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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

Happy to Get a Bible

Do you remember when you first received a Bible? Did you have to wait a long time to get it?
People in some countries where VOM travels may wait years for a Bible of their own.

The Voice of the Martyrs took Bibles to western Uganda, where they were delivered by a VOM contact. Watch the video clip to see someone else who happily received one of the Bibles.

Note: English is a main language in Uganda, but many of the people speak other languages. Can you find Uganda on a map?


Activities Story

Morocco: Coconut Almond Snack

Stir together 3 cups of coconut flakes and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk until the mixture is the right consistency to form into balls. Add more coconut if necessary. Form into 1½-inch balls. Push a roasted almond into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in coconut flakes. Chill in the refrigerator and serve.

Source: Bold Believers in Morocco, available free in the Downloads section.

 To Do: Enter “Morocco” in the search box of this site to find stories of Moroccan Christians.

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Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: The Most Valuable Thing

Question: What is your most valuable possession?
A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs’ International Ministries department shares his thoughts below.

 
Bibles are the most valuable thing on the planet. I don’t know if you know this, but if you look at your possessions around your home, your most valuable possession is your Bible. A lot of times we get confused and think, “It’s my car,” or “It’s my house” — those kinds of things.

No, it is the very Word of God that He has given to us. It is a prized possession. There are millions of people around our world, millions of Christians, who would give anything to have one of them.

The Voice of the Martyrs distributes more than 1 million Bibles a year — all in hostile or restricted-access countries. This includes buying them and shipping them, printing them secretly, or smuggling them from one country to another.

It’s kind of fun. It’s exciting to see people receive the Word of God for the first time.

These are the most exciting days to be alive in the history of the church. What we are seeing around the world is a gospel wildfire. We are seeing the gospel go forward like never before in the history of the church.

There is nothing that says you have to live in Africa, or China, or the Middle East to experience the gospel wildfire. I really believe the Lord would love to send the gospel wildfire to Oklahoma or South Carolina or wherever you happen to be from.

To Talk About
•    Why does the VOM worker say these are the most exciting days to be alive in the history of the church?
•    What do you think he means by a “gospel wildfire?”
•    In what ways might you participate in a gospel wildfire in your community?


Spotlight Story

Laos: “I Know Exactly That God Helped Us”

Children in Laos learning Bible stories

Twelve-year-old Khamphuy was having trouble breathing. Like many other people in Laos, he and his family were spirit worshipers. They were afraid of making evil spirits angry.

So Khamphuy’s parents took their son to spirit doctors. The doctors told them that they must kill some of their farm animals to please the spirits. Then maybe Khamphuy would get well. Khamphuy’s parents paid the doctors a lot of money for their advice.

“I did many things to sacrifice to the evil spirits,” said Khamphuy’s father. “But the spirits didn’t help us. The evil spirits just destroyed us. They destroyed our pigs, our chickens, and our money.”

And Khamphuy grew sicker.

Khamphuy’s aunt, who lived in another village, was a Christian. She introduced Khamphuy’s family to a Christian leader in her village. Khamphuy’s parents did not believe in Jesus, but they were desperate to help their son. So they took him to the Christian leader.

Christian believers in the village placed their hands on Khamphuy and prayed, and he began to get better! The family stayed with the Christians for a week and learned about the God who loves and heals people. One by one, they placed their trust in Jesus.

“I know exactly that God helped us,” said Khamphuy.

The family is now persecuted for their faith. But they continue to share the gospel with others and to lead friends and neighbors to Christ. “If we believe in God, we have strong help,” said Khamphuy’s father.

To Do and Think About
Khamphuy’s father said, “Please pray for me to have strong faith and follow God and know how to lead my family to walk with God. Pray for the people around me to know God through my life.”
•    Will you pray for Khamphuy’s father and family?
•    How might the people around Khamphuy’s father know God through his life?
•    How might someone come to know God through your life?


Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: The Church in America

Question: What do you think about the church in America today?

VOM Worker: I’m excited about what is happening in the church in America right now.

The whole time that I have been alive, the church has been like the world in many ways. If the world has movies, we have Christian movies. If the world has rock music, we have rock music. If the world has yoga, we have Christian yoga, or whatever the latest thing is. The church is just another option, just a cleaner option of the world.

There is a big change coming to America, and Christianity is no longer just, “We are nicer than they are.” There is going to be a big difference between the church and we can proclaim it with boldness.

The church is becoming different from the world. God is spreading the Word, and the gospel is expanding through persecution. The places in the world where the church is growing fastest are the places where there is some of the worst persecution.

So if persecution comes to America, praise the King! Because that means the church is going to grow, right?

How do we get involved? We make prayer a priority. We become people of prayer. And we decide now to take our stand on the gospel, no matter what the world says to us.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited from the original for clarity and length.)

To Talk About
•    What are some Christian beliefs that are not accepted by non-Christians? (Find some ideas in the Beliefs section of this site.)
•    Where does the VOM worker say the church grows the fastest?
•    In what ways does he say Christians should become involved?


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