Welcome to World Love Wednesday, where we set aside a time to pray for our neighbors across the street and around the world. We simply want to pray that God would show his love to those around us, and teach us how to love others. As apart of this intention, we have been learning about and praying for a new country every month. For the month of April we will be learning about the country of Egypt!
Egypt is a country in Northern Africa, and is considered apart of the Middle East. This month, we will be highlighting websites and activities to help introduce your little ones to this beautiful culture.
We are lucky enough to have an Egyptian restaurant in our neighborhood. Aida is a quaint restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. The staff are always friendly and helpful. And I have never ordered anything I haven’t liked. Shawarma, falafel, hummus…their food is delicious. Vale’s favorite is their Chicken Lolipop from the kid’s menu. And Naomi loves the falafel.
The official language of Egypt is Arabic. So we are learning couple of phrases in this beautiful language.
Salam Alaikum: Peace be upon you
For those interested in learning a bit of Arabic, one of the Instagram accounts I love to follow is madrasatunaa. Sakina has the most beautiful ways of introducing little ones to Arabic. Her account is in Spanish, making her ideas awesome for those of us raising little Spanish speakers. However, if you only speak English, Instagram is equipped with a “translate” button. So go follow her and be inspired.
By Elle Parks
This book features photography from around Egypt, with short captions of what the reader is seeing. Both of my girls have loved flipping through the pages and getting a glimpse of what Egypt looks like.
By Harris J
This book takes little ones on an adventure of kindness. Sharing with pictures what the phrase “Salam Alaikum” means: Peace be upon you. It shows that this is more than just saying “Peace to you,” it is living in peace and sharing that with others. In the end we learn that if everyone does their part to give peace to others our world will be a better place.
Finally, we made a pyramid postcard to remind ourselves to pray for Egypt. We got some pretty junk mail in the mail, so instead of just throwing it away, I cut out a triangle. I then had Vale pain the background. The idea was for her to pain a blue sky and yellow desert, but she took some creative liberties. We then glued the pyramid to our postcard and hung it in our prayer corner.
How to Pray
As mentioned, we are praying for Egypt this month. Our prayers are simple. We pray that the people of Egypt would know the love of God. We pray that they would be blessed, and we would learn how to love our Egyptian neighbors well.