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China Word Squares

Print the puzzle boxes below, or draw a 4 by 4 block of squares like the ones below on a piece of paper. Solve the puzzles so that each word square reveals the same words vertically (up and down) and horizontally (across).
Across and Down

  1. China built a Great ___ to keep out invaders; rhymes with “ball.”
  2. In ___, China is the fourth largest country in the world.
  3. A colorful plastic toy building brick.
  4. ___ is China’s neighbor. It is between Burma (Myanmar) and Vietnam.
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Across and Down

  1. China is all in one time ___; rhymes with “tone.”
  2. China used to be closed to outsiders; now it is more ___.
  3. Many people in China now know they ___ Jesus; rhymes with “heed.”
  4. Jesus said His disciples would be His witnesses to the ___ of the earth (Acts 1:8, NIV).
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  1. Almost ___ of China ’s people follow no religion; same as 50%.
  2. A sea east of China ; “lara” spelled backwards.
  3. The last volcano eruption in China was in 1951; melted rock from a volcano is ___.
  4. The ___ of China has five yellow stars.
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  1. At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard ___, it is 8:00 p.m. in China.
  2. A music player you can carry around.
  3. China has ___ people than any other country in the world; opposite of “less.”
  4. Adam and Eve’s garden.

Word Square Answers

  1. Wall, area, Lego, Laos
  2. zone, open, need, ends
  3. half, Aral, lava, flag
  4. time, iPod, more, Eden

A Treat from Azerbaijan

What you will need:

  • 4 Apricots
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  1. Peel, chop, and mash 4 apricots to make about 1 cup of fruit.
  2. Combine with ¾ cup sugar and 1 tsp. lemon juice in a saucepan.
  3. Stir over medium heat until the mixture reaches a rolling boil.
  4. Continue to stir for 3 more minutes while boiling.
  5. Cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  6. Eat by the teaspoonful while drinking tea.

Indonesia: Chased into the Arms of Jesus

Indonesia

Seeking the Truth
Bobby was a Muslim teenager. When he was asleep, he had dreams about Jesus and heaven. He wondered what the dreams meant. Many Muslims are not comfortable asking questions about their faith, or their holy book, the Quran. They just accept what Muslim leaders tell them.

But, after his dreams, Bobby had questions. He bought three books: a Bible, a Hindu book, and a Buddhist book. (Hinduism and Buddhism are religions that do not agree with the Bible.) He thought the books might help him find answers. Bobby began to read the books in his bedroom.

Muslims believe that Jesus was a good man. But they do not believe He was the Son of God. They do not believe that people are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Instead, they believe that Allah, who they worship, lets people into heaven if they have done enough good works. But no one knows how many good works are “enough.”

Bobby learned more about Jesus from the Bible he bought. But before he could decide what he believed, he got in trouble. “One day I forgot to lock my door,” Bobby said. “My mother came in, and seeing the books, she screamed. My father told me, ‘You’re a sinner.’” Bobby’s parents thought the books were “unclean.”

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China: Orphans Welcome at Secret Christian School

China

First Anna was kicked out of school, then she was kicked out of her house! Anna’s mother died when Anna was very young. After a while, Anna’s father got married again. But Anna’s new stepmother did not want her.

Some helpful Christians in a house church began taking care of Anna when she was 9 years old. Soon they took her to a Christian orphanage. A pastor called Pastor Bike and his wife took care of five orphans at the home. Pastor Bike loved the children and took very good care of them. During the day, the children went to school.

But the Chinese school did not allow orphans to go to school. They kicked Anna out.

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