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Tibetan Wooden Tablet Painting

Traditional Tibetan artists sometimes painted pictures on small wooden tablets of various shapes. Some of the tablets had handles so viewers could hold the paintings without damaging them.

To make a tablet painting, draw a geometric shape (like a trapezoid or hexagon) on a piece of white cardboard or poster board 8½ by 11-inches or smaller. Cut out the shape and draw a colorful picture on it. Can you color a picture on your tablet that illustrates one of God’s promises? Glue a craft stick to the back of your painting so that it extends about 3 inches below the bottom of the tablet.

Watch a video clip about Christians in Tibet here.


Ada’s Mission

Ada's Mission
A Christian youth group in Nepal

In the snowy mountains of Tibet, “Ada” helped people called “nomads” grow food gardens. Nomads live in tents and move from place to place each season. They wear clothes made of sheep’s wool or yak hair from the animals they raise.

One day, police showed up at Ada’s house and took her to prison. They told her to write a paper that said she had broken the law. But Ada was doing God’s work. She had not done the bad things they wanted her to write. “What should I do?” Ada wondered. She prayed for God’s help, and Jesus told her to write only the truth.

Instead of saying that she did the bad things, Ada wrote about the good things Jesus has done for her. This made the police angry. They snatched up Ada’s paper and ripped it to pieces. Then they shoved another blank paper toward her and told her to write what they wanted. Ada only wrote about Jesus. The police became so mad they beat her.

Ada was afraid she would not be strong when she was in prison, but Jesus was with her, just like He promised. Jesus worked through her to tell her persecutors that He loved them and wanted to forgive them. Ada prayed for the men who hurt her and told them, “Jesus loves you.”

When the police realized Ada would not write what they wanted, they let her go. They said, “Leave our country and don’t come back.” They didn’t want her to tell anyone else about Jesus.

Not only did Jesus help Ada through her suffering, but He also helped her love those who hurt her. Ada loved the people of Tibet so much that she cried when she had to leave. She still wanted to share Jesus’s love with them.

But God had a plan for Ada. Tibetan nomads also live in a nearby country called Nepal. And that’s where God sent her next. Now Ada shows God’s love to the nomads in Nepal.

J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, was a college intern at The Voice of the Martyrs in the summer of 2016.


U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report

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This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at Persecution.com for further information about selected countries.


Buddhists and the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama

July 6 was the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday. The Dalai Lama is an important spiritual leader among Buddhists who follow Tibetan Buddhism. Some of the countries where Tibetan Buddhists live are Bhutan, Nepal, Mongolia, China, and India. They also live in Tibet, a country taken over by China in the 1950s.

When China took over Tibet, the Dalai Lama fled the country with thousands of his followers. They knew that the communists who ruled China would try to get rid of Buddhists and followers of other religions. Today in Tibet, Christians are trapped between Buddhist and communist oppression.

Go to the Beliefs section of this site to find charts comparing Christianity to Buddhism and other faiths.

The Dalai Lama speaks a lot about peace and tolerance, and has many friends in the U.S. Actors and other famous people are photographed with him when he visits America. Some people in the U.S. are becoming Buddhists because they believe it will make their life better.

Pray for the Dalai Lama this week, and for his followers and those who are considering becoming his followers. Pray that they will understand that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, and the path to true peace.


Tibet

Tibet

Tibet

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Capital
Lhasa

Main Languages
Tibetan

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 7:00 p.m. in Tibet.

History
Communist China took over Tibet in 1950. The communist government wanted people to look to the government for answers, not religion. Most Tibetans are Buddhists. When China took control, the leader of the Buddhists, the Dalai Lama, fled the country with thousands of his followers.

Religion
Mostly Buddhist.

Persecution
Translators have translated the Bible into the Tibetan language, but many Tibetans cannot read it because they do not know how to read. The Chinese government tries to control the practice of Buddhism and Christianity in China. Tibetan Christians worship in secret. Most of the persecution of Christians comes from Buddhists who want to increase the strength of Buddhism.