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Martyrs’ Wall

From time to time, Christians from countries where believers are persecuted visit The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters and share their stories. A martyrs’ wall at VOM headquarters displays the names of Christians throughout the centuries who gave their lives for Christ. (See the photo.)

A visitor read the names on the wall. The visitor is from a region where Muslims often attack Christians. After he read the names, he said, “I would rather die as a martyr and have my name on the wall of a building like this and have God say, ‘Welcome, good and faithful servant,’ than to live a life of sin.”

Read Matthew 25:23.

Church in a Car

A church van

Brother Jay, a VOM International Ministries worker, took a trip for The Voice of the Martyrs to Central Asia. Todd Nettleton of interviewed Brother Jay after his trip. Read part of their interview below.

Jay: Thankfully there are Muslims coming to Christ every day. Most of them gather in small groups in houses.

Todd: When you talk about “small groups,” we are talking about two or three people. In some cases, that is all there are.  And in some cases, that is all that it’s safe to gather.

Jay: Exactly. You might find a couple of men sitting in a park and have no idea what they are doing. But they are there fellowshiping in the name of the Lord.

They might be in a car. You could be in Kabul [the capital of Afghanistan], for example, where there are thousands of vehicles. And you don’t know it, but two or three men in one car — they actually love Jesus. And they are fellowshipping with one another in His name.

They may have a little device in their radio so they can listen to Scripture, sing some songs about the Lord, and encourage one another. It is like a little mobile church.


Ten Ways to Present Persecution to the Next Generation

“Discipleship of one’s household isn’t only for Christians in persecuted and restricted nations. It isn’t only for pastors, youth pastors, and elders…it’s for the whole body of Christ.” — Pastor Eric Foley, VOM Korea

“Let us then as Christians prepare ourselves now and be sure that our children have a clear example before them if their turn comes.” — Foreword to Pastor Richard Wurmbrand’s Preparing for the Underground Church

The following are some ways to present information about Christian persecution to children:

1. Be a volunteer reader at a Christian school. Would the children like to hear about St. Nicholas, St. Valentine, and St. Patrick? Their stories provide examples of Christians whose faith remained strong when they faced obstacles.
2. Talk to children on their level. Adults can convey the struggles endured by persecuted Christians without including graphic descriptions or age-inappropriate concepts. For example, a VOM worker shared with her 3-year-old son that everything had been taken from some Christians in Iraq, even their toys. Her explanation brought the situation to her son’s level.
3. Lead or sponsor a persecution-related VBS. Add stories of persecuted Christians to the lessons, or donate a VOM Kids of Courage VBS curriculum to a church.
4. Write a song. Few Christian children’s songs address the joys of being “more than conquerors.” Share your song with a children’s group.
5. Show or donate Torchlighters DVDs to a group.
6. Invite a missionary or a Christian from a restricted country to visit your family or church and share stories of their lives. Read missionary stories or share missionary biographies with children. Pray with children for missionaries. Suggest missionary stories for book report assignments.
7. Help a teacher. Offer to substitute for a Sunday school teacher or other children’s group leader. Enter “Lesson Plan” in the search box of this site for suggestions of what to present.
8. Donate age-appropriate persecution-related material to a dentist, doctor, mechanic, or hair salon for their waiting room. Public libraries and church libraries may also accept donated materials.
9. Help a class put on a program. Offer to direct a skit and/or program about persecuted Christians with a class, homeschool group, Christian scouting group, or other after school group. Invite others in the community.
10. Explore the archives of this site. Find further information and activities to share with children. Encourage children to get involved in serving, raising awareness about, and praying for persecuted Christians.

National Geographic Bee Question and Action Bibles for India

One of the final seven questions in the 2015 National Geographic Bee was: “In 2014, the government of India established a new state out of the northwestern part of Andhra Pradesh. Name the new state.” The boy who correctly answered that question and six other questions won a $50,000 scholarship.

Andhra Pradesh is a state in India. It was larger than England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland combined. More people lived in Andhra Pradesh than in France or Spain.

A new state, Telangana, split off from Andhra Pradesh in 2014. The main language of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is Telugu. The majority of the people are Hindus.

In 2014, a Telugu-speaking pastor was attacked in Andhra Pradesh by radical Hindus who had warned him to stop telling people about Jesus and holding prayer meetings. The violence against Christians is still going on.

In spite of the dangers, Telugu-speaking Christians in India are asking that The Voice of the Martyrs provide them with Christian books and Bibles. As The Voice of the Martyrs founder, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, said, churches in hostile areas are sending us the following message: “Give us the tools we need; we will pay the price for using them.”

VOM is working on a Telugu translation of the Action Bible for children and adults in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Pray for the Christians who will distribute Bibles for VOM and for the children and adults who will read them.

Now you can answer the National Geographic Bee question above!

For more information about Christians in India, download Bold Believers in India from the Downloads section.

Remember an Egyptian Mother on Mother’s Day

Egyptian mother and children


After Hasina fell asleep at night, she often had dreams about Jesus. But Hasina, like most of the people in Egypt where she lived, was a Muslim. Muslims are taught that Jesus was just a prophet, and not the Son of God sent by His Father to save believers from the sin that separates them from God.

Hasina’s dreams led her to seek Jesus and the truth about Him. She kept her search a secret from her son and her Muslim husband.

When Hasina began reading the Bible, she learned that God loved her. He made a way for her to come to Him through Jesus. She trusted Christ as her Savior and was secretly baptized.

One day, a taxi driver who knew her secret threatened to tell Hasina’s husband that she was a Christian. Hasina knew that her husband might harm her if he found out. And if she ran away and took her son with her, her husband might harm them both.

Hasina had to make a very hard decision. Should she deny Christ, become a Muslim again, and stay with her family? Or should she follow Christ and risk never seeing her son again? Hasina thought and prayed about her decision.

“I trust God and His promises in the Bible,” she thought. “My son can’t bring me to Christ, but Christ can return my son to me. I will depend totally on God to one day bring my son to me once again.”

Christians took Hasina to a secret “safe house” where she will not be harmed. Other Christians where she lives, Christians around the world, and even you, are now her family.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).

Hasina said, “God told us in the Bible that he will reward us when we lose our family. [See Matthew 19:29.] So He gave me a family. This is how God is helping me now and surrounding me with His love.”

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for clarity and length.)

This year on Mother’s Day, remember Hasina and other mothers in countries where Christians are persecuted.

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