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The Voice of the Martyrs “Tricky” Balloon Launches

When Jesus told His followers to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15), He knew it would not always be easy. The governments of some countries do not want people to bring Bibles into their countries.

It is against the law in North Korea to share the gospel of Jesus. For many years, The Voice of the Martyrs has sponsored the launching of balloons that carry Scriptures into North Korea. (Watch a balloon launch in the video below.)

In the past, VOM wasn’t sure if balloons landed safely in the North Korea or if anyone read them. But now GPS devices let us know where the balloons land.

Recently, the North Korean government also let people know that the balloons are landing in their country! The North Korean government’s news service published a statement complaining about “Voice of Martyrs” and their “tricky” balloon launches.

The report said, “They are getting trickier in fixing time and locations for their scattering operation against DPRK.” (DPRK stands for “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” which is what North Koreans call their country.)

    Pray for:

  • North Koreans to come to know Christ.
  • The safety of workers who help the gospel spread in North Korea.

Struggles at School

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Syrian boy praying

J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, is a summer intern at The Voice of the Martyrs and a college student.

Imagine being the only Christian at school. That’s the struggle many Christian children in the Middle East face. They have to go to Muslim schools because those are the only schools where they live. If they don’t go to school, they can’t get good jobs and often remain very poor. Their parents teach them about Jesus, but when they go to school, their teachers tell them about being a Muslim and make them say the Islamic prayers and memorize verses from the Quran. This can be confusing for young children trying to learn who God really is.

Christian parents worry about what will happen to the children. They want their children to know about Jesus’s love, but in some places, it’s against the law to be a Christian. Sometimes, Christian children are bullied and beaten up by their classmates because they aren’t Muslims. If they don’t do what their teachers tell them at school, the children get in trouble. When their parents ask the teachers not to force the children to study Islam, the parents may get in trouble. Please pray for Christian children and their parents who are surrounded by people who don’t want them to follow Jesus.


Explaining Ramadan

Heather Mercer was a prisoner in Afghanistan because of her Christian activities. During a visit to The Voice of the Martyrs, she talked about the meaning of Ramadan to Muslims, and about how Christians can pray for the Muslim world during Ramadan. Ramadan is a month on the Muslim calendar. Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during the month.

This year, Ramadan will occur from early June through early July.

To read more about Heather and her time in prison, see Bold Believers in Afghanistan in the Downloads section.


Kids of Courage VBS

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.


Standing with “N” Christians

I Am N T-Shirt

Do you remember the story of Jonah and the big fish? God wanted Jonah to warn the evil people of Ninevah that they would be destroyed if they did not stop sinning. But Jonah ran from God and ended up inside a big fish. After Jonah’s adventure in the sea, he obeyed God and warned the people of Ninevah. 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. Radical Muslims warned the Christians in Mosul to either leave the city or to become Muslims. Thousands of Christians fled their homes. “I am confused and sad,” said an Iraqi Christian.

The Muslims marked the homes of Christians with the symbol for the Arabic letter “N.” (See the symbol on the shirts in the photo.) The Muslims used the symbol to stand for “Nazarenes,” an Arabic term that is used to insult Christians.

Christians around the world began using the symbol not as an insult, but to show that they supported Christians who face threats and danger from extremist Muslims.

Like Jonah, some of the Christians who have left their homes are sharing the truth about God with Muslims. Cole Richards, Executive Vice President of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “More Muslims are coming to Christ now… than at any time in the history of missions since the advent of Islam 1400 years ago.”

Praise God for Christians who obey God and share the gospel, even in dangerous places, and for Christians around the world who stand up for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

  • *Outreach Packs are one way Christians are sharing the love of God with Muslims. Learn more here.
  • *Bold Believers in Syria, available in the Downloads section, includes stories about persecuted Syrian Christians. The book provides appropriate companion information for VOM’s “I Am N” information and resources.

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