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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

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The Long Prayer

Khmu Children

The Khmu [kuh-MOO] tribe is one of many tribes of people in Laos. By the grace of God, many Khmu families, even whole villages, are coming to Christ. But sometimes one person in a Khmu family becomes a Christian before others in the family do.

Boon, a Khmu teenager in Laos, was a Christian. Everyone else in his family was an animist. They tried to stop him from following Jesus.

Animists believe there are spirits living in everything. Animists fear the spirits and try to please them to keep bad things from happening in their homes and villages. Perhaps Boon’s family thought the spirits would be angry with them if Boon was a Christian.

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Nasara Update


The previous post told about Nasara, a girl at the Stephen Center in Nigeria. At first Nasara did poorly at school, but she trusted God and continued trying to do well.

Nasara graduated from high school at the Stephen Center, and she is now attending a university. She is taking classes in political science, which is the study of governments. “I intend to work with the government (law makers) and to help young people just like I have been helped,” said Nasara.

Going to the university was not easy for Nasara when she first started, just as school at the Stephen Center had been a challenge at first.

Nasara said, “My first semester in the university [was] really … a challenge to me… everything seemed new to me unlike secondary school. I got to meet with so many people from different places…. At first thought I was scared of what my performance will be like until I gradually began to adapt to the situation in school and then a new world became no more new to me.

“My advice for young people like me is that they should be serious in their academics no matter the situation around them…

“You can help my country with your prayers, and you should pray for me also….”

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The Stephen Center in Nigeria is a home and school for children whose families have suffered because of attacks by radical Muslims. Watch clips of some of the children singing praises to God here and here.

Read a story below about Nasara, one of the first children to receive help from the center.

Nasara was sad. She cried throughout the 10-hour ride from the Stephen Center to her home in Nigeria. She had received the worst grade in the class on her final exams! The students who came in first, second, and third received prizes. But Nasara got nothing.

Something even sadder had happened when Nasara lived with her parents, brother, and three sisters. Radical Muslims attacked Christians in her hometown, and her father died in the attack. “My father was a farmer,” said Nasara. “He was known as an active Christian in the community. He was killed by rioters when he was coming home from the farm.”

In the Bible, King David said, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). No one would have blamed Nasara if she had lost heart after experiencing sadness and failure. But God helped Nasara to trust Him. And He provided for her family after her father died. The Christians at the Stephen Center took her in, gave her an education, and helped her learn more about growing as a Christian.

Things were different when she returned to school the next term. “There was a miraculous change in her life,” said her teacher. At the end of the next school term, Nasara came in first on her exams. “I changed to do better by listening to my teacher,” she said.

Nasara didn’t forget about the prize for students who came in first. She was delighted to receive a prize package of pencils, a pen, a ruler, and books. After that, Nasara regularly came in first in her classes. She looked up to Job in the Bible as an example. Job trusted God, even when sad things happened to him. “He feared God and stayed away from evil,” said Nasara.

Read an update about Nasara in the next post.

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This story and the story in the previous post are from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands.

Benjamin is a Christian boy in Nigeria. He was 8 years old when Muslim fighters attacked his village. Benjamin and his uncle tried to escape, but they were not successful.

The Muslims asked Benjamin and his uncle if they wanted to become Muslims. Benjamin’s uncle was afraid. He told the fighters he would become a Muslim.

Benjamin did not agree to deny Jesus and follow the Muslims’ religion. So, one of the fighters struck Benjamin with a large knife. Benjamin was seriously injured, but through a miracle he recovered from his wounds.

[Source: Stef; edited and translated from the original]

Read the previous post about Benedicte, a girl in Nigeria. In times of persecution, some Christians are fearful, and others are courageous. We are called to remember and pray for all of them (Hebrews 13:3).

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The following story is from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands.

One day while Benedicte was in her classroom in Nigeria, the school was attacked by Muslim fighters. She ran out of the school, climbed over a fence, and fled into the woods — until she was discovered. Muslim fighters found her and asked, “Are you a Christian?”

At first Benedicte was very scared and didn’t dare to say anything. But then she said very clearly, “Yes, I am a Christian.”

Maybe the fighters were planning to harm or kidnap Benedicte. But then they heard soldiers who were coming to chase them away. The Muslims fled, and Benedicte ran away to a safer area! Praise God for His protection!

[Source: Stef; edited and translated from the original]

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