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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.)

Spotlight Story

One Way

Pastor WurmbrandPastor Wurmbrand

Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, told a story about a missionary to India.

A Hindu told the missionary, “It would be good if you would preach that Christ is one of many ways to the truth, along with Hindu gods. If you would say that, all of India would listen to you.”

Of course the missionary could not do what the Hindu man said. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Pastor Wurmbrand said, “What led to the persecution of the first Christians was their belief that Christ is the only way, and that all others are false.

“Personally I would like it very much if there could be many ways. However, in no way is the universe made according to my wishes. Someone wiser than I, who knows better, has created it.

“I cannot decide how people should be saved. The master of the universe has appointed only one way of salvation.”

Christians around the world are still persecuted for saying that Jesus is the only way to God.

(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights by Richard Wurmbrand. Paraphrased and edited for clarity and reading level.)


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Pakistan: Requests for Prayer

Pakistan

The Voice of the Martyrs contacts in Pakistan recently shared the following prayer requests.

  • A Christian went to a shop in Pakistan to make a photocopy of a hymn of praise to Jesus. Muslims at the shop were angry that the Christian honored Jesus as the Son of God. The Muslims beat up the Christian, but he was not badly hurt. “He stood up with few wounds, thanked the Lord, and went home,” said the contact. Please pray for the man’s protection.
  • Muslims often give a certain evangelist in Pakistan a hard time. One day, some Muslims threw trash at the gate in front of the evangelist’s home. They wrote on the boundary walls at the house, “Dirty people live in this house.” Please pray for the evangelist and his family.

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IDOP Reminder

IDOP 2012

Every year, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church in November reminds Christians to pray for those who are suffering for their faith. Ask your pastor or Sunday school teacher if you can help prepare to observe IDOP, make a display table about persecuted Christians, or lead a prayer on IDOP Sunday.

Watch: IDOP will be on November 11 this year. Watch VOM publications, websites, and Facebook pages for information about an IDOP resource kit you can order. The kit includes an 8-page lesson plan for kids.

Note: Look in the Download section of this site for downloads of past IDOP lesson plans.


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Persecution News Updates

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Eighty children from Christian families left their homes in Bangladesh. Their parents thought they were sending the children to nearby cities to get an education, which is a common practice in Bangladesh. But then they lost contact with their children and began searching for them.

Eleven of the children were rescued from Muslim boarding schools where they were punished if they didn’t say Muslim prayers or read the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) Muslim religious leaders had taken them to the school.

Pray for the children who are still missing and for those who have been returned to their families.

India

India

A pastor and his family in India showed kindness by giving someone a ride in their van. During the drive, they played Christian music and testimonies in the van. Their passenger made phone calls to non-Christians in the village they were approaching. When they got to the village, a mob of more than 300 people attacked their van, breaking out the windows. The mob demanded the audio of the Christian songs and testimonies.

Note to parents and teachers: Visit the “Pray” section at www.persecution.com/pray to find out how to get VOM’s emailed prayer updates. A review of the updates is recommended before sharing them with children.


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August 30th Birthdays

Belarus

Qatar
Flags of Belarus (top) and Qatar

August 30th is the birthday of two world leaders.

Alexander Lukashenko is the president of Belarus. He is known as a dictator. A dictator has complete control of a country whether the citizens want him to have control or not. Lukashenko is not known for using his power honestly or fairly.

The Belarus government tries to strictly control Christian activity. Only churches that register with the government can meet for worship. Christian groups with fewer than 20 members are not allowed. Most Christian gatherings in homes are against the law.

Hamid bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani is the prime minister of Qatar. Hamid is very wealthy. He is known as a “peacemaker” because he helps groups that are fighting to make peace agreements.

Most of the people of Qatar are Muslims. It is against the law for Christians to try to lead Muslims to Christ. But some Qataris become Christians while visiting other countries.

Please pray for these world leaders on their birthday, and for the Christians in their countries.