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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 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

An Eight-Hour Walk and a Dream That Came True

Boys in Nepal
Boys in Nepal

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following report from a Christian in Nepal.

“My name is Bandhu. I am from a very rural and remote part of Nepal. I gave my life to Christ six years ago. All seven in my family are believers. I am very poor farmer.

“Two months ago, I heard that some believers are giving the Bible for free. But it was not in our village. The leader of our church mentioned that if we can go to the place where the Bibles will be distributed, we will get one. I knew that it would take me and my son eight hours to walk. I called my son and said, ‘Let’s go to get the Bible.’

“We walked eight hours and finally we arrived. The local pastors said, ‘All of you get in a line, we will bring the Bible to you.’ When the distribution started, I was watching the pastor move and thinking, ‘I will get the most valuable thing in my life.’

“When I touched the first time the Bible which both has Old Testament and New Testament, I knew that is it real. As distribution finished, I and my son sat together and checked our Bibles. We realized both are the same because we never knew that every Bible has the same words. I realized that our dream came true.

“We have now our own Bibles at home. We read them every day. We discuss them every day at home. I can see the blessing that came to our family after we got the Bible. I just want to thank VOM who made this possible for believers like us. We have started to pray that the VOM office will do more of this type of ministry, not only in Nepal but all over the world.”

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

To Talk About

  • How far would you have to walk to get to the Bible that is nearest you right now?
  • Can you and a friend or family member agree to read your Bibles daily and to talk about what you read like Bandhu and his son?

 


Holi and Hindus

Girl

“Holi” is a Hindu celebration in India and Nepal. In 2013, Holi will be observed near the end of March.

Amy, an American Christian, traveled to Nepal when she was 9 years old. She went with her parents and her two brothers. Her father got a job in the capital, Kathmandu.

Read below what Amy remembers about Holi and Hinduism.

“The first year we were there, we participated in Holi,” Amy said. “For Holi, the people have paint fights and water fights. Red, green, and yellow are everywhere.

“The second year we realized that Holi was part of a Hindu festival. We didn’t feel it was right for us to participate anymore, since we are Christians.”

During part of another Hindu festival, sisters honor their brothers. “Basically, sisters worship their brothers,” Amy said. “They go to the Hindu temple and perform a ritual for and to their brothers. Christians should not be doing that. Some Christians have their own take on it and don’t do the Hindu part of it.”

Nepalese calendars are filled with Hindu festivals to honor various gods. The people both “love and dread the festivals,” said one visitor to Nepal. It is a lot of work to honor so many gods.

“They have rituals for all the gods so none of the gods will be jealous,” said Amy. “Sometimes Hindus will say they have become Christians. They think, ‘Okay, I’ll just add one more god.’ When you tell them they must stop worshiping other gods, they freak out. They’re afraid the other gods will be angry.”

But some Hindus do become Christians and worship only the one true God. “It’s hard for them,” Amy said. “They have a lot of family pressure. One of our friends became a Christian and wouldn’t go to the Hindu temples with her family. They kicked her out of the family. That kind of thing happens all the time.” Some of the new Christians find comfort among Christians in Nepalese churches.

Ask God to help Hindus not fear other gods.


Grounded from Church

Pastor Kamal was the pastor of a small church in Nepal. The church was near a camp for Maoist soldiers. Maoists follow communist teachings and they are not always friendly to Christians. They have attacked and threatened churches in Nepal in recent years.

One day, 37 Maoist soldiers arrived at the church. Pastor Kamal’s congregation probably did not know what to expect when their “visitors” showed up.

But these soldiers had an interesting story.

Read the rest of this entry »


Make a Nepali Topi

Topi
Schoolboys in Topis

A topi is a hat worn by men and boys in Nepal. Follow the instructions below to make your own topi. Find these instructions and more in the activity book Bold Believers in Nepal, available for free in the Downloads section of this site.

Supplies needed: Two 8½- by 11-inch pieces of construction paper, scissors, stapler, pencil, markers, crayons.

Topi 1 Fold an 8½- by 11-inch piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut the paper in two along the fold line.
Topi 2 Staple the halves together, overlapping the ends about 1 inch to make one long strip. Join the ends of the strip together and staple them, forming a circle.
Topi 3 Flatten the circle and crease it shut near both stapled ends, being careful not to hurt your fingers on the staples. To decorate your topi, use crayons or markers to draw designs or pictures on the flattened circle.
Topi 4 Open the flattened circle into the shape of an ellipse. It will be the bottom part of your topi. Stand the ellipse upright on an 8½- by 11-inch piece of construction paper.
Topi 5 Draw around the ellipse with a pencil, making a new ellipse that extends about 1 inch beyond the sides (but not the ends) of the old ellipse.
Topi 6 Cut out the ellipse you have drawn. It will be the top of the topi.
Topi 7 Using two staples on each side, attach the top to the bottom of the topi about ½ inch below the top edge.