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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.

Activities Story

Dinka Customs

The Dinka tribe is one of the main people groups in southern Sudan. Many Dinkas are Christian. Dinka people are known for being very tall. Cattle are important in Dinka culture. Traditionally, young Dinka men decorated their favorite bull and walked around with it. They hoped girls would admire them because of their bull.

Many Dinka villages were destroyed in attacks by Muslims from the North. Things have changed. The Dinka people can no longer follow all the customs that were important to them.

“Jesus loves me,” in the Dinka language is pronounced “YAY-choo ahn-YAHR-ehn.” Can you sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the Dinka words for English words in part of the song?

Activities Story

A Toy Fast

Homeless Sudanese children have few toys. The things they play with are made from leftover objects that no one else wants; or that they find outdoors.

To Try: For one day, do not play with any toy or game bought originally from a store. Also do not use a computer or TV for entertainment. Pray for homeless Sudanese children.

Beliefs Story

Comparing God in the Bible and Allah in the Quran

Allah in the Quran
God in the Bible
The Word Muslims believe Allah revealed his word to a man named Mohammed through an angel. The words were written down in the Muslims’ holy book, the Quran. God’s Word is a person, Jesus Christ, who reveals God to us and provides believers in Him a way to become children of God (John 1:1–14).
The Father Muslims do not believe Allah is a Father to humans (Quran 5:18). The Quran does not say that Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin, or that he loves sinners (Quran 4:107). God is a loving heavenly Father. We love Him because He first loved us, even while we were sinners. He sent Jesus to save us. (See Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and I John 4:19)
The Son The Quran, which is the word of Allah, says only liars say Allah has a son (Quran 37:152). Many verses in the Quran say Jesus is not the son of Allah. Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16, Matthew 3:17).
Judgment Muslims believe Allah will judge people and will approve only those who have done enough good deeds (Quran 7:8,9). God is perfect. He can accept nothing less than perfection. But all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standards. Jesus’ death on the cross allows us to be forgiven and accepted by a perfect God (Romans 3:21–26).

Feature Story

Sudan: James Lual


James Lual was a “Lost Boy.” Sudan had a civil war which began in 1983 and lasted until 2005. During that time Muslim attackers drove thousands of boys from their homes in southern Sudan. For years the boys wandered from place to place. Some ended up in refugee camps in other African countries. People called them “the Lost Boys of Sudan.”

More than 3,000 of the boys came to America. Others were allowed to settle in Australia, England, and Canada. James hoped to be one of those chosen to leave his homeland behind and start a new life somewhere else.

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Activities Story

Head Carry Relay

Divide into two teams with an equal number of players on each team. After a signal to start, the first players on each team carry a book on their head, in the same way Nigerian women carry things. The players carry the book as far as they can without touching it with their hands. At the point where the book falls off or the player touches it with their hand, player number 2 takes over and continues from that point. When both teams have used all their players, the team that has walked the farthest distance wins.