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How Do VOM Workers Travel?

A worker who has traveled to many countries for The Voice of the Martyrs answers the question, “How do VOM workers travel?”

“We definitely travel in unique ways overseas,” said the worker. “I have personally ridden a camel and two elephants in the field, although those were mostly just for fun! We start some of our trips in an airplane, and we have ridden in some very large airplanes and some very small ones. The smallest one I have flown in could seat only four people; the larger ones can seat over 200 people! Then we usually travel by a taxi. We also take boats, sometimes a large ferry, and sometimes a small canoe. I have ridden motorbikes on occasion, and, of course, sometimes we need to travel on a bus or train.

“No matter how we travel, our goal is to help our brothers and sisters who are suffering for Jesus, and we are able to help hundreds of them each year. God has blessed us with an amazing opportunity to serve Him!”

In the sentences below, find eight ways of transportation VOM contacts use when traveling to places to encourage persecuted Christians.

Search for these words: train, camel, ship, bus, donkey, barge, van, and plane. (The first one has been found for you.)

1. The sleepy boy came late to school.
2. The violinist played on key at every concert.
3. Restaurant cooks plan each meal carefully.
4. Moses saw a burning bush.
5. It was not raining when Noah started on his ark.
6. Jesus said a servant is not above his master.
7. A candy bar gets soft if you leave it in the sun.
8. The zookeeper’s hippopotamus didn’t fit in the cage.


Indonesian Toy Car

Toy Car

Jeruk bali is a fruit from Indonesia with a thick skin. (The fruit is also known as a pomelo.) In times past, Indonesian children made cars out of the skin of the fruit. They cut wheels and car shapes out of the skin and attached the wheels with small strong sticks about the thickness of toothpicks. A long stick attached to the back or a string tied to the front allowed the child to push or pull the car.

Try making a toy car like the ones in the photo out of the skin of an orange or honeydew melon and toothpicks. (A lime was used for the “driver.”)

Pray that all Indonesian children will learn that Jesus loves them.


Christian Heroes Coloring Pages

National Coloring Day is September 14!

You can find coloring pages that depict the lives of Christian heroes featured in Torchlighters DVDs here . Additional activities are available on Torchlighters.org, in the Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, and in the Downloads section of this site.

If you haven’t seen the Torchlighters DVDs, they are currently available for streaming free here, or you can buy a set of the DVDs here.

 


Tips for a Good Presentation

Would you like to make a presentation to your family, group, or class about a country where Christians are persecuted? If you can’t make an in-person presentation, can you create one to go online?

The tips below are from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. (Edited for length and clarity. Adapted for use in the U.S.)

Start Early
Making a good presentation takes a lot of time. Therefore start early! Collect information well in advance. That way you also have time to practice.

Subject
Choose a country that you like and that you would like to know more about. It is also smart to choose a topic that someone else in your group has not yet given a talk about.

Finding Information
Collect information you need. If you choose a country where there is persecution, you can find a lot of information on kidsofcourage.com. Of course, you can also search for information on other websites and in books, or ask someone who knows a lot about the subject.

Pictures and Videos
Look for good photos to show with your story. Videos are also nice to show.

Practice
It is a good idea to practice your speech well a few times, for example, for your parents. They can also give you tips. If you practice your talk, the information is in your mind. That helps if you are going to give your talk to a bigger group.

Looking
During your speech, do not always look down at your speech or around the room. Try to look toward the audience.

During Your Talk
Tell your audience why you chose your topic. Why do you find it an interesting subject? Are you giving a speech about persecution? Then also tell what the group can do for children who are being persecuted for their faith. Think of praying, sending mail, or saving money.

To Talk About
*If you were going to give a presentation about another country, which country would you choose?
*Can you think of other tips that would help someone make an interesting presentation?
*A presentation could include country facts, the story of someone in the country, and ideas about how to help Christians in the country you chose. What else would you include?


Puzzle Frame Prayer Reminder

A volunteer at The Voice of the Martyrs decorated a picture frame with puzzle pieces to hold a photo of a Christian featured in VOM publications or on VOM websites. She attached the photo from this post to the frame.

Follow the instructions below to make your own puzzle piece frame.

Needed
*About 24 pieces from a discarded jigsaw puzzle.
*Cardboard or cardstock.
*A photo from a VOM publication or printed from a VOM website. (Variation: Use a photo of a courageous Christian in your community.)
*White glue.
*Optional: Mod Podge (decoupage medium).

Instructions
*Cut out the photo, leaving a 1 ½ – inch margin on all sides.

*To make a frame, cut a piece of cardboard or cardstock the same size as the photo, including the margins. Cut out the center of the cardboard leaving a 1 ½ – inch margin on all sides.

*Glue a layer of puzzle pieces single file to the frame, leaving space between the pieces.

*When dry, glue a second layer on top of the spaces between the pieces in the first layer.

*Optional: Apply Mod Podge (decoupage medium) to the puzzle pieces to make them shiny. Let it dry.

*Glue the photo to the back of the frame so the photo shows through to the front. If desired, add a label below the photo with the name of a country or a person.

*Hang up the photo, or if you want to make a stand for the framed photo, fold a 12-inch long by 1 ½ – inch wide cardboard strip into a right triangle, and tape the end shut. Glue or tape one leg of the triangle to the back of the picture vertically so that the stand sits flat on a surface and holds up the photo.

*Pray for the Christian when you see his or her photo.