Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on November 14th, 2019
(Source: VOM Australia)
A group of 10 thieves in Iran earned a living by taking things that didn’t belong to them. They had worked together for three years, so they were probably pretty good at their sinful activities.
One day, the thieves saw a woman carrying a big bag. Hoping the bag was full of money, they stole it and ran away.
The woman whose bag was stolen was so disappointed. Her bag had no money in it; instead, it was full of Bibles. The Muslim government of Iran makes it very difficult for people to get Bibles and other Christian books. By law, Bibles can’t be printed in the country or imported into the country. But the woman had managed to get 10 Bibles for her Bible study group. Now they were gone.
Better Than Money
Later, someone called the woman and said they had found her bag. “Come and get it,” the mystery caller said.
She really wanted the Bibles, but she was scared. “What if they turn me in to the police?” she thought. So she asked her pastor for advice. He told her he felt peace about her going to get the Bibles.
When she met the people who had her bag, they turned out to be the thieves! After they realized the bag had no money in it, they decided to read the Bibles and wanted to learn more about Jesus.
She answered their questions, and they trusted in Jesus as their Savior. Then they started their own Bible study and promised to pay back all that they had stolen from others. Praise God for our new brothers in Christ in Iran!
To Talk About
*The woman was sad that her Bibles were stolen, but happy that the thieves came to Christ. Can you think of a situation where something “bad” turned out to be good? (See Genesis 50:20.)
*If someone asked you to tell them about Jesus, would you be prepared to give an answer? (See 1 Peter 3:15.)
Published on November 13th, 2019
(Source: VOM Australia)
“Lord, if You are real, You need to tell me today,” said the young woman on the bus. “Otherwise I will walk in front of the bus and let it run over me.”
The woman, who lived in Iran, was going to have a baby. But she was not married and she saw no hope for her future.
A young man was on the same bus that day. He was reading a Bible, but he kept it covered so no one could see what he was reading. He feared he could be arrested for owning the Bible.
The man felt that the Lord was moving in his heart to talk to the young woman, even though he knew nothing about her. He wasn’t sure he would obey the Lord’s leading. But after a while, he took the cover off the Bible and went over to her. “The Lord loves you,” he told her. “I would like to share a Bible with you.”
The woman cried so loudly that she drew the attention of the other people on the bus. After talking to the man, she prayed with him and gave her life to the Lord, and then he gave her his Bible. Praise God for the man’s obedience to the Lord’s guidance!
[Photo: Iranian Christians at a secret worship service in a believer’s home.]
Published on November 12th, 2019
Are you too young to be a mission worker in another country? Maybe not! A VOM worker said, “You can be an international missions worker without ever leaving your knees. A Christian leader in Vietnam told me, ‘When you pray in America, you are working in Vietnam.’”
Window on the World is a book that can help you pray for people in other countries.
Students, Parents, and Teachers
Do You Know?
*The word “tattoo” came from Samoa.
*Russia has 11 time zones.
*Christian visitors to Bhutan are not allowed to ask people to follow Jesus.
*Adult male pygmies are usually less than 5 feet tall.
*In 1989, there were possibly only four Christians in Mongolia.
(Source: Window on the World)
Window on the World is a valuable resource to guide children in praying for families around the world. Updated in 2018, the book uses maps, colorful photos, and stories to introduce kids to more than 90 cultures and people groups.
The introduction explains how and why we pray, and the end of the book includes descriptions of other religions and how they differ from biblical Christianity. Families, Sunday school classes, homeschool co-ops, and individuals can enjoy learning interesting facts along with prayer points for Christians and those in need of Christ.
The book is available from major book distributors.
Published on November 11th, 2019
Drones hovered in the air as the Cuban congregation left their church one day. The pastor believed the drones were meant to frighten the Christians.
Some Christians think that the Cuban government uses the drones to listen to pastors’ sermons and tell the authorities what the pastor says. “Christians have been threatened, there have been more attacks, and the authorities have threatened to demolish more church buildings,” a Christian leader said. “Pray for the Cuban church, because we are under strong attack,”
(Sources: The U.S. State Department International Religious Freedom Report and icommittopray.com.)
Photo: A baptism in Cuba
Published on November 8th, 2019
Batik is a method of applying color and designs to cloth. It is an art form that has been practiced in Malaysia and Indonesia for centuries. Traditional artists use wax on the fabric as part of the process. You can use washable glue to make designs an easier way.
First, use the glue to draw pictures or designs on muslin or other light-colored fabric. Let the glue dry completely. Apply fabric paint in one or more colors where there is no glue. Wash the fabric in the washing machine to remove the glue.