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Family Prayers for the Persecuted

 

Tamara S. commented on VOM’s Facebook page about how her family prays for persecuted Christians at mealtime: “We have Popsicle sticks in a vase with the names of hostile and restricted nations on them, and some of them have names of imprisoned [Christians] on them,” she said. “We try to draw one every meal at which we sit down together.”

VOM volunteers have crafted additional ideas to guide families in their prayers during meals or family devotions.

Place Mat
Trim a VOM prayer map or another world map to the size of a place mat. Laminate the map, or cover the map on both sides with two pieces of clear contact paper trimmed to about ¼-inch larger than the place mat on all four sides. Choose countries from the map to pray for at meals.

Coaster
Use a discarded DVD or CD to make a prayer-reminder coaster. Tape or glue a photo from a VOM publication or website to a circular piece of paper with a diameter about ½ inch smaller than the DVD. Center the paper on the DVD. Cover the DVD with clear contact paper on both sides, and trim it to the edge of the DVD.

Puzzle
Trim a VOM prayer map or VOM newsletter cover or photo to the size you want the puzzle to be. Laminate the front of the map or photo, and glue the back to poster board. Draw puzzle-piece shapes on the back of the poster board, and then laminate the back. Cut out the pieces. As you assemble the puzzle, pray for the country or person on the map or photo.


Jubniyah and Masoub

Jubniyah

A revised version of Bold Believers in Saudi Arabia is now available in the free Downloads section. The book tells stories of Christians in the region where Islam started. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Bold Believers in Saudi Arabia also features facts about Saudi Arabian culture, history, and geography, as well as activities and recipes.

Two of the recipes are below.

Jubniyah
With a fork, stir together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and one 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature.  Dissolve one 2.5-ounce packet of yeast in ¾ cup of water. Add the dissolved yeast to the flour mixture and mix well. If the dough is too stiff, gradually add more water and mix with a fork until the dough is the consistency of pizza crust dough.

Let the mixture rise for an hour or until the dough has doubled in size. Roll out the dough until it is about ¼ inch thick. Cut into 1-inch squares.

Fry the squares in about ½ inch of oil until they are light brown, turning over only once. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Cool and dip in cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, honey, syrup, or another favorite topping.

Masoub
Peel 3 or 4 ripe bananas, and mash them with a fork. Add 1 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon, and, if desired, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Crumble 3 or 4 slices of dry bread into tiny pieces. (You can also use pita bread or flatbread.) You should have about the same amount of bread crumbs as you do bananas. Stir the mixture well by hand.

Serve in individual portions. Top with raisins, nuts, honey, fruit, or other favorite toppings.


Cristo Me Ama

Kids in Colombia

The previous post told about Christians in Colombia and how to make maracas. Use maracas or other instruments while singing “Jesus Loves Me” in Spanish as shown below.

Cristo Me Ama/Jesus Loves Me

The first line in each group below shows the words in Spanish. The second line tells how to pronounce them. The third tells exactly what the words mean in English.

Cristo me ama, bien lo sé
KREES-toh may AH-mah, bee-EHN loh say
Jesus loves me, I know it well.

Su palabra me hace ver
Soo puh-LAH-bruh may AH-say vayr
His word makes me see

Que los niños son de Aquél
Kay lohs NEE-nyohs sohn day ah-KEHL
That children are of him,

Quien es nuestro amigo fiel
Kee-EHN ehs noo-AYS-troh ah-MEE-goh fee-EHL.
Who is our faithful friend.

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

La Biblia dice así
Lah BEE-blee-uh DEE-say ah-SEE
The Bible says it is so.


Christians in Colombia

In recent years, violent groups have been fighting against the government of Colombia. The groups persecute Christians. They know that Christians do not approve of their violence, drug selling, and kidnapping. Sometimes groups attack and threaten Christians and drive them from their homes. Some bold Christians share the gospel of Jesus with people in the groups.

Still, Christians worship God together joyfully. Maracas, tambourines, and other instruments are often used to accompany the singing in Colombian churches.

Use the instructions below to make maracas of your own.

Needed
•    Choose one of the following for the body of the maracas: a baking powder can, a vitamin or pill bottle, two egg carton divisions with the large open ends taped together, a small cereal box, or another small container.
•    Choose one of these for the handle: a colorful pencil; a popsicle stick or craft stick; a dowel; a toilet tissue roll cut lengthwise, rolled tightly, and taped together; or another long, thin object.
•    Choose from the following materials to fill the maracas: uncooked rice, beans, or popcorn; bells, beads, or pebbles.
•    Choose one of the following materials to decorate the maracas: paper mache and paint, fabric, gift wrap, colored vinyl tape, or other colorful material.
•    Modeling clay or putty.
Instructions
Before sealing the container or putting the top on, fill it one-third full with the materials chosen. To attach the handle, put a small amount of modeling clay or putty on one end of the handle and stick the handle to the inside bottom of the container. Cut a slit in the top of the container and put the other end of the handle through the slit. Replace the top and tape it shut before decorating the maracas.
Variations
Tape the handle to the body if the container’s top is difficult to slit or the handle is too big.
Fill a plastic Easter egg one-third full with materials chosen, tape it shut, then tightly tape one end of it to the top end of a toilet tissue roll.


Bangladeshi Cocoa Dessert

Kids in Bangladesh

Ingredients
1 (14-ounce) can of condensed milk
¾ cup of sugar
½ cup of cocoa powder
½ cup of chopped nuts
½ stick of butter

Combine all ingredients. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour into an 8-inch round or square buttered pan. Let it cool, then cut it into squares and serve.

Widespread poverty in Bangladesh has increased Muslim extremism. Christians, especially evangelists, are often persecuted. Find Bangladesh on a prayer map and learn more here:


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