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Bible Story Gift Bag

Church murals in Eritrea

Some churches in Eritrea are known for their murals depicting people and stories from the Bible. Draw, then color, a person or scene related to the Christmas story. Cut out and glue the picture onto a white gift bag.

Find out more about church murals and Christians in Eritrea in Bold Believers in Eritrea, available in the Downloads section.

Christmas gift bag


Everything Costs a Price

Helen Berhane and her daughter Ava

A previous post told how God guided Helen Berhane as she matured in her faith. Helen’s years of preparation helped her when she was imprisoned in Eritrea after she boldly proclaimed her faith in Christ.

Read below what Helen said about following Jesus.

“I decided to stand by faith; it doesn’t matter what the cost. Because everything costs a price. When you buy bread, it costs a price. When you buy car, it costs a price. Also, when you follow Jesus, it costs a price. Everything costs a price.”

(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length and clarity)

To Talk About
*Name someone in the Bible who paid a price for obeying God.
*Tell a story from this website about someone who paid a price for following Jesus.
*Can you think of a way you might have to sacrifice something important to you in the future because you follow Jesus?


Courageous Christians’ Countries

(Source: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom.)

Can you identify each of the countries below by their shapes? If you need help, click on the “Countries” tab above to find locations and shapes of each country.

The countries are a few of the places where Christians are treated badly because they follow Jesus.


Tigrinya: Jesus Loves Me

A verse in Tigrinya

Tigrinya and Arabic are two of the languages spoken in Eritrea. “Jesus loves me” in Tigrinya is pronounced like this:

Yehf kee rehn nee yoo.

The words actually say, “He loves me,” but they are the words Eritrean children use when they sing the song.

Try singing the song “Jesus Loves Me” using the Tigrinya words in place of “Jesus loves me” in the song.

Note: Some sounds used in Tigrinya are not used in speaking English. For example, one sound in Tigrinya is somewhat like a cross between and English “k” and an English “h.” Can you make a sound that sounds like both a “k” and an “h?”


Eritrea: Preparing to Serve

Eritrean girls

The previous post told about Helen Berhane, a Christian singer who was imprisoned in Eritrea. God helped Helen survive her time in prison. But He also prepared her to serve Him while she was growing up.

Helen dedicated her life to the work of the Lord when she was 14. She and a friend, also named Helen, began to pray together almost every day. The girls also fasted on some days.

They had many situations to pray about. Some people in Eritrea followed the teachings and customs of witch doctors. The two Helens prayed that the people would follow Jesus instead. They prayed for guidance and changes for their country, which was fighting a war with Ethiopia at the time.

Helen and Helen believed Jesus’ promise that says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). They knew that things can change if people pray.

During that time, Helen also visited sick people, told others about the gospel, shared Christian songs with others, and read books about Christians who had been persecuted. God was helping her mature in her faith and service.

To Think About
*What activities did Helen do that helped her prepare to serve God as an adult?
*What else can Christian students do that will help them mature in their faith and their service to God?
*What is one thing you can do to grow as a Christian?