyone to speak normally and not try to out-shout one another.) The false leaders may say things like, “No! It’s a trick! You really should go backwards now,” or, “She is mixing up right and left; you need to turn right now,” or, “I’m really your leader; listen to me!” The students may want to practice the activity briefly before the seeker returns.

The Activity
Blindfold the seeker before he or she comes back into the room, and let the guide begin leading him or her. Tell the seeker that a leader will direct him or her to a hidden Bible, but don’t reveal that other students will be giving incorrect instructions. Have the leader say, “Hi, I’m your leader” aloud so the seeker can briefly hear their voice. Let the leader and the group start directing (or misdirecting) the seeker. The activity ends when the seeker finds the Bible. (You may want to set a time limit.)

Questions to Talk About
*Ask the leader, “How did you feel about other voices giving bad directions?
*Ask the seeker, “Did the false leaders make it harder to follow the real leader?
*Read Psalm 25:4-5. As Christians, who is our leader?
*What are some things in life that may distract us from following God?
*What are some of the problems persecuted Christians face when trying to follow God in countries where most people are not Christians?

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