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The Witch Doctor’s Neighbors

Ethiopian Girl

The Christians in an Ethiopian village wanted to have a building where they could meet together. They found some empty land and began to build a small church.

But, as it turned out, they had a very unfriendly neighbor. The man who lived next to the church was a witch doctor. People came from all over Ethiopia to ask the witch doctor for help with their problems. He became rich and famous.

The witch doctor did not like Christians. He cast spells on the Christians and their land as they were building the church.

The Bible warns us to stay away from witchcraft. (Look up Deuteronomy 18:10–11.)

Christian workers in Ethiopia know how much trouble witch doctors cause. But they know Jesus is stronger than the power of the witch doctors. Here is what one worker said:

“Usually the job of witch doctor is passed down to someone in the witch doctor’s family. They chant, sacrifice animals, use potions, etc. Scripture says we’re not to have anything to do with witchcraft. It’s very harmful. People are drawn to it because they are curious about the unseen world. They want witchcraft to give them assurance, protection, and power that is superhuman.

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Bold Believers with Bibles in Syria

Syrian boy praying

Dr. Easo and his wife, Rachel, are Christians in Syria. They share the gospel in their country, even though a civil war makes travel and witnessing for Christ difficult. In addition, most Syrians are Muslims, and some of them are not friendly to Christians.

One day, the Easos went to a rural village to share the love of God with the villagers. On the way, government soldiers stopped their car at a checkpoint. A checkpoint is a barrier where drivers must stop to get their cars checked. The soldiers look for bombs or other dangerous materials that travelers might be carrying.

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William Tyndale, English Bible Smuggler


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


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


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.

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