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A Baby in Jail

Morocco
3rd Quarter 2011 KOC Issue

Ryan, a baby in Morocco, was not yet 1 year old when he was first taken to a police station.

Ryan was with his parents at a home Bible study when about 60 police officers and soldiers arrived in more than a dozen cars. Three girls, ages 2, 3, and 4, and another baby boy were also at the home with their parents. The children had never seen so many guns!

Ryan and the other children had to go with their parents to the police station. Police took Bibles, a laptop, a camera, and a cell phone from the house. “It was the first time in recent history that the government used such a large force to attack a small Christian meeting,” said one of the Christians.

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Make a Moroccan Treat

Kids in Morocco like to eat roasted almonds. If you want to try them, rinse 1½ cups of raw whole almonds in cold water and drain them. Spread them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Cool before eating.


Make a Moroccan Drum

Moroccan Drum

Small Moroccan drums are ceramic and colorfully painted. Some children’s drums are less than six inches tall. You can make a model of a Moroccan child’s drum.

Instructions:
Use two empty 8-ounce yogurt containers, 7.5-ounce margarine containers, or similar containers with plastic lids. (A Pringles can lid will fit on a yogurt container if the container does not have a plastic lid.) Ask an adult to help you cut out the centers of the bottoms of the containers, leaving a narrow rim on the bottom of each one.

Glue the bottoms of the containers together along the remaining rims to create an hourglass-shaped drum. Wrap tape around the glued edges on the outside of the drum to make it stronger.

Cover the outside of the drum with foil gift wrap, colored tissue paper, strips of vinyl tape in various colors, or other colorful materials. Use felt-tip markers to color the entire outside of the lid. Put the lid on the drum. Play the drum with your fingers.


Morocco: Happy Meal

Morocco

Note: To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this Web site and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes are edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.

A Natural Thing to Do
David, age 7, and Lena, age 9, pray before their meal when they eat at restaurants. They also pray before they eat at home, before bedtime, and at family devotions. “It is the natural thing to do,” said their father Mark.

Mark grew up in a Muslim family in Morocco. After a friend invited him to Bible study classes, Mark gave his life to Jesus. He married a Christian girl, Sarah. When David and Lena were born, Mark and Sarah taught them to love Jesus, read the Bible, and pray.

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Morocco: A Bully Finds a Better Way

Morocco

Aaron was a Muslim teenager from a large family in Morocco. Sometimes he was a bully to his sisters and cousins. He called them names and started arguments with them for little or no reason.

Many young people from Morocco leave their country and get jobs in another country. Two of Aaron’s older cousins, Esther and John, did just that. In his new home, John met some Christians who shared with him the truth about Jesus.

When Aaron heard that John had become a Christian, he was upset. The Muslim holy book, the Koran, says that Muslims who convert to other religions are “losers” (Koran Sura 3:85). Then Aaron found out that Esther had also decided to give her life to Jesus.

Aaron began e-mailing John to ask him questions. “Why did you and Esther become Christians?” he asked. “Is it because you are around other Christians and you wanted to follow their customs? Is it just a new habit you started?”

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