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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

Of Course a Christian Will Come

Reading a Bible Storybook
A Buddhist boy monk reading a Bible storybook

Gladys Aylward was a missionary to China in the early part of the 20th century. Read more about her in the post China: Willing to Serve.

Once Gladys and a friend trekked to a remote area of China to see if anyone there knew about Jesus. They discovered 500 Tibetan Buddhist lamas (priests) living in a monastery.

The lamas eagerly welcomed Gladys and her friend, saying, “We have waited so long for you. Please come tell us about the God who loves!”

Eight years earlier, on a trip to the city, some of the lamas had found a Christian pamphlet. John 3:16 was written on the pamphlet.

Patiently they waited for a Christian to come tell them about Jesus. How did they know someone would come? Because they read that Jesus told His followers to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15). So of course a Christian would come to them!

To Think About

  • Is someone in your town waiting for you to tell them about God’s love?
  • Are there people in other lands waiting for you to obey Jesus/ command to pray that God will “send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38)?
  • Pray that God will lead you, in your life and your prayers, to those who are waiting.
  • Read about the differences between Buddhism and biblical Christianity.

Spotlight Story

Pastor José

Pastor Jose

Pastor José and his wife Marli were missionaries in Senegal where they taught homeless children and others about Jesus. Shortly after the son of a Muslim leader became a Christian, Pastor José was arrested.

Police put Pastor José in a jail where 40 prisoners shared a 40-square meter cell. The Muslim prisoners were angry with Pastor José because he had taught Muslims about Jesus.

But after he was kind to the other prisoners and shared food with them, the Muslims changed their minds about him. Pastor José was able to hand out 350 Bibles in the prison, and some of the prisoners gave their lives to Christ.

The pastor was released from prison, but knows he might have to go back after his case is heard in court. He said if the Lord wants him to return to prison, he is ready.

To Talk About and Do

  • Why did the Muslim prisoners change their minds about Pastor José?
  • To learn about Christians in Senegal, use a map or globe to find the country, then go to the VOM prayer map to read more.
  • Forty square meters is approximately 8 yards and 27 inches by 5 yards and 18 inches. Measure off a space that size. If you have forty people in your class or group, see if they will all fit in the space. If not, invite another class or group to join you. Share the story of Pastor José with the other group and encourage them to pray for him and other persecuted Christians.

Spotlight Story

Angry Mob Stopped by Invisible Force

A home in Bangladesh
A Home in Bangladesh

When Idris Miah became a Christian, he was fired from his job, and his children were forced to drop out of school. But he still had joy, because he knew that Jesus was with him and his family.

Like most people in Bangladesh, Idris and his family used to be Muslims. Idris even persecuted Christians because he thought they were wrong to follow Jesus. He was so radical in his ways that he joined a mob that planned to burn down the house of a Christian neighbor named Abu.

Read below Idris’s story of what happened.

“If Abu wanted to be a Christian, he’d have to do it somewhere else. We surrounded his house, ready to force him out and burn it.

“As we got closer, we could hear him talking. ‘Had he gathered others to help him?’ we wondered. Then we could hear that he was praying for the entire village and asking Jesus to forgive us for what we were about to do! This made us even angrier, so 25 of us rushed toward his house to apprehend him. But there was an invisible force that would not let any of us to enter his house, and we were frightened away.

“When I got home, I could not sleep. I kept thinking about Abu’s prayer. Finally at 3 a.m., I went back to Abu’s house. I asked him to tell me about Jesus. After three hours of talking with Abu, I asked Jesus to forgive me, and I surrendered my life to him. I rushed to my house and shared what happened to me with my wife, and she also became a Christian, along with my children.”

(Source: Extreme Devotion, available at www.vombooks.com. Please preview the book before sharing the stories with children.)

To Talk About
If you were Abu, would you have let Idris in your house when he came to visit at 3 a.m. after trying to burn down your house?

Read about an invisible army protecting God’s people in 2 Kings 6:15–17.


Spotlight Story

Arrested for Praying

Praying in Laos
Praying in Laos

Do you pray for your friends when they are sick?

Some Christians in Laos prayed for their sick friend. Sadly, their friend died, but the Christians are glad that God promises eternal life to those who come to Him through His Son, Jesus.

But the authorities in their village were not glad. In fact, they blamed the Christians for their friend’s death. They arrested the Christians for “treating a person without a medical license.” Usually people are accused of that if they perform medical treatments on someone even though they are not really a doctor. But the Christians were arrested because they prayed.
The authorities let the Christians out of jail, but their case remained open.

Do you think the Christians should continue publicly praying for their sick friends? Why or why not?


Spotlight Story

Thinking About Forever

Bubbles

“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our live as missionaries. They forget that they, too, are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” — Nate Saint, missionary

Read a story about Nate Saint here.

To Think About and Discuss
Something with “eternal significance” is important forever. Someone who has thoughts of eternity thinks of their future in heaven with God forever, not just their life on earth.

  • What do missionaries do?
  • What does “expending their lives” mean?
  • What do you think Nate Saint meant when he said, “when the bubble has burst?”
  • What are some activities that have eternal significance?

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