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Oonch Neech

Children in Pakistan and parts of India play a traditional game of tag called oonch neech. To play oonch neech, first choose one player to be “It.” The other players try to avoid getting tagged by the person who is “it.”

Players cannot be tagged if they are standing on a porch, big rock, or other safe place above ground level. Any place at ground level or below is not safe.

If a player is tagged, he or she becomes It. You may want to make a rule that says no player can stay in the same safe area for more than 10 consecutive seconds. Or you might make the playing area smaller so players can get tagged quicker.

Ten Bold Believers Stories from 2009

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The following stories are about kids and families who bravely continue to serve God in the face of difficulties and danger. Please pray for them and for others around the world who face similar struggles.

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Praise the Lord Around the World

Use the chart below to learn how to say “Praise the Lord” in 10 other languages. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song with the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

How To Say It
Iran Farsi KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Pakistan Punjabi RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay
China Chinese tzahn-may joo
Colombia Spanish GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs
Russia, Kazakhstan Russian SLAH-vuh BOH-goo
Many Muslim Countries Arabic MAHG-duh lah rahp
Eritrea Tigrinya gway-tah yeh mess ghen
Malaysia, Brunei Malay Poo-jee TOO-hahn
Nepal Nepali jay muh-SEE
Bangladesh Bangla ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk

Comparing Beliefs about God in Many Faiths

Non-Christian Belief
Communism A man named Karl Marx spread many of the teachings followed by communists. He believed that there is no God and that religion is “the opiate of the people.” (An “opiate” is a mind-numbing drug.) Christians believe in God. The Bible says it is foolish and unwise to not believe in God. (See Psalm 53:1 and Proverbs 1:7.)
Islam, the religion of Muslims Muslims believe in Allah, who the Quran says is the creator of the world. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) Muslims believe that Allah cannot be known. He is not like a father to humans. The Quran does not say that Allah loves sinners or seeks to save them. Because He loves the world, God sent Jesus to seek and save the lost (sinners). God is like a loving Father to His children. (See John 3:16, Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8, and 2 Corinthians 6:18.)
Hinduism Hindus may believe in one main god; and some Hindus pick one god to be their own special god, but Hindu teachings tell of millions of gods. There is one God. “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4).
Buddhism Buddhist teachings do not tell of a supreme creator God; Buddhists may worship many gods. “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us” (Psalm 100:3).
Secular humanism Secular humanists believe that people are part of nature. They believe people control their own destiny, because there is no God and no life after death. Christians believe God created people in His own image (Genesis 1:27). He controls times, seasons, and even earthly rulers (Daniel 2:21). There is life and judgment after death. (See 1 Corinthians 15:22 and Hebrews 9:27.)
New Age Many of those who follow New Age ideas believe “God” is a power, force, energy, or consciousness. They believe people are part of this power and not separate from it. God created the world and people, and He is separate from them. His children can know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). (See also Jeremiah 9:23,24.)
Animism Animists believe many gods and spirits are found in trees, rocks, plants, and other things. Some also believe in a great god who is above all others. If there is a great god, he is far away from humans and does not care about their daily lives, animists believe. God “is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27). “God is love” (1 John 4:16). Cast “all your care upon Him, for He cares for You” (1 Peter 5:7).

Terrorist Beliefs and Christian Responses

Terrorist Beliefs
Christian Responses
Fear Terrorists use threats and violence to try to force others to do what they want. Terrorism is often carried out against innocent people who are no threat to the terrorists. Terrorists try to control people by scaring them. “Many look at terrorists with fear, others with hate. Jesus fears and hates no one. Like God who gives sunshine and rain to all, so He loves and desires to forgive and save all” (Richard Wurmbrand, founder of The Voice of the Martyrs)
Power Terrorists believe in using anger, hate, greed, and violence to get power. Richard Wurmbrand shared that the secret of real power is love, mercy, goodness, good character, and being a servant, as Jesus taught. (See Matthew 3:1–14 and Romans 12:21.)
Who is in control? Terrorists believe that there are powerful people or groups who cause all their problems. They think getting rid of those people will fix everything. God has placed Jesus “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion” (Ephesians 1:21, NIV) We can trust in Him. (See Proverbs 3:5.)
Success Terrorists think that conquering people in power will mean success. Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?
Changing the world Terrorists believe the way to get desirable things is to change the world by acts of terrorism. Christians know that only Jesus has the key to eternal peace. His truth is for all places and all times. Fighting for wrong causes can fail. When someone trusts in God, they cannot fail forever.