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secret children 1: Jong-Cheol’s Story

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Country focus: North Korea Children are Disposable

You will need: • Map or atlas • Flags of North Korea and South Korea • Coloured bands – five for each team • Dividing line – could be chalk mark on floor or rope • Origami paper • Origami instructions

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• Photocopies of the Yut board

Make enough copies for each pair of children. (Alternatively, it can be drawn on to the ground outside in chalk or sewn on to cloth.) • 4 Yut sticks per boardgame – or use a die

Saw off about 4cm lengths of wooden dowelling, then split in half and sand down. Give this job to someone who likes woodwork! If you can’t make sticks, each set of players will need a die instead. • Pens • Counters

Template for the Yut board can be found at the end of this resource

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secret children 1: Jong-Cheol’s Story Introduction There are lots of children around the world who follow Jesus. But for many of them, it’s a dangerous or a difficult thing to do. Over the next few weeks we’re going to find out about some of them. We’re going to hear their true stories and find out what their lives are like. And we’re going to pray for them - and for children like them. Each one lives in a different country around the world. The first one is North Korea.

Questions... Can you find North Korea? Where is it near? (Note the borders with China and South Korea.) Many Christians try to escape from North Korea, because it is so dangerous to be a believer there.

Game: Sam Pal Sun You will need: flags of North and South Korea, dividing line, team bands Sam Pal Sun is the name of the border between North and South Korea. It’s also the name of a chase game for Korea, otherwise known as Cross the Line. The game is played with five or more players on each team. Each team wears coloured bands, say red and blue. One team has a flag, placed on the ground behind the defending team, which they need to keep the other team from reaching. Each defending team member has a ‘territory’ they must defend and can’t move away from. The offensive team tries to get

through the defending line without getting tagged. If tagged, that player must freeze (or sit down) until unfrozen (tapped) by a team mate. Then they must return to their side. If all offensive players are tagged, the game ends and restarts until they capture the flag. The flag then becomes theirs and they must defend it from the opposite team. This takes team work, strategy, speed and agility!

Story: The Story of the Wandering Swallows It was dark on the 10 lane motorway. The bus was filled with foreign tourists. Everybody was exhausted. Suddenly, the bus driver slammed on the brakes. In an instant, everyone was wide awake. There in front of the bus stood a girl – absolutely still. She might have been 9 years old, but it was hard to tell. There is often very little to eat in North Korea, so children look a lot smaller than others their age. Her face was dirty and she was dressed in rags. She looked lost and confused. The driver got out, gently pushed the little girl to the side of the motorway, walked back to the bus and got behind the wheel again. He exchanged sad looks with the people in the bus, but no-one said anything. Slowly, he put the bus back in gear and drove off to the hotel.

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secret children 1: Jong-Cheol’s Story Why was this child walking on a motorway, hours after dark? Why didn’t she move when the bus almost hit her? The reason was because this girl was a ‘kotjebi’ – a North Korean word for ‘wandering swallow.’ It sounds pretty but it’s used as an insult word for street children, who are considered the lowest of the low: beggars, parasites. Millions of North Korean families have been destroyed by famine, diseases, arrests and killings. Children who lose their parents often have nowhere to go. If left on their own, they try to live on the streets. Most of the time, they only have one set of clothes - and no shoes. They’ve probably sold those. To survive, they form gangs to beg and steal food and the other things they need. So nobody likes them. The police hunt them down, sending them off to so-called orphanages, but nobody cares for them, even there. Even children who still have homes are brainwashed, particularly at school. Since young children are never good at keeping secrets, school teachers are trained to ask their pupils questions like, “Do your parents read from a certain ‘black book’ at home?” They mean the Bible. It’s not safe to let anyone know if you keep a Bible at home. Instead, people must show respect to the Supreme Leader: Kim Jong-Il. The North Korean government expects all parents to teach their children to say, “Thank you, Father Kim Jong-Il” as

soon as they can talk. It’s like saying grace before dinner. The family must bow to the portraits of the Great Leaders on the wall, thanking them—even if only bitter grass soup is served for dinner, or if Mum has worked hours grinding bark to make the porridge. In school, students are taught mostly from the writings of the Leaders, which are treated like scriptures. They have to learn them and recite them. It’s difficult for Christian parents who want to tell their own children about Jesus. “My parents did what many Christian parents still do,” says Lee who is now a pastor in South Korea. “They shared stories from the Bible, but they left out words like ‘Bible’, ‘God’, ‘Jesus’ and ‘Israel’. They told me about a man who went up a mountain and received from the sky two stone tablets with ten rules. “They said I should love my neighbours like myself. So I knew my parents were different from other parents. Everybody else was so harsh, but they were so loving and taking care of people, even the ‘wandering swallows’.” Lee was 32 when he escaped to China, followed a year later by his mother. Only then could she tell him that she was a Christian and talk to him about Jesus.

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secret children 1: Jong-Cheol’s Story Bible: Q: Why do you think Lee’s mother and father felt they should look after the ‘wandering swallows’? A: Because Jesus said, “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) Q: How did Jesus feel about children? A: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” (Matthew 19:13-15) Q: What did he say about the poor? A: He said, “When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.” (Luke 14.13) Q: Are some people more important than others? A: Jesus says we are all important to God. He told his disciples, “Five sparrows are sold for just two pennies, but God doesn’t forget a single one of them. Even the hairs on your head are counted. So don’t be afraid! You are worth much more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)

with some of the other ‘wandering swallows’. They were taken back to North Korea, where they were questioned and beaten. After a while, most of them were released back onto the streets, and one of them even escaped again, across the border. A man who works for Open Doors found him and asked him what had happened. “When the guards asked if we had become Christians in China, Jong-Cheol didn’t say no,” the boy said. “So what happened to him?” the man asked. “Jong-Cheol didn’t survive. He laid down his life for Jesus.”

Prayer: Lord, protect the ‘wandering swallows’ of North Korea. Help people who work for Open Doors as they provide food and shelter for children running away from danger.

Craft: Make an origami bird

Jong-Cheol’s Story:

You will need: origami paper, instructions

Jong-Cheol was a ‘wandering swallow’ who, somehow had flown to safety in China. How he did it no one knows, but he came to the attention of some people who worked for Open Doors (an organisation that helps people who are in danger for being Christians). They gave him food and housed him with a Christian family. There he became a Christian.

(Beforehand: copy instructions for the origami bird for your helpers and teach them before the session how to make the bird.)

One day, he was with other North Korean children, near a hotel, when he got caught

Give each child a piece of origami squared paper and follow the instructions. Once they are made, enjoy throwing them around and making them twirl. Encourage children to take their origami bird home to tell others about the ‘wandering swallows’ and to remember to pray for children in North Korea.

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secret children 1: Jong-Cheol’s Story Game: Yut You will need: copies of the Yut board, pens, counters, Yut sticks or dice (Beforehand: teach your helpers how to play the game.)

Suppose two people play the game. One of them throws the sticks first. The sticks have two sides; the upside is rounded and the downside is flat. If the flat side lands uppermost, it means the player gets one point and moves forward one step on the game board. Two, three or four flat sides up means two, three or four points and the player moves forward that number of steps. Four rounded sides upwards means five points; move forward five steps. Players mark down the points they get for each move and add them up at the end.

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This is a traditional game in Korea that is often played by families on New Year’s Day. It can be played by any number of people, in teams, but for this session it would be easiest to play it in pairs. Each pair will need one Yut board, 4 Yut sticks, 2 counters and 2 pens. For each extra person you will need an extra counter and pen.

To win this game, you have to get the most points and arrive back at the home circle first. For more details about the rules visit: www.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Yut

Take away: Origami bird and Memo to Parents If you are doing Session 2: Leah’s Story the following week, send the following memo: For next time, please bring a small case or rucksack and the most important things you would want to take if you had to leave home in a hurry.

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1. 1. Place your paper in front of you so it looks like a diamond. Now fold it in half.

2. Fold it in half again. Crease it and open it up again.

4. Again fold in half.

6. Fold down the upper flap along line as shown. Fold the flap behind in the same way.

3. Now fold the top corner down as shown by dotted line and arrow.

5. Rotate paper upwards 90 degrees.

7. Now fold the wings upwards so they spread out either side.

8. Throw your swallow up in the air and see it twirl to the ground.

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secret children 2: leah’s Story Country focus: Iraq Children are Displaced

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Bibles, Bible-sized bags or envelopes Print-outs of Bible verse – one per person Copies of the Suitcase Worksheet Colourful paper cups – one per child Sticky labels, felt pens Small rectangles of coloured card

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1. Introd uction 2. Game – Hunt t he Bible 3. Bible s – John 1 4:27 4. Discu ssion – L eave! 5. Story – Leah 6. Activit y – Shelt er 7. Praye r 8. Craft – Prayer Pot Take ho me Prayer p ots and suitcase workshe et

How important is the Bible to you? In some countries around the world, it’s very dangerous to own a Bible and if you were found out, you’d get put in prison. Christians around the world often have to hide their Bibles, whether in a brown paper bag or a hole in the ground. They even tear it up and share it out amongst a whole church so that no one person is found in possession of it. They might each learn parts of it. A Christian in Iran who is in prison at the moment is not allowed to have a Bible, but his mum has smuggled in a couple of pages with Psalms on and he keeps them hidden in his socks. He can only look at them when he goes to the toilet. Where do we normally keep our Bibles? Are they there? Today we’ve hidden all the Bibles that are usually on the shelf. You’ve got two minutes to find these dangerous books.

Game: Bible Hunt You will need: Bibles, Bible-sized bags or envelopes (Beforehand: Hide Bibles around the room before children arrive. Give children two minutes to find Bibles. At the end of this time, bring everyone together to see if all the Bibles have been found.)

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secret children 2: leah’s Story Bible: John 14:27 You will need: print-outs of Bible verse – one per person Christians who are living in danger really value the Bible because of what Jesus says. Look up John 14:27 and read it together. “I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.” (CEV) Read it phrase by phrase and ask the group to repeat it after you, to help them remember it. – Give them a print-out to fold up and put in their socks!

Dicussion: Leave!

COLOUR IN AND DRAW ITEMS ON THE SUITCASE THAT YOU WOULD TAKE WITH YOU, IF YOU HAD 24 HOURS TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE.

Get into groups and discuss how they would feel if they’d got such a letter. Look at what they’ve brought in their case or rucksack. Those who haven’t brought a case, could draw items onto the Suitcase Worksheet. Discuss the contents of the children’s bags. Why have they chosen to take those particular things? Challenge their choices. Make them argue the case for the items they want to take.

Story: The Story of the Dangerous Book - Leah’s story

You will need: copies of the Suitcase Worksheet SUITCASE WORKSHEET

Ask the children to imagine they are packing a suitcase ready to go away. Just as they finish doing this, a letter arrives. It says: “If you are a Christian, you must leave your house within 24 hours or it will be blown up!”

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“You know that the road we’re going to take is very dangerous, with lots of checkpoints,” her father said, frowning. “If terrorists stop us and check our luggage, this Children’s Bible might cause great difficulties.”

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secret children 2: leah’s Story “But why is it so difficult, Daddy? It’s God’s Word, with all sorts of beautiful coloured pictures in it, and I often read it aloud to Mummy at night,” Leah sobbed quietly. “It was a special present from our friends, so we have to take good care of it!” Yusuf hesitated. If Muslim extremists found the Bible, they would certainly take it away. They might even murder them all as they tried to flee Baghdad. Leah had been told very suddenly that they must pack up a few suitcases and leave home the next day, but she didn’t know why. In fact, what had happened was that early that morning, a threatening letter had been slipped into their mailbox, ordering them to leave within 24 hours, or their house would be blown up. Yusuf dared not delay. By early the next morning, they must abandon almost everything they owned, including their family home. In the meantime, they must decide what to take with them, and even more importantly, where to go. “All right, Leah,” Yusuf finally said. “You can pack your Bible, but you must keep praying that God will protect us during our journey.” So Leah prayed, and they headed for a village up in northern Iraq where some of her father’s relatives had settled. The journey was long and tiring and they were stopped several times at armed

checkpoints, but thankfully, they encountered no terrorists, and together with Leah’s Bible, they made it safely to the village. Yusuf’s relatives received them warmly and the local mayor found a house for Leah and her parents at the edge of the village. It was not very big, but Leah was pleased they could have their own home again. Still, she missed Baghdad, and the only home she had ever known. She missed her friends, her old bedroom and also her old school. In her new school she must speak Kurdish. a very different language from the Arabic she is used too. Many of her classmates have also fled there from Baghdad or Mosul. Like Leah, it has made them very upset. But slowly they are building a new life in northern Iraq. Open Doors has helped her father with some money to open a shop and it is going well. Now Leah and her parents are able to go to church again regularly, without worrying about bombings or armed attacks. They also help children like Leah to talk about the things that upset them and strengthen them with Jesus’ words. Can you remember the Bible verse that’s in your sock? Try saying it without looking. Take it out of your sock and see whether you got it right.

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Activity: Build an emergency shelter Either put up a simple tent, or create an emergency shelter from things around you, eg chairs, coats, etc. Then gather together inside and think about how Leah and other refugees might be feeling.

Prayer

Encourage them to put the prayer pot on the kitchen or dining room table at home and use it to pray at mealtimes. Alternatively, they could keep it by their bedside and pray at night.

Lord, shelter all the children who have been left homeless because they are Christians. Help them to sleep at night, knowing that you are looking after them. Give wisdom to the counsellors who help them come to terms with their nightmares.

Craft: Make a prayer pot You will need: colourful paper cups – one per child; sticky labels, small rectangles of coloured card, felt pens Get children to write their name and ‘Prayer Pot’ onto a sticky label. They could write the Bible verse on too, or just put the Bible verse inside the pot. Write the names of people who need God’s peace on to the small rectangles of card. If they can’t write, they can draw pictures instead. Names might include Leah, other secret children that they know about, or other children they know – people in the news, even themselves.

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secret children 3: RIKA’s Story Country focus: Pakistan Children are Vulnerable

Game: Oonch Neech This is a good game to play outside, especially if you’ve got lots of different levels. But it can be played indoors, too, as long as you have a reasonable amount of space. If you don’t have lots of levels, put out mats and change the instruction from ‘up’ or ‘down’ to ‘red’ or ‘green’, or whichever colours are appropriate.

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1. Game – Oonch Neech 2. Introd uction 3. Story – Rika 4. Praye r 5. Bible – James 2:2-4 & 8 6. Craft -9 – Make a tray or tin 7. Activit y – Be a street se ller Take ho me Selling t ray or co llecting tin

This is a game that children play in Pakistan. (Find Pakistan on the map.) ‘Oonch Neech’, roughly translated, means ‘Up and Down’. This is a tag game: one person is ‘It’ and runs to catch the other players. The catcher begins by choosing either oonch (up) or neech (down) as their territory. If they choose ‘oonch’ or ‘up’, then it’s safe for others to run around ‘neech’ or down on the ground. The catcher must not step on the ground, but can catch any runners that are up on his or her upper level. If the catcher chooses ‘neech’ or down, then the ground is their territory and is not safe for runners, who can be caught unless they are ‘oonch’, up on a higher level. The first person tagged becomes ‘It’ for the next round of the game.

Introduction: Who can read? Who is learning to read? Why is it good to be able to read? What would life be like if you never learned to read? Even if you don’t always enjoy school, learning to read and write helps you to enjoy a better life now, and in the future. It can also help you to read the Bible. Knowing what the Bible says can make a big difference to your life. I’m going to tell you the true story of someone about your age who can’t read... yet.

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secret children 3: RIKA’s Story Story: The Story of the Little Street Girl Her name is Rika. She’s a young girl, roaming the streets of a city in Pakistan, her baby brother, Johnny, nestling on her hips. She begs. Or sells Barbie colouring books. In winter the cold cuts through her clothes; in summer she swelters in the heat. Rika is on the streets because she was born into a Christian family, and as Christians are the lowest of the low in Pakistan, that means she was born very poor, too. And it means she’s not safe. Muslim businessmen sometimes get children and young people working for them so that they can make a lot of money for themselves. But it can be a violent, dangerous, or even criminal world. (A bit like Fagin in Oliver – only without the music and the laughs!) Even selling Barbie books can get you into trouble. Rika has already been hit once by an angry mullah (a Muslim leader, like a vicar at church), who had strong views about dolls and fashion. To him, Barbie dolls and books are bad for children and should not be allowed. It fills their heads with the wrong kinds of images of what women should look like or dream of becoming. But there’s no chance of a Barbie lifestyle for Rika. Just lots of begging and walking and watching out for violent business men who might take advantage of her. You see, although children like Rika may belong to a Christian family – their parents, grandparents

and great grandparents were probably Christian, too, going back maybe a hundred years or more – they often don’t really know what that means. They might know about the blasphemy law which punishes you if you appear to offend Muslims. They might know that they should whisper when they say they are Christians, and beware of the local mullahs. They might know to avoid bearded men who frown at anything Christian. But as for Jesus, they don’t necessarily know anything about Him.And that, up to recently, was certainly true of Rika. You might think that odd. After all, being a Christian is all about following Jesus. But when you can’t read, the Bible doesn’t make any sense to you, and you can’t find out for yourself what Jesus did and said. Rika didn’t know who Jesus was. Was he the man who gave her the colouring books to sell? She had no idea. So, to help people like Rika, Open Doors has been helping people to plant new community churches in Pakistan. Now, on Sunday, masses of people collect in open fields where they worship and pray. They’re beginning to learn who Jesus is and how He can help them. “Yes, you were born into a family of Christians. But you become a Christian yourself when you have a relationship with Jesus,” a Christian worker tells them. “You can talk to Him when the cold cuts through your clothes, and when the heat leaves you sweltering on summer afternoons.” And Rika and Johnny do need God’s help, because the streets aren’t safe and life is not a fairytale. So let’s pray for them.

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secret children 3: RIKA’s Story Prayer: Lord, guard all the children in Pakistan who might get hurt because they are Christians and are poor. We pray that they will have the chance to learn to read so that they can find out about You from the Bible and get a good education and good jobs. Amen.

Bible: James 2:2-4 & 8-9 Q: What does the Bible say about how we should treat rich and poor people? A: Suppose a rich person wearing fancy clothes and a gold ring comes to one of your meetings. And suppose a poor person dressed in worn-out clothes also comes.

Make a selling tray - the kind that ice creams are sold in at the theatre. Fill it with things to sell. It could be simple things that you have recycled, eg plastic bottles filled with water, old comics and magazines, or it could be cakes that you have baked or small sweets. Alternatively decorate a collecting tin. Wrap each tin in paper (make sure the top edges are made safe) and label it so people know the money is going to Open Doors for secret children like Rika.

Activity: Be a street seller

You must not give the best seat to the one in fancy clothes and tell the one who is poor to stand at the side or sit on the floor. That is the same as saying that some people are better than others, and you would be acting like a crooked judge.

Children can be ‘street sellers’ after church to people who’ve been in the service (remember to warn them beforehand that you’re coming – you could put it in the notices the week before).

You will do all right if you obey the most important law in the Scriptures. It is the law that commands us to love others as much as we love ourselves. But if you treat some people better than others, you have done wrong, and the Scriptures teach that you have sinned.

Put children in pairs – one child with a tray, the other with a collecting tin. They’ll love seeing the tins fill up – and adults will enjoy giving! Don’t forget to send your collections to: Open Doors, PO Box 6, Witney, Oxon OX29 6WG.

Craft: Make a selling tray or collecting tin You will need: cardboard box, string, staples, cans, paper, colouring pens, sellotape, items to sell

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secret children 4: xiao ming’S story Country focus: China Children are Deprived

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Knotted lengths of elastic (around 1.5m or more each) Bibles Old CDs Paper or card (red for the top, perhaps origami paper for the bottom) Gold or yellow star stickers (four small and one large for each candle mat) Felt pens Copies of prayer Nightlights

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Introduction: Find out what the children know already about China. Can they find it on a map? Or tell you the name of the capital? Or describe what the flag looks like? If you want to give them more information, look in the Open Doors Handbook of Prayer.

Game: Chen Qiu Rong or French skipping You will need: knotted lengths of elastic of around 1.5 m or more each French skipping is a low cost game that is played in China. Some children use rubber bands, looped together tightly until they are the right length. But it’s easier to get a length of elastic and knot it together. You need a minimum of three people to play the game. Two children stand opposite each other and extend the elastic round their ankles. Each player takes it in turns to jump an agreed sequence of about seven moves.

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secret children 4: xiao ming’S story Take your pick from the suggestions below: •

Start with left foot to the left of the elastic and right foot in the middle of the elastic.

Jump so that the left foot is in the middle of the elastic and the right foot is to the right of the elastic.

Jump into the middle with both feet, without touching the elastic.

Jump and land with each foot outside of the elastic.

With both feet, jump to the left of the elastic.

With both feet, jump to the right of the elastic.

Finish with one of these more complicated moves: •

Jump so that the left foot lands on the left piece of elastic and the right foot lands on the right piece of elastic.

Jump with both feet to one side of the rubber band, carrying the two sides together so that the elastic looks like an arrow to the left. Then do it to the right.

both feet in the middle. Or you could land outside of the elastic or on the elastic. •

When each person has completed the agreed sequence of moves successfully, the children who are standing with the elastic round their legs move the elastic up to their calves, knees, or even thighs!

Story: The Story of the Father Who Wasn’t There Xiao Ming (pronounce See-ow Meeng) was eight years old when, one day, he and his mum had to leave China in a hurry. They quickly packed some belongings and set off on the long journey to his grandma’s house. His dad wouldn’t be joining them for a while. But for years his mum never told him why. To begin with, whenever the doorbell rang, Xiao Ming wondered if it could be his dad. But as the days turned into months and the months into years, he gave up wondering. By the time he was a teenager going to secondary school, Xiao Ming could barely remember what his dad looked like anymore.

When his mum thought he was old enough to understand, she explained to him the reason • Jump again to release the elastic, landing his father hadn’t come home in so many years. clean in the middle. It was because he’d been arrested. “Your dad • With the left foot, scoop up the right elastic leads a church in southwestern China, and the and with the right foot, scoop up the left government wanted to stop him, so they put him elastic so they cross each other in the in prison for five years.” Thankfully, Xiao Ming’s middle. Then jump out of it and land with mum wasn’t a Chinese citizen, so she’d been sent

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secret children 4: xiao ming’S story out of China with Xiao Ming, but it was going to be more than five years until they’d all see one another again. Xiao Ming was 13 when his father was released from prison, but then the police wouldn’t allow him to leave China.They were watching his every move. They decided to let Xiao Ming’s mother visit him but she wasn’t allowed to take her son. He hoped it wouldn’t be too long before he would see his dad again. When Xiao Ming was 14 a huge earthquake hit southwestern China. Many towns, villages and homes were destroyed. Thousands of people died. Those who survived desperately needed help.

dad was thrilled to see them both again. Xiao Ming’s mum cried. But what about Xiao Ming? Actually, he felt a little awkward. It was such a long time since he’d seen his dad, that he barely recognised him. The happy reunion was not so happy after all. As time went on, Xiao Ming’s dad realised that his son wasn’t the same little boy he remembered. Xiao Ming did as he was told, but he didn’t say much. And when his dad tried to help him with his homework, Xiao Ming simply got up and walked off. It really upset his dad – he felt like his son was a stranger to him.

Xiao Ming’s dad was a good man. Although he really wanted to join his family, he felt he should help the survivors. The government didn’t want him to do this, either, but the people that he helped told him to keep helping everyone. “Carry on with what you’ve been doing,” they said. “We know you are doing good; we won’t give you any trouble.” So Xiao Ming’s dad stayed on for about two years.

So when Samuel, a friend of the family, came for a visit one day, Xiao Ming’s dad told him all about it. Samuel worked for Open Doors in Asia, and he’d seen this happen to other church families. In fact, it was his job to help people just like Xiao Ming and his dad. He suggested that they do something together that Xiao Ming enjoyed. “Oh, my son loves playing digital games,” his dad said. “So begin with that,” suggested Samuel.

By this time, Xiao Ming was 16 years old. At last his dad felt he could stop working to help the survivors of the earthquake. Now it was time to find his family and have that happy reunion they’d all waited for, for so long.

From then on, whenever Xiao Ming sat down to play his games, his dad joined him. As they played against each other, Xiao Ming’s dad realised how clever his son was. They began to chat and, little by little, things got better. Xiao Ming started to see his dad in a new light. He realised how much his dad loved him. He was still working for the church in China, but right now, he just wanted to be with Xiao Ming, play games, and get to know him again.

And so it was that last year (2010) the whole family got together again for the first time in eight years. To Xiao Ming, that was half a lifetime! Xiao Ming’s

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each candle mat), felt pens, copies of prayer (see below) and nightlights •

Draw around the CD onto paper or card, twice, and then cut out.

Cover the reverse of the CD with patterned paper and stick a copy of the prayer on top.

Cover the top of the CD with red paper or card. Stick on one large star and add four small stars in a crescent round it, like the Chinese flag.

Give each child a nightlight to take home with it to put in the middle (don’t stick it down – it could be a fire hazard if a child turns it upside down to read the prayer when the nightlight has been lit).

Tell children to take their prayer candle mat home and put it on the dinner table. Encourage them to say the prayer for children like Xiao Ming, then light the candle.

Samuel came up with another suggestion. Perhaps Xiao Ming could help his dad in some way? They talked about it. Xiao Ming was obviously good with technology. What about recording his dad’s sermons so that other people could hear him, too? Xiao Ming liked that idea. And so did his dad. So that’s what they now do. Xiao Ming’s dad preaches - and Xiao Ming records the sermons. His dad is still serving God in the church, but now with his son by his side.

Bible: Luke 18:29-30

Jesus told his disciples: “I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come.” (New Living Translation)

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Lord, comfort all the children whose mum or dad has been taken away because they are Christians. Encourage them through the visits of Open Doors workers. Amen.

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Introduction: Egypt past and present This week’s story about a secret child comes from Egypt. Children may well know a lot about Ancient Egypt – find out briefly what they know. Egypt has frequently been in the news in the past year – find out how much they are aware of. There is some useful information about the recent protests in Egypt on the CBBC website – www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc

Game: Mirrors In pairs (no talking) stand opposite each other. One of you is going to be the leader, the other copies. Move slowly so you do everything exactly together. Try different movements, eg wash your face, brush your hair, brush your teeth. Stretch your arms. Move them in different directions. Turn to the side, but keep your face towards the mirror. Use your whole body. Switch round so the other partner leads. If you’re very together, nobody will be able to tell who the leader is. You could try talking (very slowly). The leader speaks and the reflection copies as closely as possible.

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secret children 5: Amir’s story Game: Line of Agreement Tell children to get into a line from one end of the room to the other. Designate one end of the room for ‘Yes’ answers and the other end for ‘No’. Then ask them to stand somewhere along the line that shows what they think about the following statements: • Football is fantastic • Science is stupendous • Art is amazing

Perhaps you have to pretend to like a certain kind of music or sport because everybody else does. Or you have to pretend to feel brave when you’re feeling really scared inside. Perhaps you don’t like to tell your friends that you’re a Christian. It’s like you’re two people: one in front of your family or church and another in front of your friends. Today we’re going to find about Amir – a boy with a double life.

Story: The Story of the Two Sons

Now ask them to choose between two alternatives and stand along the line to show their preference:

Mustafa and his wife live in Egypt. They have two sons. One’s called Amir. And the other’s called... Amir.

• Literacy or Numeracy? • Computers or Swimming? • Bible or Comic? • Church or TV? • Family or Friends?

Actually, there’s only one boy, but he feels like he’s split in two. At home he’s free to be a Christian. At school he has to keep it quiet. Not because he’s embarrassed, but because in his country, it’s dangerous to be a Christian.

If they like both, they need to stand somewhere in the middle. If they don’t like either, they move out of the line and sit down.

His dad, Mustafa, was born into a Muslim family, but when he became a Christian, his own mother – Amir’s grandmother – turned against him and called the police. As they raided the house and dragged Amir’s dad away, his grandmother shouted and cursed at her son.

Discussion: The Real You Sometimes it’s difficult to choose. We like both. But sometimes we feel it’s difficult to choose, because of the way other people will react. They might laugh at us because we like certain things. Do you ever feel like you can’t be yourself with people? That you have to hide the real you?

Amir watched in horror. He was only three. He thought he’d never see his dad again. Three months later, his dad returned home. He was very upset by the way the police had treated him,

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secret children 5: Amir’s story but he was determined to follow Jesus, and his family with him. But, it was going to have to be a secret. So when Amir started school, his parents warned him he would have to live two different lives. But it was hard. At school he was popular and very good at football and art. But at home he was wetting the bed. Whenever he got stressed, he lost control. His parents tried to make him stop. But it got worse. Finally, two years ago, they took Amir to a counsellor who thought something might have happened in the past that had upset him. Amir remembered seeing his dad being insulted and dragged away by the police. He was scared it could happen again. The counsellor arranged for him to see a Christian psychologist – a kind of doctor – who helped him face the fear and fight it by trusting God. After 18 months, the problem began to go away. But that wasn’t the end. He was still living two lives. Out on the street, he played ball with his friends, but when they left for the mosque, he would make his excuses and go home. They gathered outside his house, insisting that he join them. He never went. In the end, they found out that he was a Christian. At school and on the street, they ganged up on him, and called him names. Whenever he approached them, they would turn their backs on him and leave him alone. So now he goes to a

club far away from his friends, where he can mix with Christian children who don’t know he’s from a Muslim background. So... Mustafa and his wife still feel as if they have two sons – both called Amir. Perhaps one day the laws will change. Perhaps one day people will see things differently. Perhaps one day both Amirs will become one.

Bible: John 15:18-21 The night before he died, Jesus told his disciples: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. “Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.” Sometimes we have to be brave and let people know what we really think. We need to stand up for what we believe in. We have to be honest with people, even if they’re going to laugh at us or worse. At times like that it’s helpful to remember that God is greater than anyone else. “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”(1 John 4:4)

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secret children 5: Amir’s story Prayer: Jesus, please be a friend to all children who lose their friends because they are Christians. Be with children like Amir as they meet with others to worship you in secret.

Activity: Silhouette Pictures You will need: • Photocopies of black and white profiles • Glue sticks • Scissors • Pens • Photocopies of prayer (for those who find it difficult to write) • Coloured paper Here’s what you do: • Each child cuts out one black and one white profile. •

Glue profiles onto a piece of coloured paper to look like a reflection.

Write prayer or glue photocopied prayer on to coloured paper

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Here’s what to do: 1. Cut out one black and one white profile.

2. Glue profiles onto a piece of coloured paper to look like a reflection.

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Jesus, please be a friend to all children who lose their friends because they are Christians. Be with children like Amir as they meet with others to worship you in secret.

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Introduction: Today we are travelling to Indonesia to hear the story of one of the secret children there. Ask the children to find Indonesia on the map. Indonesia is a country of over 17,000 islands – over 900 are permanently inhabited. It has the largest number of Muslims living there than any country in the world: approximately 187 million. It’s the home of the Komodo dragon!

Game: Semut, Orang, Gajah or Ant, Person, Elephant This is a game played by children in Indonesia. It’s played in pairs and is like Paper, Scissors, Stone. Here’s how to play: 1. Face your partner with your hands in front of you, tightened in a fist. 2. Count to three together, open your hand and make one of the following three hand signs. • • •

Ant – little finger points towards partner Person – pointer (index) finger points towards partner Elephant – thumb points towards partner

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secret children 6: yati’s story 3. The winner is as follows: • • • •

The semut (ant) wins over the gajah (elephant) because the semut can crawl in the gajah’s ear and tickle him to drive him crazy. The orang (person) wins over the semut (ant) because the orang can stomp on the semut and squash it. The gajah (elephant) wins over the orang (person) because the gajah can trample on the gajah. If both partners make the same sign, start again.

Story: The Story of the Safe House Do you feel safe in your house? If you didn’t have a house, do you think you would feel safe? There was a time when Yati and her family didn’t have a house to live in. And how old will you be when you leave school? Yati is fifteen years old now, but she left school when she was eight! She had to. She needed to help her parents earn some money so they could eat. They made their money by picking up rubbish on the city streets and dumps or by doing household chores for other families. Her family were always on the move. Some nights they slept in a cart. A few years ago, Yati’s family started following Jesus, after a Christian helped her dad find a

job. Sadly, not long afterwards, her father died, leaving Yati, Yuni, Adi and their mum penniless and homeless. Because they were now Christians, none of their relatives would help them. “We had nothing in our hands,” said Yati with tears in her eyes, “only … a bag with our shirts in it. We moved four times, and none of our relatives wanted to accept us.” Their relatives said they would only take them in if her mum returned to being a Muslim. That’s because where Yati lives almost everybody is a Muslim (a follower of Muhammad) and they don’t like it if people follow Jesus. But her mum refused. She wanted to follow Jesus – even if it meant they had no home to live in. She believed that He would keep them safe. Yati remembered about the man who had helped her dad find a job, and she went to see him. He was a church worker, and he thought Open Doors might be able to find them somewhere to live – which they did. They gave them shelter in a safe house. For the first few weeks, Yati and her siblings kept close to their mum. “We were afraid to play with other children,” says Yati. “I thought they would call us names because we were Christians.” After a while she realised the other people living in the safe house were Christians, too. She started doing laundry jobs to earn some money so that Adi and Yuni could go to school. But she couldn’t go to

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secret children 6: yati’s story church – it was too dangerous to be seen there. So twice a week she met with other Christians in small groups. And when she wasn’t working she would read the Bible to her mum, who couldn’t read for herself, because she’d never learned.

She’s fifteen years old now and when she visits her elder sisters she tells them how much Jesus loves them. As a result, one of her sister’s husbands has become a Christian and not long ago, he was baptised.

“I like doing that,” says Yati, “because I dream of becoming a Sunday School teacher someday. I want to teach children about the love of Jesus, because I have experienced it myself.”

Yati is faithful to God, because she knows that He is faithful to her.

Then, in 2009, she got a job in the capital city so she had to leave her family. She told Adi and Yuni to make sure they carried on reading their Bible in the afternoon and to read it for their mum at night. “It was God’s Word that became our strength in times of hunger. That is why reading it is a must, and I have no apologies for being so strict about it with my siblings,” she says. Not so long ago Open Doors organised a meeting to bring Christians together from a long way away. It was going to last for three days. Yati really wanted to go. It wasn’t often she could meet with other Christians and she didn’t want to miss it. But she couldn’t ask for that amount of time off work. So she decided to leave her job so that she could go. She believed that God would help her find another job. And she was right. After the meeting was over, a Christian family gave her a job as a house helper and paid for her to train at sewing school.

“There were days when we had nothing to eat, but Jesus never left us alone. He always sent His miracles to us. In everything, my mother and I are always on our knees to pray, and God has never failed to help us… He always answered our prayers. Yes, we are pressured because of the faith, but it also draws us closer to God,” she says with a big smile on her face.

Prayer: Lord, please keep safe all the children who don’t have a house because they are Christians. Protect the children who are in special safe houses until they can find a home of their own. Please make your church like a family for all the children who are rejected by their relatives.

Bible: Proverbs 29:25 (CEV) Look up the words of the Bible and learn them: ‘Trust the Lord and you will be safe.’ These words are printed on the ‘Sew a Safe House’ picture for the next activity.

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You will need: • Photocopies of picture of house (enough for each child) – on card • Yarn or narrow ribbon (enough for a length for each child) • Large blunt needles • Single hole punch • Coloured pencils, felt tip pens or crayons Here’s what to do: • Punch holes round the edge for younger children. You may want older ones to do it for themselves. •

Cut a length of yarn or ribbon, thread the needle and sew in and out of the card. At the end, tie a knot on the reverse side of the card.

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Game: Be a car Ask children to get into groups and create the shape of a car. See if they can make it move! Add sound effects. Get them to become a bus or train, then an aeroplane, and a motorbike.

Introduction: Today’s story is about a boy who lives in a remote part of Colombia. Colombia is in South America. The main language is Spanish and it is home to the world’s fourth largest Spanish speaking population. It has a very varied climate and a huge variety of animals: 10% of all the animal species on earth. To get to the area where Pedro lives you would have to go by car or train or bus and then aeroplane. Then you’d need to get another aeroplane, and then a car or motorbike (this is how a lot of Colombians travel). To get to the most remote parts of Colombia you would need to go by boat.

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secret children 7: pedro’s story Story: The Story of the Wanted Child Pedro is a wanted child. But not at school. Eleven years old – and he doesn’t go to school. You might be happy if you didn’t have to go to school, but he’s not. And he would be even less happy if he had to go back. Two years ago, he was being bullied – by teachers. Day after day, he would come home crying. “Christians are useless!” the teachers would shout at him. “You just want to pray and make others believe the same as you!” Pedro was given extra schoolwork to do and punished again and again for every mistake he made. He was lonely, too. Because his mum and dad work for the church and tell others about Jesus, he got a lot of grief from his classmates.They left him out whenever they were supposed to be working together. They wouldn’t play with him during playtimes. So now he doesn’t go to school. There’s no other school nearby, so Pedro can’t go anywhere else. And his parents don’t feel they know enough to teach him.. They don’t have much money, either. Unlike most of their neighbours, they don’t have a toilet in their house. Church pastors in these areas don’t receive a regular amount of money – they just live on the gifts of the people in their churches

But that’s not all. Pedro lives in a village, deep in the countryside of Colombia. Violent gangs watch from the hills. They are dangerous. The gangs threaten Christians. They tell them to close their churches – and to stop preaching about Jesus. In Pedro’s village, all the other church leaders have left. Only his dad has been brave enough to stay. He wants to build a church. But the gangs won’t let him. They say that if he so much as lays one brick, they will shoot him. So Pedro and his family are being bullied and threatened. But Pedro says, “I am proud of my father because he dares to obey God”. Now it’s strange this. The villagers go to church, but most of them support the violent gangs. Including the teachers at school. They let the gangs put up posters, encouraging young boys of Pedro’s age to join them. In the past, the gangs used to kidnap them. But more often now they try to persuade them – offering gifts and money. They try to brainwash them so that they think it is a good idea to fight against the government as part of a gang. They teach them to hunt and shoot and kill. The gangs particularly like children of church leaders – because it puts pressure on their parents. And once the children have been won over, they stay true to the gang and work hard for them. Which is worrying for Pedro’s parents. They want to keep him safe. So they don’t let him go anywhere on his own. Wherever he goes, by bike or on foot, he’s always with his mum or dad.

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secret children 7: pedro’s story So... Pedro is a wanted child. He’s obviously wanted by his family. And he’s wanted by the gangs. But he’s not wanted at school. What does Pedro want? “I want to study, but I cannot,” Pedro says. “I trust that God will help me, because He knows that we serve Him with our hearts.”

Bible: Isaiah 49:24-25 (CEV) When God’s people were being attacked in Isaiah’s day, he asked: “Is it possible to rescue victims from someone strong and cruel? But the Lord has promised to fight on our side and to rescue our children from those strong and violent enemies.”

Prayer: Lord, look after all the children who can’t go to school because they are Christians. Give them all they need to help them get an education and learn more about you.

Activity: Make a card or cake Make a colourful card You can’t write directly to Pedro, but there are children in Colombia whom you can write to. Check on the Open Doors website or the Kidzone letter writing guide for names and information. Why not make a colourful card and say hello? You could use the Bible verse above, or one of the other verses you’ve read together in these sessions. Remember to follow the letter writing guidelines.

Or decorate a cake Open Doors helps children like Pedro by training teachers to teach children in small groups in their homes. There is also the Children’s Centre for bereaved or endangered children that is both a school and a home. Open Doors has also recently helped lots of children in Colombia by providing them with school equipment – pens, pencils, exercise books – because for them it is very expensive (it would take one month’s income to pay for a set of stationery). You could raise money to help children like Pedro by selling cakes or biscuits after church. Why not decorate your cakes or biscuits with the colours of the Colombian flag? The flag has horizontal stripes: yellow at the top, blue in the middle and red at the bottom. Or even... Plan a Great Big Tea Party If you like to think big, you could put on a Great Big Tea Party. The money raised will help secret children with their education. Open Doors helps by training Sunday School teachers so that they can teach children the Bible safely in small groups in their homes. Resources for planning your Great Big Tea Party are downloadable from the website, or available on the Secret Children DVD. Don’t forget to let us know how you got on with the Seven Secrets materials.

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