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Write a Report: Be a Voice

You can be a voice for the persecuted by using information about persecuted Christians in your school reports. Read the ideas below. Can you think of other ways to include information about today’s heroes of the faith in your school work?

Savannah
Savannah, a 4th grader in California, attended a meeting at her church where a speaker from The Voice of the Martyrs talked about the persecuted church. After the meeting, she used what she had learned, along with information from the VOM magazine, to write a report. “I wrote it half for school and half for the fun of it,” said Savannah.

The report helped Savannah become a voice for the persecuted. She took it to the local newspaper office, and it was published in the religion section of the paper! Many readers were informed about the courage and needs of suffering believers around the world.

Reports

  • Read a book about a Christian hero. Then read a book about someone who is successful in the eyes of the world. In what ways are the people alike? In what ways are they different? Include your ideas in a book report.
  • Tell someone about a book you read about a bold Christian, and encourage them to ask you questions about the book. Write down their questions and your answers. Use the questions and answers the basis for a report.
  • Show a clip from the video section of this site as part of a report. Or draw pictures to illustrate the report.
  • Make stick or sock puppets of characters in a book and act out part of the story.
  • Write a script for a play or screenplay for a movie based on a book you read.
  • Submit your report to a newspaper, magazine, or Internet site as a book review.

Bible Puzzle

The crossword puzzle is 100 years old this year. A puzzle first appeared in a newspaper in 1913.

Print or draw the puzzle grid below twice. Use the two sets of clues, your knowledge, and a Bible to solve the two puzzles.

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  1. Puzzle Clues
    Across and Down

    1. Matthew 5:44 says to ____ for those who persecute you.
    2. Mark 16:9 tells us that Jesus ____ from the dead.
    3. North Korea and Laos, two countries where Christianity is restricted, are in ____ (a continent).
    4. This ____ is 2013.
  2. Puzzle Clues
    Across and Down

    1. Jesus said, “You believe in God, believe ____ in Me” (John 14:1).
    2. An animal in Daniel’s den.
    3. Matthew 10:28 says, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the ____.”
    4. John 3:16 says God “gave His ____ begotten Son.”

Visit this link to view the answers to the word square.

Word Square Answers

Puzzle A

  1. pray
  2. rose
  3. Asia
  4. year
Puzzle B

  1. also
  2. Lion
  3. soul
  4. only

Letters Encourage Uzbekistan Christians

Shestakov family
Pastor Shestakov’s family today

Pastor Dmitry Shestakov was in prison in Uzbekistan from 2007 to 2011 because of his Christian activities. You can read a story about his daughter Vera in the post Uzbekistan: Vera Update.

Many Christians wrote the pastor letters while he was in prison, using instructions from VOM’s PrisonerAlert website. Here is what he said about the letters:

“These letters gave a great encouragement to us. We all read them! And when we feel ourselves a part of a large Christian family, we are filled with joy. People pray for us, think of us. They send cards. Someone took the time. Every time we re-read and reviewed all of this and filled with joy!”

VOM president, Jim Dau, said, “Testimonies like this from our persecuted family illustrate why VOM continues to encourage readers to write to Christians in prison.”

Read the post Writing to Prisoners to learn more about how to write letters to prisoners.


Iraq Then and Now

Cuneiform

Sumeria, called Shinar in the Old Testament, was the lower part of Mesopotamia, the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The southern part of Mesopotamia was later called Babylonia. Daniel and his friends were taken to Babylon, the capital of Babylonia. (See Daniel 3.) Babylonia was in the region that is now called Iraq.

 

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Snack and Share

Nigeria

Some of the snacks that Nigerian kids enjoy are made of corn and peanuts. Try the corn and peanut snack recipe below. Can you share the snack with a Sunday school class or other group and tell them about Christian kids in Nigeria? Enter “Nigeria” in the search box on this site to find stories and information to share.

Recipe

  1. Thaw 2 cups of frozen corn to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Spread out the thawed corn in a layer on a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake until the corn is light brown and starting to dry out (about 15 to 20 minutes).
  5. Remove the corn from the oven and let it cool.
  6. Put the corn in a bowl, and mix in 2 cups of peanuts.
  7. Sprinkle salt on top.

Keep the snack mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve and eat it.