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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See

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Torchlighters: The Martin Luther Story

Martin Luther didn’t mean to start a Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses to a church door. Today, 500 years later, we don’t typically think of Luther as a persecuted Christian. But he was reviled by church authorities of his day, and his model of faithfulness under pressure encourages us to remain firm in our faith when we face trials of our own.The Martin Luther Story is available at Torchlighters student and leader guides are available in the Downloads section of this site. The guides include lesson plans, background information, reproducible student handouts, discussion questions, puzzles, coloring pages and more.

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India: Laxmi Learns to Share her Faith

Laxmi and Sukdev

Something was different in Laxmi’s house. Her father, Sukdev, heard about Jesus and decided to trust Him as his Lord and Savior.

Few Christians lived in their part of India. Sukdev wanted to tell all his neighbors how Jesus can save people from sin.

But Sukdev didn’t know how to read. He did not need to read to do his job as a farm worker.

Laxmi was 12 years old, and she had learned to read at school. So Sukdev took Laxmi with him and they went from house to house in their village. When their neighbors answered the door, Laxmi read to them from a Bible, and Sukdev shared the gospel message that had saved him. Many people believed and were baptized! Several new churches started in homes around them.

Now Sukdev has an audio Bible provided by The Voice of the Martyrs. He can visit homes by himself to spread the Good News of Jesus.

But Laxmi does not stay home while her father talks to people. Something had happened in her heart as she helped her father. She, too, grew in faith and began sharing the gospel with her friends. She even gave a Bible to her teacher, who was not a Christian! Laxmi is becoming a strong church youth leader.

A VOM worker who met Laxmi and Sukdev said, “Praise God for raising up future Christian leaders in a country where they are certainly needed.”

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Praying for Muhammad and Covered Ladies

Ibrahim, a pastor in Iraq, says that many Muslims are seeking the truth. “A lot of people are turning away from Islam,” Pastor Ibrahim said. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Ibrahim encourages Christians to pray for more Muslims to come to Christ. He told VOM workers about one way his Christian friend prays for Muslims.

Ibrahim said, “My friend told me, “When I wake up, I don’t just pray for Muslims. Instead I say, “Lord, everyone whose name is Muhammad, please come to him.”’ So he is going to be praying for 20 percent of Muslims.” [Muhammad is the man who started Islam. Many Muslims name their sons after him.]

“We can also pray for every covered lady, ‘Please Lord, show yourself to her.’ So we are praying for 40 percent of Muslims.” [Strict Muslims believe that women should cover themselves in robes and scarves in public.]

To Think About
Pastor Ibrahim’s friend thought of a way to pray for Muslims. He prays for everyone named Muhammad, and for “covered ladies.” What are some other ways you can pray for Muslims?

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Mexico: “I’m God’s Child”

Will you pray for a girl in Mexico?

Her parents belong to a group called the Zapatistas. The group does not support the government of Mexico. Sometimes they break the law to get things they want. And sometimes they kick Christian families out of their villages.

Even though her parents are Zapatistas, the girl is a Christian. Children in her community would point at her and say, “You’re a Zapatista!” She would answer, “No! I’m God’s child.”

Every Saturday night, the girl asked to spend the night with her grandparents in another village. Her grandparents are Christians. On Sundays the girl and her grandparents walked the long way to church over a mountain to avoid the eyes of Zapatista spies.

But the girl’s parents found out that she had been going to church, and now they refuse to let her go. Pray that she will remain strong in her faith.

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Danger from Robbers

Thirteen-year-old Amber lives in a country where most of the people are Muslims. He works hard helping his dad sweep in the market, cleaning and cooking for his siblings at home, and studying the Bible at church.

Amber would like to tell everyone about Jesus, his Savior, but he thought he couldn’t, because he had to quit school when his mom died. Amber’s friend, Pastor Faisal, reminded him that God can use anybody.

Now Amber serves God with a team that delivers Bibles to Christians who otherwise would not have one. When he first joined the team, he did not know how brave he would have to be.

On a recent trip, Amber helped hand out more than 700 Bibles from The Voice of the Martyrs to people who never had a Bible before. The people were so happy to have their own copies of God’s Word that they cried with joy as they thanked Amber and his friends.

After Amber’s team had finished, they were exhausted and ready to get home so they could rest. The men took a shortcut to save time. The road became very bumpy and made their old van bounce a lot, so the driver slowed down. He thought that would help with the bumpiness.

But when he slowed down, six men with guns surrounded them and demanded they hand over their valuables. The men were a band of professional robbers. Amber and his friends gave the robbers all their money and their phones.

“Give us more!” The robbers demanded.

All they had left were the Bibles.

Amber bravely faced the robbers. Even though the men could have killed him, Amber trusted God to  take care of him and his friends. “We have Bibles,” he said and offered them one. “Take a Bible.” The robbers threw the Bible down and yelled mean things at Amber.

God protected the team, and miraculously, the robbers decided to let them all go. Although Amber might think he’s not important, God is using him in a special way to encourage Christians to be courageous followers who trust Jesus no matter what dangers they face.

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

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