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What Would You Do?

China
Studying God’s Word in China

A Chinese rice farmer, who was a new Christian, had a serious problem. Every day he pumped water by hand for his fields from an irrigation stream. It was very hard work.

Every night, his neighbors, who lived below him on a hillside, drained the water off the Christian farmer’s fields onto his own fields! He did not have to work hard and pump water by hand for his fields.

The Christian farmer went to some of his Christian friends and asked for advice. They prayed together and asked God for guidance. What do you think the farmer decided to do? What would you have done?

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities

How much do you know about Patrick?

Find Patrick coloring pages, a quiz, and other activities here.

Note: Patrick is the most recent hero depicted in the Torchlighters DVDs for kids. Check Torchlighters.org for details.


Words of Wisdom from Patrick

“If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples, even though some still look down on me.” — Patrick

“It’s not right that I hold my tongue when I think of all the blessings God lavished on me in the land of my captivity…and it was there I found Him.” — Patrick

The previous post told the story of Patrick, a British slave who shared his faith with other captives — and with citizens of the country that had enslaved him. You can make scrolls highlighting Patrick’s wise quotes shown above.

Note: Adult supervision and assistance is recommended for this activity.

Needed
*Patrick’s quotes on cardstock or thick paper
*Bowl of hot water
*2 teabags
*Scissors
*Hot glue gun and glue sticks, or other strong adhesive
*Twine or thick string
*Watercolor paints and brush
*Twigs, about 8 to 10 inches long

Instructions
*Using calligraphy or a suitable computer font, put Patrick’s quotes on an 8 ½ by 11-inch piece of paper. Draw a circle around each quote using a bowl or other round object as a pattern. Print the paper with the quotes on it onto thick white paper or cardstock.

*Put the teabags in a small bowl of hot water, and let them sit for seven minutes. Drag one of the soaked tea bags across the cardstock, then let it dry for three minutes. Repeat the process three more times, dipping a bag in the tea before each application. Lightly stain the back of the paper if desired.

*Cut the paper down the middle to make two scrolls. Carefully roll down the very top part of each scroll, then unroll it and apply a strip of glue. Stick the twig to the glue, and roll the paper down again. Add more glue if necessary to hold the paper down. Press tightly for 30 seconds. Repeat with the bottoms of the scrolls.

*Knot each end of two 12-inch pieces of twine. Glue (or tape) the ends to the backs of the scrolls near the top to form a hanger. Paint a wreath of leaves around the quotes as a symbol of Ireland, Patrick’s adopted country.

Hang the scrolls on a wall and talk with your family or class about the meaning of Patrick’s wise words.


Double Country Word Find

Print the puzzle below. Hidden in the puzzle are the names of seven countries where Christian activities are limited in some way. Each country’s name is hidden TWICE. Look for the following countries running vertically (up and down), horizontally (across), or diagonally (slanted): Iraq, China, Nigeria, North Korea, India, Vietnam, Algeria.

N O R T H K O R E A
V I E T N A M A Z Y
N I B C C I N D I A
I I E W H T G S H A
G C G T I I W I C L
E X D E N R N R H G
R E V F R A A A I E
I N D I A I M Q N R
A L G E R I A U A I
N O R T H K O R E A

Valentine: A Light in Dark Places

Christian history describes several men named Valentine (or Valentinus), and a woman named Valentina. Legends tell about the courage of a Valentine who died for his faith on February 14th. The legends encourage Christians to stand up boldly for Jesus in the face of struggles.

To learn about children’s resources, including a book about Valentine, visit the resource page.

“Deep in the woods, under the cover of midnight darkness, couples would meet Valentinus to be joined in marriage.” — from Valentine by The Voice of the Martyrs

The previous post told about a Roman emperor’s law that prevented young men and women from marrying. But Valentinus joined couples in marriage, bringing light to a dark situation.

Later, Valentinus was imprisoned for breaking Roman laws. One day, a guard named Marcus heard Valentinus praying, “Lord Jesus, You are light. Fill this prison with Your light in such a way that those who are here will know You are God.”

When Marcus heard his prayer, he turned toward Valentinus and said, “You say God is light. My daughter has been blind since birth. If your God can make her see, then I will believe in your God.”

So Valentinus prayed God would cause his daughter’s blind eyes to see. The next morning, as soon as he sat up on his straw mat, he saw Marcus grabbing the bars of his cell and shaking them. “She can see!” Marcus exclaimed. “My daughter can see!” And he and his family decided to believe in Jesus.

(Source: Valentine by The Voice of the Martyrs)

Valentine Tea Light
Follow the instructions below to make a Valentine tea light. Give the light to someone, and tell them how Valentinus shared the Light of the World with those who didn’t know Him.

Needed
*5-inch plastic, footed dessert cups
*18-inch length of twine
*Double sided tape
*Wooden craft hearts (or make your own with thick paper or cardstock)
*LED flickering tea light

Instructions
*Attach a 1-inch strip of double sided tape to the back of the heart.
*Remove the backing on the tape and attach the heart to the cup.
*Press tightly to seal.
*Turn on the tea light and place it in the cup.
*Tie the twine in a bow around the stem of the cup.