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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Activities Story

Uygur Tightrope Walking

Acrobatics is a traditional type of performance art among Uygurs. Some Uygurs have broken world records in tightrope walking. Once, a 3-year-old Uygur performer walked backwards across a tightrope that was stretched about 100 feet off the ground. And he was blindfolded!

Uygur Christians must feel like they are walking on an invisible tightrope sometimes. Below them, waiting for them to fall, are China’s communist leaders who want to control all the religions in the country. There are also Muslim neighbors and relatives who do not want them to be Christian. Just like tightrope walkers, Uygur Christians can get in trouble if they take one wrong step.

To Try: Stretch a rope or string along the ground. See if you can walk along the rope backwards. Try it blindfolded.


Spotlight Story

Uygurs: Tornissa and the Unlikely Letter

China

Uygurs [also spelled “Uyghurs;” pronounced “WEE-gurz”] are a people group living mainly in northwest China. Almost all Uygurs are Muslim. China’s communist leaders want to control all religions in their country. Officials are often suspicious of Muslims or Christians who take their faith seriously.

Much has been reported in the news about internment camps for Uygur Muslims in northeastern China. However, Christians, Buddhists, Kazakh people, and other perceived threats to the Communist government are also imprisoned in the camps.

Learn more in Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs, available in the Downloads section.

Read below the story of a Uygur girl who learned about Jesus from missionaries in the 1930s.

In the late 1800s, Swedish missionaries and other Christians worked among the Uygur Muslim people in Xinjiang, China. Then during the 1930s, a great persecution of Uygur Christians began. Missionaries were kicked out of Xinjiang.

Tornissa, a Uygur girl, was raised by Swedish missionaries in a Christian orphanage. She was 14 years old when the missionaries were forced to leave Xinjiang.

After the missionaries left, Chinese officials put Tornissa in prison for two years. She was treated badly in prison. She thought she would die from the harsh treatment. But God healed her after she was released.

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Activities Story

Stuck Inside?

Kids in many places are staying at home more, because they are on school vacation or because their family is avoiding illness. How do you spend your time when you have extra time at home?

Pastor Wurmbrand
The founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, served a total of 14 years in Romanian prisons because of his Christian activities. Of course, he had fewer freedoms in prison than Christians living in free countries today. But we can learn lessons from his writings about how to use time wisely, even in less-than-perfect conditions.

A Schedule
Even in times of solitary confinement, Pastor Wurmbrand created a schedule. He had no pencil and nothing to write with, so he kept his schedule in his head. His schedule kept him busy as long as he was awake.

Exercise
In his tiny cell, Pastor Wurmbrand even exercised! He could walk two steps in one direction and three in the other direction, over and over. How many ways can you think of to exercise inside?

Games to Strengthen His Mind
Using tiny pieces of bread for chess pieces, Pastor Wurmbrand also played chess — with himself. He said he never lost a game!

Prayer
Pastor Wurmbrand also spent a lot of time in prayer. But after a while, he no longer prayed to be free. He said, “Which of God’s commandments could I keep better outside of prison than inside?” Keeping God’s commandments was the most important thing to him.

So Pastor Wurmbrand prayed for others — his family and friends, people around the world, and countries. He prayed for all the countries he could remember. How many countries can you name without looking at a map? You can find ways to pray for many countries here.

Comfort from God
God comforted Pastor Wurmbrand through all his struggles in prison. He enjoyed his time with God. When he was finally released, he prayed, “God, help me not to rejoice more because I’m free than because you were with me in prison.”


Activities Story

Jesus Loves Me

 

Eritrean children

Practice saying, “Jesus loves me” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the words from another language wherever the phrase occurs in the song.

Note: English is an official language in Nigeria and South Sudan. Hausa and Dinka are additional languages spoken in those countries.

China. Chinese: Yeh-soo ai woh

Eritrea. Tigrinya: Yehf kee rehn nee yoo

Nigeria. Hausa: YAY-soo YEHN-ah KOW-nah-tah

Dinka. South Sudan: YAY-choo ahn YAHR-ehn

Colombia. Spanish: KREES-toh may AH-mah


Activities Story

What Would You Do?

China
Studying God’s Word in China

A Chinese rice farmer, who was a new Christian, had a serious problem. Every day he pumped water by hand for his fields from an irrigation stream. It was very hard work.

Every night, his neighbors, who lived below him on a hillside, drained the water off the Christian farmer’s fields onto his own fields! He did not have to work hard and pump water by hand for his fields.

The Christian farmer went to some of his Christian friends and asked for advice. They prayed together and asked God for guidance. What do you think the farmer decided to do? What would you have done?

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