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William Tyndale, English Bible Smuggler

Tyndale

Why Smuggle Bibles?
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and spread the gospel.” (See Mark 16:15.) He knew some places in the world would have laws against obeying his command. When officials told Peter and the other apostles not to teach people about Jesus, the apostles said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Bible smugglers through the centuries have agreed with the apostles. They have taken Bibles into countries where officials do not approve of their activity.

William Tyndale
A long time ago, nobody in England could read the Bible in English. Bibles were written in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, but not English. Church leaders could read the Bible, because they had studied different languages in school. But few others knew what God’s Word really said.

The king of England and the church leaders did not want just anybody reading the Bible. “If anyone teaches the Bible in English, they must be punished!” the leaders said.

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Cuba: Past and Present

Cuba

The events in the true story below happened in the late 1990s. At the time, Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba. Today Fidel’s brother, Raul Castro, leads the country.

The story reminds us that it is important to pray for countries we hear about in the news, and for Christians in those countries. Cuba has been in the news recently because the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba have been talking about the relationship between the two countries. Ask an adult what current news stories say about Cuba. Pray that more Cubans will give their lives and futures to Christ.

Story: The Christmas-in-Cuba Kids
Every morning, the kindergarten class at a Christian school in Florida prayed for nations around the world. They used an alphabetical list of countries in a prayer guide to help them. Soon they got to countries that begin with the letter “C.”

At about the same time, their teacher, Mrs. Carter, began reading aloud to the class from the book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. “In the story,” said Mrs. Carter, “it is always winter, because the evil queen forbade springtime. Most of all, she forbade Christmas.”

Mrs. Carter told what happened in her class next.

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March VOM Newsletter

Colombia

Parents and Teachers: The March 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories of bold Christians in Colombia. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

This website and other Kids of Courage materials convey the struggles endured by persecuted Christians without including graphic descriptions or photos, or age-inappropriate concepts. Nevertheless, parents and teachers are encouraged to preview the materials before sharing them with their own children, as they know their children best.

Feedback received from parents, teachers, and children since VOM began publishing resources for children in 1996 has indicated that Kids of Courage materials are educating and encouraging children in appropriate ways. Additional feedback about any of the materials is welcome. Use the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of this page to send suggestions.

From the Kids of Courage comment section:

I work with children and they have a far greater depth of knowledge than we sometimes give them credit for. They may not always be able to vocalize their thoughts clearly, but they try. If there is a major event on the news or in the local area, they initiate the conversation wanting to discuss what it all means, to them and others.

Children are affected by life’s struggles and joys just like adults. When they’re babies we feed them milk, then wean them and take them on to harder foods. As they grow they choose what to eat as independent individuals. Give them credit for being able and often willing to discuss and learn about tough life issues and experiences that others, or sometimes even people they know, suffer/go through. — Alison L.


Pray for Syria Today

Syria
A child in Syria

Dozens of Christians were kidnapped by radical Muslims in Syria this week. The Voice of the Martyrs received an email from a Syrian Christian leader giving specific ways to pray. Will you join our Syrian brothers and sisters in lifting up the requests he shared?

  1. Pray the Lord will encourage Christians in Syria so they can be a living testimony, in the midst of war, to others around them.
  2. Pray for God’s protection of the Christian community in Syria.
  3. Pray young Christian men will turn to God and put their hope in Jesus.
  4. Pray for children and women who are being taking hostage by IS.
  5. Finally, pray for peace in Syria.

Source: VOM Facebook

Note:
“Levant” comes from a French word that means “to rise.” Countries on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea, including Syria, are sometimes called “the Levant.” From the viewpoint of the countries west of them, they are in the East where the sun rises.

A radical Muslim group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has become well-known for their part in violence in Syria and Iraq. They changed their name first to “ISIS,” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Then to emphasize their goal of creating a large Muslim nation, they changed their name to “IS,” the Islamic State.


A Story of Thomas

Thomas

Recent posts on this site tell about bold believers in India today. But one of the first people to take the good news of Jesus to India arrived there almost 2,000 years ago.

Christians in India have passed down many stories and legends about Thomas, a disciple of Jesus and a missionary to India. The stories encourage Christians to stand up boldly for Jesus in the face of struggles. Read one of the traditional stories below, and read another story about Thomas here. Both are taken from the children’s book God’s Missionary: The Faith of Thomas available at VOMBooks.com.

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