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Bold Believers in North Korea

Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Spotlight Story

9/11 and Terrorists

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked two locations in the United States. The 19 terrorists hijacked four planes full of passengers and crashed two of them into New York’s World Trade Center on purpose. (The NASA photo above shows the smoke plume rising from the attack on the World Trade Center.) Many died when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

The terrorists crashed a third plane into the Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the U.S. military in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers tried to stop the hijackers.

The terrorists believed they were following the teachings of strict Islam. Find a chart that compares terrorists’ beliefs with Christian responses here.

Find another chart about terrorist beliefs here.

Additional charts comparing Christian truths with other worldviews are in the Beliefs section of this site.

(From the Kids of Courage archives.)

Spotlight Story

Nigeria: Abel

Abel with an audio Bible

Abel, a young man in Nigeria, got a phone call one day from a former classmate. The old friend invited Abel to lunch. He said he wanted to find out how Abel was doing.

But the phone call was a set-up. While they were talking at a café, a van drove up. Abel’s brother and two other men jumped out and forced Abel into the van.

The men were angry because Abel had decided to leave Islam and follow Jesus. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) They locked him in a room for two weeks with very little food, then ordered him to return to Islam.

But Abel had seen Jesus in a dream, then studied the Bible and learned about Christianity from a pastor. He had given his life to Christ and trusted Him as his Savior. “I am not going back to Islam, because what I have seen is the truth, and I have made up my mind to stand on that truth,” Abel told his captors. Then the persecutors left him alone in the room.

Abel’s mother heard about his situation and sent her daughter to unlock the door where Abel was held. He was free!

Now Abel distributes audio Bibles and helps other new Christians stand firm in their faith. The new Christians trust him because he has overcome many of the same obstacles they have faced.

(Source: The September 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Think About
What obstacles have you or our family faced in your lives? Is there someone else facing the same obstacle that you could help in their difficult time?

Activities Story

Homemade Toys and a Toy Fast

Poor children in South Sudan and other countries often do not have a lot of toys. Visitors have seen children playing with a ball made from old, worn out, rolled-up socks, and a kite made from string and a piece of a trash bag.

For one day, try not playing with any toy or game that originally came from a store or was ordered online. Do not watch TV or use a computer or phone for entertainment. Pray for children in South Sudan.

Activities Story

Ful Sudani and Mush

Ful Sudani
Ful Sudani is a traditional treat from Sudan. Follow the instructions below to make the treat.

Stir together ½ cup of sugar and 3 egg whites in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a path remains when the spoon is drawn through the mixture — about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 tsp. of vanilla and 1 cup of chopped peanuts. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a well-greased, foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove promptly from the foil.

The government of Sudan drops bombs on the Nuba Mountain region of their country, where many Christians live. Many of the people have fled to refugee camps to escape the fighting.

People in the area are very poor. One of their foods is somewhat like cornmeal mush. If you want to make something like their mush, mix ¾ cup of flour (or cornmeal) with 1 cup of milk. Boil 1 cup of water, and slowly add the flour mixture to it, stirring constantly as you reduce the heat to low.

Continue stirring, and add an additional ½ cup of flour or cornmeal. Stir until smooth and until the thick dough begins to stick together. Cool the dough. Pull off a lump of the dough, make a dent in it with your thumb, and use it to scoop up stews or sauces, then eat it.

Spotlight Story

Hassan: Privileged in Prison

Hassan and his wife, Awadia, live in the United States with their five children, ages 7 to 20. (See the photo above.) But they haven’t always lived in America — they used to live in Sudan.

Hassan is a Sudanese pastor. In 2015, he was arrested for his Christian work and imprisoned with The Voice of the Martyrs worker, Petr Jasek. (See the previous post.) Thankfully, he was released in May 2017.

Sudan is not a safe place for his family now. They moved to a small American town where they are waiting for a decision on their request for asylum. The children have not had an easy time adjusting to a new home and culture.

But Hassan remains grateful to God. “I realized that God loves me so much, he gave me the privilege to share one of His hard times,” Hassan said.

Please pray for Hassan’s family.

(Source: The September 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Think About
*Why is Hassan grateful to God?
*What do you think are some of the differences between Hassan’s family’s life in Sudan and in America? What things in America might be hard for them to adjust to?

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