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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

Make a Luther Rose Coaster

Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg, Germany, All Saints Church on October 31, 1517. The theses were statements he believed to be true and very important.

Needed: An old CD or DVD; colored pencils, crayons, or markers; clear contact paper; tape; scissors.

Martin Luther used a rose as a seal on his writings and as a way to explain his thoughts about the Christian faith. The symbol, shown above, became known as the Luther rose.

Draw and color a Luther rose on a round piece of paper 1/8 of an inch smaller around than the DVD. The cross in the center is black, and the heart is red. “Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace,” Luther wrote. “Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end.”

Cut out the symbol, then center it on the DVD. You may want to put a small piece of rolled up tape on the back of the circle to hold it in place. Then draw around the DVD on clear contact paper and cut out the contact paper circle. Carefully remove the backing and cover the top of the DVD with the contact paper circle to seal the picture to the DVD.

If desired, make an extra coaster, give it to someone else, and share information with them about Martin Luther.

Click here to find more information about Martin Luther.

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.