Children and Families Activity

Christmas should be a time of peace. Sadly, though, many Christians live in places where following Jesus means that they might be attacked, or bullied, or even forced to leave their homes. This is what we mean by ‘persecution’.

This means that many Christians around the world can’t celebrate things like Christmas openly. They might have to keep quiet about it. Or they might have to celebrate in a safe place.

What they want is peace.

We often think about peace at Christmas. Maybe you have seen pictures or Christmas cards with ‘Peace on Earth’ written on them. That’s because when the angels appeared to the shepherds they said this: “Praise God in heaven! Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.” (Luke 2:14 CEV)


This is a Bible verse which you might hear a lot at Christmas. Although it was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Christians believe that this is a prophecy about Him.

‘A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 9:6 CEV)


Words of Peace

Christmas is a time of peace. But in many places around the world Christians cannot celebrate Christmas because it would get them in trouble.

Bijli* lives in Bangladesh with her Mum and Dad, and her younger brother Mohon*. In her village, a lot of the people don’t like Christians.

Other children wouldn’t play with them because they were Christians. Sometimes Bijli was bullied.

“At school,” she said, “some friends push me and make me cry.” When her mother asks her why they do this, she says, “Because I am a Christian.” They can’t even celebrate Christmas because it would make a lot of people angry.

That’s why some friends of Open Doors arranged a special Christmas celebration for them in a safe place where there were lots of other children to play with. Around 100 Christian families came together – that’s a big party! For some people there, it was the first time they had ever properly celebrated Christmas.

They even had a special Christmas dinner: daal (which is a kind of lentil stew), chicken curry, and rice. Everyone dressed up in their best clothes. There is dancing and singing and a band playing music.

They even had a birthday cake to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.

“I like the songs, dancing and celebrating Jesus’ birthday,” said Bijli.


What could you do to help people like Bijli, Mimi and Valentina?


You can definitely pray for them! Pray for all Christians who are not able to celebrate Christmas in peace.


Words of Peace

Send your friends a message of peace.

Why not make your own Christmas card to send to friends or family?

You can design your own card, or you can download this template and colour it in. It’s a picture of Bijli and her friends celebrating Jesus’ birthday. Write your own message of peace and love inside the card and give it to someone special!

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Thanks so much for spending time praying and thinking about persecuted Christian children.

Please continue to pray for them.

And have a very, very, very peaceful Christmas.

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