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Welcoming Strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19)

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Can your family or class take a welcome gift or a special occasion gift to a student or family from another country?

News reports say that more than 800,000 people from other countries are students in the United States. Many of the students say they do not have friends in the U.S., and they wish they had some.

You might want to include VOM’s Jesus: He Lived Among Us DVD with your gift. The DVD is available in Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, Spanish, and English. For more information, see the offer in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. (The newsletter offers English/Spanish DVDs for 5 for $10 and 20 for $20. DVDs in other languages are available for $2 each.)

To watch a trailer from the DVD and to view photos of how it was produced, visit www.theJesusMovie.com.


Pastor Wurmbrand’s Letter

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Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania in the mid-20th century. He was imprisoned for 14 years for his Christian activities, and his wife, Sabina, was also arrested and imprisoned. After they were released, they came to the United States and started the ministry that later became The Voice of the Martyrs.

The Wurmbrands suffered for their faith but always trusted in God. When Pastor Wurmbrand got out of prison, he wrote down many of the thoughts that had come to him while he was in prison. The following thoughts were part of a letter to Jesus that he composed.

[Pastor Wurmbrand wrote:] When the Wright brothers made their first airplane flight, a well-known engineer said, “The airplane can even carry mail in special cases, but the load will be small. It can become faster, but it will not be used to carry things for businesses.” A few years after he said that, planes started carrying passengers.

Then a noted astronomer said, “People imagine great flying machines flying over oceans and carrying crowds of people. These ideas are just visions. Even if an airplane could cross the ocean carrying one or two passengers, the cost would be so high that only a millionaire could afford to travel that way.”

[Pastor Wurmbrand continued his letter to Jesus:] If people can’t even predict what humans will be able to do with their abilities, no wonder they do not understand Your abilities. You can do anything because You are God. Also, nothing is impossible for You because as man, You believed wholeheartedly in the Father.

To Think About
Pastor Wurmbrand understood that nothing is impossible with God (see Luke 1:37) even though he was in prison. Can you continue to trust God when you are having a hard time and don’t see any good in your situation?

Source: My Correspondence with Jesus by Richard Wurmbrand, not in print. Paraphrased and edited from the original source for clarity and reading level. Photo source: Library of Congress.


Witnessing with a Wristband

Syria is experiencing a civil war. Many people have left the country to live in refugee camps in nearby countries.

Most Syrians are Muslims. The struggle in Syria is leading some to seek the truth outside of Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

A Christian who ministers among Syrians shares the good news of Jesus using an interesting wristband. Watch the clip to hear him explaining the symbols on the wristband in Arabic, the main language of Syria.

Note: The down arrow represents Jesus coming to earth. The cross is a symbol of His crucifixion, and the grave shows that He died for our sins. The up arrow illustrates Jesus’ resurrection. The second down arrow shows that one day Jesus will come back.

The Christian shares his wristband with everyone he sees. Can you make a similar wristband and explain the symbols on it to friends?


New Ideas for Afghans

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Girls skateboarding in Afghanistan

“Girls don’t go out and play!” an Afghan girl a told a visitor from the United States. Traditionally girls and women in Afghanistan have not had the opportunity to learn new activities outside their homes. Some strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of girls even going to school.

A group of people from other countries started skateboarding classes in Afghanistan. Girls are welcome. Students can take other classes besides skateboarding. “[It’s] not just about skateboarding. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for the future,” said a spokesman for the group.

More Hope
The Bible talks of an even “better hope” that brings us closer to God. (See Hebrews 7:20.) Christians are bringing that hope to those in Afghanistan, too.

Christians in Afghanistan are telling others about their hope in Christ. Christian websites and radio broadcasts from outside the country are teaching people that not all Afghans are Muslims; some Afghans follow Jesus. This is a new idea to some viewers and listeners.

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians who want to reach Muslims with the gospel. Learn more here.

To learn more about Christians in Afghanistan, enter “Afghanistan” in the search box, or Download Bold Believers in Afghanistan free from the Download section.

Photo credit: RhianonB / Wikipedia


Make Plans for Christmas Care

Christmas Care

Are you looking for a unique Christmas project for your family or group? Every year, VOM supporters provide Christmas Care packs to children in countries where Christians are persecuted.

The packs include clothing, school supplies, health items, Christian books, and other gifts.
The children are encouraged to know that Christians from other countries care for them and are thinking about them at Christmastime.

Watch for more information about how you can sponsor the packs in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and on this website.


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