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 December 18th, 2018
Recently, Todd Nettleton of vomradio.net interviewed Brad Phillips, a Christian worker in Sudan. Brad ministers among the people of the Nuba Mountains where Christians and others are often bombed and attacked by enemies. Many ministries have left the dangerous region, but The Voice of the Martyrs is still there, providing health care and encouragement to the people.
Brad told the following story about Pastor Morris, a Christian leader in the area.
Morris, as a Christian leader, has a lot of people who love him, and he has a lot of people who are jealous of him and hate him. He had a lot of problems with one of his neighbors, who is a Muslim.
Morris has seven children. One day he came home and found out that his 18-year-old daughter had been attacked by the neighbor’s son. She was bleeding and bruised.
The neighbor and his son were taken to court and found guilty of assault. Nobody has any money there, but the judge ordered the neighbor to pay a fine. The fine would be about $20 in U.S. money, but to those people, it might as well have been $20,000. If he didn’t pay, he would go to jail until somehow the fine was paid, which might be a long time.
Morris did not delight in the judgement against his neighbor. [See Proverbs 24:17.] Instead, he saw an opportunity to spread the gospel. He talked to his daughter and said, “We have this opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ. I can pay that fine if you will let me.” His daughter agreed, and they paid the fine.
(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)
Do you think the neighbor was grateful to Morris and quit bothering his family? Read the next post to find out.
Published on December 17th, 2018
In July 1998, Pastor “Bike” cycled 17,000 kilometers across China, sharing the gospel in 24 provinces — that’s how he got his nickname. (A province is like a state.)
Government officials didn’t like Pastor Bike because of his Christian activities. Police often threatened his house church, and he was taken to police stations many times.
In addition to preaching the gospel, Pastor Bike and his wife took care of orphans who had no place to live. You can read about his orphans in a previous post here.
Pastor Bike still ministers throughout China. He often leads two to three people to Christ in one day! He and his wife are planting another church, and they baptized hundreds of new believers this past year. Pastor Bike faces ongoing pressure and persecution, as well as some health problems. Please pray for his health and safety, and for his ministry to continue to bring many to Christ.
Published on December 14th, 2018
In 2017, officials in the city of Wenzhou in China banned all Christmas activities in schools and kindergartens. A communist group at a Chinese university warned students against being “blindly excited by Western holidays like Christmas.”
Restrictions against Christians are increasing in China. Some adult Christians are concerned that children and youth will not be able to stand firm in their faith in God if the rules against Christianity become even stricter.
Pray for Chinese Christians and their children at Christmastime.
Published on December 13th, 2018
Last year, some Christians in Laos invited their entire village to a Christmas celebration. As part of the celebration, they showed a video about the life of Jesus.
Authorities in the area did not like the idea of more villagers learning about Jesus. They arrested six Christians and put them in jail. The Christians were not released until January 31st of this year.
Every year, Christians in some countries risk getting arrested if they celebrate the birth of Jesus. Pray for protection for the Christians, and pray that their celebrations will lead many unbelievers to Christ.
(Source: VOM Canada)
Published on December 12th, 2018
Some churches in Eritrea are known for their murals depicting people and stories from the Bible. Draw, then color, a person or scene related to the Christmas story. Cut out and glue the picture onto a white gift bag.
Find out more about church murals and Christians in Eritrea in Bold Believers in Eritrea, available in the Downloads section.