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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.)

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Far From Home

A mosque

An American Christian family moved to a country where most of the citizens are Muslims. The family planned to serve God by helping the people of the country with their needs. Their new country was nothing like America.

“We moved there in August, and December came, and there was no Christmas,” said the father of the family. “There was no background for Christmas. I remember drinking tea with a young man, and he said, ‘Why are you here?’ I answered, ‘I love God, and I want to share God’s love. I believe in the Bible.’

“He looked at me and said, ‘What’s a Bible?’

“Eighty-six percent of Muslims in that region of the world have never met a follower of Christ…,” the father continued. “Please continue to pray for opportunities and doors to open for the gospel to go forth and for hearts to be opened to hear the truth….”

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for clarity and length.)

To Think About
How many Bibles are in your home?
Did you know that some people in the world have never heard of the Bible?
How can you pray for people who have not yet heard about Jesus?


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Easter Message from Sri Lanka

“Without Good Friday, there is no Easter,” — Reverend Godfrey Yogarajah, a Christian minister in Sri Lanka

Reverend Yogarajah shared the following thoughts on VOMRadio.net. (Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness.)

“In Sri Lanka, persecution is on the increase. Churches are demolished. Sometimes Christian funerals are prevented.  They showed a live telecast of people attacking a church, but no one was punished.

“But the church has been growing.

“We don’t ask for persecution. But when it comes, we are able to go through it. We understand that it is part of God’s purpose. We know we need to be the light that keeps society ready for the return of Christ.

“When the church is prepared to face persecution, the church grows, and there will be triumph and victory, just like on Easter.”

To Talk About
1.    “In Iran, Christians role play what might happen when the police come to question them about their Christian activities. One person plays the Christian, and another plays the policeman. This prepares them to act in a Christ-like way — even to persecutors.” — VOM worker

Can you role play, acting in a Christ-like way to someone who is being rude to you?

2.    How can a Christian be a light to those around them?

Learn more about Christians in Sri Lanka in Bold Believers in Sri Lanka, available in the free Downloads section.


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Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892. She died on her birthday in 1983.

Christian History Institute, producers of Torchlighters children’s DVDs about Christian heroes, has published a 94-page book for children about Corrie ten Boom. The following is an excerpt from the book.

BOOM! Corrie sat up suddenly in bed, startled. What was that? She thought. A bright flash followed by a loud boom erupted in the quiet night. As her bed shook, Corrie crawled quickly toward her window and peered outside. The sky glowed scarlet as bombs exploded on the ground just outside of her city of Haarlem.

Throwing on her bathrobe, Corrie hurried down the stairs to her sister’s room. [Corrie’s sister] Betsie was awake, sitting up in her own bed. The old house shook as more bombs fell.

“War!” they cried as they held each other in the dark.

The whole city quaked and skies flashed. Was this really happening? Corrie thought, frightened. What will become of our country if the Germans bring their hatred here? What will happen to Holland? As these questions rolled around in her head, Corrie wondered if she was strong enough to trust in her God, even now.

“Corrie!” Betsie said, shaking Corrie from her thoughts. “Let’s go downstairs to pray.”

“Oh, yes,” Corrie agreed, and she followed Betsie to the kitchen. Betsie grabbed Corrie’s hand as they knelt down to pray. Corrie prayed for all those she could think of, including their Queen Wilhelmina, and the Prime Minister, too. When Corrie finished, Betsie kept praying in a gentle, calm voice.

“God,” she said, “we pray for those German pilots in the planes right now. They’re also stuck in this great evil of hatred and violence. Please open their eyes to it and bless them.”

Corrie’s eyes snapped open. She stared at Betsie, shocked. How could she pray for those evil people? But Betsie prayed on. Corrie could tell that Betsie believed God’s grace was for everyone—even those who carried out Hitler’s awful plans.

“Oh Lord,” Corrie said as she closed her eyes once more. “Listen to Betsie, not me. I can’t pray for those men in the planes at all.”

To Think About
Read Matthew 5:43–48. How did Betsie show that she was committed to obeying God’s word in those verses?

The Torchlighters Biography Series: Corrie ten Boom is available at www.vombooks.com.
See a clip of the Torchlighters DVD, The Corrie ten Boom Story, here.


Spotlight Story

Kicked out of Town

Recently, officials in Laos forced three Hmong families to move out of their village because the families follow Jesus. The children in the photo are part of those families. Their parents are trying to find another place for them to live. The Voice of the Martyrs will help them move.

The Hmong (pronounced “mong”) are a group of people from Southeast Asia. Large numbers of Hmong live in Laos, Vietnam, China, and Thailand, and some live in Myanmar (Burma).

Many Hmong practice animism, which is the belief that bad luck comes to those who do not honor and please spirits. But many Hmong in Asia are becoming Christians! It is believed that more than 50 percent of Hmong people in Vietnam are now Christians.

Sometimes the authorities in countries where Hmong live allow them to worship God, but sometimes they try to stamp out Christianity. Hmong Christians have been attacked, arrested, and imprisoned for their faith. Their houses have been burned down, and they have been kicked out of their villages for refusing to deny Christ. New Christians have been fired from their jobs. Non-Christian neighbors and relatives of Hmong Christians often persecute them, too.

If you want to learn more about Hmong Christians and how to pray for them, you can download Bold Believers of the Hmong People from the Downloads section this site.


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Learning About Islam

“We believe in Jesus as just a prophet. We don’t believe he was crucified. We believe he just went back to heaven.” — Amal, age 14, American Muslim

The Quran is the Muslim holy book. The Quran says, “[They claimed]…’We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the apostle,’ but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them…” (Quran, Chapter 4:157, Yusuf Ali translation).

Muslims believe that God would not allow Jesus to die on a cross. They believe that if Jesus was killed, he failed, and his enemies won.

Many Muslims believe that someone else, possibly Jesus’ disciple Judas, was made to look like Jesus and died on the cross in place of Jesus. They think Allah, who they worship, took Jesus directly to heaven.

Christians know that Jesus died and rose to life again after his death. We believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection mean victory over sin and death, and that Jesus did not fail. He defeated sin and death, which are even greater enemies than the people who killed him. Part of the good news of Jesus is that “death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

The information above is from the book Learning About Islam available for free download on this site.


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