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Thanks for Bibles

Albania is near Greece and Turkey. It used to be an atheist country, and no religions were allowed. (An atheist is someone who does not believe God exists.) Since 1990, religions have no longer been against the law.

Muslim countries have spent millions of dollars in Albania trying to convert the people to Islam, the religion of Muslims. Today the majority of the people are Muslims, but many are not serious about their faith.

The thank-you notes below are from two Albanian children who received Bibles.

My name is Matthew, and I am 10 years old. My family is made of my mom and dad and my baby sister. I was very glad when a friend of my mother gave me the Bible for children. I have read in this book many beautiful stories I never heard before. My mom is sick and for 6 months she has been away from home. She is being cured in Italy. The book has taught me how to pray to God in hard times. I thank those who gave me this book, and please pray for my mother’s healing.

Greetings from Maria. I am 11 years old. From the time I was born, I have had problems with my [vocal] cords, and I didn’t have a voice. Often people would ask me questions about this. When I was little, my mom would always tell me that I was created in a unique way, and that God wants to use me for a special purpose. Now that I read the Bible every day, I understand how much God loves me and how many wonderful things He has planned for me. My voice is now getting clearer and I’m encouraged by every word I read in the Bible. Thank you for this Bible.

(Testimonies have been edited for length and clarity.)


Snack and Share

Baklava

Baklava is a treat enjoyed by children in many countries, including Iran. Try the recipe below. Can you share the treat with a Sunday school class or group and tell them about Christians in Iran? Read the post Iranian Date Snack to learn how to make another Iranian snack.

Persian Baklava
Syrup Ingredients:
3 cups sugar
1½ cups water
2 tbsp. lemon juice

Filling Ingredients
4 cups chopped almonds
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp. cardamom

Additional Ingredients
1 box phyllo dough (24 sheets)
1 stick melted butter

Instructions

  1. Make the syrup first so it can cool. Over low heat, stir together the sugar, water, and lemon juice until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat to medium, and cook without stirring about 5 more minutes until the mixture is a little syrupy.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the filling ingredients.
  3. Follow the instructions on the phyllo dough box about working with the dough. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-inch-by-9-inch baking pan. Put one sheet of phyllo in the pan and brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat with five to seven more phyllo sheets. Spread half the filling on top of the stack. Repeat the process with six to eight more sheets and the rest of the filling. Top with six to eight more buttered sheets.
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut six lengthwise strips through the top six to eight sheets of phyllo. The strips will be about 1¾ inches apart. Then cut 1½-inch diagonal strips across the lengthwise strips.
  5. Sprinkle the top sheet with cold water. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 300 degrees, and bake about 15 more minutes until golden brown.
  6. Cut through the lengthwise and diagonal lines all the way to the bottom of the baklava. Pour the cooled syrup over the hot baklava and let it cool for at least 4 hours before cutting into the squares and serving.

Image credit: Kultigin/Wikipedia


Children’s Bible for Albania

Albania
Albanian kids with children’s Bibles

Albania is near Greece and Turkey. It used to be an atheist country, and no religions were allowed. (An atheist is someone who does not believe God exists.) Since 1990, religions have no longer been against the law.

Muslim countries have spent millions of dollars in Albania trying to convert the people to Islam, the religion of Muslims. Today the majority of the people are Muslims, but many are not serious about their faith.

Albanian children in the photo are receiving copies of a children’s Bible distributed by The Voice of the Martyrs. Pray that all Albanian children will know that Jesus loves them.