In November, the Christian community is called to remember and pray for the persecuted church. Yet it can be tough for children to grasp how difficult it is for some kids outside North America to profess their faith in Jesus. Consider these tools to help broaden their understanding:
Make it personal. Most children know of a bully in their school. Ask them to imagine what it would be like to be picked on by a bully because they love Jesus. What would they do? Would they have the courage to continue saying they love Jesus? What would help them be courageous?
Learn about others. Visit kidsofcourage.com and read the stories of children who have taken a stand for their faith. Then pray together for each child.
Reach out. If your church supports missionaries in foreign lands, choose a family and write notes of encouragement to them, affirming what they do, and commit to pray for them.
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2009 issue of
Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2009 by Elsa Kok Colopy. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.