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Action Packs

Action Packs are large plastic bags filled with useful items for persecuted Christians around the world. In the VOM Radio clip below, VOM’s Todd Nettleton answers a listener’s question about Action Packs. The clip also tells how to ask questions on VOM’s toll free comment line.

Listen to a clip from VOMRadio..

For more information about how to participate in the Action Pack program and to see a video clip of an Action Pack distribution in Pakistan, visit the Action Packs page.

You can find more VOM Radio episodes at www.VOMRadio.net.

Note: Last year, VOM supporters sent 13,087 filled Action Packs to VOM for distribution to persecuted Christians.


Romans and Christians at Camp

Painting

The previous post told about Christian campers who learned about persecution at an adventure camp led by youth minister Rusty R. Rusty shared with The Voice of the Martyrs some of the activities the camper experienced.

Romans and Christians Game
The campers played a game at night to illustrate persecution endured by the early church. The leaders set a time limit at the start of the game. The object of the game was for there to be more Christians hiding with the light (a symbol of Christ) than in jail when the time expired.

The game required:

  • Several adult jail guards
  • Several roaming “Roman” adult guards carrying pool noodles as “swords”
  • An adult Christian with a flashlight decorated to look like a candle
  • Student players
  • A safe outdoor space with places to hide
  • An area designated as the “jail”

The adult with the light hid outside. The campers tried to find the adult with the light and to join them in their hiding place as they “found the light.” If the students were caught by the guards, they had to go to the area designated as the jail. If they were caught with the adult with the light, the adult ran off to find another hiding place.

The only way to get out of the jail was to witness to the guards by quoting Scriptures and singing worship songs. If they found favor with the guards (showing that the guards were “converted”), the guards released them, and they tried to find the Christian with the light. The guards remained at the jail to take care of newly-arriving prisoners.

Martyr Testimonies
Leaders rewrote 12 stories from The Voice of the Martyrs resources putting them in the first person.

[For example, one Kids of Courage blog post began, “One day Sung Mi, a 12-year-old girl in North Korea, discovered something scary.” In the first person it would begin, “My name is Sung Mi. I am from North Korea. I was 12 years old when this happened. This is my story.]

Leaders at the camp memorized the stories and recited them aloud to the campers as if they were the person in the story. At the end of each story, the reader would say, “My name is ______. I am honored to be a servant of Jesus.”

The leaders allowed three minutes after each story for the campers to reflect on the story. They read four stories every night for three nights. “It was even more powerful for the adult leaders who portrayed the Christians than for the students,” Rusty reported.

(Edited and adapted from the original for space and age-appropriateness.)

Next post: Read about another activity at the camp.


“Students Are Looking for Something Real”

Bangladesh
Bangladeshi Christian children drink clean water supplied by Christians

Last summer, Rusty R., a youth leader in Illinois, directed an adventure camp for 7th through 9th graders. The camp raised awareness of persecuted Christians and encouraged campers to remember their suffering brothers and sisters around the world.

“I have been a youth minister for more than 13 years,” Rusty shared with The Voice of the Martyrs. “During those years I have supported [organizations that fight injustices] such as: starving children, [lack of] clean water, homelessness, abuse and neglect, and human trafficking.

“Persecution is on an entirely different level than all of those injustices for at least three reasons.

“First, persecution involves all of the other injustices. Every day, Christians around the world are being deprived of food, shelter, and clean water; they are abused and even forced into human trafficking.

“Secondly, those being persecuted are our brothers and sisters!

“Thirdly, it seems like no one is teaching about persecution these days. Every year students say, ‘I have already heard all of this before.’ But when I taught about persecution, not one of them had heard it before. That tells me that many are growing up without a [knowledge of] suffering and without praying for their suffering family around the globe. They are unaware of the cost to follow Jesus and ignorant of the persecution that will someday come their way.

“I have found that students are looking for something real to make a difference with. The topic of persecution is as real as it gets. And I have found that there are a ton of ways to get involved and make a difference.”

(Edited from the original for space.)

The campers wrote letters to imprisoned Christians, filled Action Packs, memorized Scripture verses about persecution, and learned about Christians in peril through other activities and projects.

Next post: Learn about some of the activities Rusty’s campers experienced.


Wisconsin VBS Sponsors Bibles

VBS

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following note from Patty W., director of a VBS at the North Scott Baptist Church in Pardeeville, Wisconsin.

The church used online stories from The Voice of the Martyrs in their daily lessons. For those who prefer a pre-packaged curriculum, VOM offers a Kids of Courage VBS curriculum for churches of all sizes. Visit the KOC VBS website to read feedback from churches that have used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum.

Dear The Voice of the Martyrs,

In a small country church outside the little town of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, we had an amazing week of VBS. We used stories from your online site to raise money for Bibles.

We concentrated on stories from Pakistan. The children listened raptly to the stories and prayers for those children who are living their faith so abundantly.

Each day the children (an average of 34 daily) faithfully brought their money in a friendly competition the see who would raise the most money — boys or girls….

Some of the children made money by cleaning chicken coops and goat pens, weeding in the garden, cleaning the root cellar, etc…. Two boys had given their birthday money for Bibles… Four teens were willing to take a pie in the face if the kids reached their goal….

These were the gifts of children who want others to have Bibles so that families can grow in their love for Christ.… I thought you might be blessed by hearing about the young people in a small country church who gave their all. Thank you for keeping us informed so we can pray!

In Jesus’ name,
Patty W., Director


Message from Maryland

Bibles to Captive Nations

The following message to The Voice of the Martyrs came from a teacher in Maryland.

“Greetings! I would like to say how much I appreciate this website as a resource in helping my students understand the plight of the persecuted church. I am a fifth-grade teacher at a Christian school in Maryland. In Bible class our focus is on Luke and Acts, with an additional study of missions and persecution throughout history.

“We pray for a different persecuted country every day, and the students vie for a chance to “pick the country” and learn about their Christian brothers and sisters. They were also inspired to raise money for The Voice of the Martyrs by making holiday crafts and selling them at a Christian vendor sale. All of the money is going to buy Bibles [link to https://secure.persecution.com/p-418-bibles-to-captive-nations.aspx?source=WEB] for Christians in restricted or hostile countries.

“Praise God for how He works in the hearts of children!” — Janeen I.

(Edited from the original.)


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