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Praise the Lord

Boy in Pakistan

Practice saying “praise the Lord” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song that includes the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

Iran. Farsi: KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr

Pakistan. Punjabi: RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay

China. Chinese: tzahn-may joo

Colombia. Spanish: GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs

Russia, Kazakhstan. Russian: SLAH-vuh BOH-goo

Many Muslim Countries. Arabic: MAHG-duh lah rahp

Eritrea. Tigrinya: gway-tah yeh mess ghen

Malaysia, Brunei. Malay: Poo-jee TOO-hahn

Nepal. Nepali: jay muh-SEE

Bangladesh. Bangla: ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk


Jesus Loves Me

 

Eritrean children

Practice saying, “Jesus loves me” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the words from another language wherever the phrase occurs in the song.

Note: English is an official language in Nigeria and South Sudan. Hausa and Dinka are additional languages spoken in those countries.

China. Chinese: Yeh-soo ai woh

Eritrea. Tigrinya: Yehf kee rehn nee yoo

Nigeria. Hausa: YAY-soo YEHN-ah KOW-nah-tah

Dinka. South Sudan: YAY-choo ahn YAHR-ehn

Colombia. Spanish: KREES-toh may AH-mah


A Prison Code

Pastor Wurmbrand’s prison

“Jail is no hindrance to a useful Christian life” — Pastor Richard Wurmbrand

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was arrested in the mid-20th century in Romania for his Christian witness and activities. The story below tells about something that happened when he was in prison. Read the story, then tell how your name would be tapped in the improved code used by the prisoners. (For example, if your name is John, the first letter of your name would be signaled by 2 taps, then 5 taps.)

The Code
Tap. Tap. Tap. One day Pastor Wurmbrand heard a faint tapping on the damp concrete wall of his solitary cell. “What could it mean?” he wondered.

Tap. Tap. Tap. The noise continued. Pastor Wurmbrand tapped back. Suddenly a burst of taps erupted by his bed. He realized that the prisoner in the next cell was trying to teach him a code.

A = 1 tap
B = 2 taps
C = 3 taps
And so on.

“Who are you?” was the first message Pastor Wurmbrand’s neighbor sent him. “A pastor,” Pastor Wurmbrand replied.

It took a long time to send a message. The prisoners improved the code so it wouldn’t take so long. In the new code, one tap stood for the first five letters of the alphabet, two taps for the second group of five, and so on. Another tap told whether the letter was the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth letter in its group. So “B” was a single tap, followed by a pause, then two more taps.

The Improved Code
A = 1 tap, pause, 1 tap
B = 1 tap, pause, 2 taps
C = 1 tap, pause, 3 taps
D = 1 tap, pause, 4 taps
E = 1 tap, pause, 5 taps
F = 2 taps, pause, 1 tap
G = 2 taps, pause, 2 taps
And so on.

Morse Code
Then his neighbor, who had been a radio engineer, used this code to teach Pastor Wurmbrand Morse code. After that, they used Morse code to tell jokes, spread news, and even share chess moves. (Pastor Wurmbrand sometimes played chess with himself using tiny bits of bread as chess pieces.) Pastor Wurmbrand also taught prisoners Bible verses and shared the gospel with unbelievers using the code.


Mamaliga

Food was scarce in Romania during Richard Wurmbrand’s time in prison. “Our staple diet was maize meal, of which we made a kind of porridge called ‘mamaliga,’” said a friend of the Wurmbrands. “So we had mamaliga for breakfast, dinner, and supper, if we were lucky enough to have three meals a day.”

Try this mamaliga recipe.
(Photo from The Torchlighters The Richard Wurmbrand Story Leaders Guide)

Instructions
1. Boil 2 cups of water in a small saucepan.
2. Gradually pour in ½ cup of yellow corn meal and ¼ tsp. salt, stirring constantly with a wire whisk.
3. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring for about 3 to 5 minutes until thick.
4. Pour into a bowl or rectangular dish about 6 by 9 inches.
5. Cool. Cut into strips or squares.


Bookmarks for Prisoners

Stephen, a VOM newsletter reader, designed bookmarks for prisoners who are featured on The Voice of the Martyrs Prisoner Alert website. Follow the instructions below if you want to make similar bookmarks.

1. Click on a country at PrisonerAlert.com, then on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Print a copy of a verse in the prisoner’s language shown under “Available Phrases.”

2. Click “Add Phrase” (even if you are going to mail a bookmark to a prisoner instead of printing a letter), then “Continue” to find the prisoner’s address.

3. Glue the verse on art paper then laminate the bookmark and add small tassels or other decorations.

4. Use the address to mail the bookmark, and if you wish, a message or letter. Find suggestions for writing letters here.

5. Take your message and bookmark in an addressed envelope to a post office to see how much postage to include.


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