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Arepas: A Snack from Colombia

Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white corn meal. (Precooked corn meal is best.)
Add 1 tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of salt.


With your hands, form thin, flat tortillas about 3 inches wide.

Cook on a lightly buttered grill or in a frying pan over medium high heat until golden brown. Serve hot, topped with shredded cheese, butter, jam, meat, or other toppings.

Enter “Colombia” in the Search box to find stories about bold Christians in Colombia.

Find a Colombia Lesson Plan here.


Bible Verse Word Switch

Chinese girls studying the Bible

In the quotes from the Bible verses below, one word in each verse is incorrect. Find the incorrect word, then tell what word should replace it. Choose the correct word from this list: love, child, persecuted, God, joy, fear, weak, death. (If desired, print the verses, cross out the incorrect word, and write the correct word in the blank after the verse.)

How many can you get right without looking up the verse in the Bible first? (Verses are from the NKJV version, but are similar in other versions.) Check your answers in the Bible.

Example: Overcome evil with strength. Answer: “Strength” is the incorrect word. The correct word is “good.”

1. Blessed are those who are honored for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:10). _______

2. But I say to you, fight your enemies (Matthew 5:44). ___________

3. Those who sow in tears shall reap in misery (Psalm 126:5). __________

4. He gives power to the strong (Isaiah 40:29). __________

5. Even a king is known by his deeds (Proverbs 20:11). __________

6. We ought to obey women rather than men (Acts 5:29). __________

7. Perfect love casts out problems (1 John 4:18). __________

8. Be faithful until tomorrow, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10). __________


Bangladesh Pasta Dessert Recipe

Cooking in Bangladesh

Ingredients
2 cups of milk
Handful of angel hair pasta, broken into 3-inch pieces
½ cup of whipping cream
½ cup of raisins
½ stick of butter
2 tablespoons of sugar

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Lightly brown the pasta in the butter over low heat, stirring frequently.
2. Add milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
3. Reduce heat and add raisins and sugar. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Add whipping cream and cook for 2 more minutes. Refrigerate before serving.

Islam is the official religion of Bangladesh. It is not against the law for Christians to worship, but they face serious persecution, especially if they are Christians who used to be Muslims.

Watch a video of kids in Bangladesh playing.


Adoniram Judson in Burma

A boy in Burma

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

More than 100 years before Burma’s independence, American missionary Adoniram Judson went to Burma to share the gospel. He translated the Bible into the Burmese language.

The work was difficult. At that time, Burmese had no capital letters or punctuation, and no spaces between words, sentences, and paragraphs.

Read the English sentences below to see if you can read Bible verses with no spaces or punctuation. You may want to photocopy the sentences and draw lines between the words. (The verses are from the New King James Version of the Bible.)

1. thelordismyshepherdishallnotwant Psalm 23:1
2. sowemayboldlysaythelordismyhelperiwillnotfearwhatcanmandotome. Hebrews 13:6
3. thewickedfleewhennoonepursuesbuttherighteousareboldasalion Proverbs 28:1
4. nowlordlookontheirthreatsandgranttoyourservantsthatwithallboldnesstheymayspeakyourword. Acts 4:29

Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge, a missionary biography for children, is available at www.VOMBooks.com.


Uzbekistan: Prisoner Not Forgotten

David Shestakov

Todd Nettleton of VOMRadio.net recently interviewed David Shestakov, a pastor from Uzbekistan who was imprisoned for his faith. Part of the interview is below.

Todd Nettleton: We are in the studio today with David Shestakov, former prisoner for Christ in the nation of Uzbekistan. One of the ways that The Voice of the Martyrs helps prisoners is by encouraging American Christians to write letters to them in prison. We told people, “Write letters to David Shestakov in prison.” Tell us about what it meant to you inside the prison when those letters started coming.

David Shestakov: I experienced a huge impact of these letters in many ways…In our prison they replaced the guards every year in order to prevent corruption. So new guards who came on duty usually beat up those prisoners who were imprisoned for “extremism,” like myself. They beat them first, then they introduced themselves.

When the new guards called me, at the same time a post office worker approached with a sack full of these letters. He started to yell, “This Shestakov; we are tired of him! We are tired of these letters!” Everybody came out of their rooms just to see what he was screaming about and why he was upset. He explained that I was receiving 100 letters a day, and everybody was tired of the letters. The new guards were impressed by the fact that I received such attention from all over the world. They were really polite to me.

Todd Nettleton: David, some of the people who wrote those letters are going to be listening to this radio broadcast, I would like you to speak directly to them and tell them what it meant that they wrote those letters.

David Shestakov: I was dreaming about this opportunity to say thank you out of my heart. I really admire what you have done for me and for my family, because these letters created different opportunities for me while I was in prison, as I said. Also, it encouraged me personally that I was not forgotten; that many people remembered me. At first I thought that I was left behind and everybody forgot about me. But receiving all those letters every day from all over the world encouraged me to go through these trials. Thank you very much for what you have done for me.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)

Would you like to write letters of encouragement to Christian prisoners? Find out how at prisoneralert.com.


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