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Son Injured While Protecting Mother in Chiapas

Chipas, Mexico
Eugenia’s son

Parents and Teachers: The August 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories of Christians in Chiapas, Mexico. To subscribe to the free monthly magazine, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the magazines, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Eugenia is a pastor’s wife in Chiapas, a state in Mexico. The people in her village are very poor. Eugenia distributes Bibles and care packages, provided by The Voice of the Martyrs, to people who need them. The care packages contain things like soap, beans, and rice. Eugenia also visits Christians in the area to encourage them.

Eugenia’s husband often travels to other nearby villages to minister at small churches. So their 12-year-old son goes with his mother to protect her when she visits people in the community.

Enemies
Eugenia welcomes the protection. Last year someone burned down the family’s house. She understands that they have enemies.

Many villagers are thankful for Eugenia’s help and encouragement. But others do not like her.

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Chiapas Coloring Pages

Download printable Chiapas coloring pages that show the crest of Chiapas and its location in Chiapas.

Source: Bold Believers in Chiapas available from the Downloads section


A Toy from Chiapas

Chiapas, Mexico

The following craft is from Bold Believers in Chiapas, available from the Downloads section.

“Boleros are like a cup and ball,’ said an American who grew up in Chiapas. “But instead of trying to get a ball in a cup, you try to get a stick in the opening of a wooden ball.’

Use the following instructions to make your own toy like a bolero.

  1. Punch a small hole in the center of the bottom of a 32-ounce yogurt container. You can use the end of an unfolded paper clip to start the hole. Gently enlarge it slightly with the tip of a pen or pencil.
  2. Poke a 24-inch piece of string or shoestring through the hole and knot it on the inside to keep it from coming out of the hole.
  3. Tie the other end of the string around a pencil about an inch from the tip of the eraser. Secure the string with tape.
  4. Hold the pencil on the end opposite the eraser. Try to swing the container up and catch it on the pencil. It may take several tries!

Note: Before poking a hole in the container, you may want to cover and decorate it with paint, colored vinyl tape, foil gift wrap, fabric, or other colorful material.


William Booth, the Salvation Army, and the Boxer

Peter Monk was an Irish prize fighter. He was used to fighting people for money.

Peter went to a meeting where William Booth was preaching about how to follow Jesus. Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, and he ministered among the poor in London.

Even though Peter was used to fights and was not a Christian, he didn”t like it when the rowdy crowd gave Booth a hard time. He calmed the crowd and soon became a follower of Booth and of his Savior, Jesus.

People who didn’t like the Salvation Army continued to oppose the work. In one year (1882), 669 Salvation Army members were attacked and 69 meetings buildings vandalized.

Source: 70 Great Christians

The attacks did not stop the Army”s work. Today the Salvation Army serves God and the poor throughout the world.

William Booth is featured in the Torchlighters DVD The William Booth Story. Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here.

 


Remembering Samuel Lamb

China
Samuel Lamb

Pastor Samuel Lamb died on August 3, 2013 at the age of 88. He is remembered as a hero of the faith.

Samuel’s Skills
Samuel grew up in a family of Chinese Christians. He was often sick, but he had many talents. For example, Samuel was an excellent piano player.

One day at school Samuel decided he would like to try to cut his friends’ hair. His friends weren’t sure about his plan. Samuel had not been trained how to cut hair. But they bravely let him try.

Little by little, Samuel’s barber skills improved while he practiced on his friends. Later when he attended Bible college, many of the students asked him for haircuts. Samuel did not know that God was preparing him for the future.

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