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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 i-am-n.com.)

Activities Story

How to Make a Malaysian Spinning Top

Top spinning is popular in Malaysia, a country where The Voice of the Martyrs works. The video is from the website of SDOK, a member of VOM’s family of missions in the Netherlands. It shows how to make a paper top. Can you follow the instructions just by watching the video even if you don’t understand Dutch? You can download from their website a PDF of instructions on how to make the top here.


Spotlight Story

SDOK Helps the Stephen Centre

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Trying out their new supplies

The Voice of the Martyrs is part of a family of missions around the world that helps persecuted Christians. The mission in the Netherlands is SDOK. You can visit SDOK’s children’s website at http://stefweb.nl.

The Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria runs Stephen Centre, a home and school for children whose parents have been injured or killed in Muslim attacks.

Recently SDOK donated girls’ hair grooming equipment and supplies to the girls at the Stephens Centre. “Thank you for bringing happiness to our girl children!” said a worker in Nigeria.


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Iran and Pakistan: Prisoner Updates

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Iran: Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is the father of two sons. The government of Iran requires children to study Islam, the religion of Muslims, at school. Pastor Youcef protested, because their family is Christian. The police arrested him, and he went to prison.

Christians all over the world prayed for him and wrote letters to him. Then on September 8 of this year, Youcef was released!

Pakistan: Rimsha, a girl in Pakistan, was accused of burning pages of the Quran, the Muslim holy book. Pakistanis can go to jail for “blasphemy” if they damage a Quran. Read a previous post about her here.

News reports say that Rimsha is now out of jail and has been returned to her family at a secret location.

Thank God for Pastor Youcef and Rimsha’s release! Please continue to pray for their safety.


Videos Story

Making Bricks in Pakistan

Many Christians in Pakistan are very poor. In many cases they have not been able to get the education they need, and Muslims are often given the best jobs. Christians are forced to take hard, low-paying jobs. Many work at brick factories making bricks for less than 10 dollars a day.

SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands, took the video below of a brick maker in Pakistan. Do you think you could do that job all day, six days a week like Christians in Pakistan?

To read stories about Christian brick makers in Pakistan, read our posts Waiting for Moses and Pakistan: Youth Sunday School Teacher Shares With Muslims. For instructions on making your own brick, visit this guide.


Activities Story

Chapatis

Chapatis

Chapatis are a kind of flatbread cooked in Pakistan. They are round and about the size of a dinner plate. Pieces of chapatis can be used instead of a fork to pick up other food.

To make chapatis, mix 1¼ cups of flour with ½ cup of water until you can form the mixture into a ball. (Add more flour or water if necessary.) Make golf ball-size balls out of the dough. Roll each ball in flour, then pat or roll it into a 5-inch to 6-inch circle. Put each circle in a hot frying pan for a few minutes until it is lightly browned. (Use no oil.) Turn it over and lightly brown the other side.

Can you share chapatis or another Pakistani food with someone while also sharing facts about Christians in Pakistan with them? Enter “Pakistan” in the search box to find more stories. Find additional Pakistani recipes here or in Bold Believers in Pakistan, an activity book in the Downloads section.