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Learn Two Verses and a Song

God Remembers
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God Remembers

Hebrews 13:3 (NKJV): Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NKJV): If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

The Bible verses above remind us to remember and pray for Christians who are suffering. The following song (sung to the tune of Jesus Loves Me) includes thoughts from the verses. Which words are about Hebrews 13:3? Which ones are thoughts from 1 Corinthians 12:26?

God Remembers

Think of those who are not free.
Don’t forget your family
Persecuted for the Lamb
Just as if you’re chained with them.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.

When one member suffers loss,
Every member bears the cost.
If it’s him or if it’s you,
All the members suffer, too.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.


Spotlight Story

James Chalmers: Missionary Martyr

James Chalmers
James Chalmers

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known…” (Romans 15:20).

James Chalmers was a youth in Scotland when his pastor spoke in his Sunday school class. The pastor talked about a missionary and mission work.

“I wonder if there is a boy here who will by-and-by bring the gospel to the cannibals?” the pastor asked. James silently thought that he would like to take on that challenge for God.

About 10 years later, after James had gotten married, he and his wife began mission work on the island of Rarotonga in the South Pacific. But James really wanted to work among tribal people in New Guinea who had a reputation for violence, and after a while, God gave him the opportunity to do so.

James was a good example among the natives in New Guinea, and many gave up their violent ways. But he also had grief and sadness during his time with them. His wife died of an illness, and after he remarried, his second wife also got sick and died. He dealt with his grief by working even harder for Christ.

In 1901, James and another missionary sailed to an island that they had not yet visited. The next day, April 8th, the men left the boat, and a group of natives met them on shore. The missionaries were never seen again.

Upon hearing about James Chalmers, other missionaries were inspired to go to New Guinea to carry on his work.

To Talk About

  • On April 8th, the day of his disappearance, how do you think James Chalmers would like to be remembered?
  • Why do you think other missionaries wanted to carry on Chalmers’ work in such a dangerous place?
  • Read Romans 15:20. Who was saying the words in the verse?

Sources include: 70 Great Christians by Geoffrey Hanks, and From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker.
Image credit: Horne, C. Sylvester (1904) The Story of the L.M.S., London: London Missionary Society / Wikipedia


Spotlight Story

One Way to Peace

Bosnia and Serbia

“Muslims who come to Christ in Bosnia are subject to persecution,” a VOM source said recently.

“Some Christians get disowned by their families. There is a lot of unemployment in Bosnia, so people depend on their relatives for support. That gets cut off when they become Christians. Jesus’ story is the only thing that will bring peace to the area.”

The Voice of the Martyrs supports the distribution of Bibles in Bosnia and in Serbia, a country east of Bosnia. The photo above shows children who received one of the Bibles.

Find out more about religious freedom issues in Bosnia and Serbia from the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom reports at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/.


Spotlight Story

“I Never Heard Anything Like This”

South Sudan
This family, along with thousands of others, lives among the rocks of the Nuba Mountains to escape daily bombings by the military.

After years of fighting in Sudan, the southern part of the country became a new nation in 2011. The new country was called South Sudan, and it was independent from Sudan.

But the fighting has not stopped.

Christians are driven from their homes in the Nuba Mountain region. They flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many families walk for days to reach refugee camps in South Sudan.

Readers of the website and The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter have sponsored Action Packs to help the Christians. VOM received a message from one of the women who received a pack. You can read her message below.

“I am 27 years old, a widow with five children: three boys and two girls. The oldest is 10 years old, and the youngest is 18 months old. I am a Christian believer.

“When bombing started in our area, I had a newborn baby who was 7 days old. I was sitting in our house with my kids and my mother. I came out of the house. I wanted to run and hide, but I was shot in my leg and fell down.

“After the bombing stopped, I was taken to the hospital where I spent more than two months. I lost my leg because it was badly injured.

“When I went home, I found my mother and children suffering from hunger and daily bombings. They could not do farming like we used to do when there was peace. We decided to go to a refugee camp.

“[My family found help at the camp]. Then a Christian gave us a home in the camp. But life became difficult to me. I was not the same as when I had two legs. I couldn’t walk to my neighbor’s or do any activities like other people.

“With all that has happened, I still trust God. Last month I was sitting in my house, and someone brought me an Action Pack from the church. He said, “It is a gift from our Christian brothers and sisters in the U.S. who are praying for us.

“This really touched my heart. I never heard anything like this in my life. In the pack I found shoes, clothes for the kids, towels, soap, a bed sheet, and many other items. I used the towels and the sheet to cover my children because they had nothing. I gave one slipper to my mother and the other one to myself. Although I have one leg, I am using it.

“I thank God for the gift that He provided us through VOM. I pray that God be with you and provide to you more abundantly as you continue the good work of supporting the needy in the camp.”


Activities Story

Painted Prayer Map

USAThe VOM prayer map painted on cloth for the VBS

The VOM Prayer Map is part of The Voice of the Martyrs Special Issue newsletter. The map labels “restricted,” “hostile,” and “monitored” nations in different colors to indicate the level of the persecution of Christians in the countries.

A previous post told about a VBS held in Pennsylvania. A volunteer, Marianne, painted a very large VOM Prayer Map on cloth to help the children understand more about countries where Christians are persecuted.

Marianne described how she and her 14-year-old daughter made the map for others who may also want to make one. Read her description below.

“It was one of those projects that God had His hand in because I am not that crafty!

“I traced the map provided by VOM onto transparency plastic.

“Using an overhead projector, I projected it onto the large paint canvas. This was done in two halves because the canvas was large. It was difficult to line up the two halves so my daughter prayed at that point!

“Now having a bunch of lines on the canvas and being not so geographically gifted, my daughter prayed again!

“Using markers, I started outlining and labeling.

“I started with markers and crayon. Then using a map key for color coding as in [the VOM] map (for restricted areas, etc.), I added color with acrylic paint.

“For the surrounding bodies of water, I used a sponge and watercolor paint dabbing it onto the canvas.

“My daughter and I looked at each other knowing that God is good and we can do all things if it’s for His glory!”

For information about VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.


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