We started out the class by telling them if they had blue colored clothes or jean material on they had to go to the back of the room and sit in the corner. They could not participate in any of the fun activities of the night. They would only sit there with their back turned around and not talk to anyone. They did so because we asked- but were not happy about it. We then asked them to return to their seats. This was a big conversation starter. How did you feel when you could not participate? How did you feel when you were discriminated against?
There are great stories on You Tube that you can use from Voices of the martys. We showed a clip on Wednesday night to our kids. It was not too graphic. It did get the point across that there are others that need prayer. As children's ministry teachers or leaders- exposure is the key. Once they are told about situations that are happening- they will gladly pray with you about it.
I also came across this article today that is about Sung Kyung Ju. A young lady whose father was a leader in the North Korean government. Click over to read the story.
We have missionaries that serve in countries where they have to remain undercover. Churches that have to keep their identity hidden, and are not allowed freedom of worship. Their very lives are on the line daily. We prayed for those Missionary Kids and their families.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. II Corinthians 4:8-11