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Singing and Praying in Prison

Praying for Ethiopia

Last fall, after receiving training about how to share the gospel, some Christians in Ethiopia decided to pass out Christian books to people in their community. Four girls, Gifti (age 14), Mihiret (14), Eden (15), and Deborah (18) helped hand out the books.

Muslims in the community said the girls were “insulting” Islam, the religion of Muslims. Because of their complaints, the four girls were arrested and taken to a prison for criminals. On their first night in the prison, Eden was beaten. But she said to a Christian who visited her in prison, “This [suffering] is an honor for us. We should expect persecution. We are not afraid. We are singing and praying here in prison.”

Praise God, the girls were released from prison shortly before Christmas in good health!
(Source: World Watch Monitor)

To Talk About
*Why do you think Eden said that the girls’ suffering was “an honor?” (Read about some early Christians who also considered suffering for Jesus an honor in Acts 5:40-41.)
*Why did Eden say Christians should expect persecution? (Read John 15:20.)
*Who were also singing and praying in prison in Acts 16:25?

Read more about courageous Christians in Ethiopia in Bold Believers in Ethiopia, available in the free Downloads section.


Kids of Courage VBS

 

The Voice of the Martyrs’ Kids of Courage VBS curriculum introduces children to joyful believers in China, Egypt, India, North Korea, and Nigeria.

The following comments are from teachers who have used the Kids of Courage curriculum in their churches.

“Our VBS was an amazing experience! Our church had never done a VBS before. We had 54 kids, we had four kids accept Christ, and so many kids who said [afterward] they want to be missionaries when they get older.” — Florida

“I absolutely loved the curriculum. I have directed VBS before, and this was by far the most meaningful.” — Georgia

“I sent home a newsletter every night with information about the countries and questions about the lesson. Parents said it was totally different than anything they’d done before, and they liked it.” — Georgia

“We all loved the program. It was easy to teach, and it was very moving and educational for the children.” — Idaho

“This [curriculum] caught my attention, but I was worried about the heavy content. It turned out to be an excellent VBS! What I loved about it was its real life applications and the fact that kids could learn, not just Bible truths, but learn about other countries and cultures.” — Pennsylvania

For more information and samples from the curriculum, visit kidsofcouragevbs.com.


Seven Facts About Missionary Jim Elliot

1.    In school, Jim was on the wrestling team.

2.    After Jim received poor grades at school one semester, he told his parents that he thought studying God’s Word was more important than his school subjects.

3.    In college, Jim encouraged his friends to share what they had learned from the Bible that day. He greeted them by saying, “What’s your verse for today?”

4.    Sixty-one years ago in 1956, Jim and four missionaries were killed in Ecuador by members of the Auca tribe (now known as the Waorani tribe). The five had gone to the area to tell the tribe about Jesus.

5.    Jim’s wife, Elizabeth, later went back to the tribe and shared a message of forgiveness and salvation. Many people in the tribe decided to follow Christ.

6.    Jim and Elizabeth’s daughter, Valerie, played with Waorani children while her mother ministered among the tribe.

7.    Ecuador issued a postage stamp honoring Jim.

Read another story about the missionaries to the Waorani tribe here .

Click here to find a clip from the Torchlighters DVD, “The Jim Elliot Story.”


Happy to Get a Bible

Do you remember when you first received a Bible? Did you have to wait a long time to get it?
People in some countries where VOM travels may wait years for a Bible of their own.

The Voice of the Martyrs took Bibles to western Uganda, where they were delivered by a VOM contact. Watch the video clip to see someone else who happily received one of the Bibles.

Note: English is a main language in Uganda, but many of the people speak other languages. Can you find Uganda on a map?


Laos: “I Know Exactly That God Helped Us”

Children in Laos learning Bible stories

Twelve-year-old Khamphuy was having trouble breathing. Like many other people in Laos, he and his family were spirit worshipers. They were afraid of making evil spirits angry.

So Khamphuy’s parents took their son to spirit doctors. The doctors told them that they must kill some of their farm animals to please the spirits. Then maybe Khamphuy would get well. Khamphuy’s parents paid the doctors a lot of money for their advice.

“I did many things to sacrifice to the evil spirits,” said Khamphuy’s father. “But the spirits didn’t help us. The evil spirits just destroyed us. They destroyed our pigs, our chickens, and our money.”

And Khamphuy grew sicker.

Khamphuy’s aunt, who lived in another village, was a Christian. She introduced Khamphuy’s family to a Christian leader in her village. Khamphuy’s parents did not believe in Jesus, but they were desperate to help their son. So they took him to the Christian leader.

Christian believers in the village placed their hands on Khamphuy and prayed, and he began to get better! The family stayed with the Christians for a week and learned about the God who loves and heals people. One by one, they placed their trust in Jesus.

“I know exactly that God helped us,” said Khamphuy.

The family is now persecuted for their faith. But they continue to share the gospel with others and to lead friends and neighbors to Christ. “If we believe in God, we have strong help,” said Khamphuy’s father.

To Do and Think About
Khamphuy’s father said, “Please pray for me to have strong faith and follow God and know how to lead my family to walk with God. Pray for the people around me to know God through my life.”
•    Will you pray for Khamphuy’s father and family?
•    How might the people around Khamphuy’s father know God through his life?
•    How might someone come to know God through your life?


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