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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.


Typewriters and Prisoner Alert

Typewriter

Almost 150 years ago on June 23, 1868, an inventor, Christopher Sholes, received a U.S. patent for his manual typewriter. A typewriter is a machine that prints symbols on paper as the typist types them. A manual typewriter is one that does not need electricity to operate.

Things you can do with a manual typewriter that you can’t do with a computer:

  • You will never get a virus on your machine.
  • You can print as you type.
  • You will never need wifi, electricity, or a mouse to operate.
  • You can make an exclamation point by typing an apostrophe, back spacing, then typing a period below the apostrophe.

Things you can do with a computer that you can’t do with a typewriter:

  • William Carey (born 1761; died 1834) was a missionary to India. He spent years translating scriptures into other languages. The work was very difficult. In 1812, a fire destroyed the building where his work was stored. “In one night the labors of years are consumed,” he wrote. Bible translators today can store their work on computers in various locations. A fire would not destroy all their work.
  • You can connect to websites. And on the website www.prisoneralert.com, you can translate a Christian phrase into another language to send a message to a Christian who is prison for their Christian activities. You can write a letter to any of the prisoners on the site using the simple online writing process.

Father’s Day Update

Father's Day

Last year, a post on this site encouraged prayer for Phurbu, Lakpa, Sumjung, Christian children in Nepal. Their father, Chhedar Bhote, is in prison. He was arrested for eating beef and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

You can read more about Pastor Chhedar and his situation on PrisonerAlert.com. The site also explains how you can write an encouraging letter to the pastor.

On Father’s Day again this year, please continue to pray for children who are separated from their fathers because they family follows Jesus.


Three Leaders’ Birthdays

Poster
Raúl Castro

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.1 Timothy 2:1–4 (NKJV)

The presidents of Turkmenistan, Cuba, and China have birthdays this month. The three men rule over countries where Christians are not always treated fairly. They need your prayers, so consider praying for them on their birthdays. You can remember to pray for them by putting their birthdays on your calendar.

Turkmenistan
President: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Born: 6/29/1957
Only certain religious groups are allowed in Turkmenistan. Other groups are sometimes raided and treated harshly. Officials have warned Christian parents that their children will be closely watched at school.

Cuba
President: Raúl Castro
Born: 6/3/1931
Christians have had more freedom in recent years, but the government still mistreats some Christians. Christian children are sometimes not treated fairly in public schools.

China
President: Xi Jinping
Born: 6/15/1953
The Communist Party has strict control over China’s citizens. In some parts of China, police raid churches and arrest Christians. In one region, officials have said that children must go to school for nine years before they can receive any religious education outside of school. (Source: U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report)

Photo credit: Government.ru / Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)


Encourage Kids to Participate

KOC

Kids all over the United States and the world are participating in projects to help persecuted Christians and to raise awareness about persecution. What can your kids do? Check the suggestions and resources on our special page.

Here are some example activities:

Go to the projects page to see the rest of the activities.


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