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Bold Believers in Afghanistan

Bold Believers in Afghanistan

Very few countries have lower life expectancies than Afghanistan (women: 51 years; men: 48 years). Most Afghans have short, harsh lives and many never learn the truth about Jesus.

But bold Christian believers are working to change things! Afghans are hearing the good news of Jesus while living in other countries as refugees, or from Christian radio programs broadcast from outside of Afghanistan. After giving their lives to Christ, the new Christians look for ways to share the truth with other Afghans.

Read more about Afghanistan’s courageous Christians in Bold Believers in Afghanistan, available for purchase at www.vombooks.com or for free download in the Downloads section of this website.

The color photos, true stories, activities games, recipes, and country facts in the book can help you learn about past and current believers in a country that is often in the news.


A Sad Day in Pakistan

A Sad Day in Pakistan

Churches in Pakistan often post guards outside their worship services to protect the worshipers. But the guards can’t always stop attacks.

On Sunday, September 22, radical Muslims attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan , where guards were posted. News reports said it was the largest ever attack on Christians in Pakistan.

About 600 people attended the church that Sunday. The attackers’ bombs injured many of the worshipers and killed some of them. The boy in the photo was injured.

Ask God to protect Christians in Pakistan and to help the injured boy and other Christian children in Pakistan not to be afraid.


Confucius’ Birthday

People in China celebrate the birthday of Confucius on September 28th. Learn more about Confucius from the chart below.

Comparing Confucianism and Christianity

Confucianism
Christianity
Beginnings
Confucianism was started by Confucius, who lived in China from about 550 to 479 B.C. Confucius did not claim to be a god, but after his death, some of his followers worshipped him. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, His followers were first called “Christians” in the days of Paul (Acts 11:26). Christians follow Christ and worship Him as the Son of God, who came to save the world (John 3:16–17).
Books
Respected writings include The Analects, a collection of sayings made by Confucius’ followers, and five books called The Five Classics. Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
Teachings
Confucius did not talk much about God or about human’s relationship to God. Instead he mostly tried to teach people how to get along with each other. The Bible teaches about God’s love for people and about how God reconciled people to Him through His Son Jesus. (See Romans 5:8–11 and 2 Corinthians 5:18–21.)
Sin
Confucianism teaches that people can be good by their own efforts if they just follow rules of good conduct. The Bible teaches that humans have a sin problem that can only be solved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8–9).
Influence
Not many people today would call themselves “Confucianists.” However, the teachings still have a strong hold on many in Asia. Self-discipline and other Confucian teachings may have helped many Asians become successful by worldly standards. Pray they will also seek knowledge of God’s eternal standards. The percentage of Christians in countries where there is a strong Confucian influence is as follows: China 7%, Japan 2%, Vietnam 8%, South Korea 32%, North Korea 2%.

Make a Prayer Basket

Prayer Basket

Needed: Small yogurt or other plastic containers, scissors, various colors of yarn, felt, glue, craft sticks

Starting at the top edge, use scissors to cut the container sides into strips that you can weave around. Make cuts from the top to the bottom, ½ inch to 1 inch apart at the top, the same distance apart all the way around the container. (Wide strips are easier for beginners.) You may want to measure and mark the container before cutting to help you make all the strips the same size. There should be an odd number of strips.

Place the end of a long strand of yarn between two strips so the end is on the inside of the container. Weave the yarn over and under the strips. When you get back to your starting place, push the row of yarn tightly toward the bottom of the container. Continue weaving, being sure to weave over strips that you previously weaved under, and pushing rows down until you are ready to change colors. Cut the yarn and glue the end to the inside of the container.

Start a new color of yarn for the next row upward in the same way you started the first color, continuing to weave over and under the strips alternately. Weave to the top of the container, using as many colors as desired. You may want to glue a round piece of felt to the inside bottom of the container.

Write the names of people or places whose stories on are this site on craft sticks. Put the sticks in the basket. During a class or family prayer time, take out a stick and pray about what is written on the stick.


Update: Rimsha in Canada

Reading the Quran
Reading the Quran

A September 2012 post reported that Rimsha, a teenager in Pakistan, had been freed from jail. She was accused of burning pages of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, which is against the law in Pakistan. Some witnesses say she was falsely accused.

But Rimsha was still not safe after she got out of jail. She continued to receive threats, and had to move often.

Update: Rimsha has now found safety in Canada. News reports say that she has attended church with her family in her new homeland.

Please pray for Rimsha and her family. Pray for others who are harshly treated under Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws.”