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Prisoner’s Family Separated in Eritrea

Haile
Haile Nayzgi

Haile Nayzgi was arrested and put in jail in 2004. He was a church leader in Eritrea. Hundreds of Christians in Eritrea have been arrested in recent years for worshipping in churches that are not approved by the government. Read more about Haile in his Prisoner Alert profile.

The Voice of the Martyrs has received an update about Haile, who is still in prison, and his family. After Haile’s arrest, his wife and three children, Shalom, Yoel, and Nayher, escaped to Sudan. But because of difficulties in escaping from Eritrea, the family was separated.

The children, all under 16, are now in a refugee camp. They are cared for by a 22-year-old cousin. Their mother is in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. It is not safe for the children to be reunited with their mother at this time.

Please pray for Haile and his family during this difficult time.


India Lesson Plan

India

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

Objectives
Students will learn that God sometimes takes care of those who are having problems by sending people to encourage them. We can be helpers if we ask God to guide us to people he wants us to help and to pray for.

Introduction
Explain: Today we are going to learn about India. Many languages are spoken in India, but the main one is Hindi. “Hindi” is a language. “Hindu” is a religion.

Teach the children to say “yes” (“hah”) and “no” (“nuh-HEE”) in Hindi. Ask a student, “Is your name [say a correct or incorrect name]?” Have them answer “hah” or nuh-HEE.” Let the children take turns asking each other their names in the same way.

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Comparing Hinduism and Christianity

Hindu Teachings
Christian Truths
God Hindus believe in one main god, called Brahman. Some Hindus pick one god to be their own special god. But Hindu teachings tell of many gods. Hindus are said to have millions of gods. There is one God. “The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4).
Relationship Hindus do not believe that their gods are like fathers to those who worship them. Our Father, God, loves us as His children. “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18).
Holy book
Hindus respect many Hindu writings. The Vedas are a collection of sacred writings. The Bhagavad-Gita is a respected book of stories. The Bible is the Word of God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Life after death
Hindus believe in reincarnation—the belief that after people die, they can come back to life again as other people or animals. Karma is the belief that the way someone behaved in a former life determines what they will be in the next life. After a person’s life on earth ends, there is a judgment. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Believers enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See Psalm 16:11.)
Salvation
Salvation for Hindus means freedom from being reborn again and again. They believe they become part of their main god when their cycle of birth and death ends. Some of the ways Hindus try to get closer to this “salvation” include rituals, good works, meditation, yoga, and the worship of gods. The only way to eternal life is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Write a Report: Be a Voice

Book

You can be a voice for the persecuted by using information about persecuted Christians in your school reports. Read the ideas below. Can you think of other ways to include information about today’s heroes of the faith in your school work?

Savannah
Savannah, a 4th grader in California, attended a meeting at her church where a speaker from The Voice of the Martyrs talked about the persecuted church. After the meeting, she used what she had learned, along with information from the VOM newsletter, to write a report. “I wrote it half for school and half for the fun of it,” said Savannah.

The report helped Savannah become a voice for the persecuted. She took it to the local newspaper office, and it was published in the religion section of the paper! Many readers were informed about the courage and needs of suffering believers around the world.

Reports

  • Read a book about a Christian hero. Then read a book about someone who is successful in the eyes of the world. In what ways are the people alike? In what ways are they different? Include your ideas in a book report.
  • Tell someone about a book you read about a bold Christian, and encourage them to ask you questions about the book. Write down their questions and your answers. Use the questions and answers the basis for a report.
  • Show a clip from the video section of this site as part of a report. Or draw pictures to illustrate the report.
  • Make stick or sock puppets of characters in a book and act out part of the story.
  • Write a script for a play or screenplay for a movie based on a book you read.
  • Submit your report to a newspaper, magazine, or Internet site as a book review.

Youth Pray at a Persecution “Lock-in”

A story from the Kids of Courage archives

Two speakers from The Voice of the Martyrs were “locked in” with Georgia youth at an overnight lock-in. The VOM visitors challenged the youth to notice the opportunities God places before them.

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