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Transportation Puzzle

Slideshow
Travel Slideshow

The “travel sideshow” in this post shows unique ways of transportation encountered by VOM workers in their travels.

In the sentences below, find eight ways of transportation VOM contacts use to transport Bibles to places where Bibles are hard to get.

Search for these words: train, camel, ship, bus, donkey, barge, van, and plane.

  1. The sleepy boy came late to school.
  2. The violinist played on key at every concert.
  3. Restaurant cooks plan each meal carefully.
  4. Moses saw a burning bush.
  5. It was not raining when Noah started on his ark.
  6. Jesus said a servant is not above his master.
  7. A candy bar gets soft if you leave it in the sun.
  8. The zookeeper’s hippopotamus didn’t fit in the cage.

Country Search Answers

  1. Camel
  2. Donkey
  3. Plane
  4. Bus
  5. Train
  6. Van
  7. Barge
  8. Ship

Spotlight Story

A Different Kind of Test

Hmong Christians in Vietnam
Hmong Christians in Vietnam

Christian leaders in Vietnam travel to a secret location to attend classes. The classes help them learn more about the Bible and about leading others to Jesus.

The leaders come from tribal areas. Some of Vietnam’s tribal groups are: Hmong, Ede, K’ho, Hre, Jorai, Rade, Khmu, and Stieng. In some of the groups, few people have heard about Jesus. In other groups, many are coming to Christ. The classes are secret because local government leaders in some tribal areas don’t want Christians to spread the gospel.

Halfway through their training, the students take a break for two or three months. If they want to come back to class, they have to share the gospel with at least 30 people during their break.

This “test” can be hard to pass. Students are sometimes beaten up for encouraging people to follow Jesus. At times they are kicked out of villages. Their families may try to stop them from spreading the gospel.

But they continue to share the good news of Christ. The plan is for each student to create a new group of Christians to worship and serve God together.

To Think About

  • Why are the classes secret?
  • Why is the test hard to pass?
  • How does your church or faith group help you grow in Christ? Pray for the new groups in Vietnam, and thank God for the group you attend.

Source: July 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter


Spotlight Story

Praying for Those Who Trouble Us

Book

Christian History Institute, producers of Torchlighters children’s DVDs about Christian heroes, has published a 94-page book for children about Corrie ten Boom.

The following is an excerpt from the book.

BOOM! Corrie sat up suddenly in bed, startled. What was that? She thought. A bright flash followed by a loud boom erupted in the quiet night. As her bed shook, Corrie crawled quickly toward her window and peered outside. The sky glowed scarlet as bombs exploded on the ground just outside of her city of Haarlem.

Throwing on her bathrobe, Corrie hurried down the stairs to her sister’s room. [Corrie’s sister] Betsie was awake, sitting up in her own bed. The old house shook as more bombs fell.

“War!” they cried as they held each other in the dark.

The whole city quaked and skies flashed. Was this really happening? Corrie thought, frightened. What will become of our country if the Germans bring their hatred here? What will happen to Holland?

As these questions rolled around in her head, Corrie wondered if she was strong enough to trust in her God, even now.

“Corrie!” Betsie said, shaking Corrie from her thoughts. “Let’s go downstairs to pray.”

“Oh, yes,” Corrie agreed, and she followed Betsie to the kitchen.

Betsie grabbed Corrie’s hand as they knelt down to pray. Corrie prayed for all those she could think of, including their Queen Wilhelmina, and the Prime Minister, too. When Corrie finished, Betsie kept praying in a gentle, calm voice.

“God,” she said, “we pray for those German pilots in the planes right now. They’re also stuck in this great evil of hatred and violence. Please open their eyes to it and bless them.”

Corrie’s eyes snapped open. She stared at Betsie, shocked. How could she pray for those evil people? But Betsie prayed on. Corrie could tell that Betsie believed God’s grace was for everyone—even those who carried out Hitler’s awful plans.

“Oh Lord,” Corrie said as she closed her eyes once more. “Listen to Betsie, not me. I can’t pray for those men in the planes at all.”

To Think About
Read Matthew 5:43–48. How did Betsie show that she was committed to obeying God’s word in those verses?

The Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie ten Boom is available at www.vombooks.com.


Activities Story

Bean Art Prayer Reminder

Prayer Reminder

A recent volunteer at The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters shared a prayer reminder she made. To make the prayer reminder, follow her instructions below.

Needed
Plastic water bottle; photos from The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter or this website; a variety of small beans, peas, rice, seeds, or other grains; funnel (can be made from rolling up a piece of paper; see photo); craft glue.

Instructions

  1. Wash the plastic water bottle and cap and allow it to dry completely.
  2. Glue photos or Bible verses to the bottle. Seal and finish with decoupage medium if desired.
  3. Pour in the seeds and beans, one color at a time. Repeat until the bottle is filled.
  4. Decorate the bottle with additional materials if desired.

Variations
Use colored sand instead of beans and seeds.
Fill the container with dry ingredients for cookies, dried bean soup, or another recipe. Tie the recipe on with colored ribbon.


Spotlight Story

Risky Witnessing in Pakistan

Pakistan

In Pakistan, Muslims hold festivals to celebrate Muslim culture and traditions. Sometimes radical Muslims leaders preach at the festivals.

Many Muslims in Pakistan get along with Christians. But Christians are harshly persecuted by other Muslims who are radical about their faith. The radicals who speak at the festivals convince some youth to join their group.

Attacked
Bold Christians enter the festivals quietly. They pass out Christian books, and they talk with anyone who seems interested. But not everyone is interested in what they have to say. Often Muslims threaten to beat them up.

During one festival, a mob of angry Muslim attacked a Christian group. They beat up the Christians and injured one Christian’s jaw. When the police got there, they arrested the Christians for starting a public disturbance!

The Truth in Jail
The Christians were still bleeding from the attack when they were put in jail. But they began singing praises to God, just like the Apostle Paul and his friend Silas (Acts 16:25).

One inmate told them, “If the Jesus you follow is really so great, He should be strong enough to have me released this very day.” A few hours later, the prisoner was released! Before he left, he told everyone in jail, “Listen to these men! What they are sharing is the truth!”

To Discuss

  • Why do you think radical Muslims wanted to beat up the Christians? (Read John 15:20–21.)
  • If you were at a Christian festival and a Muslim came to the festival, what would you do? (Read 1 Peter 3:15.)
  • For what reasons might the Christians not feel like singing in the jail in Pakistan? Why do you think they were praising God?

Source: July 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter


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