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Wesley P., a 15-year-old VOM volunteer reporter, reports on preparations at The Voice of the Martyrs for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (November 2) and shares his thoughts about the importance of prayer. He ends with a challenge for other kids.

Around The Voice of the Martyrs, life is very busy preparing for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Volunteer drivers are shuttling speakers to the Tulsa International Airport to fly to places all over the United States. VOM staff members say that as of a month ago, more than 150 churches had already requested a speaker.

But in this time of busyness, several VOM employees find peace amid the chaos in prayer. One of VOM’s international workers recently shared at VOM devotions on the importance of prayer.

He began his message with what he knew everyone was thinking: prayer is hard. This VOM worker shared about prayer vigils in Mexico that last from 9PM to 7AM! I don’t know about you, but for me, I have never prayed for more than 30 minutes, let alone ten hours. (And you thought your pastor prayed too long). Furthermore, this worker shared that there were more people in attendance at 3AM than at 9PM when it had started.

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Christian Father Attacked

Worshiping in attacked church
Nigerian Christians worshiping in their church after it was attacked

Parents and Teachers: The September 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold Christians who serve God in Nigeria. 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.

Christians in northern Nigeria are often threatened by radical Muslims if they refuse to deny Jesus. The threats are serious, and some Christians are afraid. But many Christians continue to boldly proclaim Jesus as their Savior, knowing that they will live forever with him in heaven.

A VOM contact told the following story of how God helped a persecuted family in Nigeria.

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Peace at School

Laos
Peace, his mother, and his little brother

The Voice of the Martyrs contacts recently met a Christian in Laos who boldly shares his faith in an area where most people are Buddhists. He has proclaimed the truth about Jesus in Buddhist temples, and has prayed with others as they gave their lives to Jesus. He continues to study the Bible with two new believers who became Christians.

And he is in the first grade.

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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.


Suffering Is “Worth It”

Central Asia
Jamil and his family

Jamil grew up in a Muslim family in Central Asia. But after Christians shared their faith with him, he gave his life to Jesus! He was happy that he had found the truth, and he began telling Muslims the good news about Jesus’ gift of salvation.

Many Muslims came to Christ. Others were angry that their fellow Muslims were leaving their religion to follow Jesus.

Angry Muslims began coming to the house where Jamil lived with his wife and 6-year-old son. Every time they came, they beat Jamil up. Jamil shared Bible verses with them, and he didn’t fight back.

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