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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.)

Activities Story

China’s Lantern Festival

China’s Lantern Festival falls on February 11 this year. The festival is observed at the end of the Chinese New Year celebration. People hang lanterns of different sizes and shapes in front of their homes and stores. Red is a common color for the lanterns. Families watch colorful parades and performances during the festival.

China is a big country. The population is 1.3 billion. Some people believe that as many as 100 million people in China are followers of Christ.

That’s a lot of people! But it means that more than 1 billion people in China do not yet know Jesus.

Make a Chinese Lantern
Fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut slits 1 inch apart from the fold to 1 inch from the edge of the paper. Open the paper and staple the short ends together at the top and bottom of the lantern. Staple a strip of construction paper to the top to make a handle.

Write Bible verses about light on the top and bottom borders if desired, or make a design on the borders. Some possible verses include: “The Lord is my light” (Psalm 27:1); “Let your light so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16); “Your Word is…a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105); “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14); and “The Lord God gives them light” (Revelation 22:5).

Pray that all people in China will hear about Jesus, the light of the world.


Uncategorized Story

Kids Pack and Pray for Family Med Packs

Does your church include kids in remembering persecuted Christians?

Georgia Kids Pray
Cindy Clark, Christen Flowers, and their children’s ministry team in Georgia recently packed 25 Family Med Packs for Christians who have been driven from their homes by Islamic extremists.

“On Sunday, we gathered all our children, ages 4-11, to the front of our sanctuary to hold our Family Med Packs then lead our congregation in praying for the families who will be receiving them,” Cindy emailed VOM.  “What a blessed time of prayer we had for these families!  It blessed us beyond words to be able to be a part of this opportunity to love our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for Jesus’ name sake….

“Thank you to everyone at The Voice of the Martyrs for showing us how we can partner with you in loving our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who are being persecuted for bearing our Lord Jesus’ name. They are always on my heart and in my prayers.”

Oklahoma Kids Assemble Packs
A church in Oklahoma recently packed Family Med Packs during their children’s program. Items for the packs were lined up in separate containers on a table. The children took one item out of each container and added it to their pack. They presented their packs to VOM, then each child decorated a “prayer box” to take home. Children’s workers and parents helped them write prayer points on small pieces of paper to go in the boxes as reminders of how to pray for persecuted Christians every day.

Learn how to sponsor or pack Family Med Packs, Action Packs, and Outreach Packs here 


What You Can Do Story

Family Med Packs

What do you do when you accidentally cut your finger? Do you put a Band-Aid on it? Do you brush and floss your teeth before you go to bed? When your face is dirty, do you wash it with soap and a washcloth? Do you brush or comb your hair?

What if you didn’t have a Band-Aid, toothbrush, dental floss, washcloth, soap, brush, or comb? Then what would you do?

Christians in some countries have been forced out of their homes by people who don’t like followers of Christ. Many times they leave home with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They move to refugee camps where they may live in tents or small shelters. Often they must depend on generous Christians to provide them with their daily needs.

The Voice of the Martyrs delivers Outreach Packs, Action Packs, Bibles, and other aid to Christians in areas where people are persecuted just for being Christians. VOM also distributes Family Med Packs in countries where Christians are in need.

Visit this site to learn how you can help by collecting Band-Aids, toothbrushes, washcloths, and other items to send to Christians who need them. The items will help Christian families stay clean and healthy, and will remind them that Christians in other lands are thinking about them and praying for them.

 


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On the Run

Rachel and Miriam and their parents

The story below is from Stef  the children’s website of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands.

Rachel and Miriam live in a refugee camp. They used to live in Mosul, a city in Iraq. They enjoyed living there until men from a group called ISIS took power. These men want everyone to be Muslim.

ISIS attacks Christians and churches, including the church that Rachel and Miriam attended. Their mother, Sarah, was present in the church at the moment of the attack. The men started shooting and a lot of people died. Others were injured.

Rachel and Miriam’s mom survived the attack, but it was no longer safe to stay in Mosul. The girls and their parents had to flee. They packed what they could and left in a hurry. They moved to a school auditorium in a safer city with 74 other people.

Sarah struggles a lot with the situation. She says, “Every night I cry myself to sleep. I have a lot of dreams about what happened. I just can’t forget.”

In their corner of the auditorium, Rachel and Miriam’s parents made a paper cross and put it on the wall. They continue to trust God.

Pray for Rachel and Miriam and their parents, and for other Christians who have to flee danger.

(Source: Stef. Translated and edited from the original.)


Spotlight Story

Why Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. But why? Many buy cards and candied hearts and do not know there was a man named Valentine. Who was the man behind this holiday that has become known for cupid, chocolate, roses, and love notes saying, “Be my Valentine?”
(Source: The Story of St. Valentine: More Than Cards and Candied Hearts)

Christian history describes several men named Valentine (or Valentinus), and even a women named Valentina. Legends tell about the courage of a Valentine who died for his faith on February 14th. The legends encourage Christians to boldly stand up for Jesus in the face of struggles.

Valentine and the Emperor
One of the legends tells of a harsh Roman emperor, Claudius. The emperor conquered tribes that tried to invade Rome. But more and more tribes were becoming a threat. Claudius needed more soldiers, but few men wanted to leave their wives and families to serve as soldiers for 25 years.

So Claudius made a law against weddings! If men did not marry, they would be more willing to be soldiers.

Young men and women who were engaged were heartbroken.

Valentinus (Valentine) secretly joined couples in marriage. “Marriage was God’s idea!” he said. “No emperor can hinder what God created!”

Valentinus was arrested, and just like Christians in many countries today, he continued to speak the truth ever after his arrest.

The Story of St. Valentine: More Than Cards and Candied Hearts is by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden. To learn more about this and other children’s resources, visit the resource page.


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