Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on June 21st, 2018
A post on this site last year told about Turkish children at a school where most of the students were Muslims. The Muslim students and teachers mocked the children and their beliefs.
The family enrolled the children in a different school, but the problems continued. The children’s father had three prayer requests:
*Pray that our children will show the love of Jesus in a place where He is not known.
*Pray that we will teach our children to be lights in the darkness.
*Pray that we will be good examples for our children.
The Voice of the Martyrs recently heard from the family again. Some children at the school had been misbehaving, but the children from the Christian family continued to be “lights in the darkness.”
Others noticed their behavior and complimented the parents for teaching their children well. The parents were “good examples” for their children.
Some Muslims began to ask the family questions about the Bible and Christianity. The family is now sharing “the love of Jesus in a place where He is not known.”
Thank you to the readers who prayed for the Turkish Christian family.
Published on June 20th, 2018
People who follow Jesus are persecuted in some parts of Laos. Youth leaders try to prepare Christian children to be strong in their faith, even in hard times.
“They play games to teach spiritual truths,” said a VOM worker in Laos. “In one game, one person is blindfolded. [Can you find the blindfolded person in the photo?] As music is played, the blindfolded person walks around a circle of children, touching each person as they walk. They keep walking as long as the music is played.
“When the music stops, the last person who was touched by the blindfolded child has to do something in the center of the circle.”
[An adult leader may suggest what the child may do — perhaps sing a verse of a Christian song, recite a Bible verse, tell a Bible story, or share a way that God has helped them.]
The VOM worker continued, “The teaching point is that we don’t always get to choose when we are called by God to do something. Sometimes it may be something we want to do, but sometimes it may be something we don’t want to do. But we always need to follow Him.”
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Comments edited for length and clarity.)
Published on June 19th, 2018
“Samuel” lives in Laos with his parents. You can see him in the photo holding his parents’ hands. (Their eyes are covered to protect their identity from people who might want to harm them.) Samuel is standing on a piece of his house.
Samuel’s parents are Christians. They live in a village where most of the people are animist, or spirit worshipers. (Learn more about animism here.) Just a few of the villagers are Christians. There used to be more Christians. But after animist villagers began persecuting the Christians, some Christians left their faith.
Local officials tore down Samuel’s house, hoping his family would leave the village and move somewhere else. But Samuel’s family stayed. They gathered pieces of their torn-down house and built a small hut to live in. Christians from nearby villages came to help, encourage, and support them. Now the officials are saying that Samuel’s family can stay in the village and rebuild their home.
Please pray for Samuel’s family, their persecutors, and for the villagers who stopped being Christians after they were persecuted.
(Source: I Commit to Pray)
(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, length, and age appropriateness.)
To Talk About
*What are some of the other ways Samuel’s family could have reacted after officials tore down their house?
*Why do you think the officials changed their minds about Samuel’s family?
Published on June 18th, 2018
Leah Sharibu is still in captivity almost four months after Boko Haram kidnapped her and 109 other school girls from their school in Nigeria. (Boko Haram is a Muslim terrorist group.) Most of the girls were allowed to go home after about four weeks. But five had died, and Leah is still being held.
She is believed to be the only Christian among those who were kidnapped. One of the girls who was released said that Leah has not been freed because she refuses to deny Jesus.
Pray that Leah will remain strong in her faith and will stay close to Jesus during her captivity. Also pray that she will be released soon, and that God will strengthen her family members who are waiting for her to come home. Pray that the kidnappers will be inspired by Leah’s faith and will seek to know the God she serves.
Published on June 15th, 2018
In countries where the government tries to limit the spread of the gospel, bold Christians may be arrested for telling non-Christians about Jesus. This week, remember to pray for Christian fathers who are in prison for their faith and for their families who miss them.
Cut out photos of fathers from The Voice of the Martyrs publications, or print photos of Christian prisoners from prisoneralert.com. Use the photos to make reminders to pray for Christian families who are separated because of their devotion to Christ.
Instructions for a spool prayer reminder are below.
*Photos of Christian fathers or children (See above.)
*Round wooden dowels and small wooden craft spools (Make sure the dowels will fit well into the spools’ holes.)
*Decorative craft paper
*Acrylic paint; paint brush
*Glue and scissors
*Ribbon or twine
*Cut or break the dowels into 4-inch pieces. Paint the dowel pieces if desired.
*Paint the tops and bottoms of the spools. Let the spools and dowels dry.
*Cut the decorative craft paper to fit the middle part of the spools, and glue it on.
*Cut additional decorative paper into squares to make a frame for each photo of a Christian child or father. Make a label that tells the Christian’s country, and glue it and the photo to the paper frame.
*Glue or tape the framed photo to the top part of a dowel.
*Put glue on about an inch of the dowel, and insert it into a spool. Cover one side of a small piece of decorative paper with glue, and stick it to the bottom of the spool. Stick the dowel to the paper to help it stay in place.
*Add twine or ribbon to the dowel to make a bow.
*Put the prayer reminders on your family’s dining table or in another place where you will see them, and pray for the Christians in the photos.