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Bible Story Gift Bag

Church murals in Eritrea

Some churches in Eritrea are known for their murals depicting people and stories from the Bible. Draw, then color, a person or scene related to the Christmas story. Cut out and glue the picture onto a white gift bag.

Find out more about church murals and Christians in Eritrea in Bold Believers in Eritrea, available in the Downloads section.

Christmas gift bag


Kids of Courage Advent Calendar

Advent calendar

Needed
*A sheet of foam board about 15 inches by 20 inches
*48 multicolored labels
*Push pins or tacks
*Fine tip marker
*Glue
*Small photos of children from countries where Christians are persecuted from VOM publications or websites. (Or print and cut out the photos here.)

Instructions
*Cut off the tops of 24 labels, and glue a photo on each one, labeling them with the names of the countries where the children live, if desired. (Variation: Glue flags of countries where Christians are persecuted on the labels. Find flags in the Countries section of this site.) Let dry.

*Glue the 24 labels to the foam board. (See photo.)

*Number additional labels from 1 to 24. Use tacks or push pins to attach the numbered labels to the foam board on top of the photo labels.

*In some places, persecution of Christians increases during the season when followers of Christ celebrate His birth. Starting on December 1st, pray for the children pictured on the calendar.

Pray that God will protect Christians during the Christmas season.
Pray that non-Christians will learn about Jesus and decide to follow Him.
Ask God to comfort families of Christian prisoners who are separated from their loved ones during this season.

You can find more prayer suggestions here or in downloadable Bold Believers books here.

You can also enter the name of a country in the Search box on this site to find stories and prayer needs for that country.


Christmas Greetings for Prisoners

Greeting card made by a 10-year-old VOM volunteer

To send greetings to a Christian prisoner in another country, visit prisoneralert.com. Click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Follow the instructions to complete the process. Or, to send your own greeting, continue the process until you get to the step in which a prisoner’s address is shown. Then instead of finishing the process and printing the letter, use the address provided to mail a greeting. (Find more instructions here.) Go to a post office to ask how much postage you will need to mail the letter.

Or, fold a piece of colored paper in half. Draw around a cookie cutter to make a picture on the front of the card. Write a message on the inside, or print a message in the prisoner’s language from prisoneralert.com to attach to the card. (To find a message in the prisoner’s language, click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Use the instructions above to find the prisoner’s address.)


Encouragement from Isaiah 25:9

The following activity comes from Release International, a member of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions.

Print the words below that come from Isaiah 25:9 (GNT), or write them down on a piece of paper. Cut the words apart and put them in the right order.

From Isaiah 25:9

Say the Bible verse aloud. Ask God to help children in countries where Christians are persecuted. Pray that the children will trust in Him. Ask God to pour His love and happiness into their hearts. Pray that they know He is with them all the time, and that He will look after them and save them.


Parable of the Sower Sudoku Puzzle

(Source: Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia, available in the Downloads section.)

Christians who want to spread the gospel of Jesus are not welcome in some places The Bible tells us that not everyone who hears God’s Word will follow Jesus. Read the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4–8 and Jesus’ explanation of the parable in Luke 8:11-15.

The symbols in the puzzle below stand for words in the Parable of the Sower: seeds, rock, fruit, and birds. To solve the puzzle, print it, then draw one of the four symbols in each of the empty squares so that each row (across), each column (up and down), and each block (the parts outlined in bold) contain all four symbols.

Seeds Rock Fruit
Bird Seeds
Bird Seeds
Rock Fruit

Visit this link to view the answers to the sudoku puzzle

Sudoku Puzzle Answers

Seeds Rock Bird Fruit
Bird Fruit Rock Seeds
Fruit Bird Seeds Rock
Rock Seeds Fruit Bird