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Plantain Chips: Another Colombian Snack

A plantain is a banana-like fruit. Peel some green plantains, and cut them into slices. Ask an adult to help you fry them in hot vegetable oil in a frying pan until crisp. Place them on paper towels on a plate to absorb the oil. Add salt to taste.

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Arepas: A Snack from Colombia

Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white corn meal. (Precooked corn meal is best.)
Add 1 tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of salt.


With your hands, form thin, flat tortillas about 3 inches wide.

Cook on a lightly buttered grill or in a frying pan over medium high heat until golden brown. Serve hot, topped with shredded cheese, butter, jam, meat, or other toppings.

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Cristo Me Ama

Kids in Colombia

The previous post told about Christians in Colombia and how to make maracas. Use maracas or other instruments while singing “Jesus Loves Me” in Spanish as shown below.

Cristo Me Ama/Jesus Loves Me

The first line in each group below shows the words in Spanish. The second line tells how to pronounce them. The third tells exactly what the words mean in English.

Cristo me ama, bien lo sé
KREES-toh may AH-mah, bee-EHN loh say
Jesus loves me, I know it well.

Su palabra me hace ver
Soo puh-LAH-bruh may AH-say vayr
His word makes me see

Que los niños son de Aquél
Kay lohs NEE-nyohs sohn day ah-KEHL
That children are of him,

Quien es nuestro amigo fiel
Kee-EHN ehs noo-AYS-troh ah-MEE-goh fee-EHL.
Who is our faithful friend.

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

La Biblia dice así
Lah BEE-blee-uh DEE-say ah-SEE
The Bible says it is so.


Christians in Colombia

In recent years, violent groups have been fighting against the government of Colombia. The groups persecute Christians. They know that Christians do not approve of their violence, drug selling, and kidnapping. Sometimes groups attack and threaten Christians and drive them from their homes. Some bold Christians share the gospel of Jesus with people in the groups.

Still, Christians worship God together joyfully. Maracas, tambourines, and other instruments are often used to accompany the singing in Colombian churches.

Use the instructions below to make maracas of your own.

Needed
•    Choose one of the following for the body of the maracas: a baking powder can, a vitamin or pill bottle, two egg carton divisions with the large open ends taped together, a small cereal box, or another small container.
•    Choose one of these for the handle: a colorful pencil; a popsicle stick or craft stick; a dowel; a toilet tissue roll cut lengthwise, rolled tightly, and taped together; or another long, thin object.
•    Choose from the following materials to fill the maracas: uncooked rice, beans, or popcorn; bells, beads, or pebbles.
•    Choose one of the following materials to decorate the maracas: paper mache and paint, fabric, gift wrap, colored vinyl tape, or other colorful material.
•    Modeling clay or putty.
Instructions
Before sealing the container or putting the top on, fill it one-third full with the materials chosen. To attach the handle, put a small amount of modeling clay or putty on one end of the handle and stick the handle to the inside bottom of the container. Cut a slit in the top of the container and put the other end of the handle through the slit. Replace the top and tape it shut before decorating the maracas.
Variations
Tape the handle to the body if the container’s top is difficult to slit or the handle is too big.
Fill a plastic Easter egg one-third full with materials chosen, tape it shut, then tightly tape one end of it to the top end of a toilet tissue roll.


Colombia: “The Miracle of the Hospital”

Children in Colombia

J.D. is a 10-year-old Christian boy in Colombia. He lives with his family in a small, square house made of palm branches. During the school year, J.D. attends school from 7 a.m. until noon. His favorite subject is math and he likes to play soccer.

J.D.’s parents share the gospel of Jesus with people in villages near their home. But Christians in some parts of Colombia have enemies. Violent groups try to stop Christians from bringing others to Christ. Jesus told his disciples, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” Followers of Jesus are still persecuted today.

Hard Times and Blessings
But J.D.’s family trusts in God to care for them. They have already seen God bless their lives in wonderful ways. J.D.’s parents wanted a child for 10 years before J.D. was born. God blessed them with a son.

When J.D. was 6, his mother was teaching some villagers about Jesus, and J.D. was playing nearby. Suddenly a motorcycle appeared and crashed into J.D., and he was thrown 30 feet in the air. J.D. spent 18 days in the hospital with a serious head injury. And he lost his sight. The doctor said he would not ever see or walk again, and would probably be like a “vegetable” — if he survived.

Today, the left side of J.D.’s head is still soft because the bone was destroyed, his mother told VOM workers. But he did survive, and he can walk, see, play soccer, and go to school. “We have a powerful God,” said his mother. When J.D. goes to the hospital for check-ups, the nurses call him “The Miracle of the Hospital.”

“After seeing him heal, a lot of people have become Christians,” said J.D.’s mother. “He loves his life and the Lord.”

To Talk About
•    Why do you think Christians in Colombia teach people about Jesus in places where enemies try to stop them?
•    How has God blessed J.D.’s family?
•    How has God used J.D.’s life to bring others to Christ?