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Ask a VOM Worker: Pray for Eritrea


Q: What is one country that needs more prayer?

A: As far as encouraging people to pray, I think Eritrea is one. I believe that, because a) many people don’t know there is a country called Eritrea, b) many people couldn’t find it on a map, and c) it is one of the harshest persecutors of Christians. An estimated 3,000 Christians are in prison there. Yet it’s not even on most people’s radar.

To Do: Find Eritrea on a map. (It is on the continent of Africa.) Click on Downloads to find the activity book Bold Believers in Eritrea. Pray for needs that come to mind as you look through the book.

Comment: Do you have a question for a VOM worker? Leave a comment in the Comments section of this page to submit your question.

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Florida VBS


Rhonda L., a VBS director from Florida, shared the following with VOM about the Kids of Courage VBS at their church last month.

“Our VBS was an amazing experience! Our church had never done a VBS before. We had 54 kids come, and we had 4 kids accept Christ and so many kids who have said they want to be missionaries when they get older. It was a wonderful experience for our whole church! We built a jail and we decorated each classroom like the country. We build a tunnel up the stairway going into our China classroom, we had pyramids in Egypt and a hut in North Korea. Our oldest class included 7th, 8th and 9th graders, and they loved it too. We had the Kids of Courage World News station and so much more! Parents said their kids could not stop talking about it.”

Note: To find out more about the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, visit

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Activity Books and Parachutes


A children’s ministry director from North Dakota sent a letter to VOM telling about her kids group.

“Dear VOM, A few weeks ago at one of our Kids Krew meetings, we studied the Colombia activity book that I downloaded from your website. Then each of the children made two parachutes for missionary pilot Russell Stendal. Several of our church quilting group paired up with a child to show them how to make them. It was a very cool project!

I sent the activity books home with the kids, and one of them is using it to lead family devotions at night with his two younger brothers. They plan to use some of the other activity books when they are finished with that one.”

To Share: Have you done any “cool projects” to help the persecuted or to learn more about bold believers around the world? If so, please share in the Comments section.

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Prepared for Persecution


A VOM contact recently talked with a 17-year-old girl in Nepal, where many people are Hindus. The girl’s aunt was a Christian, and she led the girl to the Lord. Hindus in Nepal sometimes persecute people who leave their religion to follow Jesus. “My aunt prepared me for persecution,” said the girl.

The aunt was wise to prepare her. When the girl’s mother found out her new faith, she locked her in her room and took away all her clothes and shoes so she couldn’t escape. The girl was able to sneak away and find a friend who gave her some clothes. Now she lives in another village with three other Christian girls who were also rejected by their families.

The four Christian youth struggle to make ends meet, gathering and selling firewood to earn money for food. The girl has only one set of clothes. She fasts and prays two days a week, asking God to give her strength. “The Lord has touched my heart and shown his love for me,” she said.

Pray for Christians in Hindu lands. Read Comparing Hinduism and Christianity in America and Comparing Current Issues in Hinduism and Biblical Christianity to learn more about Hinduism.

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The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) will be on Sunday, November 13 this year. Ask your Sunday school teacher or pastor if your church plans to observe IDOP. Or help your family, class, or group plan to participate in a VOM project or to begin praying regularly for persecuted Christians.

VOM’s Church Resource Kit ($9) can help your church or group prepare for IDOP. The kit contains an 8-page Kids of Courage IDOP lesson plan for teachers, as well as resources for adults. For more information about the kit, visit, call (800) 747-0085, or check a VOM newsletter.