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Joy on Their Faces

Colombia
Rolo travels on difficult roads

Parents and Teachers: The July 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold Christians who serve God on the “front lines.” To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

The following editorial by Jim, the president of VOM, is adapted for children from the July VOM newsletter.

When I travel to meet our brave brothers and sisters who work in countries where Christians are persecuted, I am amazed. These workers are humble and willing to serve, and their joy shows on their faces.

I am thinking of one of our co-workers in Colombia, Rolo. He and another worker were thrown into a septic tank for three days. (A septic tank is a large container that holds waste water from toilets.) They had just crossed the border into Venezuela with Bibles and Christian literature. Venezuela is one of the least church-going countries in the region.

Pastors helped the workers out of the tank. Rolo wants to return to the area with more Bibles.

I am also reminded of a VOM worker in Nigeria who used his car to take Christians injured in Muslim attacks to the hospital. One day as he was delivering VOM newsletters, radical Muslims shot him. The attackers stole 500 newsletters. Pastors in the area are praying that the newsletters will help the Muslims find the truth.

In Iran, our workers know that the average Bible smuggler is caught within two years and sent to prison. The workers realize that the more people they lead to Christ, the more persecution they will witness. They may also bring persecution upon themselves.

Every time I meet with persecuted workers, I ask how we can help them. They always say, “Pray for us.” I tell them that I pray for them and so do many others around the world.

To Discuss

  • What is courage? How did the workers described in the editorial show courage?
  • Why do you think the workers in risky circumstances have joy on their faces?
  • If someone hurt a friend of yours, would you pray for them to find the truth?

No Longer a Messenger of Hate

Colombia
Elmer before he was a Christian

Parents and Teachers: The May 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of front-line workers who serve God in the face of danger and persecution. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share similar stories from this site with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Elmer joined a group of guerrillas in Colombia when he was 13 years old. Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they are not part of a regular army. The group that Elmer joined is called “FARC” (rhymes with “dark”).

FARC and other groups commit violent acts against each other as they try to get more power. They also have attacked Christians.

Elmer didn’t like Christians. He thought they were weak and powerless because they didn’t fight like the guerrillas. “I persecuted them, and I wouldn’t allow them to come together in their churches,” Elmer said.

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Persecuted Country Lesson Plans

Turkey

Teacher and Parents: Are you looking for VBS ideas or lesson plans for summer Sunday school classes?

Visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com for information about VOM’s complete VBS curriculum.

Check the links below for additional printable supplementary materials/lesson plans.


Kids Help at VOM

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.