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Eritrea Mural Bookmarks

Church murals in Eritrea

If you have a map in your house that was made before the 1990s, Eritrea will not be on it. Eritrea became a separate country in the early 1990s. But independence does not mean religious freedom for many Eritrean Christians.

“As far as encouraging people to pray, I think Eritrea is [a country that needs prayer],” said a VOM worker.

Men, women, youth, and even young children have been arrested at Christian gatherings.

Pray for Eritrean Christians.

Mural Bookmarks
Some churches in Eritrea are known for their murals depicting people from the Bible. Find patterns for mural bookmarks to use as prayer reminders here.



Eritrea: Write to Pastor Meron

Meron Gebreselasie was a pastor in the port city of Massawa, Eritrea. He also worked as an anesthetist at a hospital. (If you don’t know, find out what an anesthetist does.)

After he visited in his home with another pastor, the police arrested both men. The government of Eritrea had started a crackdown on evangelical churches a few years earlier.

Pastor Meron has been in prison for a long time. When he was first arrested in June 2004, George W. Bush was president of the United States, and Facebook was new. He is not married, his parents have died, and his sister lives in Canada.

You can write an encouraging letter to Pastor Meron by following the instructions on Click here to find a fact sheet about a Pastor Meron to share.

How to Start
*Go to
*Click on “prisoners.”
*Click on “Eritrea.”
*Select Meron Gebreselasie.
*Click on “Write a Letter,” and follow the instructions.

Colombia Lesson Plan: Sticking to the Task

Students will learn the meaning of perseverance. They will learn that God can help Christians overcome obstacles which threaten to get in the way of following His will.

Explain: In some countries, Christians are forced away from their homes and villages because they follow Jesus. The Christians become refugees. Refugees are people who flee from an unsafe place to a safer place. But sometimes the refugee camps where they go are not very nice or comfortable.

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Arepas: A Snack from Colombia

Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white corn meal. (Precooked corn meal is best.)

Add 1 tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of salt.

With your hands, form thin, flat tortillas about 3 inches wide.

Cook on a lightly buttered grill or in a frying pan over medium high heat until golden brown. Serve hot, topped with shredded cheese, butter, jam, meat, or other toppings.

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Country Prayer Reminder

A VOM volunteer made a unique reminder to help her pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Follow the instructions below to make your own prayer reminder.

*Lids from oatmeal containers with tops that are indented (Quaker-brand oatmeal boxes have indented lids)
*Map-themed scrapbook or craft paper, or other paper or felt
*Cording, lacing, or twine
*White glue

*Trace around the lid on craft paper. Cut out the circle. Trim it with scissors until it fits snugly inside the top of the lid. Glue if necessary to secure it.
*Cut out country names from VOM publications, or print the name of a country, continent, or region on a label. Attach the name to the circle.
*Punch a small hole at the top of the circle. Cut lacing or twine to the desired length. Secure it with a knot around the rim and knot the loose ends at the top of the lacing.
*Hang it in a display with others, or hang several in a mobile.
*Pray for Christians in the countries displayed.