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Bold Believers in Syria

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.

Activities Story

Hidden Bible Activity for Younger Children

Hidden Activity

Photocopy this page for children to color and to find the three hidden Bibles. Explain that Christians in some countries have to keep their Bibles hidden from people who do not want others to follow Jesus.

(Source: The Kids of Courage IDOP Lesson Plans, available in the Downloads section.)

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Blind to the Truth

Sundar Singh was a Christian from India who died many years ago. He once told the following story.

“Suppose you are walking down the street and you see a blind man coming toward you. It is your responsibility to move to one side so you won’t run into each other. It is not the blind man’s responsibility. He does not know you are nearby, because he can’t see you. If you and the blind man accidentally bump into each other, you would say, ‘Excuse me.’ Then you would help him on his way. It would not make sense to get angry with the blind man for the accident.

“In the same way, if a person who is blind to the truth persecutes us because we follow Jesus, we must not get angry. We should forgive him. We must love and pray for him. Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’ (Matthew 5:44).”

[Photo: Varanasi, a Hindu stronghold in India]

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Lots of Bibles

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Last year, The Voice of the Martyrs delivered more than 1 million Bibles and New Testaments around the world with the help of God and generous supporters.

How many Bibles is 1 million? If it took one person five seconds to hand someone a Bible, it would take them about 58 days, 24 hours a day, day and night, to hand out 1 million Bibles.

VOM workers praise God for everyone who helped make the Bible deliveries happen. They pray they can distribute even more Bibles in the future.

Read about VOM’s “A Bible for Every Believer” project here.

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What Would You Do?


Iran is a Muslim country where Christian activities are strictly controlled by the government. Christians meet secretly in house churches. In one church, the leaders gave every member seven Bibles when they left church on Sunday. They asked the Christians to give one Bible a day to someone who wasn’t a Christian.

But sharing the gospel with non-Christians is against the law in Iran. So the Christians risked getting arrested every time they shared a Bible.

To Think About
If you lived in Iran and your pastor gave you seven Bibles to share, what would you do? Would you want your parents to share Bibles with non-Christians if it meant that they might go to jail?

Bible verse: “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).

Parents and Teachers: You may want to give your children seven Christian pamphlets to share with others.


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India: Savithri


Each year The Voice of the Martyrs works through its global network of staff and partners to reach the children of persecuted Christians in restricted nations and hostile areas with a special Christmas Care Pack. The contents are tailored to the needs of children in each region.

Savithri, one of the children in India who received a Christmas Care Pack, sent VOM the following message.

Savithri said:

“I was a 6 months old baby. My elder sister was 2 years old. Terrible jaundice related to cancer took away my father from this world. My mother became a widow, and I and my sister became fatherless. My mother is not educated. To survive and to take care of us, she is working as a servant in rich families. She wash vessels, clothes and clean the houses.

“We will be waiting for our mother to come from their houses, because she will bring leftover food from their houses. Sometimes she brings old clothes also. Whatever the food she brings, we eat. Whatever the clothes she brings, we wear. My sister and me like Sunday school very much, because we learn about our heavenly Father there.

“The backpack is so nice. I am so happy. Thank you for towel, bedsheet, torch [flashlight] and so many other things that you gave me. I needed a torch, because here very dark in the night. Sometimes snakes and scorpions will be going here and there. Now I am 9 years old. I am in 4th grade. Please pray for me.”

Watch The Voice of the Martyrs magazine and future posts on this site for upcoming information about how to participate in this year’s Christmas Care project.