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Farsi New Testament

Farsi, also called “Persian,” is the official language of Iran. Farsi is written in the same script as Arabic, but it is not the same language as Arabic. This is similar to the way Spanish and English are written using the same letters, but they are different languages.

The government of Iran fears that Muslims who hear the gospel in their own language will become Christians. Christian ethnic groups that speak other languages are not as much of a problem to the government.

“Pastors who preach in Farsi are ordered to give a report to the government,” said an Iranian Christian. “Also, the government sends spies into the Farsi-speaking churches to take pictures and evaluate the activities of the church.”

Farsi is read from right to left instead of left to right like English. Look at the chart below to learn how to pronounce some Farsi words and phrases. (Pronunciations are approximate.)


How to say it in Farsi

Praise the Lord KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Jesus loves you EE-saw doos-taht DAH-reh
Mother Mah-DAR
Father Pay-DAR
Yes BAH-lay
No Nah
Please LOHT-fan
Thank you Mam-NOON-ahm
Good bye KHOH-dah hah-fehz

A Prayer from Psalms

The following activity comes from Release International, a member of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. Crack the code to find a phrase from Psalm 25:20. Pray the verse on behalf of Christian children whose families are persecuted.

Homemade Toys and a Toy Fast

Poor children in South Sudan and other countries often do not have a lot of toys. Visitors have seen children playing with a ball made from old, worn out, rolled-up socks, and a kite made from string and a piece of a trash bag.

For one day, try not playing with any toy or game that originally came from a store or was ordered online. Do not watch TV or use a computer or phone for entertainment. Pray for children in South Sudan.

Ful Sudani and Mush

Ful Sudani
Ful Sudani is a traditional treat from Sudan. Follow the instructions below to make the treat.

Stir together ½ cup of sugar and 3 egg whites in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a path remains when the spoon is drawn through the mixture — about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 tsp. of vanilla and 1 cup of chopped peanuts. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a well-greased, foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove promptly from the foil.

The government of Sudan drops bombs on the Nuba Mountain region of their country, where many Christians live. Many of the people have fled to refugee camps to escape the fighting.

People in the area are very poor. One of their foods is somewhat like cornmeal mush. If you want to make something like their mush, mix ¾ cup of flour (or cornmeal) with 1 cup of milk. Boil 1 cup of water, and slowly add the flour mixture to it, stirring constantly as you reduce the heat to low.

Continue stirring, and add an additional ½ cup of flour or cornmeal. Stir until smooth and until the thick dough begins to stick together. Cool the dough. Pull off a lump of the dough, make a dent in it with your thumb, and use it to scoop up stews or sauces, then eat it.

A Malaysian Treat and a Craft

Easy batik

The previous post told about Malaysia’s Independence Day. To make a Malaysian treat, try the recipe below.

Banana Fritters
Banana fritters are a popular treat in Malaysia. To make them, combine 1½ cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. In a separate container, mix 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients. If the batter is too thick, add water a little at a time until it is the thickness of pancake batter.

Heat enough oil for deep frying until hot. Slice 4 to 6 bananas lengthwise, and dip them into the batter to cover them completely. Deep fry the bananas until golden brown. Serve warm.

Easy Batik
Batik is an art practiced in Malaysia. Find easy instructions to make a batik prayer reminder here.

Learn more about Malaysia in Bold Believers in Malaysia, available in the free Downloads section.