(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.
Christian children are sometimes mocked, bullied, and not promoted to the next grade.
Officials in China closed a Christian school last year, claiming that the children were “brainwashed.”
Muslim parents warn their children not to play with Christian children or make friends with them.
In parts of Uganda, Christian children are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.
In Chiapas, Mexico, authorities sometimes refuse to let children stay in school if their parents become Christians.
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.
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.