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Mauritania: Tea Parties and Desert Worship

Mauritania

A small group of men sit on a mat outside. Someone heats ingredients for mint tea on a small burner. The tea is poured into small glasses from high above the glasses, but nothing is spilled. Pouring the tea in that way makes it foamy and frothy.

According to Mauritanian custom, the tea is poured from glass to glass before it is served in three rounds. The glasses are washed after each round. Preparing and drinking the tea can take an hour or longer.

Mauritanians drink tea every day. No one thinks it is strange to see a group of men or women having tea together.

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Iran: Kids Worship in a Secret Church

Iran

In Iran, it is against the law to share the Good News of Jesus with Muslims. But Iranians are secretly becoming Christians anyway! Many of the new Christians meet together secretly in house churches.

At one secret house church, the members learned how to talk about Jesus with Muslims and how to start new churches. They sang, prayed, and studied the Bible and other Christian books. The books were smuggled into Iran from other countries.

But there was something unusual about this church. Most of the members were between the ages of 10 and 13. Some were as young as 5. The leader of the church was 16.

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