Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on February 7th, 2020
(Source: icommittopray.com; photo: Philip and a VOM worker)
At about 7:00 one evening in 2018, Grace and her sister, Patience, were playing with their cousin at the family’s home in Nigeria. Their brother, Philip, was asleep on the couch. Ladi, their mother, was on her way home from the market, and Yakubu, their dad, was taking care of them.
Yakubu heard men’s voices coming closer to the house. Fulani Muslim attackers were in the neighborhood. Yakubu extinguished their kerosene lamp and told the children to hide in the corner behind the couch, and he began to pray. Grace shielded Patience with her body. But as the men entered the house and began striking the family with machetes, the girls screamed, “Jesus!” revealing their hiding place. Both were struck with the attackers’ weapons.
After the attackers left, Yakubu was able to run to the main road, and he found a relative who helped him take the children to the hospital. Their lives were saved. Grace and Philip had the most serious injuries.
Grace has recovered enough to return to school, but sometimes has nightmares. Philip lost an eye in the attack, and has some head injuries. He walks with a limp. He asks God to forgive the attackers.
Please pray for their continued recovery.
Published on February 6th, 2020
Crops of Indonesia Treat
Three main crops of Indonesia are rice, cocoa, and peanuts. You can make an American recipe using all of them.
What You Will Need:
- 6 cups of crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 3/4 cup of chocolate chips
- Combine cereal, honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
- Spread the mixture in a large pan and freeze it.
- Cut into squares to eat.
Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas), An Indonesian Treat
What You Will Need:
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 6 to 7 bananas
- Cooking oil
- Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add coconut milk, water, and egg.
- Beat until smooth.
- Let the batter sit for 15 minutes.
- Cut 6 medium or 7 small bananas in half.
- Dip half a banana at a time in the batter to cover it.
- With the help of an adult, remove each banana with a fork, and deep fry it in hot oil until brown.
- Drain on paper towels and serve.
Published on February 5th, 2020
VOM supporters in the Unites States found a unique way to inform others about the persecuted church several years ago. They entered a model of praying hands in a snow sculpture contest, and they won! Can you think of a new way to let people know about the need for prayer for persecuted Christians?
[From the Kids of Courage archives]
Published on February 5th, 2020
Have you ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors”? If not, ask someone familiar with the game to teach you. Then try this Indonesian variation.
Two players face each other and hold out a fist in front of them. On the count of three, each makes one of the following hand signs:
- Semut (pronounced suh-MOOT): point with the little finger.
- Orang (orr-AHNG): point with the first finger.
- Gajah (gha-jah): point with the thumb.
- Semut means ant.
- Orang means person.
- Gajah means elephant.
If one player gives the sign for semut and the other for orang, orang wins because a person can step on an ant. Semut beats gajah because an ant can crawl in an elephant’s ear and bite or tickle it. Gajah wins against orang because an elephant can stomp on a person.
Note: The word “orangutan” comes from the Indonesian words “orang,” meaning “person,” and “hutan,” meaning “forest.” Orangutans are native to Indonesia.
Published on February 4th, 2020
[Photo: Indonesian mother and child]
Mehfri and his wife are Christians in Indonesia. Two years ago, they had a baby daughter.
Most people in Indonesia are Muslims. Mehfri prays that his daughter will be a devoted follower of Jesus. He already encourages her to be strong in her faith by telling her, “You must stay on fire.”
Mehfri made friends with a teacher at an elementary school for Muslim children. After meeting with Mehfri for three months to discuss Jesus, the teacher became a Christian.
Then one day, Mehfri went to the man’s home to see him. But the teacher’s Muslim son met him outside the house. The son and three men with sticks beat up Mehfri, who then sped away on his motorbike.
At home, Mehfri’s daughter saw that her father was in pain from his injuries. What do you think she said to him? “You must stay on fire, for me,” she told him. “You must stay on fire.” Even though he was suffering, Mehfri smiled.
Mehfri and his wife prayed for the attackers. Their family has moved to another city in Indonesia, where they are still reaching Muslims for Christ. “We must follow Jesus,” Mehfri said. “We don’t know about the future, but we must face it.” He, his wife, and his daughter will continue to encourage one another to “stay on fire.”
(Source: The February 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)
To learn more about Christians in Indonesia, download Bold Believers in Indonesia from the free Downloads section.