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A group of Christians and Hindus in the Indian state of Orissa were talking together about their beliefs. Some of the Hindus became angry and set fire to a Christian’s home. The fire spread, and 31 homes were destroyed.

“Tolerance” is showing kindness and respect to someone who has different customs or beliefs. But today many people believe that tolerance means agreeing that other beliefs are just as true as your own beliefs.

Hindus say they are tolerant because they say they believe that others’ religions are just as valid as Hinduism. In reality, many Hindus seem tolerant of others’ beliefs as long as the beliefs do not say that Hinduism is false.

Christians believe:

  • Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
  • “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV).
  • A Christian should always be prepared “to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).

Tolerance Check
Read each pair of statements below. Which statement in each pair best shows true Christian tolerance?

a. We should believe that all religions teach the truth.
b. Christian tolerance means understanding that God wants us to share the gospel with all types of people.

a. It is fine to get angry with people because they have different beliefs.
b. It is right to treat those who believe differently with kindness and respect.

a. Keep the truth to yourself so others won’t be offended.
b. Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.

a. Agree with others who have different beliefs to make friends with them.
b. Love others with different beliefs enough to share the truth about Jesus with them.

In each pair of statements above, “b” best shows true Christian tolerance.

A Spanish Tongue Twister

Spanish is the main language in Colombia. Coconut is a common ingredient in Colombian food. Try this Spanish tongue twister!

Como como poco coco, poco coco compro.

The tongue twister means, “Because I eat little coconut, I buy little coconut.”

Note: All the o’s and c’s are pronounced like the o’s and c’s in the English word “cocoa.” Cocoa comes from Colombia, too!

Play a Colombian Game

Tingo, Tingo, Tango
Players stand in a circle. One player is “it.” The player who is “it” hides his or her eyes while standing some distance from the circle and repeats, “Tingo, tingo, tingo, tingo.” As “it” continues to say, “Tingo,” the other children pass a small object around the circle from hand to hand.

The player who is “it” switches and calls out, “Tango!” ; the player caught with the object in hand has to pay a penalty. The player holding the object must perform a task suggested by “it.” For example, he or she might be asked to sing a song, crow like a rooster, recite a Bible verse, or hop around the circle on one foot. The player who paid the penalty becomes “it” for the next game.

Make a Brick

Brick Kiln

Many Christians in Pakistan have to work at brick kilns because better jobs often go to Muslim workers. A Christian woman who worked in a brick kiln explained more about what life is like for brick kiln workers.

“My family is uneducated and poor. I never went to school. I have been working at the brick kiln my whole life. I never played with toys because I was busy making bricks the whole day. In my free time, I took care of my younger brothers and sisters. I made the first brick that I made by myself when I was 10. I was very happy that I learned the art of making bricks to earn some money. I knew that my little income could not feed my family. But I could support them a little bit with what I made. At that time a brick kiln worker earned 40 cents for making 1,000 bricks. Today they earn $5 for 1,000 bricks.”

You can make a brick by mixing 2 cups of straw (or dried grass), 4 quarts of dirt, and 6 cups of water. Line a shoebox with plastic, such as a trash bag. Tape the plastic to the outside of the box to secure it. Pour some of the dirt mixture into the box. Let it dry in the sun for about two days. Take it out of the box and turn it over so the bottom can dry.

Learn About Urdu

What if you wanted to read a Bible but none of the Bibles in the world were written in English? Pakistan has more than 60 languages. Not even half the languages have Bibles. The official language of Pakistan is Urdu. Unlike English, Urdu is written from right to left instead of left to right. Christians take Urdu Bible storybooks to people in Pakistan. Pray that all the people in Pakistan will learn about Jesus. Ask God to send more translators to spread His word to people who do not have Bibles in their languages.

How to Say Some Urdu Words

(Pronunciations are approximate.)

Praise the Lord: Hoo-DAH-wahnd kee tah-REEF ho

Please: meh-hehr-BAH-nee

Thank you: shoo-kree-yuh

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