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a time to write a time to read a time to give a time to feed a time to sing a time to pray a time to work a time to play a time to eat a time to drink a time to listen a time to think a time to look a time to speak a time to share a time to meet a time to walk a time to fly a time to care a time to cry
...a time to log on, put up posters, sign petitions, spread the word, a time to wake up to the world of the Secret Children. Make the most of your time this year with these Open Doors resources.
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We just want to say a big thank you to all of you who’ve already responded to the Secret Children campaign, through which we are aiming to transform the lives of 10,000 children of the persecuted church. Since May, you’ve been praying, giving, teapartying – all to support children like Leah in Iraq, Amir in Egypt, Xiao Ming in China and Rika in Pakistan. All children whose stories we told in our first Secret Children booklet. All children who pay the price for being a Christian. Thank you so much. You’ve been brilliant.
“If we love and obey God, we know that we will love his children.” 1 John 5:2
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.” Mark 9:37
But there are many more secret children. Many more stories to tell. Like Gabar’s friend in Nigeria. So on his behalf, and all the other secret children, we’d like to ask you to keep praying – and get others praying, too.
All photos used for illustrative purpose only (except Gabar’s friend, centre page)
We know you are busy people, and time is precious, but the time is coming for...
The International Day of Prayer! So, take a deep breath, open your diary and turn to Sunday 6 November, which is the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church. It’s a great opportunity to make your friends, family, and church aware of the secret children and to pray for them. If that’s not a good day, pick another. We don’t mind. God doesn’t mind. Let’s just find time to pray for them. Now read through this booklet, which includes lots of ideas for prayer. Some take as little as 5 minutes, others as much as 49 days!
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” Harvey Mackay
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A PARTY WITH A PURPOSE! You tell people about the Secret Children; you sell tea and cakes to raise some money.
Big or small, a Great Big Tea Party can have a powerful impact, and will help raise awareness and support for the children of the persecuted church. We want to reveal what life is like for these children – their joys and anxieties, their courage and fears – so that people can pray for such children worldwide and show them that they’re not forgotten. So, on their behalf, we would like to ask you to hold a Great Big Tea Party this year. There’s a host of resources on the DVD to help you. The Guide is full of ideas about how to encourage your church, your friends and neighbours, to pray and give, to make a difference for the children of the persecuted church.
“The tea party on Sunday went really well. People are still talking about the event. Many people were touched and there was such a buzz in the hall. Seven of the children read out the seven secrets as the associated flags came forward. They finished with a song for the secret believers which they learned in Sunday School. At the end of the service we had the Great Big Feed. Children were also given their own party bags and armbands.” Dave and Daphne, Co. Donegal A Great Big Tea Party is so much more than fundraising:
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“Our Great Big Tea Party was a great success, with twelve people, including youth and children, praying passionately for the children of the persecuted church and the work of Open Doors. One of them wrote about the Secret Children: ‘They are the brightest of lights in those places of darkness, the children shine so brightly in God’s eyes. The enemy wants to put out their light but the flame of God’s spirit in them doesn’t even flicker, it just grows brighter with time.”’ Hollie, Hull.
There’s still time to be childish for children – so why not throw your own youth version of the Great Big Tea Party? For more ideas and resources, go to www.youth.opendoorsuk.org or join our Great Big Tea Party page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/greatbigteaparty
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They’re all hidden victims of the persecuted church. But they’ve got loads to teach us.
Why not pray for the Secret Children for 49 days?. Start from the International Day.of Prayer on. 6 November and keep going right.through to. Christmas Eve. 7 x 7. That’s 49 days. Perfect!. introduc
What better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus? While everyone else is spending masses on presents for the children, spend a little time remembering the children who need your prayers.
A special Secret Children prayer publication will be sent to everyone who receives the Open Doors magazine each month. You can sign up to receive the prayer publication and/or the magazine using the Secret Children leaflet, or phone 01993 885400. If you would prefer to receive your daily prayer request by email, you can sign up online at www.opendoorsuk.org/secretchildren Sign up yourself. Encourage others to join you.
Reading their stories will bring the Bible alive for the children in your church and broaden their understanding of the world around them. It will engage their hearts and minds – and give them a pressing need to pray. (It’ll do the same for their parents, too!)
Or if you’re feeling creative, why not download The Key Thing and make your own set of mini prayer cards? Just punch a hole in the corner and attach them to something useful like a keyring, a pram, a dog lead or a handbag.
The subject matter is challenging, but dealt with in an imaginative way. Each session includes at least one game, story, Bible passage, prayer, craft or activity – and will get your group involved in supporting the children of the persecuted church.
Alternatively, put them in your pocket and use them as a reminder to pray each day. It’s a great activity to do with your youth group or home group.
The Kidzone Seven Secrets for Children resource can be downloaded in full from: www.opendoorsuk.org/secretchildren. There’s a sample session on the DVD. Pass it on to a Sunday School teacher near you!
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The Key Thing will be available to download from: www.opendoorsuk.org/secretchildren
Once a day. Seven days a week. For seven weeks.
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Put the disc in your DVD player and you will be presented with the choice of our two short films. Put the disc in your computer, and you can see the two films... AND access a host of additional resources*. Who could ask for more?
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Films Change their World (5 minutes); Once Upon a Time (5 minutes)
Secret Children A booklet giving the full background to the campaign
Secret (Family) Service A complete guide to an all-age service
PowerPoint A simple presentation adaptable to your situation
Prayer cards A set of eight – print A5 as prayer cards, larger as prayer posters
Audio prayer tracks One for each country featured on the prayer cards
Secret Prayer Meeting An organiser’s guide
Kidzone: Seven Secrets for Children A sample of the seven sessions
Walk to the Water Poster, sponsorship forms, organiser’s guide
Great Big Tea Party Invitations, posters, organiser’s guide
Colouring Sheet Table Mat Print off, copy... provide lots of crayons
Quiz Sheet Table Mat Print off, copy... then co-operation or competition?
Blackout A video, a sponsor form, a T-shirt order form.
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Children take time to grow up. Make sure the children of the persecuted church are not forgotten... become a point of contact for your church. Visit www.opendoorsuk.org/volunteer or phone 01993 885400 to find out how easy it is to bring inspiring updates to your church and share the privilege of partnering with persecuted Christians. Let’s face it: if you are using this pack in your church, you are more than halfway there!
Open Doors UK and Ireland Open Doors is an international ministry serving persecuted Christians worldwide. It also aims to inform and inspire the church here to serve Christians living under persecution. Open Doors supplies Bibles, leadership training, Scripture-based literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. The children of the persecuted church benefit directly, and through the support of their families and communities.