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Facts About Inner Mongolia

Mongolia: A country south of Russia and north of China.
Inner Mongolia: A region in China
Fact: Inner Mongolia has hosted the Chinese Ethnic Games. The games included traditional sports from all over China, including running races on stilts, horse archery, swing, bamboo beam boating, and pearl ball.In swing, teams of two women swing on high swings, trying to touch a row of bells. Whichever team hits the bells the most times in 10 minutes wins.

Pearl ball has some rules like basketball and some like volleyball (without a center net). But the baskets are held by players, and they move around the court. Some players hold rackets to hit the ball away from the baskets.

Christians in Mongolia
Watch the video clip above to learn about a Christian family that serves God in Inner Mongolia, where few people know Jesus.


Half-year’s Resolutions

This week includes the halfway point of 2019. Are you still keeping the resolutions you made at the first of the year? Today may be a good time to make resolutions for the remainder of the year.

Hebrews 13:3 says, “Do not forget those who are in prison. Remember them as if you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering as if you were suffering with them” (ICB).

The verse reminds us to pray for the persecuted Christians around the world. What plans can you make for the rest of the year that include remembering the persecuted?

To get some ideas, go to Archives, then click on “What You Can Do.” 

 


Freedom: Richard Wurmbrand

Wurmbrand
Pastor Wurmbrand in prison

On July 4th, the United States celebrates freedom and independence. Many people think freedom means not being under the control of other people or another country.

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was in prison in communist Romania for 14 years because of his Christian activities. Most people would not think of prison as a place of freedom. But Pastor Wurmbrand realized that true freedom comes from obeying God and following Christ. He did not feel more or less free in or out of prison.

In prison, Pastor Wurmbrand thought, “It is not necessary to be at liberty to be pleasing to God. Which commandment could I keep better in freedom than in a prison cell? Why should I move around? The lily stays in the same place and exhales its perfume….I will not ask [God] to be freed.”

To Think About

  • What was Pastor Wurmbrand saying about the life of a Christian in his example about the lily?
  • Which was more important to Pastor Wurmbrand, getting out of prison or pleasing God?
  • What did Pastor Wurmbrand mean when he asked, “Which commandment could I keep better in freedom than in a prison cell?”

Note: After Pastor Wurmbrand got out of prison, he started the ministry that became The Voice of the Martyrs.


10 More Facts About the Central African Republic (CAR)

Girl in the CAR

The previous post revealed facts about the Central African Republic. Read below to learn about Christians and followers of other religions in the country.

1. At least half of the people in the CAR consider themselves to be Christians. About 30 percent are truly faithful, active Christians.

2. But many are Christians in name only. They continue to follow the customs of the spirit worshipers around them.

3. Some of the people who falsely call themselves Christians have joined together to form the “anti-Balaka” group. They participate in violent unbiblical revenge attacks against Muslims.

4. Sometimes Christians who share their faith are attacked by Muslim rebels. During one month, five pastors died in such attacks.

5. In some countries, Bibles are illegal. But, praise God, Bibles are for sale in Bangui (the capital), and they can be distributed legally. However, most people are too poor to afford them, and more than 60 percent of adults can’t read.

6. The main languages of the CAR are French and Sango. The Bible is available in both languages. (Source: The Joshua Project)

7. The Voice of the Martyrs provided believers with solar audio Bibles, which the Christians charge in the sun in front of their makeshift shelters. Christians who can’t read, children, and others can learn Scriptures from the audio Bibles.

8. Many Christians are showing love and forgiveness to their Muslim neighbors. They have protected Muslims from attackers who hunt for them. One church leader sheltered 2,000 Muslims in his church for months.

9. The Voice of the Martyrs is serving and encouraging thousands of Christians who were driven out of their homes.

10. Many Christians who fled violent attacks did not even have time to put on shoes or clothes. In one village, the only structures not burned to the ground were two churches with metal roofs. The Christians who fled survived by digging up roots and wild yams to eat. Churches in other communities are providing land for the Christians to live on.

See a video about the tough road traveled to get aid and Bibles to persecuted Christians in remote places.

Visit persecution.com/ActionPacks to learn how you can help displaced Christians.


10 Facts About the Central African Republic (CAR)

What do you know about the Central African Republic? If you read this post and the following one, you will probably know more than most of your family and friends! (The next post will tell about Christians and followers of other religions in the CAR.)

1. A megalith is a very large, prehistoric stone or group of stones used as a monument or forming a structure. Stonehenge in England is an example. Hundreds of megaliths are found in the CAR and other African countries. Their purpose remains a mystery, and scientists are not sure how ancient people moved the enormous stones into place without modern machinery.

2. The CAR has been named one of three countries (along with Chad and Madagascar) with the least “light pollution,” making it easier to see heavenly bodies at night.

3. Some unique animals make their home in the CAR, though conditions in the country are reducing their numbers. Some of the interesting animals include slit-nosed bats, blind snakes, and spot-nosed monkeys.

4. The CAR is landlocked, meaning it is not next to a sea or ocean.

5. The country has roads and airports, but fewer than 10 percent of the roads are paved, and only two airports have paved runways.

6. The CAR is rich in gold, diamonds, and other natural resources. But because of conditions in the country, many people are very poor.

Children in the CAR

7. About 800,000 people in the CAR have become homeless, because a civil war has forced them from their homes.

8. A U.S. State Department travel advisory says, “Do not travel to CAR due to crime, civil unrest, and kidnapping.” For those who plan to travel to the CAR anyway, the State Department advises, “Draft a will…and leave DNA samples with your medical provider.”

9. The capital of the CAR is Bangui, which is the center of the Bangui Magnetic Anomaly. In an area where there is a magnetic anomaly, magnetic compasses don’t work accurately. Scientists aren’t yet sure what caused the anomaly.

10. Due to poor living conditions, the CAR is the world’s unhealthiest country, and the worst country in which to be young, according to researchers.