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Make and Play a Board Game

(Source: Release International, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions in the United Kingdom.)

Make a large game board on thick paper or poster board like the one shown above.

Now make 10 “Blessings” cards like the example shown. On each card, write one way that God has blessed Christians in countries where they are persecuted. If you need ideas, read stories on this site.

Make 10 “Woes” cards that tell obstacles the Christians might face when they try to attend church.

Make 10 “Prayer” cards, each including a prayer need of a different country. If you need help, look in the Countries section or find prayer points in stories on this site.

Cut a small game piece out of poster board for each player. Make sure each piece is different.

How to Play
• Put the game pieces near the bus at the start.
• The first player rolls a dice or number cube and moves their game piece the number of spaces shown.
• When a player lands on a “P” space, they pick up a “Prayer” card and read it aloud. Players talk about the prayer request, then pray for the country described.
• When a player lands on a “B” space, they draw a “Blessing” card and read it aloud, then move their game piece another space forward.
• When a player lands on a “W” space, they pick up a “Woes” card, read it aloud, then move one space backward.
• Players take turns moving their game pieces. The first player to reach the church wins.

Reminder: The International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church will be observed on November 4th.


Learning to Play

Pakistani girl playing cricket

The previous post told about Aaron, a Pakistani Christian who stayed in Pakistan to help kids learn about Jesus.

Many Christian families in Pakistan have to work at brick kilns because better jobs often go to Muslim workers. Aaron visited a brick kiln to minister to the people. He saw children as young as 4 years old making bricks to earn money for their poor families.

Aaron planned to play games with the children, then teach them more about Jesus. “Come and play!” he said to some children. Like other children around the world, most kids in Pakistan like to play games. (See the photo above of a girl playing cricket, a popular sport in Pakistan.) But the brick kiln kids looked at Aaron blankly. They didn’t know how to play. They made bricks all day long and did not go to school.

Aaron tried to make some bricks. “I could only make two or three,” he said. “But little kids do it all day long.”

With the help and support of The Voice of the Martyrs, Aaron has been able to provide picture Bibles to brick kiln children, to bring them hope, and to play games with them!

You can watch a video of a girl making bricks at a brick kiln here.

To make a brick mix 2 cups of straw (or dried grass), 4 quarts of dirt, and 6 cups of water. Line a shoebox with a trash bag. Tape the bag to the outside of the box to secure it. Pour some of the dirt mixture into the box. Let it dry in the sun for about two days. Take it out of the box and turn it over so the bottom can dry.


Ten Ways to Present Persecution to Children

Parents and Volunteers
Children can learn from an early age about the joys of standing firm for Christ in times of difficulty, and about being a part of the global body of Christ.

The following are some ways to present information about Christian persecution to children.

1. Be a volunteer reader at a school. Would the children like to hear about St. Nicholas, St. Valentine, and St. Patrick? Their stories provide examples of Christians whose faith remained strong when they faced obstacles.

2. Talk to children on their level. Adults can convey the struggles endured by persecuted Christians without including graphic descriptions or age-inappropriate concepts. For example, a VOM worker shared with her 3-year-old son that everything had been taken from some Christians in Iraq, even their toys. Her explanation brought the situation to her son’s level.

3. Lead or sponsor a persecution-related VBS. Add stories of persecuted Christians to the lessons, or donate a VOM Kids of Courage VBS curriculum to a church.

4. Write a song. Few Christian children’s songs address the joys of being “more than conquerors.” Share your song with a children’s group.

5. Show or donate Torchlighters DVDs to a group.

6. Invite a missionary or a Christian from a restricted country to visit your family or church and share stories of their lives. Read missionary stories or share missionary biographies with children. Pray with children for missionaries. Suggest missionary stories for book report assignments.

7. Help a teacher. Offer to substitute for a Sunday school teacher or other children’s group leader. Enter “Lesson Plan” in the search box of this site for suggestions of what to present.

8. Donate age-appropriate persecution-related material or missionary biographies to a dentist, doctor, mechanic, or hair salon for their waiting room. Public libraries and church libraries may also accept donated materials.

9. Help a class put on a program. Offer to direct a skit and/or program about persecuted Christians with a class, homeschool group, Christian scouting group, or other after school group. Invite others in the community.

10. Explore the archives of this site. Find further information and activities to share with children. Encourage children to get involved in serving, raising awareness about, and praying for persecuted Christians.


Chalkboard Tag Reminders

Reminder tags

You can make a prayer reminder for yourself or another Christian.

Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs made prayer reminders from paper tags and chalkboard tags. If you would like to make some for yourself or another Christian, cut chalkboard tags into desired shapes, then glue them to paper tags. (See the photo.) Write the names of countries where Christians are persecuted, or write other prayer reminders with chalk on the chalkboard tags.

Paint or decorate a clothespin, then attach a piece of peel and magnetic tape on one side. Fasten the tags with the clothespins, and display the reminders on a magnetic surface.


Farsi

Farsi New Testament

Farsi, also called “Persian,” is the official language of Iran. Farsi is written in the same script as Arabic, but it is not the same language as Arabic. This is similar to the way Spanish and English are written using the same letters, but they are different languages.

The government of Iran fears that Muslims who hear the gospel in their own language will become Christians. Christian ethnic groups that speak other languages are not as much of a problem to the government.

“Pastors who preach in Farsi are ordered to give a report to the government,” said an Iranian Christian. “Also, the government sends spies into the Farsi-speaking churches to take pictures and evaluate the activities of the church.”

Farsi is read from right to left instead of left to right like English. Look at the chart below to learn how to pronounce some Farsi words and phrases. (Pronunciations are approximate.)

English

How to say it in Farsi

Praise the Lord KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Jesus loves you EE-saw doos-taht DAH-reh
Mother Mah-DAR
Father Pay-DAR
Yes BAH-lay
No Nah
Please LOHT-fan
Thank you Mam-NOON-ahm
Good bye KHOH-dah hah-fehz