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Kindness Rocks

Has someone ever been kind to you without finding out how their kindness helped you? Can you show kindness without expecting anything in return?

You can make kindness rocks to bless others, but often you will not be there when they enjoy your gift. But you can thank God for the opportunity to encourage others!

• Gather rocks about 3 to 5 inches wide. At least one side of the rocks should be flat and smooth. Following the directions on the paint can, spray the rocks with any color of acrylic spray paint. Let the rocks dry thoroughly.

• Draw a picture or write a message on each rock, using fine-point oil-based paint pens. Let the paint dry.

• Seal the rocks with clear acrylic coating spray. Let the spray dry.

• Place the rocks in a park or leave them on a beach or in another place for others to find.

(Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available at VOMBooks.com. The book includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, coloring pages, dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the heroes featured on Torchlighters DVDs.)


Notes to Nigeria

Dalo

A recent post told about Dalo, an 8-year-old boy who was injured when Christian villages in Nigeria were attacked. Many more Nigerians have been injured in attacks, and more than 10,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

Would you like to write a note of encouragement to Nigerian Christians? You can find instructions to write a note here. You may want to ask others in your family or class to also write a note.

Let Nigerian Christians know that Christians around the world have not forgotten them!


Tigrinya: Jesus Loves Me

A verse in Tigrinya

Tigrinya and Arabic are two of the languages spoken in Eritrea. “Jesus loves me” in Tigrinya is pronounced like this:

Yehf kee rehn nee yoo.

The words actually say, “He loves me,” but they are the words Eritrean children use when they sing the song.

Try singing the song “Jesus Loves Me” using the Tigrinya words in place of “Jesus loves me” in the song.

Note: Some sounds used in Tigrinya are not used in speaking English. For example, one sound in Tigrinya is somewhat like a cross between and English “k” and an English “h.” Can you make a sound that sounds like both a “k” and an “h?”


What’s Happening in Yemen?

Window in Yemen

Yemen
Yemen is south of Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula — the largest peninsula in the world.

Religion
More than 98 percent of the people in Yemen are Muslims.

Problems
The people of Yemen are suffering because of a war in their country. Many are now homeless. Thousands have become sick because of a lack of food, water, and good health care.

Christians
People who leave their Muslim faith to follow Jesus are persecuted by their families and neighbors, and by the government. It is believed that there are a few thousand secret Christians in Yemen. Christians can be arrested if they try to lead Muslims to Christ.

To Talk About
In our country, we are free to let other people know about our faith. Do people around you know you are a Christian? If you decided to be a secret Christian for one day, what would you have to change about your life to keep your faith a secret?

Colorful Windows
Many traditional houses and buildings in Yemen have stained glass windows over doorways and in other places.

Window in Yemen

You can make a “stained glass window” using an 8 ½ by 11 piece of white paper.

*Fold the paper in half lengthwise and, crease the paper along the fold.
*Fold the paper in half lengthwise again, and crease.
*Unfold the paper and repeat, this time folding the paper widthwise.
*Unfold, and draw over each fold line with a black crayon or marker.
*Use a pencil to further divide each shape formed by the black lines. Draw over the pencil lines with the black crayon or marker.
*Color in all the spaces on the page with bright colors.
*Cut the paper so that the top of the page is rounded. If desired, tape the page to a sunny window.


Share Their Experience

“Exile Night was a phenomenal yet challenging experience for me” — Tatyana, student.

Student groups all across the United States have experienced a small part of what displaced believers face every day through “I Am N” Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Exile Night is an overnight event that can be done indoors or outdoors. The goal of Exile Night is for students to gain an understanding of what Christian refugees experience, and to be encouraged by their faith in Christ.

Click here for more information about how to hold an Exile Night with Christian students in your area. Most of the materials are available for free download. Additional materials are available for purchase, or you may substitute stories, videos, and activities from this site and VOM’s Prisoner Alert site.