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Ask a VOM Worker: More about Nigeria

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Two workers recently traveled with other VOM team members to Nigeria to minister to Christians there. One of the travelers shared her comments in a previous post. The following comments are from the second worker, who identifies herself as a “Devil Wrecking Machine.”

Question: What problems do the Nigerian Christians face?

Answer: Frequent attacks. They can’t recover from one before another one comes. Husbands are the breadwinners, so widows struggle to survive. After they become widows, [others] may try to take away their children and property.

Question: What have you learned from persecuted Christians?

Answer: They have taught me to appreciate what I have and not take things for granted. “Luxuries” can be taken away at any time.

Question: Who was one of the most memorable people you met?

Answer: Monica, a Nigerian widow.

Monica’s neighborhood was attacked by radical Muslims in 2004. Monica and her two children hid, but her husband did not survive the attack. “[Then] they went into our house and got all our belongings. That is what they normally do….They go into your house, select the good things from your house, and burn them,” Monica said.

Monica reminded her children that God was still their protector and provider. “It is God who will keep us,” she said.

As for the Muslim attackers, Monica said, “Every day I pray for them that God will open their eyes… that they would repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Question: What did you do in Nigeria?

Answer: We prayed with widows and ministered to them. We sang and worshipped with them and gave them gifts. We ministered to them as a group and in smaller groups.

Question: What were the Nigerian children like?

Answer: The kids at the Stephen Center were happy and excited to be there. They were not sad. Pray that the Christians in Nigeria will remain faithful, strong, and courageous despite severe attacks; pray for their protection.


Feature Story

A Hidden Child Escapes

Parents and Teachers: The June 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold North Korean Christians. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

A young married couple in North Korea, Mee and Yong, were expecting a baby boy. But then Yong, the husband, was arrested as a “political prisoner.” (A political prisoner is someone who is arrested for disagreeing with people in power.) North Korean officials arrest people that they think do not agree with them, including many Christians.

Yong was put in prison, and officials told Mee that she must not have the baby. They did not want a child born to someone who disagreed with them. Mee gave birth to her baby, Min, in secret.

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Ask a VOM Worker: Nigerian Christians

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A VOM worker who recently returned from a trip to encourage persecuted Christians in Nigeria had the following comments about her life and work.

Question: What did you do on your trip to Nigeria?

Answer: We encouraged and prayed with multiple Nigerian widows and trained them to do the same with their friends and church family. We ministered to five teenage girls at the Stephen Center, so they could minister to others. All of them had a father killed.

Radical Muslims often attack Christians and others in Nigeria, leaving many women without husbands and children without fathers. The Stephen Center, supported by The Voice of the Martyrs, is a home and school for children whose families have been attacked.

Question: What are some of the struggles faced by Nigerian Christians?

Answer: One girl said it was a joy for her to live at the Stephen Center. Now she can sleep without fear of being attacked in the night. Many Nigerian Christians are afraid. They don’t know when an attack might come to their village.

Many are very poor and don’t have enough food or clothes or fees to go to school.

Question: What should we pray for Nigerian Christians?

Answer: Pray for safety, but also for courage and boldness to be lights in the darkness.


Feature Story

Learning to Forgive

The Philippines

“Then God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry…?’ And he said, ‘It is right for me to be angry, even to death!’” (Jonah 4:9, NIV.)

Gracia Burnham was angry. A gang of violent Muslims had kidnapped her. Gracia did not even like to go camping. But the group forced Gracia and her husband Martin to live with them in the jungle. The jungle had no beds, bathrooms, stores, or air conditioning.

Gracia and Martin were missionaries in the Philippines. Before the men kidnapped them, Gracia homeschooled their three kids: Mindy, Zach, and Jeff. Martin, a pilot, flew mail and supplies to other missionaries in hard-to-reach places.

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Activities Story

Framed Photo Prayer Reminder

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Use a framed photo of a persecuted Christian to remind yourself to pray for your brother or sister in Christ. This activity is easy to make and full of opportunities for creativity.

Find and print out a photo of a Christian from another country on this website. You can also use a photo from The Voice of the Martyrs’ newsletter or VOM Prayer Calendar.

Cut out the photo, leaving a 2-inch margin on all sides. To make a frame, cut a piece of peel-and-stick craft foam the same size as the photo, including the margins. Cut out the center of the sheet of craft foam leaving a 2-inch margin on all sides. Carefully peel the backing off the foam, and place it on the photo page to form a frame.

Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the framed picture. Use colorful tape to decorate the frame, wrapping it around the back of the picture to hold the cardboard in place.

If you want to make a stand for the framed photo, fold a 12-inch long by 1-inch wide thick cardboard strip into a right triangle. and tape the end shut. Glue or tape one leg of the triangle to the back of the picture so that the stand sits flat on a surface and holds up the photo.

Another option is to make a frame out of cardboard instead of craft foam. You can decorate the frame and glue it to the photo.


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