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Make Plans for IDOP

IDOP 2014 IDOP 2014

Invite your family, friends, and church group to participate in The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on November 2, 2014.

A 2014 Kids of Courage Lesson Plan and resources for children and young adults are available for free download in the Downloads section.

Hebrews 13:3
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.


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Make Plans for Christmas Care

Christmas Care

Are you looking for a unique Christmas project for your family or group? Every year, VOM supporters provide Christmas Care packs to children in countries where Christians are persecuted.

The packs include clothing, school supplies, health items, Christian books, and other gifts.
The children are encouraged to know that Christians from other countries care for them and are thinking about them at Christmastime.

Watch for more information about how you can sponsor the packs in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and on this website.


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What’s Happening in Turkey?

Turkey

  • More than 95 percent of the people in Turkey are Muslims.
  • Turkey has a new president. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in August 2014.
  • Part of Turkey is in Europe and part is in Asia. Last year Turkey opened an underground train tunnel that links the two parts.
  • Read about Christians in Turkey here.
  • Turkey celebrates Republic Day on October 29th. Citizens honor the day in 1923 when Turkey’s leader declared the country a republic after a war for independence. Parades and patriotic performances are part of the celebration.
  • Simit is a favorite food in Turkey. Try this recipe for a small version of the treat.

    Mix 1 cup of flour and ¼ tsp. salt. Add 1 tsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. softened butter, 2 tbsp. warm butter, 4 tsp. milk, and 1 beaten egg. Mix until a ball of dough is formed.

    Using flour-coated hands, form the dough into “snakes” about 6 inches long and ½ to ¾ inches wide. Join the ends and pinch together to form circles. Put on a greased cookie sheet, and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about 8.

Pray for Turkey and for their new president. Pray that he will rule wisely and fairly, and that everyone in his country will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus and His love for them.


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Carthage and Perpetua

Dido’s Trick
According to ancient legends, a queen named Dido founded the North African city of Carthage. People in the land told Dido she could have as much land as she could cover with the hide of one ox.

The legends say that Dido cut the hide into thousands of narrow strips and tied the ends together to make a very long rope. The rope stretched around a large plot of land which, according to the story, became the city of Carthage. Today Carthage is a suburb of Tunis, Tunisia.

Roman Persecution
Carthage fought three wars against Rome called the Punic Wars. The Romans then became the rulers of Carthage.

Roman rulers persecuted early Christians in Africa. One of those Christians was Perpetua, a young woman in her 20s. Perpetua and some of her friends died in A.D. 203 because they refused to sacrifice to Roman idols.

For more information about Christians in North Africa today, download Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia, Bold Believers in Morocco, and Bold Believers in Egypt from the Downloads section.

The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story is a children’s DVD available at VOM Books. Preview is recommended before showing it to younger children.

Watch a clip from the video below.


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Bible Smuggling Adventure

Smuggler Shirt

The following report is from members of a Bible smuggling team from another ministry who recently delivered Bibles to a country where Christians are persecuted.

“We each packed one 50-pound suitcase with Bibles. We also had our carry-on bags full of Bibles, and we used our personal bag for our clothes and other items.

“As we landed, everyone was on edge because we knew this was a one-shot opportunity. If we were caught at the airport it would be a wasted trip to the country.

“Also, we all had to stay together the entire time because we were told they wanted our visa approval form in a certain format, and we had only one copy. In other places we had been able to spread out our bags among the bags of other passengers. This time we would have to stay in a group.

“After we got our bags off the carousel, we went to the final customs checkpoint where we would have to put our bags through the scanner. It was nerve-racking, but our team knew that it wasn’t anything new for God to provide.

“No one was at the checkpoint! I don’t know if they were checking some other passenger’s bags, if they had gone home for the day, or fi they were processing a different flight. But any nervousness we felt turned to wonder and joy as we simply walked through with our bags of Bibles, and no one questioned us at all.

“God is always the same. He never changes and He is always there. There have been many miracles on our trip and many things than made us stop and say, ‘Wow, God, I can’t believe You just did that!’ It seems to be so easy to live in our own strength in America, but where persecution is strong, all you can do is rely on God’s strength.

“As we left the airport, our faces lit up with smiles of thanksgiving to God. It was great to meet our contact and see her face light up when she saw all the Bibles we brought her. Before we left we asked if we could pray for her. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip — when our team prayed God’s protection and blessing as she delivers God’s Word to people in her country.”

Source: Vision Beyond Borders. Used by permission. Edited from the original for length and clarity.


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Rev. Dzari

Nigeria
Rev. Dzari

Christians in Nigeria have been persecuted by a radical terrorist group called Boko Haram. The group wants to make Nigeria an entirely Muslim nation.

Rev. Yakubu Dzari is one of many Christians who has been attacked by Boko Haram. The attackers dragged him outside and asked him if he was the pastor of a church.

“No,” Rev. Dzari answered, because he was afraid of what the terrorists would do to a Christian pastor. But then he felt guilty about his fear.

Then Rev. Dzari felt new courage from the Lord. “Yes!” he told the attackers. “Yes, I am a pastor!”

In fact, Rev. Dzari did not just say he was a pastor once, he boldly repeated it over and over to the terrorists. One of the attackers was annoyed with Rev. Dzari for continuing to say he was a pastor, and he pulled out a knife.

“Deny Jesus and become a Muslim!” the attacker demanded.

“No!” said Rev. Dzari. “How can I deny Christ when I was the one teaching Christians in the church not to deny Christ?”

Just as the attacker moved closer to the pastor to hurt him, the men heard a gunshot nearby.

“Leave him!” said one attacker. The men left, and the pastor was not harmed.

“I was praying and remembering Jesus,” Rev. Dzari later told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs. “One thing that keeps on strengthening me not to give up is the voice of the Lord that speaks to my inner mind. That’s why I stand firm, not minding how my life will end.”

Source: October 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for clarity and age appropriateness.


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