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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.)

Countries Story

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

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Capital
Hanoi

Size
In area, Vietnam is slightly larger than the U.S. state of New Mexico.

Main Languages
Vietnamese

Time
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 7 p.m. in Vietnam.

Interesting Fact
Children in Vietnam go to school six days a week.

History
The Vietnamese people have a long history of struggle. Many times they have fought for independence from others who wanted to rule them. In 1945, North Vietnam was declared a communist country. There were wars in the region from 1941 to 1985. Soldiers from the United States were part of the fighting during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Communist North Vietnam took over South Vietnam in 1975. Many Christians fled because they knew that belief in God is forbidden or discouraged under communist governments. The Communist Party still controls the government. Vietnam’s constitution promises freedom of religion, but the government still controls religious activities.

Religion
Many people in Vietnam are Buddhists, many are spirit worshipers, some follow a Vietnamese religion called Cao Dai, and some follow no religion at all. Read the chart Comparing Vietnam’s Cao Dai Religion and Christianity to learn more about Cao Dai.

Persecution
The Communist Party still controls the government. Vietnam’s constitution promises freedom of religion, but the government still controls religious activities. Bibles are not printed in the languages of some Vietnamese tribal groups. Christians from other countries smuggle Bibles into the country for the Christians to read.

Tribal Christians and Christians who belong to churches that do not register with the government face the worst persecution. Arrests and fines for these Christians are common. Sometimes Christians hide their Bibles and read them in secret. They also worship and are baptized secretly.


Countries Story

Yemen

Yemen

Yemen

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Capital
Sanaa

Size
Slightly larger than twice the size of Wyoming.

Main Languages
Arabic

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Yemen.

History
In ancient times Yemen was well-known for its spices. The Queen of Sheba is said to have lived in Yemen. Muslim soldiers brought Islam to Yemen in the seventh century. For many years, Muslim rulers kept the citizens away from foreign influence. Today many people of Yemen have not heard the truth about Jesus.

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Yemen is a dangerous place for citizen to follow Christ. A person who converts from Islam to Christianity could be put to death. Sharing the gospel with a Muslim is illegal. Yemenis learn about Jesus through radio broadcasts and other methods that do not attract attention.


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