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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

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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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“I Know that I Am His Child”

Central Asia
Sumayah sewed to help her family

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

Sumayah lives in a country in Central Asia where most people are Muslims. She and her husband were also Muslims, and they were not getting along well. They divorced when Sumayah was pregnant with their second child.

Sumayah moved in with her parents. Then she heard the good news of Jesus and trusted in Him as her Savior! But her Muslim parents were angry. “[Let’s] send her away and see how her God feeds her,” they said.

God did take care of her. Sumayah supported herself and her two children by sewing for people.

The Good News Spreads
Sumayah shared her new faith with her ex-husband and he also came to Christ! They got back together and remarried. Their children are now 4 and 2.

But Sumayah’s parents told her, “It’s bad enough that you have become a Christian, but now you are trying to drag others into it!” Now her parents will not even speak to her.

Sumayah is encouraged by John 15:20 in which Jesus says to His followers, “If they persecute Me, they will persecute you.” Sumayah said, “I came to have joy from this because the persecution showed me that I belong to Christ. Now I know that I am His child!”

(Source: The September 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.)

To Talk About
How can Sumayah be joyful even though she has been persecuted by her family?


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