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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.

Feature Story

Iran: Changing Customs and Witnesses on Wheels


Women and girls in Iran are forced to follow strict dress codes. Leaders in Iran believe that Islam, the religion of Muslims, teaches females to cover their heads and hair. They are also expected to cover their skin from head to toe.

Hijabs (“hih-JAHBZ”) are scarfs or other material worn to cover the hair. Recently, hijabs have shown up in some places where they may not have been expected. Three women from Iran wore hijabs to participate in the 2008 Olympics. And hijabs are appearing on the heads of taxi drivers.

Usually taxi drivers in Iran are men. But some strict Muslims believe that women and men should not ride together in taxis. Also, some Iranian women do not feel safe riding with men drivers. So a few women now drive taxis for women only. But women taxi drivers are still unusual in Iran.

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Activities Story

Indonesian Math

Below are the numbers 1 through 15 in Indonesian. Use the list to solve the five math problems below the list. The five answers form a pattern of consecutive numbers. (Consecutive means one follows another in order with no gaps.)

0 nol
1 satu
2 dua
3 tiga
4 empat
5 lima
6 enam
7 tujuh
8 delapan
9 sembilan
10 sepuluh
11 sebelas
12 dua belas
13 tiga belas
14 empat belas
15 lima belas

  1. Sebelas minus sepulah equals _____.
  2. Satu plus satu equals _____.
  3. Nol plus tiga equals _____.
  4. Sebelas minus tujuh equals _____.
  5. Tiga belas minus delapan equals _____.

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Math Answers

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
  5. Five

Activities Story

Indonesian Recipes

Crops of Indonesia Treat

Three main crops of Indonesia are rice, cocoa, and peanuts. You can make an American recipe using all of them.

What You Will Need:

  • 6 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chips
  1. Combine cereal, honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
  2. Spread the mixture in a large pan and freeze it.
  3. Cut into squares to eat.

Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas), An Indonesian Treat

What You Will Need:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 6 to 7 bananas
  • Cooking oil
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add coconut milk, water, and egg.
  3. Beat until smooth.
  4. Let the batter sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Cut 6 medium or 7 small bananas in half.
  6. Dip half a banana at a time in the batter to cover it.
  7. With the help of an adult, remove each banana with a fork, and deep fry it in hot oil until brown.
  8. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Feature Story

North Korea: Choi Finds Freedom

North Korea

Choi had a new book! A friend had given it to her as a gift. The friend was grateful because Choi’s husband helped him stay out of jail.

Choi’s husband was a government official. Sometimes he helped people stay out of trouble. Many people in North Korea need help, especially with the government. That’s because the government of North Korea has lots of strict rules that are hard to follow. Many people get arrested and punished for breaking those rules.

Choi’s husband helped her friend avoid punishment. So the friend gave Choi and her husband the book and said, “This is the story of someone from heaven who helps poor people.”

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Spotlight Story

Azerbaijan: Expelled for Jesus


The four children listened to the pastor visiting their home in Azerbaijan. The pastor explained to the children’s father how Jesus saves people from sin.

But the children were not really paying attention, except for the youngest daughter, Sara. Sara was amazed at the pastor’s story of salvation. She did not want to miss a word.

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