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Jesus Loves Me


Eritrean children

Practice saying, “Jesus loves me” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the words from another language wherever the phrase occurs in the song.

Note: English is an official language in Nigeria and South Sudan. Hausa and Dinka are additional languages spoken in those countries.

China. Chinese: Yeh-soo ai woh

Eritrea. Tigrinya: Yehf kee rehn nee yoo

Nigeria. Hausa: YAY-soo YEHN-ah KOW-nah-tah

Dinka. South Sudan: YAY-choo ahn YAHR-ehn

Colombia. Spanish: KREES-toh may AH-mah

International Day of the Bible

The Bible tells about King Josiah, who re-discovered the words of God. He read the words to all the people of the land to turn their hearts back to God. (See 2 Kings 22-23.)

International Bible Week is celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving in the United States. This year, the International Day of the Bible will be observed on November 24. People will read passages of the Bible aloud in public.

Ask a mature Christian to help you discover a story or passage in the Bible that is new to you. Read the passage aloud.

As you learn more about the Bible, remember Christians in the following countries who could be persecuted if they read the Bible aloud in public. (The list is not a complete list.)

  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Qatar

Persecuted Country Lesson Plans


Teacher and Parents: Are you looking for VBS ideas or lesson plans for summer Sunday school classes?

Visit for information about VOM’s complete VBS curriculum.

Check the links below for additional printable supplementary materials/lesson plans.

“Not Even Children Were Spared”

Bold Believers in Eritrea

Officials in Eritrea continue to arrest Christians for practicing their faith. A few months ago, police arrested more than 180 Christians as they gathered to pray for the situation in their country. About 80 of the Christians were women and children.

The women and children were required to sign a statement saying they would no longer meet together for prayer. Then they were released. Men in the group and those who did not sign the agreement were kept in jail.

A Christian in Eritrea said, “The fact that not even children were spared is an indication of the severity of the persecution of the church in Eritrea.”

Enter “Eritrea” in the search box for more information about Christians in Eritrea, or download Bold Believers in Eritrea from the Downloads section.

Students Punished for Following Jesus

Some prisoners are kept in containers like these

What country in the world needs the most prayer?

Although it is important to pray for all countries where Christians are persecuted, one worker from The Voice of the Martyrs encourages Christians to especially remember Eritrea.

Men, women, youth, and children in Eritrea have all been arrested for their Christian faith and activities. Recently, VOM learned that 28 Eritrean boys and 11 girls were arrested for “Christian beliefs and for their commitment to Christ.”

The students, all in high school, were not allowed to be part of a graduation ceremony. Reports say that officials told the students that they will not be able to go to college or get out of jail unless they deny Christ.

While they are in jail, the students do not get enough food and water. They are forced to do hard work, and they are treated harshly.

How many Christians can you inform about Eritrean Christians so that they can pray for them?