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India: Attacks on the Rise

India

Prakash and the Bull
Prakash is a Hindu farmer in India. Hindu teachings tell of many gods, even though Hindus may believe in one main god. Hindus have great respect for idols of Hindu gods.

Prakash did not always behave well. Sometimes he drank a lot of liquor and got drunk. He attended Christian worship services from time to time. Perhaps he was looking for the truth and for answers to his problems.

One day, a stray bull wandered into Prakash’s field. Prakash threw a rock at the bull to scare it away. But Prakash was drunk, and he missed the bull. Instead he hit a Hindu idol standing at the edge of his field.

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Pakistan: No Longer Enemies

Pakistan

Ask God to show you how to share His love with others who need a helping hand during a time of struggle.

Seeta and Kamilah were teenage girls from a village in Pakistan. They were students at the village high school and their favorite subject was art. Like many Pakistani girls, they used their artistic talent to draw designs on the backs of their hands with henna dye. Since this was forbidden at school, Seeta and Kamilah drew designs on only one hand and kept that hand hidden in their clothes!

The two friends enjoyed learning languages. They could speak a little English, as well as two Pakistani languages. They also loved to watch television, but they were able to do so only when visiting cousins in a city. Their homes in the village didn’t have television.

One day, an earthquake shook the ground for six minutes in and around their village. When it ended, much of the village was rubble. Seeta and Kamilah could no longer attend school, study art, or learn languages. They didn’t even live in houses anymore; they lived in tents. Life became more of a struggle.

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Learning to Forgive

The Philippines

Eighteen years ago this Sunday, missionary pilot Martin Burnham died in a gun battle. The battle was between men who had kidnapped him, and soldiers who were trying to rescue him, his wife, Gracia, and other hostages.

Read the following story about the Burnhams from the Kids of Courage archives.

Gracia Burnham was angry. A gang of violent Muslims had kidnapped her. Gracia did not even like to go camping. But the group forced Gracia and her husband Martin to live with them in the jungle. The jungle had no beds, bathrooms, stores, or air conditioning.

Gracia and Martin were missionaries in the Philippines. Before the men kidnapped them, Gracia homeschooled their three kids: Mindy, Zach, and Jeff. Martin, a pilot, flew mail and supplies to other missionaries in hard-to-reach places.

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Colombia Lesson Plan: Sticking to the Task

Objectives
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.

Introduction
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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Ling Gets a Bible

BibleA handwritten Chinese Bible

Ling left her home in China at the age of 17. She believed that God had called her to share the message of Jesus with people in the villages of China. When she left home, she had no food, very little money, and no Bible.

Few people in the region where she lived had Bibles. Some people borrowed Bibles and copied verses from them by hand or memorized the verses. The few Bibles available had been smuggled into the area at great risk to the smugglers.

Ling walked from village to village telling people about Jesus. Sometimes she met someone who owned a Bible. She memorized verses from their Bible to share in the next village. Ling prayed that God would provide her with a Bible of her own.

One day, Ling heard about a woman four miles away who had some Bibles. The Bibles had been smuggled to China by missionaries. Ling hurried to find the woman. “No!” said the woman when Ling asked her for a Bible. “These Bibles are very valuable. How do I know you are even a Christian?”

Ling pleaded with the woman. Finally the woman said she would give Ling a Bible if Ling could say the Lord’s Prayer without making any mistakes. Ling went to another village to visit a man with a Bible. The man had copied his entire Bible by hand. His hands were bent from the thousands of hours he spent copying the treasured words.

Ling memorized the Lord’s Prayer from the handwritten Bible and returned to the woman’s house. The woman gave Ling a Bible! She told Ling that some Christians had died getting the precious books to Chinese Christians.

To Try: Copy a paragraph from the Bible. How hard would it be to copy the entire Bible?