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Follow the Leader Activity

Preparation
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.

Instructions
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?


Treats to Try

Mangos

Mangos are a favorite fruit in Myanmar (Burma). Try the mango cake recipe below.

1. Mix 2 cups of flour, 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon, 2 tsp. of baking powder, and 1 tsp. baking soda.
2. In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of oil, 3 tsp. of vanilla, and 3 eggs.
3. Add 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of brown sugar to the egg mixture, then add the flour mixture.
4. Next add 1 cup of mango pulp from fresh mangos or from canned mangos mashed in a blender.
5. Then add 1 cup of crushed pineapple, ¼ cup of chopped canned or fresh (not dried) papaya spears, and ¼ cup of raisins.
6. Bake in a greased and floured 13-inch by 9-inch pan at 350 degrees for about an hour or until done.

Palm Sugar Sago is another treat in Myanmar.

People in Burma use sago and palm sugar to make palm sugar sago. The variation below uses tapioca and maple syrup instead.

1. Boil 7/8 cup of water in a saucepan. While the water boils, add ½ cup of tapioca, and stir until it dissolves.
2. Then add ¾ cup of maple syrup, and stir until dissolved.
3. Stirring constantly, return to a full rolling boil for one minute. Remove from heat.
4. Pour into a shallow baking dish or cake pan about 8 inches by 8 inches. Let it cool at room temperature a few minutes until set. Scoop small portions with a spoon or melon baller, roll them in grated coconut, and eat.

Learn more about Christians and life in Burma in Bold Believers in Burma, available in the Downloads section.


Burmese

Burmese is the main language of Myanmar (Burma).

The Burmese language has two forms: formal and informal. The formal form is used in official publications and speeches, and in works of literature. The informal form is used in daily conversations. Burmese writing is made up of circles and curves in different combinations.

Here is how to pronounce some Burmese words.

A formal way to say “hello” is pronounced “MING-gah-lah-bah.”
“Jesus” is pronounced “jee-SOO.”
“Yes” is pronounced “HOW-deh.”
“No” is pronounced “mah-HOW-boo.”
“Water” is pronounced “jee.”
[Pronunciations are approximate.]

Learn more about Christians and life in Burma in Bold Believers in Burma, available in the Downloads section.


Halo Halo

Halo halo is a Philippine treat. You can try one version of the treat using the recipe below.

Ingredients
*Assortment of fresh or canned fruit, diced into small pieces (suggestions: bananas, coconut, melons, mangos, pineapples)
*Gelatin dessert, cubed (optional)
*Plain, vanilla, or flavored yogurt
*Caramel ice cream topping or pancake syrup
*Finely crushed ice
*Milk or cream
*Ice cream

Instructions
1. Fill a tall glass about half full with fruit and gelatin cubes.
2. Top with 2 tbsp. of yogurt.
3. Drizzle with topping or syrup.
4. Add a handful of finely crushed ice.
5. Pour ½ cup of milk or cream into the glass. Poke holes in the mixture with a knife to allow the liquid to filter to the bottom of the fruit.
6. Top with a scoop of ice cream.

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Make a Parol

Enter “Philippines” in the Search box to learn about bold Christians in the Philippines and to find ways you can pray for them.

Then learn how to make a Christmas decoration from the Philippines using the instructions below.

A “parol” (pah-rohl) is a star lantern. Families in the Philippines use star lanterns as Christmas ornaments. They hang the lanterns in windows and even decorate their yards with them. Filipino children learn to make star lanterns in school. Some families make their own lanterns; others buy them.

Traditional star lanterns are made by constructing two star-shaped frames out of bamboo sticks, then fastening the frames together. The frames are covered with colorful paper and decorated with tassels hung from one or more points. Candles were placed inside the lanterns in past times, just as candles were used to light Christmas trees in the past. Today electric lights usually light the lanterns.

You can make a star ornament by cutting a 4- or 5-pointed star from colored poster board. Make the star any size you want. Use ribbon, tinsel, crepe paper, or yarn to make short tassels. Glue the tassels to the points of the star, or attach them with thread to holes punched in the points. You may want to draw pictures or glue decorations on the front and back of the star, and hang your star in a window.