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Follow the Leader

More than 10 ministries around the world trace their beginnings to the mission and testimony of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand.  [Enter “Wurmbrand” in the Search box to find out more about the Wurmbrands.]

One of the ministries in The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions is VOM Australia. The activity below comes from their website.

How to play:

1. Ask each person to choose a partner. Partners stand facing each other a few feet apart. As one partner moves very slowly, the other person must try to mirror the motions. Do this for a minute or so and then switch and have the other partner lead.

2. Talk about: Would you rather be the leader or the follower? Why?

3. Discuss: Jesus asks us to follow His example in every way. This includes loving others, even our enemies.

4. Ask someone to read or quote Galatians 2:20 (NIV), “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

5. To think about: Think about people you may have a difficult time loving, such as family members, fellow students, teachers, or others. Pray for those people throughout the week, asking God to help you influence them for Christ.


Six Additional Torchlighter Resources and Features

Have you enjoyed the stories about Christian heroes on the Torchlighter DVDs? Get the most out of your DVD collection with the Torchlighter supplementary resources and features below.
(Source: Torchlighters.org)

1. Documentaries
The 30-minute animated Torchlighter episodes share the main parts of each faith hero’s story, but there’s so much more to tell! Torchlighter documentaries are intended to equip adults to answer questions kids might have, but once their interest is piqued, many children also enjoy the documentaries. Livestream the documentaries here.

2. Leader’s Guides
Free Bible-based lesson plans help teachers and parents make the most of the Torchlighter videos. The lessons begin with a Scripture focus, then weave together the elements and tools to make lesson planning easy. The guides include ice-breakers, applications, and everything in between. Find them in the Downloads section or on Torchlighters Curriculum Page.

3. Student’s Guides
Torchlighter student’s guides coordinate with the leader’s guides, but can also be used independently by kids. The guides feature puzzles, crafts, thought-provoking questions, coloring-pages and more. Find them in the Downloads section or on Torchlighters Curriculum Page.

4. Spanish Language Tracks
All Torchlighter episodes come with a professional Spanish language track. Many are translated into additional languages as well, with more to come. The producer of the Torchlighters is from Costa Rica, and many of the episodes are hand drawn in a studio there.

5. Subtitles
Torchlighter DVDs include subtitles in both Spanish and English, allowing you to use them in multiple ministry settings. Native speakers are cast for in-country roles as often as possible, which means some characters have accents that may be difficult to understand on the first viewing. Subtitles make it easier.

6. Quizzes, Puzzles, and Coloring Pages
Find online quizzes and activities on the “Heroes” pages on Torchlighters.org.


Remembering Mothers

On Mother’s Day this year, remember mothers you know, or mothers around the world, who have sacrificed to bring up their children in the Christian faith. Some mothers who live in countries where Christians are persecuted have lost homes, families, and friends after deciding to follow Christ. Others have lost their lives, leaving children who honor their memory.

You can make a reminder to pray for mothers and children.

Needed
Embroidery hoop
White, all-purpose glue
Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper
Buttons, ribbon, and other items for decorating
Photo of mothers and children from The Voice of the Martyrs’ publications or websites, or other sources

Instructions
1. Trace around the outside of the inner hoop on decorative paper.
2. Cut out the traced circle and glue it onto the top ring of the inner hoop. Let it dry.
3. Glue on a photo, ribbon, buttons or other items to decorate the reminder.
4. Display the hoop on a wall or bulletin board.

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife, or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29).


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #91–100

  1. Write a book report on a book about persecuted Christians.
  2. Plan to pray for Christians in Muslim countries during Muslim holidays.
  3. Hold a weekly or monthly fast from TV, computer games, or dessert as a prayer reminder.
  4. Write a letter to the editor of a publication, telling about current persecution.
  5. Study Bible passages about persecution and share them with someone.
  6. Send profits from a lemonade stand or garage sale to support VOM projects.
  7. Offer to show a DVD about persecution to a group or class.
  8. Hold an “underground church service.” Sing and pray quietly.
  9. Invite party guests to bring items needed by the persecuted instead of gifts.
  10. Send a description of your projects to VOM to share with others.


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #81–90

  1. Make a “Family Prayer Album” using clips from VOM publications.
  2. Display items about persecution at a history or geography fair.
  3. Leave a VOM publication in a car mechanic’s waiting room.
  4. Find the name of leaders of restricted nations in an almanac. Pray for them.
  5. Serve a dinner featuring food from a restricted country. Share about Christians there. (Find recipes from restricted countries in our Activity section or in the downloadable activity books on this site.)
  6. Make a parade float about courageous Christians.
  7. Phone a friend once a week to pray together for persecuted Christians.
  8. Design Christmas ornaments using photos from VOM publications.
  9. Hold an overnight lock-in, and spend the time learning about and praying for persecuted Christians.
  10. Collect spare change in a jar for a year to support a VOM project.