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Bold Believers in Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Children from Christian families drink at a well

Bangladesh is one of the wettest countries in the world. The average rainfall is high, and floods occur every year.

But not everyone has clean water to drink. Some Muslims will not let Christians drink from wells in their village. They believe that if Christians drink from the well, it makes the water unclean.

Some Christians who are not able to use a well have to get water from dirty ponds or streams.

To Try: For three days, keep track of each time someone in your family gets a drink of water, takes a shower, or uses water in some other way. Remember Christians in Bangladesh who have to walk miles to a muddy pond or stream every time they need water.

Read more about bold believers in Bangladesh from the recently revised and updated Bold Believers in Bangladesh activity book in the Downloads section. Each Bold Believers activity book comes with a variety of activities, including coloring pages. Download the Bangladesh activity book coloring page here.


Spotlight Story

News from Brunei

Brunei

The Sultan of Brunei has announced new Muslim (Sharia) laws for his country. Learn more about Sharia law here.

Some of the laws apply only to Muslims. For example, Muslims may be punished if they don’t pray memorized Muslim prayers on Fridays, the Muslim holy day. And Muslim girls cannot leave their parents’ custody until they are married.

But Christians are also concerned about parts of the law that may apply to Christians. Some of those rules are the following.

  • Non-Muslims can’t take care of Muslim children.
  • Muslims who become Christians may lose custody of their children.
  • Christians may not teach Muslim children about Christianity, even in Christian schools.
  • Non-Muslims cannot share their faith with Muslims.
  • Muslims cannot declare themselves to be non-Muslims.

July 15th is the 68th birthday of the Sultan of Brunei. Pray he will be a wise leader. Pray for the Christians in his country.


Videos Story

Solar Lamp Helps Spread the Gospel

A pastor in a tribal area of India is happy to have a solar-powered lamp provided by VOM. He will use the lamp to read the Bible and to meet with other Christians at night.

Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: Working at VOM

VOM

JoAnn has traveled overseas for The Voice of the Martyrs to encourage persecuted Christians. She also serves God through her work at VOM headquarters.

Read what JoAnn said about her life and work.

Question: What are some of the tasks you have done for VOM?

JoAnn: I was the assistant to the executive director, and I was the travel coordinator, making travel arrangements for our international travelers. I coordinate regional conferences and equip and train volunteers who are getting the voice of persecuted Christians to our nation.

Question: As you were growing up, how did God prepare you to serve Him as an adult?

JoAnn: I was kind of sheltered as a child. But I was raised in a Christian family and learned some basics of the faith. I was not prepared until I was an adult.

Question: What have you learned from persecuted Christians?

JoAnn: That my life is not so bad! It gives me some real perspective when I get whiny. I look at what’s going on overseas, and I think I’m a spoiled brat.

Then the question comes, “Would I be able to do that [to suffer as Christians do in some places]?” I hope so. But I don’t think that’s a question you can answer until you’re in it.

Question: What’s the best part of working at VOM?

JoAnn: Knowing and feeling that you’re part of working in God’s kingdom and that what you do every day makes a difference for people.


Feature Story

Joy on Their Faces

Colombia
Rolo travels on difficult roads

Parents and Teachers: The July 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold Christians who serve God on the “front lines.” 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.

The following editorial by Jim, the president of VOM, is adapted for children from the July VOM newsletter.

When I travel to meet our brave brothers and sisters who work in countries where Christians are persecuted, I am amazed. These workers are humble and willing to serve, and their joy shows on their faces.

I am thinking of one of our co-workers in Colombia, Rolo. He and another worker were thrown into a septic tank for three days. (A septic tank is a large container that holds waste water from toilets.) They had just crossed the border into Venezuela with Bibles and Christian literature. Venezuela is one of the least church-going countries in the region.

Pastors helped the workers out of the tank. Rolo wants to return to the area with more Bibles.

I am also reminded of a VOM worker in Nigeria who used his car to take Christians injured in Muslim attacks to the hospital. One day as he was delivering VOM newsletters, radical Muslims shot him. The attackers stole 500 newsletters. Pastors in the area are praying that the newsletters will help the Muslims find the truth.

In Iran, our workers know that the average Bible smuggler is caught within two years and sent to prison. The workers realize that the more people they lead to Christ, the more persecution they will witness. They may also bring persecution upon themselves.

Every time I meet with persecuted workers, I ask how we can help them. They always say, “Pray for us.” I tell them that I pray for them and so do many others around the world.

To Discuss

  • What is courage? How did the workers described in the editorial show courage?
  • Why do you think the workers in risky circumstances have joy on their faces?
  • If someone hurt a friend of yours, would you pray for them to find the truth?

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