You can send words of encouragement to those in need. "I'm thinking of you" or "I'm praying for you" can mean a lot to someone who is scared or feeling alone.
Children in the Middle East can use such words of comfort. They live where Israelis and Palestinians are in conflict over land (see page 50). Bullets and bombs make it hard for them to hope for peace. And it's easy for children there to feel scared or alone.
We'd like you to make cards for these children. At the end of our contest, we'll send your cards to youth attending Lutheran schools in Palestine. And we'll send contest finalists a "Youngchurch" globe beach ball.
• Design a card with words of encouragement and well-wishes for Palestinian children. Cards should be no bigger than 8 1/2-by-11 inches. Use markers, crayons, colored pencils or paint. White or light paper works best.
• Neatly print your name and age, along with your church's name and address, on the back of your card.
• Entries will be reviewed on originality and design and by age group.
• Send entries by Sept. 9 to "Youngchurch," The Lutheran, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago IL 60631-4183.
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