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Tanzania Squash Craft

 

A calabash is the gourd or gourd-like fruit of various plants. Some people in Tanzania and other African countries make bottles or containers, or even musical instruments out of calabashes. Some even use dried, hollowed-out calabashes as motorcycle helmets.

To Try
You can make a vase out of a butternut squash. Ask an adult to cut the top off the smaller end. Use a spoon to scoop out the insides about halfway down the squash. Add artificial flowers.

Christians in Tanzania
Life can be dangerous for followers of Jesus in Muslim Tanzania. People who leave Islam to become Christians often have to go into hiding to escape threats and persecution. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Enter “Tanzania” into the Search box to find stories of bold Christians in Tanzania.


Nazeera and Her Children

House in a village in Yemen

Nazeera is a mother from Yemen. In Yemen, they are not allowed to convert to a different religion. The government wants everyone to be a Muslim.

Yet Nazeera still became a Christian. Her family got angry and took her kids away from her. They said Nazeera would not be allowed to see them unless she became a Muslim again.

Mother, son, and sheep in Yemen

Please pray for Christian parents in Muslim countries who are separated from their children. Pray that they experience God’s faithfulness and comfort.

(Source: Stef. Translated and edited from the original.)


Yemen: A New Christian Family

 

Parents and Teachers: The August 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine includes stories about courageous Christians in Yemen, a country in the middle of a civil war. 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 with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Christian missionaries are not welcome in Yemen. No one is allowed to bring Bibles into the country to give or sell to others. More than 99 percent of the people are Muslim, and it is against the law to lead a Muslim to Christ.

Jesus told His followers to “go into all the world” and tell people about Him (Mark 16:15). But how can people in Yemen learn about Jesus if none of their family members or friends are Christians, they’ve never seen a Bible, and they don’t have a church or Sunday school to attend?

God is providing a way. Nadeen, a girl in Yemen, met a Christian at her university. Her friend told her about Jesus, and Nadeen’s faith grew. After she graduated, Nadeen found a private Facebook group for secret believers in Yemen and other nearby countries.

Others in Yemen are learning about God’s love for them through Christian websites and radio and TV programs. People from the region often visit this website, too. Sometimes they send emails to the site with questions or comments.

After months of talking with other believers on Facebook, Nadeen found out about a secret church in her area. She met a Christian man, and after a while, they married and had a child. Praise God for a new Christian family in Yemen!

Pray for them and other Christians in places where life can be dangerous for Christians.