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Ful Sudani and Mush

Ful Sudani
Ful Sudani is a traditional treat from Sudan. Follow the instructions below to make the treat.

Stir together ½ cup of sugar and 3 egg whites in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a path remains when the spoon is drawn through the mixture — about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 tsp. of vanilla and 1 cup of chopped peanuts. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a well-greased, foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove promptly from the foil.

Mush
The government of Sudan drops bombs on the Nuba Mountain region of their country, where many Christians live. Many of the people have fled to refugee camps to escape the fighting.

People in the area are very poor. One of their foods is somewhat like cornmeal mush. If you want to make something like their mush, mix ¾ cup of flour (or cornmeal) with 1 cup of milk. Boil 1 cup of water, and slowly add the flour mixture to it, stirring constantly as you reduce the heat to low.

Continue stirring, and add an additional ½ cup of flour or cornmeal. Stir until smooth and until the thick dough begins to stick together. Cool the dough. Pull off a lump of the dough, make a dent in it with your thumb, and use it to scoop up stews or sauces, then eat it.


Hassan: Privileged in Prison

Hassan and his wife, Awadia, live in the United States with their five children, ages 7 to 20. (See the photo above.) But they haven’t always lived in America — they used to live in Sudan.

Hassan is a Sudanese pastor. In 2015, he was arrested for his Christian work and imprisoned with The Voice of the Martyrs worker, Petr Jasek. (See the previous post.) Thankfully, he was released in May 2017.

Sudan is not a safe place for his family now. They moved to a small American town where they are waiting for a decision on their request for asylum. The children have not had an easy time adjusting to a new home and culture.

But Hassan remains grateful to God. “I realized that God loves me so much, he gave me the privilege to share one of His hard times,” Hassan said.

Please pray for Hassan’s family.

(Source: The September 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Think About
*Why is Hassan grateful to God?
*What do you think are some of the differences between Hassan’s family’s life in Sudan and in America? What things in America might be hard for them to adjust to?


Petr’s Denial

Petr

Not Yet Bold
Petr Jasek grew up as the son of a pastor in Communist Czechoslovakia. (Czechoslovakia is no longer a country today. In 1993, it split into two countries: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Communist governments may forbid or strongly discourage belief in God. Learn more here.)

Petr’s father gave him a book about persecuted Christians, and Petr thought it was a very important book. But the book didn’t make Petr bold in his faith. He was even afraid to tell his classmates that his father was a pastor. Instead, Petr told them his father was a beekeeper.

Then when he read the story of the disciple Peter denying Christ, and he felt guilty. (See John 18:15-27.)

Petr became a committed Christian when he was 15. He often asked God to give him a second chance to stand up for Jesus in public. Later, God gave him that chance.

A Bold Witness
Young people were required to join the army, where officers assumed all the soldiers were atheists. After Petr joined, an officer asked a group of 300 soldiers, “Is there anyone who still believes in God?”

God strengthened Petr to raise his hand, even though no one else did. Since then, Petr has witnessed for Christ all over the world. In 2015, Petr was arrested in Sudan because of his work in that country for The Voice of the Martyrs. Even in prison, he continued to boldly proclaim the truth about Jesus. He was released after 445 days. You can read his story here and here.

Please pray for Christians who are persecuted and imprisoned in Sudan.

(Source: The September 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Think About
*Why was Petr afraid to say his father was a pastor?
*Is there anywhere where you would be uncomfortable telling people that you are a follower of Jesus?


Courageous Christians’ Countries

(Source: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom.)

Can you identify each of the countries below by their shapes? If you need help, click on the “Countries” tab above to find locations and shapes of each country.

The countries are a few of the places where Christians are treated badly because they follow Jesus.


A Wealthy Man

Sudanese woman with a new Bible from VOM

Matthak was in jail in Sudan.

One day, his captors came to him with an offer. “We are going to give you a car!” they said. “We are going to give you a home and a job. We’re going to see that your whole family gets a good education. All you have to do is stop preaching the gospel and become a Muslim.”

“I was tempted,” said Matthak, who had been imprisoned because of his Christian activities. But he remembered that he belonged to the Lord. So he kept telling people about Jesus. Even some prison guards and prisoners became Christians when Matthak witnessed to them.

After Matthak refused their offer, the guards treated him harshly and beat him. He was in bad shape by the time he was released from prison. But he didn’t complain. Instead, he tells other Christians, “I miss the time I was in prison! I miss the worship there with the Christians in prison. I wish I could go back!”

One of the Christians who visited Matthak said, “He has been faithful, and he is rich — not financially maybe, but in relationships and in family and in blessings, he is certainly a wealthy man.

Source: VOMRadio.net

To Think About and To Do
*Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “I have found truly joyful Christians only in the Bible, in the underground [secret] churches, and in prison.” Why do you think Christians in prison for their faith are joyful?

*Visit prisoneralert.com and choose one prisoner to pray for today.