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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

Remember an Egyptian Mother on Mother’s Day

Egyptian mother and children

 

After Hasina fell asleep at night, she often had dreams about Jesus. But Hasina, like most of the people in Egypt where she lived, was a Muslim. Muslims are taught that Jesus was just a prophet, and not the Son of God sent by His Father to save believers from the sin that separates them from God.

Hasina’s dreams led her to seek Jesus and the truth about Him. She kept her search a secret from her son and her Muslim husband.

When Hasina began reading the Bible, she learned that God loved her. He made a way for her to come to Him through Jesus. She trusted Christ as her Savior and was secretly baptized.

One day, a taxi driver who knew her secret threatened to tell Hasina’s husband that she was a Christian. Hasina knew that her husband might harm her if he found out. And if she ran away and took her son with her, her husband might harm them both.

Hasina had to make a very hard decision. Should she deny Christ, become a Muslim again, and stay with her family? Or should she follow Christ and risk never seeing her son again? Hasina thought and prayed about her decision.

“I trust God and His promises in the Bible,” she thought. “My son can’t bring me to Christ, but Christ can return my son to me. I will depend totally on God to one day bring my son to me once again.”

Christians took Hasina to a secret “safe house” where she will not be harmed. Other Christians where she lives, Christians around the world, and even you, are now her family.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).

Hasina said, “God told us in the Bible that he will reward us when we lose our family. [See Matthew 19:29.] So He gave me a family. This is how God is helping me now and surrounding me with His love.”

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for clarity and length.)

This year on Mother’s Day, remember Hasina and other mothers in countries where Christians are persecuted.


Spotlight Story

Kids in Kenya

The previous post told the story of a boy whose family escaped an attack by radical Muslims in Kenya. The Voice of the Martyrs helped Kenyan families after the attack.

Children in the families still clearly remember the attack more than two years later. They drew pictures of the attack (see one drawing above) and wrote stories about it for VOM workers. Read part of their stories below.

Mercy’s Story
It was on a Saturday, 5th July, 2014 evening when we were celebrating my happy birthday party. After reaching the middle of the party, we heard some screaming coming towards our house. My father moved out slowly. He saw some smoke in the sky, and after some time we heard some gunshots.

My father took us to the forest. I was shaking like a leaf during the summer. On Monday morning, we packed all our things and prepared ourself, and we vacated that place. The Voice of the Martyrs supported us with food, school bags, solar lamps. God bless the work of their hands. I am happy God will provide what we need. God bless those who supported us. Thank you.

Blessing’s Story
It was on Saturday at night. They came from Somalia. The weared clothes like police uniforms. They hid their face with a piece of cloth. It was the worst day of my life.

Sunday morning the police got the message. Thank God that I am alive.

Mary’s Story
I heard the gunshots that signified that things had gone amiss. I thought it was only the police who used to shoot guns. We saw smoke-looking-like on the air and reddish color. It was the attacking. When my grandfather tried to call on his phone, there was no network.

We slept in the forest for three weeks. To go to school, it was impossible, because of the fear not to be attacked.

I will never forget that day.


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Kenyan Boy Tells His Story

“It was one Saturday night on the [5th], month of July, when I was watching the World Cup,” the story began.

A boy in Kenya wrote the true story to tell The Voice of the Martyrs about a 2014 attack on his community by radical Muslims. [The World Cup is a soccer tournament.]

“Suddenly I heard gunshots near our home,” the story continued. “I quickly called my father and informed him what happened. He called my mother and my sisters so that we go to the forest to hide ourselves.

“We stayed at the forest within one week. One day a leopard came where we had slept, but it didn’t do us anything. After staying at the forest within one week, we went [to] Eldoret for one month. [Eldoret is a city in Kenya.] My father was about to die, but God was with him. After staying there, we came back here, and then we migrated from rural to urban.”

To Talk About
*If you were watching TV, then suddenly had to leave your house and hide in the forest, what would you take with you?
*How many different places did the boy’s family live during the time the story occurred?
*If you were in the boy’s situation, what would you want people to pray for on your behalf?


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Switchplate Cover Prayer Reminder

Choose a country or persecuted Christian to pray for. Make a light switchplate cover to remind you to pray for the person or country whenever you turn on a light.

On think paper, draw and cut out a rectangle slightly larger than a light switchplate. Use markers, glue and glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint, or other decorative ways to write a reminder on the paper. Decorate the rest of the switchplate cover with stickers, drawings, pictures, or designs.

To cut out the center rectangle, use small, sharp scissors to gently poke a hole in it, then finish cutting out the rectangle. (Cut out the hole in advance for younger children) Use double-sided tape, or rolled-up pieces of regular tape, to attach the cover to a light switchplate.


Spotlight Story

Family Members Around the World

Afghan girl with a Bible

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10, NIV).

“Imagine if your parents sat you down and told you that you had another brother or sister that you didn’t know about,” said Jim Dau, the president of The Voice of the Martyrs. “The news could change your life. You might be happy to learn you had a brother or sister. Or you might be sad that you had missed knowing him or her.

“Many of us would like to meet our brother or sister. And we would pray for him or her as part of our family,” said Mr. Dau.

The Bible tells us that all those who believe in Jesus belong to one family. As Christians, we have family members around the world. When we learn about them, we can pray for them. We can also learn by their example to be bold in sharing our faith with others.

To Think About
Millions of people around the world are Christians. Some of them are mocked, insulted, injured, or put in prison by people who don’t like Christians.

It would be overwhelming to try to pray for all of them one at a time. But we can pray for those God brings to our attention. Can you pick one Christian from this website or in the news and pray for him or her today?


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