This post is for letter “M” in the ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays and is written by Bonnie Rose Hudson.
The first time I remember learning about persecution was in a newsletter or church bulletin that I read. I was probably around 10 or 12 years old, and the story I read was about a group of young girls in China who were martyred when they would not deny Christ. I never forgot that story. How could kids not much older than I was suffer like that for their faith?
I didn’t realize until many years later that such horrible events were not limited to one region, one country, or even one period in history. They happened every day to my brothers and sisters in Christ, family I knew far too little about. I began reading newsletters and studying information about the persecuted Church. Soon, their stories became part of my story, only I didn’t know how to help. In time I realized that in addition to praying, I needed to write. I’ve always processed information and feelings by writing, and I needed to express and share what I was learning. That is how this unit study was born.
A Martyr’s Christmas was written with the prayer that boys and girls would understand the reality of persecution today in a way that is appropriate for their ages. This unit study shares true stories of Christians who have suffered for their faith in varying ways. Some were lied about. Some were plotted against. One was killed. All loved the Lord and prayed more would know His saving grace.
I encourage you to help guide your children into finding ways they can express or share what they are learning and feeling as they meet these men, women, and children. Help them find ways to write about the stories, draw or create a project based on them, raise funds to help a ministry serving in these countries, or speak to a youth or Sunday School group at church. Not only does it help them retain the content, but it gives them a way to continue growing and provides a way to act on the burdens they may begin to feel. May we each pray to be faithful.
If you would like more resources for sharing current stories of faith and persecution with kids, follow me at WriteBonnieRose.com to be among the first to hear when my upcoming e-book, Asia: Its Peoples and History will be available (coming January 2014) and visit my blog for kids at Exploring with Jake.
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About Bonnie Rose:
I live in central Pennsylvania. Along with spending time with my family and writing, making kids smile is my favorite thing to do. My heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. I love creating curriculum as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s® Star Contributors Team and would love to tell you more about how you can be a part of our team. In addition, I work with both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®as an editorial assistant. I would love for you to stop by and meet the star of my children’s series at Exploring with Jake, look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window, or stop by my author’s blog at WriteBonnieRose.com to discover how you can write for the homeschool market. Connect with me online at Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn.