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Back to School

 

(Photo: Two children at a school in Africa. Their faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them or their families.)

This is the time of year when most American kids return to school for the fall semester. But Christian kids in some countries don’t always have the freedom to get a good education in peace.

*Cuba
Christian children are sometimes mocked, bullied, and not promoted to the next grade.

*China
Officials in China closed a Christian school last year, claiming that the children were “brainwashed.”

*Indonesia
Muslim parents warn their children not to play with Christian children or make friends with them.

*Uganda
In parts of Uganda, Christian children are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.

*Mexico
In Chiapas, Mexico, authorities sometimes refuse to let children stay in school if their parents become Christians.

*Egypt
Christian children in Egypt have been forced to sit in the back of the class, and some students are given bad grades just because they are Christians.

*Pakistan
Christians in Pakistan are often hired to do only low-paying jobs. They sometimes can’t afford to send their children to school.

To Talk About
*Will you thank God today for your school assignments and for the opportunity to get an education?
*Ask God to protect and provide for children in each of the countries mentioned above.


Chiapas: Daniela and Her New Book

Copying Bible verses in Chiapas

Daniela had a beautiful new book. She brought the book to school, where it got a lot of attention from the other children. Many students asked if they could borrow it.

The book was a children’s Bible, and Daniela had received it from a man who distributes Bibles for The Voice of the Martyrs in Chiapas, Mexico.

(Learn more about Chiapas and the bold Christians who live there in Bold Believers in Chiapas, available for free from the Downloads section.)

Daniela became a one-person library. She made a list of everyone who wanted to borrow the new book, and she checked it out to each child for one day.

“As a mom, I’m very happy to see what my daughter is doing,” said Daniela’s mom. “Many kids in her classroom had no knowledge of the Bible. Some of them had never even see a Bible before.”

The Voice of the Martyrs’ contact in Chiapas will now provide Bibles for all Daniela’s friends who have been borrowing the Bible.

Daniela’s mom said, “Thank the brothers [Christians] who had the idea of printing the Bibles and giving them away. This year has been a blessing for my kids and I’m sure for the many other kids who have received Bibles, too.”


Changes in Chiapas

Mexico

In recent years, Christian children in Chiapas, Mexico have been expelled from school even though they broke no rules. (Chiapas is a state in Mexico.) Some Christian families are treated badly and even kicked out of their homes and villages by people who do not follow the Bible’s teachings. (Enter “Chiapas” in the Search box to find stories and video clips about Christians in Chiapas.)

The Voice of the Martyrs has helped Christians in Chiapas by providing food, household supplies, and Christian books and materials. But Christians aren’t the only ones bringing aid to poor people in Chiapas.

Several years ago, Muslims from Europe arrived in Chiapas. They set up stores and businesses, and they offered people jobs if they would become Muslims. Hundreds of poor people accepted their offer.

“Now there are three mosques in San Cristobal,” said a VOM contact in Mexico. (San Cristobal is a city in Chiapas. Mosques are buildings where Muslims worship.) “They are supported by Muslims from other countries,” said the VOM contact.

Muslims from the United States have taken “mission trips” to San Cristobal. They have repaired a mosque, distributed food and school supplies, and provided activities for children.

Sadly, some Christians have left Christianity to become Muslims. Please pray that people in Chiapas will know God’s truth and follow it.

To find more prayer needs of people in Chiapas, download Bold Believers in Chiapas from the Downloads section. (Page 46 lists prayer needs.)

Learn more about Islam from the book Learning About Islam, also available from the Downloads section.


Starting Over in Chiapas

Some Christians in Chiapas, Mexico, are forced to leave their homes and villages by people who do not agree with their biblical beliefs and practices.

Watch the video below that shows Christians working to rebuild in a new location after they were expelled from their village.

See a previous story from Chiapas.

Horchata and Sharing About Chiapas

Read the previous three posts about Christians in Chiapas. Make a presentation about Chiapas to a Christian group. Share the story of Eugenia, provide a bolero for them to try, and provide copies of the coloring pages to color. If desired, serve horchata, using the recipe below. Encourage the group to pray for Christians in Chiapas.

Horchata
People all over Mexico enjoy a drink made from rice called horchata. To make a quick, easy variation, pour a 32-ounce carton of vanilla rice milk, a 32-ounce carton of almond milk, ½ cup of sugar, and ½ tsp. of cinnamon into a gallon container with a tight lid. Shake well. Serve cold over ice cubes.

Source: Bold Believers in Chiapas available from the Downloads section.