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Hieroglyphic Code

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Hieroglyphics is a kind of picture writing used by ancient Egyptians. Each hieroglyphic symbol below stands for the letter beside it. (The code is not based on an actual hieroglyphic alphabet.) To decode the sentence, write down the letters represented by the symbols. Check your answer in Isaiah 37:16 (NIV).

Learn about the religion of ancient Egyptians and how it differs from biblical Christianity here.

Read about Christians in Egypt in Bold Believers in Egypt, available in the Downloads section.


Color a Drawing from Vietnam

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs-USA and VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands (SDOK) visited persecuted Christians in Vietnam. One of the children they visited drew a coloring page for them.

Watch the girl draw the page in the video clip, then print the page to color.

The captions and title on the video are in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. The title says, “Dep from Vietnam makes a drawing.”

For more Kids of Courage coloring pages, check the activity books in the Downloads section of this site.


Chained with Them

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3).

A group of students in Texas thought of a creative way to remember the persecuted. (See Hebrews 13:3.) They attached chains to their backpacks as reminders of Christians who face extreme persecution.

Follow the instructions below to make your own backpack reminders.

Needed
*Carabiner clips
*Links of chain from a craft store or old necklace or bracelet
*Key rings
*Tags
*Black marker

What To Do
*Attach four links of the chain to the carabiner clip. (If necessary, ask an adult to use pliers to separate four links from a longer chain, then to close the opening in the separated links.)

*Attach the key ring to the links.

*Write Colossians 4:18 on one side of a tag, and “Remember my chains” on the other side. (Use another verse if desired.) Attach the tag to the key ring.

*Hook the reminder to your backpack or another item that you use often.

Prepare an answer to share with anyone who asks about the meaning of your chain. You might tell them about a recent incident of persecution from a story on this site, or about a verse in the Bible that tells Christians to remember those who suffer for Christ.


Complaining

Pastor Wurmbrand
Pastor Wurmbrand in prison for his faith

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, told the following story:

“Two men were walking home together in bad weather. They had a long way to go. The blizzard was fierce, blowing snow and sleet in their faces and chilling them to the bone.

“One man muttered the whole way, “It is terrible! I can’t stand it anymore! Nobody could imagine anything worse than this!”

“The other man replied, “I can. Just imagine walking in such weather with someone who is complaining the entire time.”

Pastor Wurmbrand then compared the complaining man in the story with persecuted Christians who talk about how Christ suffered to save us instead of talking about their own struggles. “Their speech is not about the wounds they have, but about Christ,” Pastor Wurmbrand said.

To remind yourself to not complain, try making a wristband.


North Korea: Crossing the Border Game

Background
Some North Koreans try to escape their country by crossing a frozen river in the winter. Guards watch the river to try to stop anyone from escaping.

Guards in some countries also try to keep people from sneaking into their country, especially if they are carrying Bibles. The governments of some countries do not want their citizens to learn about Jesus. Christians in one place found a way to take Bibles into those countries in the winter. Guards near the border looked for footprints in the snow. They sent attack dogs in the direction of the footprints. So the Christians walked backwards in the snow at night to take Bibles into the countries that did not allow Bibles. When border guards looked down at the footprints from their towers in the morning, they sent their search dogs in the wrong direction!

How to Play
Divide into two teams with an equal number of players. Give each team a bag of three or four books. Make a starting line and a finish line several yards apart. Line up the teams behind the starting line. When a leader says, “Go,” the first player on each team walks/runs backwards to the finish line, carrying the bag of books. The player drops the books behind him beyond the finish line. The second player walks/runs backwards to the books, picks them up without turning around, then runs back to the starting line. Play continues until all the players on one team have finished the task. That team wins.