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Malaysia and Indonesia: Batik

Batik is a method of applying color and designs to cloth. It is an art form that has been practiced in Malaysia and Indonesia for centuries. Traditional artists use wax on the fabric as part of the process. You can use washable glue to make designs an easier way.

First, use the glue to draw pictures or designs on muslin or other light-colored fabric. Let the glue dry completely. Apply fabric paint in one or more colors where there is no glue. Wash the fabric in the washing machine to remove the glue.

To learn more about Christians in Malaysia and Indonesia, download Bold Believers in Malaysia and Bold Believers in Indonesia from the free Downloads section.


“God Uses Everything”

Mission Aviation Fellowship helps missionaries share the love of Jesus in hard-to-reach areas. MAF pilots transport people into and out of faraway places. They bring them groceries and supplies. Sometimes they take sick people to doctors.

Do you think the pilots ever wonder if running errands for missionaries truly helps to spread the good news of Jesus? Recently a pilot from MAF visited The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters. He told about taking soap to missionaries, and about how God used the soap to teach tribal people in Indonesia about Jesus.

The tribal people covered themselves in pig fat to stay warm on cold days and nights. They kept a fire going in their homes. Soot from the fires stuck to their bodies. Without soap, they could never get completely clean.

A missionary asked MAF to bring him soap, which he used to pay the tribal people who had helped him build an airstrip where planes could land. The people bathed in the river with the soap. “We’ve never been so clean!” they exclaimed.

The missionary answered, “Tonight we can talk about how to be clean on the inside.” And he taught them how Jesus cleanses people from sin like the soap cleaned the pig fat and soot from their skin.

The soap helped the tribal people understand God’s love, and they spread the news to other groups in the area.

“We think some things are not important,” the MAF pilot told VOM workers. “But God uses everything!”

To Try
Soak a cotton ball in cooking oil. Cover your thumb or fingers with oil from the cotton ball. Run water over your thumb or fingers. Did the oil come off? Now try using soap. Did that work better?

A Verse to Learn
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Sunday School Around the World: Indonesia

 

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world. The Voice of the Martyrs takes Bibles to Christians in Indonesia to help them stay strong in their faith in Jesus. The Sunday school children in the photo are reading a children’s Bible.

To watch a video clip about a man with no hands who delivers Bibles to Christians in Indonesia, click here.


Doing Nothing

Indonesian Pastor

The Voice of the Martyrs reports about Christians who are persecuted so that Christians in free countries can help them and pray for them. It is often helpful when praying for people if you learn true facts about their lives and their country.

Two Common Mistakes

  • Some people believe that persecuted Christians are “super Christians.” As a VOM worker said, “Persecuted Christians are not super Christians, but ordinary people who through God’s grace and power have been enabled to do extraordinary things. We serve the same God and have access to the same grace and power.”
  • Some people believe that no Christians can ever worship in countries where Christians are persecuted. But in many countries where VOM works, there are Christian churches in large cities.

    “Some of them obey laws against witnessing to others,” said a VOM worker. “Those churches are not persecuted because they aren’t doing anything.” They may obey laws against talking about Jesus outside of church, teaching children about Jesus, or allowing non-Christians to visit their church.

    But often other Christians in their country are persecuted because they obey God’s command to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). The Indonesian pastor in the photo above preached outside after his church was destroyed by enemies.

  • To Talk About

    • Read John 15:20–21. Why are Christians persecuted?
    • How can we pray for churches whose members are persecuted?
    • How can we pray for churches whose members love Jesus but are afraid to tell others about Him?
    • Are you ever afraid to tell others about your faith?
    • If there were a law in your country against talking about Jesus in public, would you ever be arrested?

Lydia: An Update, Part 2

Indonesia
Lydia

Read the previous post about Lydia, an Indonesian Muslim woman. Lydia came to Christ after she was rescued from a serious accident. Her story continues below.

Lydia was baptized and began to attend church regularly. Her Muslim husband did not want her to be a Christian. He treated her roughly and insulted her with harsh words.

One day, Lydia’s youngest child said to his dad, “Enough, Father! Stop!” The boy was the child Lydia was expecting when the van crashed into their home.

But Lydia’s husband finally kicked her and their children out of his house. They had a difficult time finding a safe place to live. The Voice of the Martyrs provided them with housing and helped Lydia start a small business.

Lydia Today
Recently Lydia had a stroke. VOM helped her get medical treatment. She has other medical problems for which she continues to take medication.

Acts 14:22 says, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” We can help Christians near us who are having hard times, and we can pray for those who are far away.

Lydia had serious health problems after she was persecuted. It is possible that harsh treatment helped cause her health problems.

Remember to pray for strength and health for persecuted Christians.