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Malaysia: Compressed Rice Recipe

Many Malaysians eat rice every day. Some fix “compressed rice.” Here is one way to prepare it.

Cook 2 cups of white rice and ½ teaspoon of salt in 6 cups of water until the rice is soft. Mash the rice with a large spoon. Spread the rice in a rectangular container, such as an 8- by 12-inch cake pan. Put another rectangular container, a little smaller than the first one, on top of the rice. Weight the top container down with 5-pound hand weights, heavy books, or food cans. Cover any exposed rice with aluminum foil. Chill overnight in the refrigerator. Cut the rice into squares and serve with a favorite sauce or topping.

To serve with a Malaysian topping, use this peanut sauce recipe. Combine 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon of chili sauce. Mix until smooth.


Types of Behavior Under Muslim (Sharia) Law

Category of Behavior (in Arabic)
Meaning
Punishment/Reward (in this life and/or in the “hereafter”
Examples of Behavior (may vary from place to place)
Fardh Required actions that must be done Doing is rewarded; not doing is punished Praying five times a day; men supporting their families
Mandub Recommended or desirable Doing is rewarded; no punishment for not doing Extra prayer and fasting; keeping written records of debts
Mubah Allowed Not rewarded or punished Eating apples; drinking Coca-Cola; using the internet for decent purposes
Makruh Not recommended; hated, but not forbidden No punishment for doing; not doing is rewarded Divorce; growing long fingernails; proposing marriage to someone who is already married
Haram Forbidden Punishment for doing; not doing is rewarded Stealing; lying; drinking alcohol; eating pork; men wearing gold jewelry; attending a prom

Wristband Activity

Wristband Activity
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Needed: Duct tape, scissors, writing instruments (optional)

Cut a piece of duct tape 1 inch longer than necessary to fit around your wrist. Cut off the top half of the strip 1 inch from the right end and the bottom half of the strip 1 inch from the left end. Fold the tape in half lengthwise, sticky sides together. Wrap the tape around your wrist, fastening it by pressing the exposed sticky parts together. (You may want to write a Bible verse on your band.)

Read aloud Philippians 2:14 and 4:4, and James 1:2. Many persecuted Christians talk about how they experienced God’s comfort during their struggles. God’s presence helps them to not complain.

Try praising God instead of complaining when things do not go your way. Keep your wristband on as long as you can. When you complain about something, remove it. You may want to ask family members to join you in the project and see who can keep their band on the longest, while remembering Christians who rejoice in spite of their trials.


Nigerian Beads Activity

Nigeria

Nigeria

Needed: 1-inch by 8 1/2-inch strips of colorful paper (magazine pages, gift wrap, origami paper, wallpaper samples, or construction paper); straws; tape; yarn, ribbon, fishing line, or thin wire; buttons, metal washers, macaroni, paper clips, or sequins

To make Nigerian “beads,” place a straw on one end of a paper strip, perpendicular to the strip. Fold the end of the strip over the straw and tape it to the strip. Roll up the straw in the paper to the other end of the strip. Tape the end shut, and gently pull the straw out.

Repeat with more strips. String the “beads” on yarn, ribbon, fishing line, or thin wire. You may string other objects between the beads, such as buttons, macaroni, metal washers, paper clips, or sequins.

Note: If you want to make a “witness chain,” make your beads yellow, black, red, white, and green. Yellow represents heaven, where God lives and everything is perfect. Black stands for sin, which is not allowed in heaven. Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed to save those who believe in him so they can be with him in heaven forever. White represents the clean heart of those who admit their sin to God, believe in his Son, Jesus, and call on him to save them from sin. Green is the color of growing things. Our relationship with God grows when we pray, read the Bible, gather with other believers for worship, and share the good news of Jesus with others.


Ten Bold Believers Stories from 2010

Nigeria
Nigerian children

The following stories tell about kids and families who continue to serve God in the face of dangers and hardship. Please pray for them and for other Christians around the world who face the same kinds of struggles.

1. Nigeria: The Pastor
Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visited a church service in Nigeria. The pastor that day was a 15-year-old boy! He preached from 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “In everything give thanks.”

The young pastor has no father. He lives at a boarding school called the Stephen Centre during the school year. Other children at the Stephen Centre are also fatherless. Their fathers died when Muslims attacked homes, churches, and families in their towns. Now kind Christian teachers help them get an education.

The pastor has reasons to be sad, but he has learned to thank God “in everything.” He shares what he has learned with other students at the Stephen Centre when they gather together on Sundays to worship God.

Source: SDOK Netherlands

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