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Ask a VOM Worker: Nigerian Christians


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


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.

Spotlight Story



A previous post told about VOM’s delivery of Bibles to a remote Indonesian village. Simon, a Christian in the village, told the workers about living as a Christian in Indonesia.

“I am the fourth child of seven brothers. There is only one elementary school in my village, and its level is only from grade one to four.

“A teacher comes only once a month for a week. The children who want to continue past fourth grade have to go to another village. It takes two hours to walk to the other village.

“I went to school, but I stopped at fourth grade.

“A pastor seldom comes to our remote village. So a church member is elected from the local church to take care of local members. I was elected when I was a teenager. But I am not a pastor.

“Now my wife and I have three children. There are also an uncle, an auntie, a grandfather, and a grandmother in our family.

“Once I rebuked a teacher at the school. The government sent a Muslim teacher here. She taught the students, including my 7-year-old child, from the Quran. [The Quran is the Muslim holy book.] I asked her, ‘Why do you teach the children from the Quran? You know most of the people here are Christians.’ She finally stopped teaching from the Quran. I have to be firm in order to protect my church members.

“We have about 60 Christians in our church, and we had only seven Bibles. They took turns sharing the Bible.

“The Bible is an expensive book for us. Those of us who work in the field and cut trees are blessed if we make $88 a month. A Bible costs almost $9. And we had to travel five to seven hours to get to a place that sells Bibles.

“We are thankful to VOM for bringing us new Bibles.”

To learn more about Bible deliveries, visit Bibles Unbound.

Source: VOM contacts. Edited from the original source for clarity.

Spotlight Story

Three Leaders’ Birthdays

Raúl Castro

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.1 Timothy 2:1–4 (NKJV)

The presidents of Turkmenistan, Cuba, and China have birthdays this month. The three men rule over countries where Christians are not always treated fairly. They need your prayers, so consider praying for them on their birthdays. You can remember to pray for them by putting their birthdays on your calendar.

President: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Born: 6/29/1957
Only certain religious groups are allowed in Turkmenistan. Other groups are sometimes raided and treated harshly. Officials have warned Christian parents that their children will be closely watched at school.

President: Raúl Castro
Born: 6/3/1931
Christians have had more freedom in recent years, but the government still mistreats some Christians. Christian children are sometimes not treated fairly in public schools.

President: Xi Jinping
Born: 6/15/1953
The Communist Party has strict control over China’s citizens. In some parts of China, police raid churches and arrest Christians. In one region, officials have said that children must go to school for nine years before they can receive any religious education outside of school. (Source: U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report)

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