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Bible Smugglers

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How To Play Bible Smugglers

You will need a decent sized property for this game.

Before you start the game you explain to the youth how Christians risk their lives everyday smuggling bibles into communist countries. All youth must have a price of wool tied around their wrist, this is their "bible".

A leader leads the youth down to the furtherest point of the property from the building.

When they hear a whistle or car horn they must make their way from one end of the property back to the building.

Meanwhile the leaders are hiding around the property and are known as the "communists" and have to catch the youth and take off their "bibles" (wool).

This game must be played at night! Heaps of fun!

Materials Needed

Wool, whistle or car horn

Themes

Missions

Submitted by HaleyD on 9 Aug 2012 12:00:00

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This is the weirdest game I've ever heard of.

Posted by bek on 26 Aug 2012 at 12:13:48

Agreed, what an outdated premise - christians vs communists? I mean really...

Posted by dave on 3 Sep 2012 at 8:33:16

It does sound pretty weird, I'll admit, but Dave, are you aware of the persecution Christians suffer in places like China, Korea and, recently in the news, Russia? It's not as outdated as you seem to think.

Posted by Vince on 9 Sep 2012 at 4:09:03

This game is very offensive, and almost racist. Christian's need to learn to keep their noses out of other people's belief's. Has Iraq and the Cold War taught us nothing?? Come on people..

Posted by George on 11 Sep 2012 at 1:48:10

Do you know, George, how oppressive Communism is? Most Christians I know refuse to stand by while innocent people are persecuted for no reason; and it's not necessarily 'other people's beliefs', either. There's plenty of Christians and people willing to accept the Gospel, but, due to their oppressive Government, have to have Bibles smuggled into the country (hence the premise of the game). I find standing by and watching people get persecuted offensive, as long as that's happening I have NO PROBLEM offending 'communists'.

Posted by Vince on 11 Sep 2012 at 2:53:41

Well, the youths will have no problem getting back to base because all the leaders will be too busy debating and arguing amongst themselves to notice.

Posted by sandra dee on 20 Sep 2012 at 1:40:03

If this site had a 'like' button, I'd 'like' the post above ^^

Posted by Jeremy on 12 Oct 2012 at 3:45:51

call it romans vs. christians if you are afraid of offending someone

Posted by Clint on 18 Oct 2012 at 7:19:38

I'm with Jeremy and Sandra.

Posted by lynette on 23 Oct 2012 at 6:03:21

I'm going to use it. We're running a camp with the theme "The Sword", as in the Bible. One of our stories is the life of Brother Andrew. So we'll use the game in the context of the history of Open Doors, and the current reality of Christians in (for example) Laos.

Posted by Ian on 13 Nov 2012 at 11:20:53

I played this when I was at school and we called it cats and dogs... just saying the name dosent really matter

Posted by shannon on 11 Dec 2012 at 4:09:23

If you have flag football flags - this is a great game to play during the day and then toward the evening devotional - focus prayer on the Persecuted/Underground Church. (See Voice of the Martyrs.)

Posted by Fork on 6 Jan 2013 at 11:32:00

Its a GAME. Stop taking it so serious. Theres nothing wrong with the meaning behind the game. And George, do you even know what racist means because nothing about this game is.

Posted by Daniel on 28 Feb 2013 at 2:58:43

Um....pretty sure communism isn't a race. Just saying. This game would be great if you're doing a lesson involving the persecuted church. Maybe call it something different if you think it offends, but there is no denying that it's a great concept to use.

Posted by faithe on 15 Mar 2013 at 7:02:42

How has no one mentioned the complete lack of supervision in this game? You take your campers to the farthest point on site from their building and leave them there to go hide anywhere on site? What a mess that would be, any camp counselor with any respect for their job would laugh instantly at such a concept.

Posted by Dave W. on 23 Jun 2013 at 10:16:21

I played this at camp after my 5th grade year, only it was romans and christians. f you got caught by a roman, you had to either deny your faith or be taken to "jail" where the counselors were putting on basically an Apologetics boot camp, yelling at the kids about how God didnt exist, and it was our job to try and convince them that He did. I absolutely LOVED this game. It is one of the things I remember from camp and it was SO intense, but it was great. My first time LARPing. :-D

Posted by heather on 24 Oct 2013 at 8:39:16

At my church, we call this game "Bible Smugglers". It is the same premise where kids try to get their Bibles (or wool) from one end of the property to the other. We primarily play this at camp where leaders can hide in the trees and scare them. If they got caught, they could either deny their faith and start again or they were taken to jail. It was very fun and showed the kids how scary missionary work was

Posted by Addi on 16 May 2014 at 7:58:24

Hahaha this is hilarious, but I love it lol might play it on our youth camp!

Posted by Chris Turner on 13 Sep 2014 at 1:58:27

i have played this game with my youth group at church camp, i must admit it is very fun, challenging, amusing, and also fun for the leaders. yes it is a christian game but you do NOT have to make it that way. i have made a game that's exactly the same but i called it Jewel Thieves. same rules and every thing but, the kids are thieves and the adults are detectives/cops. so yes Bible Smugglers IS a christian game, but, you DO NOT have to make it that way. please DO NOT go hating christian or hating this game.

Posted by chloe on 30 Sep 2015 at 4:31:50

Wow, I am miffed. How utterly selfish of adults to impose their views on young kids who should be learning to think for themselves. Teaching children "us" against "them" does nothing but keep humans further away from each other. How about teaching, tolerance and compassion. Just because our history may not always reflect those values, it does not mean we should not nurture them in our children.
People hurt because they are hurt.
This "bible smugglers" game teaches kids to do the very thing you are frustrated about. You say the communist countries are intolerant of the bible. Are you tolerant to their views and decisions?

Posted by In Shock on 12 Feb 2016 at 4:56:57

This is a very interesting game, and those who call it racist or an us against them kind of game need to realize that it is a game. Capture the flag is an us vs them game and no one complains about that. People need to stop being so sensitive to these types of games, if you don't like it then don't play it.

Posted by Arno on 21 Apr 2016 at 5:39:49

woazes um. this game is good teaches kids the importance and wealth of our freedom. to appreciate our freedom to worship and have a bible to read without being persecuted. Too comfortable here. Good game. How blessed are we.

Posted by Ashlee K on 1 May 2016 at 5:23:17

This is ridiculous. The game isn't racist or teach kids to be ignorant of other people's beliefs, it is just a fun game. The name isn't racist or oppressing either. Communist countries persecute people for no good reason other than that those persecuted people don't believe what they believe. That is selfish and what sin has brought upon those ignorant people. Innocent people are persecuted and you can't say that mentioning this is bad, because saying THAT doesn't change or hide that fact that it is still happening. These persecuted people have families, families that won't see them again because some guy with power decided to kill or jail them. If you disagree with persecuting people for wanting to change to be a better person and go to Heaven with Christ, you should rethink what your values are.

Posted by Denver on 4 Nov 2016 at 12:04:29

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