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Colombia: Prayer Saves a Pastor

“Red zones:” Red zones are areas in Colombia ruled by violent groups who want to control everything that happens in their area.
Guerrillas: Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they aren’t part of a regular army.

Violent groups in Colombia know that Christians do not approve of their violence, drug-selling, and kidnapping. So the groups threaten Christians and sometimes drive them from their homes.

Pastor Fabian ministers in a red zone. Though he knows the risks, he continues to lead his congregation in serving and worshiping the Lord. Guerrilla fighters demanded that he stop holding church services, but he ignored them.

One weekday, the pastor knelt in prayer on the church platform in his empty church. He later told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs that he usually sat in the front pew for his prayer time. But that day, he felt led to kneel on the platform. He happened to kneel behind a banner that had been placed at the front of the church for that week’s service.

As he silently prayed, two guerrillas entered the sanctuary with guns and began looking for him. They searched the room, but didn’t see Pastor Fabian behind the banner. The guerrillas cursed their “bad luck.” Finally they left. The pastor was safe — for the time being.

Pastor Fabian could leave and move to a safer place. “I need to stay and serve my people,” he said. “Besides, I’m old and ready to die if it’s my time.”

Read another story and watch a video about pastors that God rescued from danger in a remarkable way here.


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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Find a Colombia Lesson Plan here.


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.