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100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #11–20

  1. Donate VOM resources/publications to a Christian school.
  2. Hold a concert to raise funds for projects to help persecuted Christians.
  3. Make plans to help your church observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church in November.
  4. Offer free VOM newsletter issues to a Christian bookstore.
  5. Share VOM resources with a Vacation Bible School director. (See www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.)
  6. Offer to share in your Sunday school class about persecution.
  7. When you are asked to pray in a group, remember the needs of the persecuted.
  8. Write a report comparing the stories of Bible heroes to those of today’s persecuted Christians.
  9. Design a bumper sticker to raise awareness of persecuted Christians.
  10. Pray for persecuted Christians you see featured in the news.

(Source: 100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church)


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians #1–10

  1. Design a church bulletin insert about persecution.
  2. Make bookmarks for friends to remind them to pray for suffering Christians.
  3. Write, record, and share a song about martyrs.
  4. Help someone subscribe to the free The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.
  5. Commit to praying for one persecuted Christian for 30 days.
  6. Start a group among your friends to learn about and pray for persecuted Christians.
  7. Act out a scene from a book about persecuted Christians and videotape it to share.
  8. Make a scrapbook of stories about persecuted Christians from VOM publications.
  9. Make a poster listing ways kids can help persecuted Christians and display it at church.
  10. Set up an exhibit table about persecution at church.

(Source: 100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church)


Beautiful Feet

The previous post told about an incident with flip flops that taught a Christian in Nigeria about Jesus’ love for people who may be overlooked by others. Read below about some kids in Mexico who made flip flops to help them remember to pray for Christians in countries where believers may be overlooked or mistreated.

Children in other countries also learn about and remember persecuted Christians around the world. Some kids in Mexico made tiny flip-flops as reminders to pray for people in countries where Christians are mistreated. (See the photo. The names of the countries and related Bible verses are in Spanish.)

Cut shoe-shaped pieces out of craft foam and attach ribbons to them to make flip-flops. Write the name of a country where Christianity is restricted on each shoe. Read Isaiah 52:7.

Hang up the shoes as reminders to pray for those with “beautiful feet” who take the good news to difficult places.


How to Start a Bible Study

Boys’ Bible study in Bangladesh

The previous post told about a 13-year-old American girl who used to be shy about letting people at school know that she was a Christian. Then she read about persecuted Christians and about how they suffer for their faith. She was inspired to be more courageous, and even started a Bible study for the girls in her class at school.

Read below her suggestions for having a Bible study.

1. Identify a group in your community you want to invite to a Bible study. Some examples are school friends, the kids in your neighborhood, or your sports teammates.

2. Get permission from your parents.

3. Make invitations. This is important because if you just tell someone you’re having Bible study at your house Monday nights, they are much more likely to forget. Invitations should be fun and include the following information: when and where the Bible study will be held, what to bring, if you will be serving snacks, your or your parent’s contact information, and whether or not to RSVP.

4. Pass out the invitations.

5. Get some composition notebooks (for taking notes) and extra Bibles, as some kids may not have one.

6. Find a Bible plan or decide what book you are going to read through.

7. At the end of each lesson, I like to do a closing activity. Sometimes I have them draw the lesson so they can imagine it better. Sometimes we do S.O.A.P. (Scripture, observation, application, and prayer), or I might have them make a list of how they could apply the lesson to their lives.

To Talk About
Are you shy about letting others know you are a Christian, or sharing with others about why you follow Jesus? What is one small step you can take toward developing courage?


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.