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Morocco: A Royal Birthday

King Mohammed VI

Mohammed VI (the sixth) is the king of Morocco. He was born on August 21, 1963. (Can you figure out how old he is now?)

The king is considered to be a very modern king. He has more than 3 million Facebook followers, and he likes to take selfies. He has Twitter and Instagram accounts.

King Mohammed, like 99 percent of his citizens, is Muslim. He is called “the protector of Islam.” (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Facts About Morocco
The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Report shares the following facts about the king’s country.

Life for Christians: Though all citizens are considered Muslim, Christian leaders estimate that there are 4,000 citizens, perhaps more, who regularly attend secret house churches. Conversion is not illegal, but converts can be prosecuted for “shaking the beliefs” of a Muslim and sentenced to prison for up to three years. Those found guilty of … converting others also face criminal punishment or expulsion from the country.

It is also against the law in Morocco:
*To criticize Islam in public.
*For a Muslim woman to marry a Christian. (But Muslim men can marry Christians.)
*For private schools to teach about any religion other than Islam.
(Source: The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report)

The Voice of the Martyrs is helping three bold Christian leaders set up a café to provide income. VOM also distributes New Testaments and SD cards with the JESUS Film, The God Story, and praise and worship songs.

On King Mohammed’s birthday, pray that he will rule fairly, love wisdom, and come to know the God of the Bible.

Learn more about Moroccan Christians in Bold Believers in Morocco, available in the free Downloads section.


Morocco: Coconut Almond Snack

Stir together 3 cups of coconut flakes and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk until the mixture is the right consistency to form into balls. Add more coconut if necessary. Form into 1½-inch balls. Push a roasted almond into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in coconut flakes. Chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Source: Bold Believers in Morocco, available free in the Downloads section.

 To Do: Enter “Morocco” in the search box of this site to find stories of Moroccan Christians.

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Practice Telling a Story

Morocco

Muslim belief: Muslims worship Allah, and their holy book is the Quran. The Quran does not say that Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin or that he loves sinners. Quran Chapter 4, Verse 107 says, “Lo! Allah loveth not one who is treacherous and sinful.”

Christian belief: God is a loving heavenly Father. We love Him because He first loved us, even while we were still sinners. He sent Jesus to save us. (See Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 John 4:19.)

Muslims around the world often do not have the opportunity to hear Bible stories that would help them learn about God and Jesus. Many come from cultures where storytelling is important.

Maybe sometime you will have the chance to share Bible stories with someone who has never heard them. You can practice telling Bible stories to younger children.

Read a story about Jesus and a sinner in Luke 19:1–9. Photocopy the pages above from Bold Believers in Morocco. (The complete book is available in the Downloads section.) The pictures are out of order. Color the pictures, then write “1” on the line near the picture that shows what happened first, and “2” near the picture that shows what happened next, and so on. Check your answers in a Bible. Practice telling the story in the right order.


Homework and Academic Fair Ideas

Bold Believers in Nigeria

Are you looking for a topic for a school report or academic fair project? The free Bold Believers activity books in the Downloads section of this site provide information about many unique subjects. Read the list below to find examples of some of the topics featured in the books.

(Find additional homework help ideas in our posts Homework Help and Write a Report: Be a Voice.)

Bold Believers in Nigeria
Nigerian languages
Shariah law
Bold Believers in Pakistan
9/11, the Taliban, al-Qaida
Blasphemy laws
Bonded laborers
Pakistani culture
Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia
Who are the Khmu?
Buddhist beliefs
Bold Believers in North Korea
Robert Thomas, missionary
Learning About Islam
Muslim beliefs and practices
Comparing Islam and Christianity
The Quran
Women in Islam
Bold Believers in Burma
Buddhism
Bold Believers in Colombia
Comparing Marxism and Christianity
Bold Believers in Turkey
Smyrna, a Turkish city
Bold Believers in Gaza and the West Bank
Jerusalem
Bold Believers in Eritrea
Eritrean Christians
Bold Believers in Egypt
Making papyrus
Comparing Christianity and the ancient religion of the Pharaohs
Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs
Who are the Uygurs?
Bold Believers in China
Papermaking
Big things in China
Christians in China
Bold missionaries who went to China
Bold Believers in Iraq
Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims
Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia
Christians in North Africa (also see Bold Believers in Morocco and Egypt)
Berbers and Berber cave homes (also see Bold Believers in Morocco)
Bold Believers in Indonesia
Religions of Indonesia
Islands of Indonesia
Bold Believers in India
The states of India
Hinduism
Bold Believers of the Hmong People
The Hmong people
Bold Believers in Vietnam
The religions of Vietnam
Children of Christian prisoners
Bold Believers in Nepal
The religions of Nepal
Bold Believers in Chiapas (Mexico)
Christians in Chiapas
Bold Believers in Ethiopia
Ethiopian culture
Bold Believers in Uzbekistan
Uzbek culture

Ahmed’s Secret

Morocco
Satellite dishes bring Christian programs to Moroccan homes

Ahmed liked to sit in front of his family’s TV and flip through channels. When he was home alone, he watched a Christian satellite program. Ahmed learned the truth about Jesus from the program, and he believed what he heard. But he kept his new faith secret.

Like most Moroccan children, Ahmed was born into a Muslim family. Family honor is treasured in Morocco. Many Muslims believe their family’s honor will be ruined if a family member becomes a Christian.

A Surprise
One day, Ahmed went to the souk (market) with his mother Zebidah, and his two younger sisters. But Ahmed forgot to take his money. He returned home to get his money, planning to join his mother and sisters later. When he got home, he discovered his father, Gareeb, watching a Christian program on TV!

“What are you doing?” asked Ahmed. “That’s a Christian program you are watching!”

“Son, I’ve been watching this show for a long time,” his father answered.

“Really?” said Ahmed. “Then I can tell you that I watch it, too!”

Ahmed and his father joyfully shared what they had learned about Jesus. Then they agreed to tell the rest of the family that they were followers of Christ.

More Surprises
After Zebidah and the girls came home, Gareeb and Ahmed discovered an amazing fact. They had also been watching the Christian program and had given their lives to Jesus!

The TV program became the family’s church. They sang, prayed, and read the Bible along with the people on the show. They listened to sermons that encouraged them.

Pray that more Moroccan families will come to know Christ.

(Source: Bold Believers in Morocco)

“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served….Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve….But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:14–15).