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Safe-House Kids: Andre

Indonesian Boy
Indonesian boy

Christians in Indonesia opened a home for children whose family members have been attacked by radical Muslims. The home is called a “safe house,” because the children are safe from danger.

Andre is a teenager who has been living at the safe house for about 9 years. Read his story below.

“It started when my father and mother went to a Muslim neighbor village to buy fishing nets. My siblings and I were at home.

“We became worried when our parents had been gone for two hours. So we asked our next door neighbor to help us look for our parents in our village.

“We couldn’t find them.”

“The next morning we visited the neighbor village.”

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The Sad Old Man

Azerbaijan

Day after day, a sad old man wandered up and down the streets of his town in Azerbaijan. At night he slept in a shelter for homeless refugees.

The old man used to live in the part of Azerbaijan called Nagorno-Karabakh. When fighting began in Nagorno-Karabakh, he was driven from his home. His wife died in the struggle. His children and grandchildren were scattered all over the country. So the man wandered the streets, sad and lonely.

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Eritrea Lesson Plan for a Group or Class

Eritrea

Find photos, and additional information, crafts, and activities in Bold Believers in Eritrea available in the Download section of this site. Search the site’s “Eritrea” tag for posts related to the country.

Objectives
The students will learn the meaning of witness and testimony. They will learn that Christians often witness boldly.

Introduction

Sing in Tigrinya
Explain: Today we will learn about a woman named Helen who went to prison for singing praises to God in the country of Eritrea. We are free to sing songs that might be against the law in Eritrea. The main language in Eritrea is Tigrinya.
Instructions: Teach the children to sing the song, “God is So Good (He’s So Good to Me)” in Tigrinya.

First sing the following three times: “ahm-lahk sehn-nai.” Then sing: “sehn-nai yoo nah-ai.” (The “ai” sound in both lines is like the English word “eye.”)

The words literally mean “God, good. Good is he to me.”

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Quran Competition

Iran
Iranian man reading a Quran

Muslim children around the world are encouraged to memorize the Quran, the Muslim holy book. Many Muslims believe they will go to heaven when they die if they memorize the entire book. The Quran contains about 6,200 verses.

Quran reciting contests are held in many countries. Every year Muslims from more than 80 countries meet in the United Arab Emirates for a big competition.

Onstage contestants are shown on large screens so the audience can see them better. Some spectators take cell phone videos of the reciters. Top reciters are highlighted on YouTube. The winner of the contest gets 250,000 dirhams, which is more than $60,000 in U.S. money.

Judges recite a verse from anywhere in the Quran. Contestants then recite the following verse and several after it from memory. Reciters are judged not only for how well they have memorized the verses, but if they recite it in the right tone of voice and with proper pronunciation. All the verses are recited in Arabic, even by contestants who come from countries where Arabic is not the main language.

In the following (fictional) skit, a Christian boy is challenged to learn more about his own faith and God’s Word after meeting some Muslim children.

Read a chart comparing the Quran and the Bible.

Find more skits and plays in the Downloads section.

Learn more about the Quran and Islam in Learning About Islam in the Downloads section.

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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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