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Two kids recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters in Oklahoma, and shared with us their thoughts about their experience.

Jonathan M:

“I am from New York [and] I am 12 years old. I knew about the Underground Church before I arrived at VOM. I am volunteering by stuffing and organizing envelopes and putting address stickers on packages.

“I saw the movie produced by VOM called ‘Underground Reality: Vietnam.’ The next day I met Daniel from the movie. He is now a dad to a baby girl and he’s a police officer in Oklahoma.

“I also saw Russell Stendal’s plane called “The Pink Panther.” He is an amazing man who flies over Colombia and throws out parachutes with Spanish Bibles. I hope to be brave like him.

“My trip was a blast!”

Isabelle M:

“I am 10 years old. I live in New York. I knew about The Voice of the Martyrs for five years and how they help Christians in dangerous regions throughout the world. They give Bibles secretly.

“Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a great Christian and the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. He was tortured in a communist prison in Romania for 14 years. Pastor Wurmbrand encouraged Christians to pray for their brothers and sisters who are persecuted throughout the world.”

For information about how you can serve the persecuted church, download the “100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church” poster in the Downloads section.


Model Missionary Plane

Plane

Christians from all over the U.S. are finding creative ways to increase awareness about persecution in other lands. When people are aware of the situation faced by Christians around the world, they can pray for the Christians in those situations.

A man in North Carolina, Mike L., built a model of a parachute-dropping airplane. The real airplane he depicted dropped Bible-carrying parachutes into guerrilla-controlled jungle areas of Colombia before it was decommissioned and placed at the VOM headquarters in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

People at a missions conference at Mike’s church learned more about VOM’s work in Colombia with the help of his model.

See the “100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church” poster in the Downloads section for ideas about how to increase awareness of persecuted Christians.


More from the Bitterman Family

Colombia

A previous post shared an account from the daughter of Chet Bitterman, a missionary to Colombia, and his family.

Relatives of Mr. Bitterman shared the following comments with Kids of Courage.

Esther, Chet Bitterman’s daughter

When I was little, I asked, “If God loves us, why did he allow my father to die?” Now I know that pain in the world is the result of sin. God can work good out of it.

The bad things are not the last chapter. It’s not where the story ends. We don’t see the big picture. Things that seem bad at the time can turn out to be good. If you have a flat tire, you will be frustrated. But you might drive down the road and see that you missed being in a landslide because you had to fix the flat tire.

God doesn’t cause bad things. He uses painful things as a building block to redemption.

Mary Bitterman, Chet’s mother

[Chester and Mary Bitterman had eight children: Chet, Curt, Connie, Carol, Craig, Grant, Chris, and Cindy.]
We never had a TV until Chet was kidnapped. We had Christian radio, records, and books. My husband thought they were better than sitting in front of the TV. The children had active fun, like building something.

We had a constant stream of missionaries as guests in and out of our house. One stayed for a month. We read missionary stories and missionary letters.

Message from Mrs. Bitterman for young people

Commit yourself to God for whatever he wants you to do. Be sure you’re committed, because the task is not always easy.

Message from Mrs. Bitterman for parents

Give your children to God and let him decide what’s going to happen to them. Then thank God for whatever ministry he gives them.

(Source: Bold Believers in Colombia, available in the Downloads section of this site.)


The Most Unreached Group

Colombia

Chet Bitterman and his wife Brenda were American missionaries to Colombia. Their daughter Anna wrote the following.

“My family and I were in our mission guest house playing games and eating supper. I was about 3 years old. I had no idea what was going to happen that night as I crawled into bed.

“Sometime in the middle of the night, I was awakened. My father picked me up and told me not to talk. We were herded by a man into the living room. He and other men in the room had guns. My mother, my baby sister, Esther, and I were on the couch. My mother kept telling me to say Bible verses in my head, but I said them aloud. A man said to my mother that if I wasn’t quiet, he’d tie me up. I was scared.

“The men took my father away. [The men were guerrillas. Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they are not part of a regular army.] A few days later, I heard that his captors had killed him. My mother later told me that he had made friends with some of the men, and one man had become a Christian, but I was very sad about his death.”

Anna and her sister Esther are now adults. They have heard that other guerrillas have become Christians because of Chet’s witness to them. “My father’s big goal in life was to go to an unreached people group,” said Esther. “How much more unreached can you get than a group of terrorists?” (In “unreached” groups, few or no people are Christians.)

(Source: Bold Believers in Colombia, available in the Downloads section of this site.)


King’s Kids Pray for Guerrillas

ColombiaDropping parachutes from a plane

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following letter from kids in Wisconsin.

“Dear VOM,

We are a group of grade school children from an after school Bible club called King’s Kids. We made parachutes so the guerrillas in Colombia can have Bibles and learn about God. We believe that God can help them change. We don’t believe in violence but that we should love our neighbors and enemies.

“Please tell the guerrillas that we are praying for them. We want them to know the treasure of God’s Word.

“This is one of the verses we learned: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will endure forever” (Matthew 24:35).

“May God bless you!

“The King’s Kids.”

To learn more about VOM’s project to drop Bibles into guerrilla-controlled jungle areas of Colombia, visit www.persecution.com/parachute.