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Make a Moroccan Treat

Kids in Morocco like to eat roasted almonds. If you want to try them, rinse 1½ cups of raw whole almonds in cold water and drain them. Spread them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Cool before eating.


Make a Moroccan Drum

Moroccan Drum

Small Moroccan drums are ceramic and colorfully painted. Some children’s drums are less than six inches tall. You can make a model of a Moroccan child’s drum.

Instructions:
Use two empty 8-ounce yogurt containers, 7.5-ounce margarine containers, or similar containers with plastic lids. (A Pringles can lid will fit on a yogurt container if the container does not have a plastic lid.) Ask an adult to help you cut out the centers of the bottoms of the containers, leaving a narrow rim on the bottom of each one.

Glue the bottoms of the containers together along the remaining rims to create an hourglass-shaped drum. Wrap tape around the glued edges on the outside of the drum to make it stronger.

Cover the outside of the drum with foil gift wrap, colored tissue paper, strips of vinyl tape in various colors, or other colorful materials. Use felt-tip markers to color the entire outside of the lid. Put the lid on the drum. Play the drum with your fingers.


Comparing Jesus and Mohammed

Mohammed
Jesus
When and where they lived Muhammad grew up around Mecca (now in Saudi Arabia). He was born in about A.D. 570 and died in 632. He spread the teachings of Islam, the religion of Muslims. Jesus grew up in Nazareth. He was probably born between about 8 B.C. and 4 B.C. He died at the age of 33. His followers are called Christians (Acts 11:26).
Who they were Muslims believe Muhammad was a prophet of Allah. Muslims worship Allah. They believe Jesus was also just a prophet and not the Son of God (Quran 3:84, 4:171, and 9:30). Christians believe Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16,20).
Sin The Quran talks about Muhammad’s sins (Quran 47:19, 48:2). The Bible says Jesus lived a sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Quran and the Bible Muhammad is not mentioned by name in the Bible. Jesus is mentioned many times by name in the Koran.
Salvation Muslims believe people are born sinless. They do not seek a savior, but depend on their own works to please Allah. They believe Allah will let them into paradise when they die if they have done enough good deeds. They hope they will do enough good deeds, but they can’t be sure. The Bible says all have sinned (Romans 3:23, 5:12). Ephesians 2:8–9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (NIV). The Bible teaches that Jesus saves people from sin. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).

Vietnam: Sarah and Her Brothers

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Sarah, Danny, and Robert are Christian youth from the highlands of Vietnam. Their father was imprisoned because of his faith in Jesus. Below, read what they told contacts from The Voice of the Martyrs about their lives.

Sarah
My name is Sarah. I have two older brothers, Danny and Robert. I’m in the 10th grade and my favorite subject is English.

I want to serve God when I grow up. I often read the Bible. My favorite hymn is called “The Mighty God.” God’s love is great. He helps my family. He opens many people’s hearts, making them believe in him.

My father was in prison for six years and four months. I only visited him two times. He got out of prison early. I thank God for his blessings to our family.

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Comparing Vietnam’s Cao Dai Religion and Christianity

Cao Dai Religion
Christianity
Beginnings Cao Dai started in 1926 in Vietnam. The founder was a man named Ngo Van Chieu. He said he received spiritual guidance during a séance, leading him to start Cao Dai. The Bible speaks against trying to communicate with the dead, which is a common part of séances. (See Deuteronomy 18:10–12.) Christianity was started by Jesus Christ, whose followers believe He is the Son of God. He was with God from the beginning of time (John 1:1,2).
Followers Cao Dai is the third largest religion in Vietnam, where there are 3-8 million followers. An estimated 20,000 Cao Daists live in the U.S., and about 20 Cao Dai temples can be found in California. More than 2 billion people in the world claim to be Christians.
Symbol God is represented by the image of an eye. The cross is the symbol of Jesus’ sacrificial death to save those who believe in Him from sin. (See John 3:16.)
God Cao Daists believe in a supreme god. They also highly honor dead ancestors, the founders of other religions, Shakespeare, “the Mother Goddess,” Louis Pasteur, deceased French writer Victor Hugo, and many other noted persons from the past. There is one God who created everything. God sent Jesus to seek and save lost sinners because He loves the world. God is like a loving Father to His children. (See Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8, and 2 Corinthians 6:18.)
Jesus Jesus is one of many honored teachers from the past. Jesus is God’s “one and only Son” (John 3:16, NIV). “There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV). Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He said, “No one comes to the Father (God) except through Me” (John 14:6).
Salvation Cao Daists believe that after a bad life, they may be reborn on a less enjoyable planet. After a good life, they may be reborn into a happier life on earth. Trying to live a good life is not enough for salvation. (See Ephesians 2: 8,9.) Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Christ. Believers enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See 2 Corinthians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:10, and Romans 6:23.)