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Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs

Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs includes stories, history, culture facts, and activities that help children understand the daily lives of the Uygur people, who live mainly in northwest China. The 52-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Activities Story

Make an Advent Prayer Train

Needed
30 mini raisin boxes, or other small boxes
Red and green acrylic paint
Glue (or tape)
Fine tip marker
Small photos of children from countries where Christians are persecuted from VOM publications or websites. (Or print and cut out the photos here.)

Instructions
*Cut off the tops and flaps of 24 of the mini boxes.
*Paint 12 of the boxes red and 12 of them green.
*Paint three of the remaining whole boxes red and three green.
*Let dry, and repeat if necessary.
*Glue sides of the boxes together to make a train, alternating red and green boxes. (See the photo above.) Number the odd numbered boxes with the marker.
*Make a train engine, arranging the remaining boxes as shown in the photo, and number one of the engine boxes with a 25.


*Glue or tape photos of children on the front of the boxes that are not numbered. Write the name of a country where Christians are persecuted inside each box with a photo on it, or make small labels and attach them to the inside of the boxes. (See the photo.)


*Add candy canes or mini candy bars to the boxes if desired.

Pray
Starting on December 1st, pray every day until Christmas for children around the world, especially children in countries featured on the train boxes. You can find prayer suggestions in downloadable Bold Believers books here. You can also enter the name of a country in the Search box on this site to find stories and prayer needs for that country.

Share the treat in each box with someone, and encourage them to pray also.


Activities Story

Christmas ADVENTure

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following letter from a homeschooling family of nine in Texas.

“This year our family is celebrating Advent. We performed random acts of kindness each day of Advent. They were humble acts, and all the glory goes to God.

“We decided to do things that represent the miracles Jesus performed while He was on earth. For example, His first miracle was turning water to wine. So first we handed out water bottles and grape juice together. For healing miracles, on different days we handed out small first aid kits, hand sanitizer, tissues, and soup.

“Each day we had 25 to 50 bags to hand out. Each bag had a simple card in it that said, ‘This is a free gift. It represents a miracle that Jesus performed while here on earth. To learn more about this miracle, read [an appropriate Bible verse was given].’

“We handed them out at fast food restaurants, stores, gas stations, the mall. We had a variety of responses. Some people saw us and ran in the other direction. Some offered us money, even though we said it was free. A handful said they were not worthy of a free gift. But when we told them that it was for everyone, not just Christians, they changed. A few people said they had already accepted Christ and took the gift to give to someone else.

“I think the best part of this was seeing how my children responded to people ignoring them or saying no. It demonstrated how some people reject Christ’s free gift, and that it was hard to be rejected by people we didn’t know.”

To Think About: Can you think of a unique way to demonstrate Christ’s love to others at Christmastime?


Spotlight Story

“Thanksgiving Is a Habit”

“Christians must have a habit of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a choice,” said a visitor to The Voice of the Martyrs. “You might be wealthy, but if you choose not to be thankful, you can be miserable. You may have little, but if you choose to be thankful, you can have joy.”

The visitor who said, “Thanksgiving is a choice” was harshly persecuted in a country where Christian activity is restricted. “I learned to be thankful,” he said. He was thankful for cool breezes and sunshine. He thanked God for giving him faith. He was even grateful to God for teaching him gratitude! And his thankfulness brought him joy.

“As long as your heart is full of joy, you can endure,” the visitor said.

To Talk About
Did you think of a situation where it might be difficult to choose to be thankful? What are some blessings you could be thankful for in that situation?


Activities Story

Kids of Courage Advent Calendar

Advent calendar

Needed
*A sheet of foam board about 15 inches by 20 inches
*48 multicolored labels
*Push pins or tacks
*Fine tip marker
*Glue
*Small photos of children from countries where Christians are persecuted from VOM publications or websites. (Or print and cut out the photos here.)

Instructions
*Cut off the tops of 24 labels, and glue a photo on each one, labeling them with the names of the countries where the children live, if desired. (Variation: Glue flags of countries where Christians are persecuted on the labels. Find flags in the Countries section of this site.) Let dry.

*Glue the 24 labels to the foam board. (See photo.)

*Number additional labels from 1 to 24. Use tacks or push pins to attach the numbered labels to the foam board on top of the photo labels.

*In some places, persecution of Christians increases during the season when followers of Christ celebrate His birth. Starting on December 1st, pray for the children pictured on the calendar.

Pray that God will protect Christians during the Christmas season.
Pray that non-Christians will learn about Jesus and decide to follow Him.
Ask God to comfort families of Christian prisoners who are separated from their loved ones during this season.

You can find more prayer suggestions in downloadable Bold Believers books here.

You can also enter the name of a country in the Search box on this site to find stories and prayer needs for that country.


Activities Story

Honor a Friend; Bless a Child

The previous post told about Christmas Care Packs for children of persecuted Christians. You can sponsor Christmas Care Packs ($35 each) in honor of your friends, teachers, pastors, and family members. It’s a great way to show your love for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ while honoring someone close to you with a meaningful Christmas gift.

The person you honor will receive a special Christmas card and a VOM Christmas prayer ornament while supplies last.

Learn more about the packs in the November 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, or by visiting ChristmasCare.com.