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Make a Bolero

The following activity is from Bold Believers in Chiapas, available in the Downloads section.

“Boleros are like a cup and ball,” said an American who grew up in Chiapas. “But instead of trying to get a ball in a cup, you try to get a stick in the opening of a wooden ball.”

Use the following instructions to make your own toy like a bolero.

1. Punch a small hole in the center of the bottom of a 32-ounce yogurt container. You can use the end of an unfolded paper clip to start the hole. Gently enlarge it slightly with the tip of a pen or pencil.
2. Poke a 24-inch piece of string or shoestring through the hole and knot it on the inside to keep it from coming out of the hole.
3. Tie the other end of the string around a pencil about an inch from the tip of the eraser. Secure the string with tape.
4. Hold the pencil on the end opposite the eraser. Try to swing the container up and catch it on the pencil. It may take several tries!

Note: Before poking a hole in the container, you may want to cover and decorate it with paint, colored vinyl tape, foil gift wrap, fabric, or other colorful material.


Courageous Christians’ Countries

(Source: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom.)

Can you identify each of the countries below by their shapes? If you need help, click on the “Countries” tab above to find locations and shapes of each country.

The countries are a few of the places where Christians are treated badly because they follow Jesus.


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?”