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Prisoner Alert

October 4th is “World Card Making Day.” The day is a good time to start making greeting cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

To learn about how you can send cards to bless Christian prisoners around the world, visit the “Writing to Prisoners” page on www.prisoneralert.com. The site also tells the stories of prisoners to whom you can send cards or letters.

When making a card or writing a letter, take your time and do your very best work. Your mail can be a witness to non-Christians as well as an encouragement for a prisoner.

“Whatever you do, do well” (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NLT).


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.


God’s Prisoner: The Story of Richard Wurmbrand

God's Prisoner

Richard and Sabina sat in a concert hall filled with pastors, priests, and bishops. One by one, they stood up and praised not God, but a government leader who hated the church.

Sabina leaned over and whispered, “Richard, so many pastors are afraid to stand up for God.”
“If I take a stand, I may be arrested,” said Richard. “This is not the time to be afraid,” replied Sabina.

Richard stood up and walked to the stage. “How can we obey a government that closes our churches and won’t let us own a Bible? We must defend our God!”

The crowd stood up. Some shook their fists and yelled at Richard. Others cheered his courage to stand up for Christ. Richard knew that the police could arrest him any day.

The excerpt above is from God’s Prisoner: The Story of Richard Wurmbrand available at VOM Books.

Note: Pastor Wurmbrand was arrested, and he spent a total of 14 years in Romanian prisons before leaving the country and starting the ministry which later became The Voice of the Martyrs.


Standing with the Christians in Iraq

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Do you remember the story of Jonah and the big fish? Jonah was running from God, who wanted him to warn the evil people of Ninevah that they would be destroyed. After Jonah’s adventure in the sea, he obeyed God and warned the people. They repented of their sins and were not destroyed at that time.

The biblical city of Ninevah is in ruins today. But nearby is the city of Mosul, Iraq. Earlier this year radical Muslims warned all the Christians in Mosul to either leave the city or to become Muslims. “I am confused and sad,” said an Iraqi Christian. Thousands of Christians fled their homes in Mosul.

The radical Muslims marked the homes of Christians with a “nun” symbol. Nun, pronounced “noon,” is a letter in the Arabic alphabet. The Muslims use the symbol to stand for “Nazarenes,” an Arabic term used to insult Christians.

Christians around the world began using the symbol not as an insult, but to show that they supported the Mosul Christians in their struggle.

Hebrew 13:3 says, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” How will you remember persecuted Christians this week?

(Find information about The Voice of the Martyrs’ “I-Am-N” T-shirt at www.i-am-n.com)


Praying for Those Who Trouble Us

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Christian History Institute, producers of Torchlighters children’s DVDs about Christian heroes, has published a 94-page book for children about Corrie ten Boom.

The following is an excerpt from the book.

BOOM! Corrie sat up suddenly in bed, startled. What was that? She thought. A bright flash followed by a loud boom erupted in the quiet night. As her bed shook, Corrie crawled quickly toward her window and peered outside. The sky glowed scarlet as bombs exploded on the ground just outside of her city of Haarlem.

Throwing on her bathrobe, Corrie hurried down the stairs to her sister’s room. [Corrie’s sister] Betsie was awake, sitting up in her own bed. The old house shook as more bombs fell.

“War!” they cried as they held each other in the dark.

The whole city quaked and skies flashed. Was this really happening? Corrie thought, frightened. What will become of our country if the Germans bring their hatred here? What will happen to Holland?

As these questions rolled around in her head, Corrie wondered if she was strong enough to trust in her God, even now.

“Corrie!” Betsie said, shaking Corrie from her thoughts. “Let’s go downstairs to pray.”

“Oh, yes,” Corrie agreed, and she followed Betsie to the kitchen.

Betsie grabbed Corrie’s hand as they knelt down to pray. Corrie prayed for all those she could think of, including their Queen Wilhelmina, and the Prime Minister, too. When Corrie finished, Betsie kept praying in a gentle, calm voice.

“God,” she said, “we pray for those German pilots in the planes right now. They’re also stuck in this great evil of hatred and violence. Please open their eyes to it and bless them.”

Corrie’s eyes snapped open. She stared at Betsie, shocked. How could she pray for those evil people? But Betsie prayed on. Corrie could tell that Betsie believed God’s grace was for everyone—even those who carried out Hitler’s awful plans.

“Oh Lord,” Corrie said as she closed her eyes once more. “Listen to Betsie, not me. I can’t pray for those men in the planes at all.”

To Think About
Read Matthew 5:43–48. How did Betsie show that she was committed to obeying God’s word in those verses?

The Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie ten Boom is available at www.vombooks.com.


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