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Parents and Teachers: The August 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about persecuted Christians in Nigeria. Some of the stories may not be suitable for children. Please preview them before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Before an attack on his village, 13-year-old Danjuma was a lot like other Nigerian boys. He enjoyed playing with his friends and going on fishing trips with fishermen from his village.

After one of the fishing trips, more than 1,000 radical Muslims came to his village at 6:00 in the morning and began burning houses and attacking Christian villagers. Danjuma ran very fast to try to escape the attackers, but they struck him several time with a machete. (A machete is a long, heavy knife.) Danjuma passed out, so he doesn’t remember much about the attack.

Other villagers thought Danjuma was dead, and they even began digging a grave for him! But Danjuma woke up and shouted to them. The villagers took him and others who were wounded to a hospital.

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Like a Butterfly: Elizabeth Update

Elizabeth (in the green scarf) and her grandchildren

Parents and Teachers: The following story is adapted from the June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs. The issue features stories about bold believers who gave their lives for Jesus. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Please preview the stories before sharing them with children. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share age-appropriate stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

A previous post told about Elizabeth, a Christian grandmother who saved her five grandchildren from her burning home in Kenya. Radical Muslims had set her house on fire after she refused to become a Muslim.

“I have nothing left, except a Bible,” Elizabeth said. “I lost everything that I had, but I’m grateful I have life….They wanted me to change my faith from Christianity to Islam, which I couldn’t. I still feel like I can’t.”

Since the fire, Elizabeth has been praying for inner peace. She admits she’s having a hard time.

“If you have money, you rent,” Elizabeth said. “If you don’t, you sleep here today; tomorrow you sleep there. You become like a butterfly. We just wait for almighty God to remember us.”

Elizabeth prays for those who caused her so much trouble. “Islam has a different god,” she said. “The Bible says, ‘Don’t kill.’ So I feel like asking the Lord to remember [the Muslim attackers], to change them.

“When you pray, remember me. I’m asking that you pray for peace in my heart and that I won’t lose faith, but stand firm. And that I may have land and some property. I believe it is not God’s will for me to have nothing and be doing nothing.”

(Source: June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

Look at the photo above of Elizabeth and her grandchildren. Decide what you will pray for each of the children individually and for Elizabeth.

Saving the Auca

Tiffany P., 12-year-old daughter of a VOM worker, wrote the following post about Nate Saint, a missionary to Ecuador. Part of the post tells about Tiffany’s interview with Dory P., a VOM worker who grew up in Ecuador.

Nate Saint lived for God. He gave his all to open the door for Ecuador missions. Sadly, on January 8, 1956, Auca Indians killed this great missionary. Most of us know this tragic story, but what happened afterward?

I interviewed Dory P., who lived on the same base as Nate Saint, and she shared how the death of one man affected many lost people. Nate did succeed in his mission.

Dory’s Family
Shell Oil Company built an airstrip in Ecuador hoping to find oil in the jungle. Nate looked at this as a way to reach the unreached people group known as the Auca. Funded by the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Nate built a house right next to the airstrip. Over the years, other MAF missionaries build houses and joined Nate and his family.

One of these missionary families who moved in was Dory’s grandparents and their adopted son, who later became Dory’s father. Dory’s father was 2 when Nate was murdered. For the next 16 years, he and his parents lived on the base, working with the Auca people.

Dory’s father later lived in the United States, where he and his wife were called to be missionaries. When they contacted MAF, they were informed that missionaries were needed in Ecuador. Dory’s father was overjoyed, since he had once lived in Ecuador.

After prayer, they accepted the job. Dory lived in Nate’s house for two years of her early life. For the rest of her childhood, she lived twenty feet away in a neighboring house. During her childhood, Dory saw how the impact of Nate Saint’s life had melted the hearts of the Auca, or as Dory says, “the Waodani.”

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Lydia: An Update, Part 2


Read the previous post about Lydia, an Indonesian Muslim woman. Lydia came to Christ after she was rescued from a serious accident. Her story continues below.

Lydia was baptized and began to attend church regularly. Her Muslim husband did not want her to be a Christian. He treated her roughly and insulted her with harsh words.

One day, Lydia’s youngest child said to his dad, “Enough, Father! Stop!” The boy was the child Lydia was expecting when the van crashed into their home.

But Lydia’s husband finally kicked her and their children out of his house. They had a difficult time finding a safe place to live. The Voice of the Martyrs provided them with housing and helped Lydia start a small business.

Lydia Today
Recently Lydia had a stroke. VOM helped her get medical treatment. She has other medical problems for which she continues to take medication.

Acts 14:22 says, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” We can help Christians near us who are having hard times, and we can pray for those who are far away.

Lydia had serious health problems after she was persecuted. It is possible that harsh treatment helped cause her health problems.

Remember to pray for strength and health for persecuted Christians.

Lydia: An Update


The November 2010 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter told the story of Lydia, a Christian girl in Indonesia. Like most people in Indonesia, Lydia’s family and relatives were Muslims. Her parents enrolled her in a Muslim school. But Lydia quit going to the school when she was 16. Her parents were angry, because they wanted her to be more serious about her Muslim faith and her Muslim schooling.

Later, after Lydia was married and expecting her sixth baby, she was watching TV when a van crashed into her living room. While Lydia was pinned under the van, she saw a man in a shining white robe. He touched her and said, “You are safe. Follow Me.” Lydia felt peace and freedom from pain.

Rescue workers pulled Lydia from under the van, and she looked for the man in the robe. “What are you looking for?” a rescuer asked.

“I want to see the one who saved me,” Lydia replied. “No,” said the rescuers. “We are the ones who helped you.”

Lydia talked to her Christian nephew about what happened. He told her that the man might have been Jesus, and he gave her a Bible. Lydia read in the Book of John that Jesus had said, “Follow Me,” just as the man at the accident had said.

Lydia’s nephew helped her understand what it means to follow Christ, and Lydia became a Christian.

Read in the next post what happened Lydia after she gave her life to Jesus.

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