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What Can You Do?

Wat moet je doen als iemand gevangen zit?
[What should you do if someone is imprisoned?]

In 2015, Petr Jasek was arrested in Sudan because of his work for The Voice of the Martyrs with persecuted Christians. You can read stories about Petr here and here.

Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, interviewed Petr. (SDOK, located in the Netherlands, is part of The Voice of the Martyrs family of missions.) You can find the interview here.

The interviewer is speaking in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. Petr tells his story in English. The story reminds us to pray for Christians who are in prison for their faith. You can find prisoners to pray for at prisoneralert.com.


China Word Squares

Print the puzzle boxes below, or draw a 4 by 4 block of squares like the ones below on a piece of paper. Solve the puzzles so that each word square reveals the same words vertically (up and down) and horizontally (across).
Across and Down

  1. China built a Great ___ to keep out invaders; rhymes with “ball.”
  2. In ___, China is the fourth largest country in the world.
  3. A colorful plastic toy building brick.
  4. ___ is China’s neighbor. It is between Burma (Myanmar) and Vietnam.
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Across and Down

  1. China is all in one time ___; rhymes with “tone.”
  2. China used to be closed to outsiders; now it is more ___.
  3. Many people in China now know they ___ Jesus; rhymes with “heed.”
  4. Jesus said His disciples would be His witnesses to the ___ of the earth (Acts 1:8, NIV).
Across and Down

  1. Almost ___ of China ’s people follow no religion; same as 50%.
  2. A sea east of China ; “lara” spelled backwards.
  3. The last volcano eruption in China was in 1951; melted rock from a volcano is ___.
  4. The ___ of China has five yellow stars.
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  1. Wall, area, Lego, Laos
  2. zone, open, need, ends
  3. half, Aral, lava, flag

Pakistan: Punished for Following Jesus

Pakistan

In many public schools in Pakistan, most of the students are Muslim. Christians in these schools are often forced to eat at separate tables. At one school, a Muslim teacher forced a Christian girl to stand in the hot sun until she fainted. The girl was being punished for wearing a cross necklace to school.

Christian parents can send their children to private Christian schools if they want to. But Christians who are poor are not able to pay for private schools.

Sobia, a teenager in Pakistan, told the following story to friends from The Voice of the Martyrs.

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Arabic

Arabic is the official language of many Muslim countries. Muslims believe that Arabic is the language of Allah. The majority of Muslims in the world do not speak Arabic as their first language. But it is customary for all Muslims to say their daily prayers in Arabic, even if they do not understand the language well.

Unlike English, Arabic is written from left to right. Here is how to pronounce some words and phrases in Arabic. (Pronunciations are approximate.)

Praise the Lord. [MAHG-duh lah rahp]

Jesus saves. [Yah-SOO-ah yoo-KHAH-liss]

Yes [nahm]

No [lah]

Jesus loves you. [Yah-SOO-ah yoh HEH-back]

Do you know Jesus? [Hahl-tah-reef yah-SOO-ah]

My name is ___. [IS-mih ___.]

Thank you [SHOO-krahn]

Torchlighters DVDs tell stories of real-life Christian heroes from the past. Click here to see part of an Arabic version of the Torchlighters DVD The Gladys Aylward Story.


Suzanis from Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan
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In the past, girls in Uzbekistan prepared for marriage by making decorations for their future home. Families encouraged their sons to marry a girl who could sew well and work hard.

Suzanis are one kind of embroidered decoration girls learned to make. One suzani could take as long as 18 months to finish. The design on the suzani identified the part of Uzbekistan where it was made. Today more girls go to school and do not have as much time to sew. Shops in Uzbekistan sell suzanis made by both men and women.