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Praise the Lord Around the World

Use the chart below to learn how to say “Praise the Lord” in 10 other languages. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song with the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

Country
Language
How To Say It
Iran Farsi KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Pakistan Punjabi RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay
China Chinese tzahn-may joo
Colombia Spanish GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs
Russia, Kazakhstan Russian SLAH-vuh BOH-goo
Many Muslim Countries Arabic MAHG-duh lah rahp
Eritrea Tigrinya gway-tah yeh mess ghen
Malaysia, Brunei Malay Poo-jee TOO-hahn
Nepal Nepali jay muh-SEE
Bangladesh Bangla ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk

Learning About Islam in Russian and English

“We believe in Jesus as just a prophet. We don’t believe he was crucified. We believe he just went back to heaven.” — Amal, age 14, American Muslim

Muslims believe that God would not allow Jesus to die on a cross. They believe that if Jesus was killed, it meant that He had failed, and His enemies won.

Christians know that Jesus died and rose to life again after His death. We believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection mean victory over sin and death, and that Jesus did not fail. He defeated sin and death, which are even greater enemies than the people who killed Him. Part of the good news of Jesus is that “death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

The information above is from the book Learning About Islam available from the Downloads section

Would you like to see the book in Russian?

Russian-speaking Christians have a children’s website that posts Kids of Courage stories. Learning About Islam is available to download in Russian from the site.


Gospels in Bottles

Some countries do not allow Bibles to be brought into their country or printed inside the country. In obedience to God’s command to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation,” The Voice of the Martyrs has been using unique ways to smuggle Bibles for more than 50 years. (See Mark 16:15.) Creative Christians continue to invent new ways.

During of much of the 20th century, the Communist government of Russia restricted Christian activities in their country and the countries they controlled. So Christians outside of Russia put Scriptures inside bottles and dropped them into the sea, hoping they would reach Russia.

A Detour
One time, an unexpected storm drove many of the bottles to the shores of Finland. Newspapers in Finland reported the event.

Russians read the news reports. They realized that the bottles were just like the ones that had floated to Russia many times before. So the Russian government sent 10 spies to Finland to try to find out where the bottles came from. The spies pretended to be Christians and attended Christian prayer meetings to gather information. They hoped their spy work would lead to many arrests of Christians.

New Life for a Spy
But one of the spies listened closely to what was said at a prayer meeting, and he decided to follow Christ! He warned the Christians not to discuss who had sent the Scriptures in the bottles. The secret smuggling work could continue.

Source: Jesus to the Communist World newsletter, October 1970. (The newsletter later became The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)


Window on the World

Are you too young to be a mission worker in another country? Maybe not! A VOM worker said, “You can be an international missions worker without ever leaving your knees. A Christian leader in Vietnam told me, ‘When you pray in America, you are working in Vietnam.’”

Window on the World is a book that can help you pray for people in other countries.

Students, Parents, and Teachers
Do You Know?
*The word “tattoo” came from Samoa.
*Russia has 11 time zones.
*Christian visitors to Bhutan are not allowed to ask people to follow Jesus.
*Adult male pygmies are usually less than 5 feet tall.
*In 1989, there were possibly only four Christians in Mongolia.
(Source: Window on the World)

Window on the World is a valuable resource to guide children in praying for families around the world. Updated in 2018, the book uses maps, colorful photos, and stories to introduce kids to more than 90 cultures and people groups.

The introduction explains how and why we pray, and the end of the book includes descriptions of other religions and how they differ from biblical Christianity. Families, Sunday school classes, homeschool co-ops, and individuals can enjoy learning interesting facts along with prayer points for Christians and those in need of Christ.

The book is available from major book distributors.


Skiing to a Prayer Meeting

Russia

A Story from the 20th Century

The Soviet Union was a communist country that broke up into smaller countries in the late 20th century. Before the break-up, it was the world’s most powerful communist country.

During that time, Christians from all over the Soviet Union were sent to Siberia for punishment. Although there are also warm places in Siberia, it is known for being very cold. In some places in Siberia, when someone exhales, the moisture in their breath freezes solid and drops to the ground. (Source: Atlantic Monthly)

One winter, three Siberian students met secretly every morning at 6 o’clock for prayer. They rose early before school started and skied over snowy paths to a forest. They met in all kinds of weather, even when temperatures were below zero. They prayed for their country.

God gave their region of Siberia a spiritual awakening, and many more youth came to Christ. So many young people became Christians that they wouldn’t fit in anyone’s house for meetings. Soon many new believers were also skiing into the forest at 6 a.m. to pray.

(Source: Faith Despite the KGB, by Hermann Hartfield)

To Think About

  • What is a “spiritual awakening?”
  • The students gathered to pray for a mighty move of God in their country. Can you name some of the obstacles they faced in getting together for prayer?
  • Have you ever prayed for more people to come to Christ in your country or in a country where Christians are persecuted?
  • What obstacles do Christian young people in the 21st century have that might make it hard for them to get together for prayer? In what ways is it easier today than it was for the Siberian youth?