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Spotlight Story

What if it Were Your Family?

A friend from a ministry that works with VOM shared the following thoughts.

“We received a letter from the leader of a young boy’s class that was very encouraging! The boys have purchased Bibles to send to Iran. One boy in the group has relatives in Iran who are not Christians. He bought several Bibles, hoping that one of them would reach his loved ones.“What a lesson for us! How much would we desire the Word of God to penetrate a country if our loved ones lived there? Each time a Bible is sent, it does reach a family. Each soul is precious!

“Please join us in praying that a Bible will indeed reach this boy’s family in Iran. We ask that many will be saved.”

Note: VOM’s Bibles to Captive Nations and Bibles Unbound projects provide Bibles to countries where Bibles are illegal or hard to get.


Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: Strength to Overcome

USA

VOM student intern Kelly C. interviewed a VOM worker who has traveled to 51 countries. Read her question and his answer below.

Q: What if someone said to you, “I don’t think I could do what persecuted Christians do. I’m not strong enough.” What would you tell them?

A: I don’t think I could do what they do either. One of the questions I ask when I talk to a persecuted Christian is: “How did you prepare yourself? What did you do to get ready for this?” There are some obvious answers, such as being a person who prays and reads the Bible. Those are good preparations, but the reality is that when God puts you in a situation, he will give you the strength to endure and overcome.

Persecuted Christians are people of faith who walk with God and pray and have problems and challenges just like we do. I don’t think they want to be seen as heroes, as some kind of high-level Christians who are on a level we could never reach. They are people who serve God, and we should be that kind of people, too.

To Discuss: What difficult situations has God given you or someone in your family strength to endure?


Spotlight Story

Back to School?

Chiapas

September is back-to-school month for children in Mexico and many other places. But Christian children in some parts of Mexico have been kicked out of school, even though they did not break any rules. “Traditionalists” have refused to allow some children to register for school because their parents follow Christ.

Traditionalists follow some Catholic teachings. But they mix the teachings with practices from the ancient Maya religion, which does not follow the Bible. They follow superstitious customs to try to keep away evil, or to bring “good luck.”

Download: Bold Believers in Chiapas is a great way to learn more about Christian children in one state in Mexico.
Read: Deuteronomy 18:10–11 to see what the Bible says about magic and superstitions.


Activities Story

Make a China Prayer Reminder Coaster

China

  1. Draw around a CD or DVD on a piece of paper to make a circle.
  2. Write or draw something on the circle that reminds you of China. Some examples are found on Page 38 of the Bold Believers in China activity book in the free downloads section on this website. Leave a margin about 1/8-inch wide between your drawing and the edge of the circle.
  3. Cut out the circle. Then cut off another 1/8 inch all the way around the circle so that the circle will be smaller than the CD.
  4. Center the circle on the CD. You may want to put a small piece of rolled-up tape on the back of the circle to hold it in place.
  5. Draw around the CD on clear contact paper and cut out the contact-paper circle.
  6. To finish the coaster, cover the top of the CD with contact paper to seal the picture to the CD.

Use the coaster as a reminder to pray for the people in China. Or share information with another Christian about Chinese believers, then give the coaster to him or her.


Feature Story

China: Willing to Serve

China

Parents and Teachers: The September The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of bold Christians in China. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, click 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.

Gladys Aylward, a British teenager, liked to go to wild parties. She dreamed of becoming an actress. But her plans and habits changed when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.

As Gladys grew in her Christian walk, she was saddened by the fact that millions of people in the world had never heard of Jesus. She believed that God was calling her to share the good news of the gospel with people in China.

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