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Make a Brick

Many Christians in Pakistan have to work at brick kilns because better jobs often go to Muslim workers. A Christian woman who worked in a brick kiln explained more about what life is like for brick kiln workers.

“My family is uneducated and poor. I never went to school. I have been working at the brick kiln my whole life. I never played with toys because I was busy making bricks the whole day. In my free time, I took care of my younger brothers and sisters. I made the first brick that I made by myself when I was 10. I was very happy that I learned the art of making bricks to earn some money. I knew that my little income could not feed my family. But I could support them a little bit with what I made. At that time a brick kiln worker earned 40 cents for making 1,000 bricks. Today they earn $5 for 1,000 bricks.”

You can make a brick by mixing 2 cups of straw (or dried grass), 4 quarts of dirt, and 6 cups of water. Line a shoebox with plastic, such as a trash bag. Tape the plastic 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.


Tibetan Wooden Tablet Painting

Traditional Tibetan artists sometimes painted pictures on small wooden tablets of various shapes. Some of the tablets had handles so viewers could hold the paintings without damaging them.

To make a tablet painting, draw a geometric shape (like a trapezoid or hexagon) on a piece of white cardboard or poster board 8½ by 11-inches or smaller. Cut out the shape and draw a colorful picture on it. Can you color a picture on your tablet that illustrates one of God’s promises? Glue a craft stick to the back of your painting so that it extends about 3 inches below the bottom of the tablet.

Watch a video clip about Christians in Tibet here.


Barazek: Syrian Cookies

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter or margarine
1/3 cup of sesame seeds
1/3 cup of water
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

Instructions
1.    Toast 1/3 cup of sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat, stirring until the seeds are light brown.
2.    Pour the seeds in a bowl, and stir in 2 teaspoons of honey. Set aside.
3.    Mix 2 1/2 cups of flour, 3/4 cups of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
4.    Add 1/2 cup of butter or margarine. Stir it into the mixture as you would if making pie crust. Add 1/3 cup of water, and stir just until dough forms. Add a little flour if it is too sticky to handle easily. (For even easier handling, chill for several hours.)
5.    Use your hands to make dough balls that are larger than a marble and smaller than a ping-pong ball. Flatten the balls somewhat, and put them on a lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving some space between them. Spoon a little of the sesame seed and honey mixture onto the top of each cookie, and slightly press it into the top of the cookie.
6.   Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 350˚degrees until lightly browned.

Learn about courageous Syrian Christians in Bold Believers in Syria, free in Downloads section.


Morocco: Coconut Almond Snack

Stir together 3 cups of coconut flakes and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk until the mixture is the right consistency to form into balls. Add more coconut if necessary. Form into 1½-inch balls. Push a roasted almond into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in coconut flakes. Chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Source: Bold Believers in Morocco, available free in the Downloads section.

 To Do: Enter “Morocco” in the search box of this site to find stories of Moroccan Christians.

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Skit: Refusing to Be Quiet

Characters: 6 narrators, Peter, 1 or more apostles, 2 or more leaders, angel, 2 or more people

Suggestion: Make a jail out of strands of crepe paper hung from the ceiling to represent jail cell bars.

Narrator 1: After Jesus died and was taken up to heaven, the apostles told many people about Him and about how to become His followers.

Narrator 2: But some leaders did not want people to follow Jesus.

Narrator 3: So they put the apostles in jail. An angel came to the jail during the night and let them out.

Angel: Go! Tell the people about new life in Jesus!

Narrator 4: The apostles went back to teaching the people. The leaders were surprised to find the jail empty! They brought the apostles before them.

Leader: (to apostles) We told you not to teach people about Jesus!

Peter: We must obey God …

Apostle: … rather than human beings!

Narrator 5: The leaders let the apostles go, but they told their officers to beat them first.

Narrator 6: After they were beaten, Peter and the apostles left. They rejoiced because they had been allowed to suffer for Jesus! And they continued to teach people about Jesus.

After the Skit: Discussion Questions
•    What did the leaders want the apostles to stop doing?
•    Who let the apostles out of jail?
•    What did the apostles do after they left the jail?
•    Why do you think they did that even though they knew they would probably be punished again?
•    What did the apostles do after they were punished the second time?
•    Why were they happy?


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