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Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs

Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs includes stories, history, culture facts, and activities that help children understand the daily lives of the Uygur people, who live mainly in northwest China. The 52-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Feature Story

Nigeria: Fish Eyes and Hard Work

Nigeria

“Lord, give me strength,” Mary Slessor prayed silently. She smiled at the tribal hosts who had invited her to a feast in Calabar. (Calabar was a part of what is now called Nigeria.)

To please her hosts, Mary knew that she must eat whatever she was offered. She wanted to make friends with them so she could tell them about Jesus. But the soup looked like tar to her. Another dish was filled with plants and fish heads. She prayed for help.

“Excellent!” she exclaimed as she sipped the soup. “Superb!” she said as she tried the fish dish, trying not to look at the fish eyes.

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Spotlight Story

Iraq: Six-Year-Old Boy Stands Up for Jesus

Iraq

Mark is 6 years old. He started school for the first time this year. He and his family are Christians. They live in Iraq. Most of their neighbors are Muslims.

In recent years, thousands of Christians have left Iraq to live in safer places. Radical Muslims in Iraq sometimes attack Christians and make it hard for followers of Jesus to stay in the country. “All the Christians want to leave. I want to leave now,” one Christian said.

But Mark and his family are staying.

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Activities Story

Learn an Iraqi Arabic Greeting

“Shako mako” means “What’s new?”

How to say it: SHAH-koo MAH-koo.


Activities Story

Date Syrup: An Iraqi Recipe

Dates are a popular snack in Iraq.

To make date syrup, mix one banana and ½ cup chopped dates in a blender on high speed until smooth.

Add ¼ cup of apple juice and ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon.

Mix again.

Add more apple juice if you want thinner syrup.

Pour the syrup on your favorite food or dessert.

Serve fresh.


Activities Story

Writing in Ancient Iraq

Writing
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The Sumerians were an ancient group of people. They lived in the region that is now Iraq. The Sumerians developed a system of writing called “cuneiform,” which means “wedge shaped.” Sumerian scribes wrote on clay tablets with styluses.

Write something on a flattened rectangle of modeling clay by pressing the end of a Popsicle stick into the clay. Use no curved or rounded marks. Make only straight marks like the marks used in cuneiform writing.