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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.)

Activities Story

Arepas: A Snack from Colombia

Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white corn meal. (Precooked corn meal is best.)
Add 1 tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of salt.


With your hands, form thin, flat tortillas about 3 inches wide.

Cook on a lightly buttered grill or in a frying pan over medium high heat until golden brown. Serve hot, topped with shredded cheese, butter, jam, meat, or other toppings.

Enter “Colombia” in the Search box to find stories about bold Christians in Colombia.

Find a Colombia Lesson Plan here.


Spotlight Story

Laos: Kay, a New Christian

A Khmu girl

Kay, a 19-year-old Khmu girl from a village in Laos, moved to the capital city of Vientiane to get a job. In Vientiane, Kay attended a Khmu house church.

[Enter “Khmu” in the Search box to find out more about Khmu Christians.]

This year, Kay had a very happy first day of the year, because she had trusted in Christ as her Savior on December 31st! But when Kay called her parents in their village and told them the good news, they were not happy. “Quit your job and come home!” they told her. “If you do not stop being a Christian immediately, you are not our daughter anymore.” She told them she had found new life in Jesus, and that she could not deny Him.

Kay’s parents first sent her brother to Vientiane to find out why she was being stubborn. He left disappointed when she would not stop believing in Jesus. Next they sent her 17-year-old sister. Her sister was amazed at the changes in Kay. Now Kay had a good attitude, good character, and she was more mature. She loved her parents, but she loves Jesus, too. Kay invited her sister to the Khmu house church, and her sister also became a Christian!

Please ask God to help the sisters remain strong in their faith. Pray that their parents and brother will come to know Jesus, too.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Spotlight Story

Kazakhstan: Yuri and Yklas

Yuri

Yuri Pak, a teacher and church leader in Kazakhstan, was arrested because someone made a prank call from his cell phone. Yuri’s students attended his trial in his support, his pastor wrote a letter to the court to support him, and experts testified that the voice on the phone call was not Yuri’s. But he went to prison anyway. Apparently officials did not like Yuri’s participation in Christian activities at his church.

Praise God, Yuri was released from prison in June! His wife, Olga, and his children Anna and Daniel are so happy that he was freed. They are thankful for the prayers of Christians during his time in prison.

Yklas

Yklas, another Christian in Kazakhstan, is still in prison. The father of eight children, Yklas boldly shared the gospel with family and friends after he left Islam to follow Christ. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) A court in his city accused him of spreading “religious discord.”

Please pray for Yklas and his family. Click here to learn how to write him an encouraging message.


Spotlight Story

India: Pastor Mocked and Bullied

Village pastor in India

A Christian pastor was recently mocked and bullied in his home state of Uttar Pradesh in India. A gang of Hindu youth took the pastor from his home, and shaved off his hair, eyebrows, and mustache. Then the mob put the pastor on a donkey and paraded him up and down the city’s streets. They hung a necklace of shoes around the pastor’s neck as a symbol of shame.

The radical youth were angry because the pastor helped other Hindus trust in Jesus as their Savior. You can read more about what Hindus believe here.

Pray for Christian pastors in India who obey Jesus’ command to share their faith (Matthew 28:19), even though people may mock and bully them.

To learn more about Christians in India, download Bold Believers in India from the Download section.


Spotlight Story

Learning About Islam in Russian and English

“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

Muslims believe that God would not allow Jesus to die on a cross. They believe that if Jesus was killed, it meant that He had failed, and His enemies won.

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.

Would you like to see the book in Russian?

Russian-speaking Christians have a children’s website that posts Kids of Courage stories. Learning About Islam is available to download in Russian from the site.


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