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Leila: An Egyptian Kid of Courage

Egypt

Leila was the oldest of four sisters in an Egyptian family. Her father was a strict Muslim who went to the mosque to pray five times every day. Her mother was a Muslim, too, but was not as strict in following Muslim practices.

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John, a Living Sacrifice

When Peter saw [John], he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” John 21:21-23

John
A false rumor spread among the followers of Jesus that Jesus’ disciple John would never die.
According to tradition, enemies tried to kill John on more than one occasion, but he survived by the grace of God. The Roman Emperor Domitian then sent him to Patmos, an island where Roman leaders sent people who had beliefs that didn’t agree with the main Roman religion.

After Domitian died, John returned to Ephesus, where he lived until his death two years later. John did die more peacefully than Jesus’ other disciples. But he didn’t live a peaceful life. His life was a “living sacrifice.”

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God….Romans 12:1

Why are Christians a living sacrifice?
Christians give their lives completely to God because He saved us from sin and death. (See John 3:16.)
How can we be a living sacrifice?
We are living sacrifices when we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
How do we follow in the footsteps of Jesus?
We follow in the footsteps of Jesus when we obey His teachings and seek to be like Him.

Parents and Teachers
The Witnesses Trilogy includes three animated, feature-length films that cover the time from the birth of Jesus through the birth of the early church, told from the viewpoint of John. Following in Christ’s footsteps, early Christians spread God’s message to the ends of the earth while facing pressures and persecution from every side.

Learn more here.

Find a Following His Footsteps craft here.


Kids in Jail

(Source: icommittopray.com)

Police in Somalia recently put a mother and father in jail. And they put the couple’s two children in jail with them! One of the children is a two-month old baby.

The police said, “[The couple] should be fully aware that they won’t escape the hand of law enforcement officers and that the spread of Christianity will not be allowed.” Now other Christian families are concerned that they might be arrested, too. Some have fled the country.

The Voice of the Martyrs sponsors safe house where Christians can take refuge from people pursuing them. The safe house has been overwhelmed with new families seeking safety.

Read more about life for Christians in Somalia and how to pray for them here.

Photo: Muslims in Somalia. Muslims in some countries believe that women and girls should be well covered. Learn more in the book Learning About Islam, available in the free Downloads section.


The Gospel in a Taxi

(Source: VOM Australia)

Some of the best evangelists in Iran are taxi or Uber drivers. (An evangelist is someone who spreads the gospel of Jesus. Most of the people in Iran are Muslims and many have not heard about God’s love for them.)

Two Passengers
One day, an Iranian taxi driver picked up a husband and wife who both worked in a hospital. The man and woman sat in the back seat talking about how bad the COVID situation is. They were tired, stressed, and frustrated. Soon they began saying that they were angry with God about the virus.

The driver listened patiently and then gently offered his thoughts. He agreed that the country is in a sad and difficult situation. But he told them he has peace and hope in the midst of the trouble. He talked about how he knows God as a God of love, compassion, and peace.

Seeing Things in a New Light
The driver probably earned less money on his taxi-driving job that day. He spent three hours explaining the truth about God, Jesus, and the Bible to the passengers. Then the couple trusted in Jesus as their Savior!

The driver gave them a Bible and kept in touch with them. He found out that they share the gospel on their job now, offering a Bible to everyone they talk to and praying for them. (See the photo above.)

To Do
*Praise God for the taxi driver’s faithfulness in sharing the gospel! Ask Him to strengthen the new Christian couple in their faith.
*With a family member or classmate, role play what you would say if someone told you that they were scared about the coronavirus or another situation. Ask a mature Christian to help you prepare an answer. (Read 1 Peter 3:15.)