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Five Ways to Help the Persecuted Church in Less Than 5 Minutes

  1. Go to Send the link to your friends, and offer to help them order and pack Action Packs to send to a country where Christians are persecuted.
  2. Pray for persecuted Christians while waiting in line or riding to school or church.
  3. Take a Kids of Courage or The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter to your next doctor or dentist visit. Ask if you can leave it in the waiting room.
  4. Let a children’s pastor or Christian school teacher know that they can visit to find a VOM conference in their area.
  5. Kristen’s family in Utah put spare coins in a jar for a year, then sent the money to VOM to help persecuted Christians. They called the jar “the jar for the unknown soldier” in honor of Christians around the world who need encouragement. Decorate a jar to set in your house or classroom. Invite your family or classmates to help you collect spare change for a project to help struggling Christians.

Readers Talk to Us

Question: Some people wonder if young children should learn about persecuted Christians. How would you answer them?

Laura S., a third-grade teacher at a Christian school in Tennessee, replies:

“Jesus was persecuted, as were the apostles. This is our heritage as believers. We cannot ignore it. It is a great calling, and each child born into the household of faith has this calling.

“Should we shield our children from that reality? No. Persecuted Christians are their brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God. I want us to train our children to pray for those in need, and to care for the widows and orphans, especially those in the household of faith.”

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Cuba: Learn Some Spanish Phrases

Spanish is the main language of Cuba.

How to Say It
Jesus loves you. Cristo te ama. KREES-toh tay AH-mah
Jesus loves me. Cristo me ama. KREES-toh may AH-mah
God is love. Dios es amor. Dyohs ehs ah-MOHR.

Church Without Walls

Worship at the Church Without Walls in Cuba.

Comparing Christianity and Santeria

Santeria (Also called Lukumi or Regla de Ocla)
What is it? Christianity is the faith of followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Santeria is an African religion. Slaves brought it to Cuba long ago. They added some Catholic practices to the religion to please their masters but continued their own unbiblical practices, too.
Holy book The Bible Santeria has no formal holy book. It has been passed down by word of mouth.
God There is one God. He is a loving Father to His children. We can come to Him through faith in Jesus. (See John 14:6.) Santeria teaches that there is one main god who is not knowable. Followers worship and pray to many lesser gods.
Sacrifice Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paid for the sins of mankind. Followers of Santeria make animal sacrifices to their gods.
Ancestor worship Christians worship God alone. They trust Him to care for them. (See Deuteronomy 6:4 and 1 Peter 5:7.) Followers of Santeria worship, talk to, and try to please the spirits of their ancestors who have died.