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New Ideas for Afghans

Afghanistan
Girls skateboarding in Afghanistan

“Girls don’t go out and play!” an Afghan girl a told a visitor from the United States. Traditionally girls and women in Afghanistan have not had the opportunity to learn new activities outside their homes. Some strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of girls even going to school.

A group of people from other countries started skateboarding classes in Afghanistan. Girls are welcome. Students can take other classes besides skateboarding. “[It’s] not just about skateboarding. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for the future,” said a spokesman for the group.

More Hope
The Bible talks of an even “better hope” that brings us closer to God. (See Hebrews 7:20.) Christians are bringing that hope to those in Afghanistan, too.

Christians in Afghanistan are telling others about their hope in Christ. Christian websites and radio broadcasts from outside the country are teaching people that not all Afghans are Muslims; some Afghans follow Jesus. This is a new idea to some viewers and listeners.

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians who want to reach Muslims with the gospel. Learn more here.

To learn more about Christians in Afghanistan, enter “Afghanistan” in the search box, or Download Bold Believers in Afghanistan free from the Download section.

Photo credit: RhianonB / Wikipedia


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Make Plans for Christmas Care

Christmas Care

Are you looking for a unique Christmas project for your family or group? Every year, VOM supporters provide Christmas Care packs to children in countries where Christians are persecuted.

The packs include clothing, school supplies, health items, Christian books, and other gifts.
The children are encouraged to know that Christians from other countries care for them and are thinking about them at Christmastime.

Watch for more information about how you can sponsor the packs in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and on this website.


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What’s Happening in Turkey?

Turkey

  • More than 95 percent of the people in Turkey are Muslims.
  • Turkey has a new president. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in August 2014.
  • Part of Turkey is in Europe and part is in Asia. Last year Turkey opened an underground train tunnel that links the two parts.
  • Read about Christians in Turkey here.
  • Turkey celebrates Republic Day on October 29th. Citizens honor the day in 1923 when Turkey’s leader declared the country a republic after a war for independence. Parades and patriotic performances are part of the celebration.
  • Simit is a favorite food in Turkey. Try this recipe for a small version of the treat.

    Mix 1 cup of flour and ¼ tsp. salt. Add 1 tsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. softened butter, 2 tbsp. warm butter, 4 tsp. milk, and 1 beaten egg. Mix until a ball of dough is formed.

    Using flour-coated hands, form the dough into “snakes” about 6 inches long and ½ to ¾ inches wide. Join the ends and pinch together to form circles. Put on a greased cookie sheet, and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about 8.

Pray for Turkey and for their new president. Pray that he will rule wisely and fairly, and that everyone in his country will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus and His love for them.


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Carthage and Perpetua

Dido’s Trick
According to ancient legends, a queen named Dido founded the North African city of Carthage. People in the land told Dido she could have as much land as she could cover with the hide of one ox.

The legends say that Dido cut the hide into thousands of narrow strips and tied the ends together to make a very long rope. The rope stretched around a large plot of land which, according to the story, became the city of Carthage. Today Carthage is a suburb of Tunis, Tunisia.

Roman Persecution
Carthage fought three wars against Rome called the Punic Wars. The Romans then became the rulers of Carthage.

Roman rulers persecuted early Christians in Africa. One of those Christians was Perpetua, a young woman in her 20s. Perpetua and some of her friends died in A.D. 203 because they refused to sacrifice to Roman idols.

For more information about Christians in North Africa today, download Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia, Bold Believers in Morocco, and Bold Believers in Egypt from the Downloads section.

The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story is a children’s DVD available at VOM Books. Preview is recommended before showing it to younger children.

Watch a clip from the video below.


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Bible Smuggling Adventure

Smuggler Shirt

The following report is from members of a Bible smuggling team from another ministry who recently delivered Bibles to a country where Christians are persecuted.

“We each packed one 50-pound suitcase with Bibles. We also had our carry-on bags full of Bibles, and we used our personal bag for our clothes and other items.

“As we landed, everyone was on edge because we knew this was a one-shot opportunity. If we were caught at the airport it would be a wasted trip to the country.

“Also, we all had to stay together the entire time because we were told they wanted our visa approval form in a certain format, and we had only one copy. In other places we had been able to spread out our bags among the bags of other passengers. This time we would have to stay in a group.

“After we got our bags off the carousel, we went to the final customs checkpoint where we would have to put our bags through the scanner. It was nerve-racking, but our team knew that it wasn’t anything new for God to provide.

“No one was at the checkpoint! I don’t know if they were checking some other passenger’s bags, if they had gone home for the day, or fi they were processing a different flight. But any nervousness we felt turned to wonder and joy as we simply walked through with our bags of Bibles, and no one questioned us at all.

“God is always the same. He never changes and He is always there. There have been many miracles on our trip and many things than made us stop and say, ‘Wow, God, I can’t believe You just did that!’ It seems to be so easy to live in our own strength in America, but where persecution is strong, all you can do is rely on God’s strength.

“As we left the airport, our faces lit up with smiles of thanksgiving to God. It was great to meet our contact and see her face light up when she saw all the Bibles we brought her. Before we left we asked if we could pray for her. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip — when our team prayed God’s protection and blessing as she delivers God’s Word to people in her country.”

Source: Vision Beyond Borders. Used by permission. Edited from the original for length and clarity.


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