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Spotlight Story

A Boy’s Story

Iran

VOM contacts talked to Arshia, a boy in Iran. Read below what Arshia said about his life.

“I am 8 years old. I have no brothers or sisters. I am afraid of loneliness. When I am alone, I pray that God stays with me.“I like algebra and math, and I like to play soccer and eat potato salad. At school, I do not like it at all when the teacher teaches us about the Quran. But if they find out I am a Christian, they will throw me out of school.

“We have church services at home. There are eight children. We read the Bible, and we paint and play games. My hero is David in the Bible.

“I pray for my parents and obey them. When we pray, God answers us. I have been a witness to people being healed by prayer. The kind of peace that is in our home is not found in many families. We would love for all Iranians to become Christians. It’s hard to know that all people do not know Jesus. I would like to ask people to pray for freedom and salvation for Iranians.”

To Do: How many things to pray about can you find in Arshia’s story?


Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: A Passionate Faith

USA

Question for a VOM worker who visits persecuted Christians around the world: What do you want your children to learn about persecuted Christians?

Answer: I want my kids’ faith to be something they are passionate about and something that is real to them. I think persecuted Christians model that quality maybe better than anyone else. But I don’t necessarily think that’s something you learn. I think it’s something you see, and you say, “I want to have faith like that.”

I don’t know what they’re going to do career-wise, or where they’re going to live, but I hope that whatever they do, they have a faith that is real, something that changes the way they live and the way they are.


Activities Story

Secret Rules

Missionaries to other countries may have trouble learning all the customs and unwritten rules of the people around them. For example, in some countries, it is not polite to eat with the left hand, and in some places, it is insulting to show others the bottom of one’s shoe.

Divide into two teams. Have teams meet separately where they can’t hear each other while discussing their strategy. Ask each team to make up a very simple imaginary secret rule about eating a snack. Examples: Use only your right hand to eat. Or everyone must sit with their right foot crossed over their left. Or every spoken sentence must end with “please” or “thank you.” Or girls must look down at their food and never raise their eyes.

Then let the teams interact while a simple snack is served. Try to discover the other team’s secret rule within a certain time limit. (If you do not want to serve a snack, teams can think of a rule to follow while listening to a story.)

To Think About: What are some “unwritten” rules or customs of your country that others might have trouble understanding?


Spotlight Story

Tajikistan’s President and the New Law

Tajikistan

RESTRICTED

Capital
Dushanbe

Size
Slightly smaller than Wisconsin.

Main Languages
Tajik, Russian

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:00 p.m. in Tajikistan.

The president of Tajikistan is Emomali Rahman. His birthday is on October 5. He will be 60 years old in 2012.

The government of Tajikistan has the reputation of being dishonest and corrupt. In August, President Rahman signed a new law that restricts children under 18 from going to most religious services. The government does not want children to be taught about their faith.

Pray for the president on his birthday. Pray that he will rule honestly, and that he will not stop children from learning about God.

To learn more about Tajikistan, visit its country profile.

To Think About: What would you and your family do if you lived in a place where it was illegal for children to go to Sunday school and church?


Feature Story

“No Freedom for the People”

Iran

Parents and Teachers: The October The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of bold Christians in Iran. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, fill out the form here.

As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured countries with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Ali is a 13-year-old Christian boy in Iran. He has one younger brother.

Most of the people in Iran are Muslims. Ali and his family used to be Muslims, too, but they decided to trust in Jesus and to follow him.

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