Window on the World: An Operation World Prayer Resource 

Window on the World: An Operation World Prayer Resource 




A look into various cultures and people groups around the world by exploring music, arts and crafts, food, videos, and more for various sections of the book. Please let me know of any mistakes or broken links, any ideas you might have, or any specific knowledge of any country and its needs. Also, let me know if I got anything wrong because I am unfamiliar with all these cultures. 


I have tried to include a video or two of the culture or people groups, a craft or activity that represents that region, some food ideas from that region or people groups that you might wish to try, and some of the sounds or music of the people or area if I can find some, as well as extra books to read. 

Because of this, you might like to read ahead to see if you need any supplies for anything you wish to try and to order any books you want.  I chose to go with picture books for the most part, even though there are many great longer books about some of the areas because picture books are more accessible for most people to find, libraries are more likely to carry them, and they are easier to fit into a busy reading schedule. Because of this, you might like to read ahead to see if you need any supplies for anything you wish to try and to order any books you want. I try hard to stick to ones that offer some cultural insights or visual beauty of the region and to provide a few options in case you can’t find some of the books.  I have also copied and pasted partial book descriptions to help you, so this will be quite a long page.  

P 4-7: Introduction

  • The book was created by Operation World. You can access their website for a variety of resources. Specifically, they have a prayer of the day, where they encourage people around the world to pray for various people groups, as well as many other resources.  You can sign up for their daily prayer email or get their daily prayer app.  
  • We have loved the Tinker Crate subscriptions, and Atlas Crate is their latest addition. We are still awaiting our first box, and it looks like we can’t currently order any particular box and match what we are learning about, but they still look fun. The website says Atlas Crate is perfect for children ages 6-11, and if you use my referral code, you get $10 off. 
  • Little Passports is another subscription program for children ages 6-10, with a little passport book in their first crate to stamp as they learn about different countries, and I believe with this referral code, you can get up to $25.00 off. 
  • Geography Now offers free videos to go more in-depth about geography for every country for those who want more information. 

P 8-9: Afghanistan

P 10-11: Albania

P 12-13: Azerbaijani/Azerbaijan

P 14-15: Balinese (Bali)

P 16-17: Baloch (Iran)

P 18-19: Bangladesh

P 20-21: Beja (Sudan)

P 22-23: Bhutan 

P 24-25: Bijagos (Bissau)

P 26-27: Brazil

P 28-29: Bulgaria

P 30-31: Buryats (Siberia, Russia)

P 32-33: Chad

P 34-35: China

P 36-37: Cuba

P 38-39: Djibouti

P 40-41: Dogon (Mali)

P 42-43: Druze (Middle East, Syria, Lebanon)

P 44-45: Egypt

P 46-47: Ethiopia

P 48-49: Fiji

P 50-51: Garifuna (Central America, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Carib)

P 52-53: Gonds (India)

P 54-55: Greece

P 56-57: Greenland

P 58-59: Guinea

P 60-61: Haiti

P 62-63: Hazara (Afghanistan)

P 64-65: Hui (China)

P 66-67: Iceland

P 68-71: India

P 72-73: Indonesia

P 74-75: Iraq

P 76-77: Israel

  • Israel Notebooking Page
  • Israel Prayercast
  • Video series: Shalom Sesame: Sesame Street characters visit Israel. Twelve episodes, approximately 25 minutes each.  They can be found scattered around Youtube, often broken into 8-minute sections. You can pick the ones on the topics most interesting to you or watch them all.  The order of the videos is: 1. Welcome to Israel 2. Chanukah: The Missing Menorah 3. Shabbat Shalom Grover 4. Grover Plants a Tree 5. Mitzvah on the Street 6. Be Happy; it’s Purim! 7. It’s Passover, Grover 8. Grover Learns Hebrew 9. Countdown Shavout 10. The Sticky Shofar 11. Monsters in the Sukkah 12. Adventures in Israel. They can also be watched for $1.99 each (current price) on Amazon Prime. 
  • A compilation of Jewish art projects you can try.
  • A compendium of Israeli recipes to choose from.  I don’t want to include just one because my children are picky eaters, so I figure with this, everyone can find something they will enjoy
  • Israeli national anthem
  • Israeli music
  • How to Draw the Israeli Flag (last few minutes are just random drawings)
  • Israel facts (for notebooking or other purposes) 
  • Picture Books: 

P 78-79: Iu Mien (Laos)

P 80-81: Japan

P 82-83: Kabyle (Algeria)

P 84-85: Kazakhstan

P 86-87: Kurds (Turkey)

P 88-89: Lesotho

P 90-91: Lobi (Burkina Faso)

P 92-93: Madagascar

P 94-95: Maldives

P 96-97: Mandinka (Gambia)

P 98-99: Mexico

P 100-101: Minangkabau (Indonesia)

P 102-103: Mongolia

P 104-105: Navajo (United States)

P 106-107: Nepal

P 108-109: New Zealand

P 110-111: North Caucasus (Russia)

P 112-113: North Korea

P 114-115: Oman

P 116-117: Pakistan

P 118-119: Papua New Guinea

P 120-121: Persians (Iran)

P 122-123: Pygmies

P 124-125: Qatar

P 126-127: Quechua (Peru)

P 128-129: Refugees

P 130-131: Rohingya (Myanmar)

P 132-133: Romani

P 134-135: Russia

P 136-137: Samoans (Samoa)

P 138-139: San (Botswana)

P 140-141: Saudi Arabia

P 142-143: Somalis (Somalia)

P 144-145: South Africa

P 146-147: South Sudan

P 148-149: Spain

P 150-151: Sri Lanka

P 152-153: Street Children

P 154-155: Sundanese (Indonesia)

P 156-157: Syria

  • Syria Notebooking Page
  • Syria Prayercast
  • I usually try to post a video of sites to see in each country, with some vocals to explain a tiny bit about each place, but I’m having trouble with this for Syria due to the limited tourism after the war. Please let me know if you find any good videos. In the meantime, here is a site with beautiful photos.
  • One of the picture books listed below, Stepping Stones, was designed using rock art by Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr. We found this type of rock art to be absolutely beautiful, and my children immediately began gathering rocks to make their own rock art. Here are more of his sculptures.

P 158-159: Tai Lue (China)

P 160-161: Third Culture Kids

P 162-163: Tibetans (Tibet, China)

P 164-165: Trinidad

P 166-167: Tuareg (Niger, Mali, Sahara)

P 168-169: Turkey

P 170-171: Ukraine

P 172-173: United Arab Emirates

P 174-175: Uruguay

P 176-177: Uzbekistan

P 178-179: Venezuela

P 180-181: Vietnam

P 182-183: Wodaabe (Niger, CAR)

P 184-185: Xinjiang (China)

P 186-187: Yanomami (Venezuela, Brazil)

P 188-189: Yazidis (Iraq) 

P 190-191: Yemen

P 192-193: Zimbabwe 

P 194-195: Animism

  • Animism Video
  • Bible Verses: 
    • Luke 19:40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
    • Matthew 21: 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. 21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
    • 1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;

   let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;

    let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!

33 Let the trees of the forest sing,

  let them sing for joy before the Lord,

  for he comes to judge the earth.

P 196-197: Buddhism

P 198-199: Christianity

  • I decided after much deliberation to leave this one blank to cover on your own.  There’s just too much out there in too many directions to really do a good job of narrowing it down. I don’t narrow things down easily. 😉

P 200-201: Hinduism

P 202-203: Islam

P 204-205: Judaism

P 206-207: What’s Next


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