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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See i-am-n.com.)

Spotlight Story

Seven Facts About Missionary Jim Elliot

1.    In school, Jim was on the wrestling team.

2.    After Jim received poor grades at school one semester, he told his parents that he thought studying God’s Word was more important than his school subjects.

3.    In college, Jim encouraged his friends to share what they had learned from the Bible that day. He greeted them by saying, “What’s your verse for today?”

4.    Sixty-one years ago in 1956, Jim and four missionaries were killed in Ecuador by members of the Auca tribe (now known as the Waorani tribe). The five had gone to the area to tell the tribe about Jesus.

5.    Jim’s wife, Elizabeth, later went back to the tribe and shared a message of forgiveness and salvation. Many people in the tribe decided to follow Christ.

6.    Jim and Elizabeth’s daughter, Valerie, played with Waorani children while her mother ministered among the tribe.

7.    Ecuador issued a postage stamp honoring Jim.

Read another story about the missionaries to the Waorani tribe here .

Click here to find a clip from the Torchlighters DVD, “The Jim Elliot Story.”


Uncategorized Story

Banging on a Drum in India

Men with drums in India

Jonathan is a VOM worker who travels to other countries to meet with persecuted Christians and to encourage them. On one of his trips to India, he met with a group of pastors, leaders, and missionaries. The Indian Christians worked in the state of Uttar Pradesh where most of the people are Hindus. (Find more about Hinduism here.)

Read below about Jonathan’s conversation with one of the Christians.

I asked him, “Brother, tell me about your work.”

He said, “My brother, the Lord has given me a wonderful ministry. I ride my bicycle to a village where there are no Christians, and I bang on my drum.”

He has a simple bike, but he had a drum on the middle of the crossbar. Behind him he had a little lantern sitting on some gospel tracts. He had a little speaker on the front of his bicycle.

Now imagine that. Imagine if we all went to the mall and banged on a drum in the parking lot.

A crowd comes around him and says, “Why is he banging on a drum?” When they gather around him, he preaches the gospel.

I asked him, “How does that go?”

He answered, “Sometimes it is amazing. The people hear the gospel; their heart is touched and changed. We see them repent. We see the start of a new church.”

I said to him, “That is incredible. What about other times?”

He said, “Oh, they beat me.”

I said, “Brother, I am so sorry. What do you do then? What do you do after they beat you?”

He said, “When I wake up, I ride to the next village.”

So I will ask you a simple question. When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone? It is real easy in the U.S. We need to be preaching the gospel.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)

To Talk About
Jonathan said that Uttar Pradesh, where the bicycle evangelist worked, has about 200 million people. Ten years ago, Jonathan said, almost no Christians lived there. Now Uttar Pradesh is about 3 percent Christian. What is 3 percent of 200 million?
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Uncategorized Story

Stand Firm in the Faith

Listen to a song from the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. The song is based on 1 Corinthians 16:13. The lyrics are below.


Stand Firm in the Faith

Chorus
Stand firm in the faith,
Be strong, be brave,
And let all you do be done in love.
Stand firmly in the faith.

Chorus

Stand firm in the faith
Of the gospel of Jesus.
Crucified for our sins
Buried, now alive.

Be strong, strong in the Lord Jesus
Be brave, brave in the Lord Jesus.

Lion of Judah,
Spotless Lamb,
By His mighty hand
On this rock we stand.

Chorus 2 times

For more information about the KOC VBS, visit kidsofcouragevbs.com.


Spotlight Story

Happy to Get a Bible

Do you remember when you first received a Bible? Did you have to wait a long time to get it?
People in some countries where VOM travels may wait years for a Bible of their own.

The Voice of the Martyrs took Bibles to western Uganda, where they were delivered by a VOM contact. Watch the video clip to see someone else who happily received one of the Bibles.

Note: English is a main language in Uganda, but many of the people speak other languages. Can you find Uganda on a map?


Activities Story

Morocco: Coconut Almond Snack

Stir together 3 cups of coconut flakes and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk until the mixture is the right consistency to form into balls. Add more coconut if necessary. Form into 1½-inch balls. Push a roasted almond into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in coconut flakes. Chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Source: Bold Believers in Morocco, available free in the Downloads section.

 To Do: Enter “Morocco” in the search box of this site to find stories of Moroccan Christians.

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