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China Sunday School Lesson Plan

China

Use the following suggestions to teach a Sunday school class or other group a lesson about the persecution of Christians.

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Objectives
Students will learn that Christians can praise God even when they are afraid, and that they can trust God in the midst of trials and struggles.

Introduction
Teach the children to say “Jesus loves me” in Chinese (Yeh-soo ai woh; “ai” is pronounced like the word “eye.”) Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the Chinese words for the parts of the song that use those words.

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Text Message Fellowship

Text Message

“At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria….Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:1,4).

War and persecution have driven many people from Afghanistan. “Thousands of Afghans now live all over the world,” said a recent report from a VOM contact. As a result, Afghans now help Christians in eight countries produce radio programs to reach other Afghans with the good news of Jesus. (Almost all the people in Afghanistan are Muslims.)

Some Afghan listeners are coming to Christ after listening to the programs. But since so few Afghans are Christians, the new believers often don’t have fellowship with other Christians. “To address this need, we send Bible verses by text messages to listeners,” said the VOM contact. “These texts become their ‘daily bread’. Some tell us they share them with their friends.”

To Think About: What would it be like if none of your friends or neighbors were Christians? What if none of them knew about Christmas, the Bible, or Christian songs? What if you also did not have a church to attend? That is the situation for some Afghan Christians. Pray that God will encourage them in their faith.


Christian Father in Danger

Makset
Makset and his family in 2010

Makset Djabbarbergenov and his wife are the parents of four sons, and they are expecting a baby. About five years ago, they left their home country, Uzbekistan, and moved to Kazakhstan. Makset was in danger of being arrested in Uzbekistan for teaching people about Jesus and for passing out Christian literature.

Now Makset has been detained by police in Kazakhstan. Officials are trying to decide whether or not to send him back to Uzbekistan. He faces years in prison if he is sent back.

Please pray for Makset and his family.

(Source: VOM Canada)


“Guns Are Our Laws”

Blessed are the peacemakers

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following report from a Christian in a Muslim country.

Two Muslim tribes live in different villages. They have been enemies for many years. There is just one road to the second tribe’s village, and it passes through the area where the first tribe lives.

For several years, the first tribe has not allowed people from the second tribe to pass through their territory to get to a city. The second tribe could not go buy food or medicine. So the second tribe hired some helpers from outside the area to deliver goods to them.

Christians from outside the villages visited the tribes to try to help them. “Guns are our laws,” they told the visitors. The Christians also noticed that women in the tribes have particularly hard lives.

“Do remember these people in your prayers,” the Christians asked VOM.

Pray that the tribes will open their roads to their neighbors and their hearts to God’s love.


Perpetua

Long ago, Roman rulers persecuted early Christians in Africa. Perpetua, a Christian woman in her 20s, was imprisoned in Carthage with other Christians. Her father did not follow Christ. He begged her to sacrifice to Roman idols as the rulers demanded. “Have pity, my daughter, on my gray hairs,” he pleaded.

Perpetua tried to comfort her father, but she refused to sacrifice to idols. In A.D. 203, she and her friends died for their faith in Christ.

Note: The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story is a children’s DVD available at www.vombooks.com. Preview is recommended before showing to younger children.