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Bold Believers in North Korea

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.

Spotlight Story

Mama in Prison

(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions, and from the Kids of Courage archives. SDOK is in the Netherlands. The story has been translated then edited for length and clarity.)

Dad had always thought that one day he would be taken prisoner. But then Mom was arrested.

My father, Du Hongbo, worked for the church in the city where we lived. My mother, Cheng Jie, was director of a kindergarten. Agents came to our house and they took Mom with them. Dad was not at home at that moment. We were all very shocked by the arrest. The kindergarten schoolbooks did not mention anything about God or Jesus. In the kindergarten, the children did learn important Christian rules such as loyalty and honesty. The government says that the kindergarten did not follow the Chinese education law.

Dad Does His Best
My father found it very difficult that my mother was not there. He said: “Every time I looked at my children, I felt sad. I do not know how to take care of children. When they asked me something, I did not know what to say.”

But I thought he was doing his best. My brother was still a baby when Mom was arrested, so he did not remember her. But I missed her very much. I always asked for Mom.

Hard Work
Mom was sentenced to two years in prison. Dad was furious at first. But then he got peace. “I believe that God has everything in His hand,” he said. “This event teaches me to trust in the Lord. All I can do is pray and wait for God’s time.”

Mom had to work hard in prison. She got up at 5 am and worked until 10 pm! She got little food. Dad was allowed to visit her for half an hour a month. But Mom remained courageous. She told the Gospel to fellow prisoners and some of them believed.

I Keep Talking About Jesus
Mom was released in 2016! But she was closely watched. We have therefore moved to another province. My parents do not stop with their work for God. Dad says, “I always want to serve God. Wherever we are, I tell others about Jesus.”

I am proud of my parents.


Spotlight Story

Your Opinion

The previous post told the story of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. Read more about Booth and 15 other Torchlighters heroes in The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available at VOMBooks.com.

What Do You Think?
William Booth wanted to help Christian parents of his day raise children to serve the Lord obediently. Below are some of his instructions for parents. Do you agree with his instructions?

God’s Love
“The goodness and love of God should be explained to children very early in life … that God is not only willing but anxious, for Christ’s sake, to pardon their sins, and become at once, as a natural consequence, their Father and Friend.”

Do you agree that it is a good idea to teach these truths to very young children? Why or why not?

Keeping Silent
“Compel children to keep silence in the presence of grown-up people. Nevertheless, it will be good to give them every opportunity in their own play-time, or somewhere in the absence of strangers, to express their impressions about what they see and hear and learn. At such times converse with them freely; answer their questions.”

What do you think of William’s rule?

Friends
“Prevent [children] from having association with their schoolmates. Let them mix as little as possible with them after school hours, going to and coming from the school alone, and keeping as much as possible by themselves in the playground.”

Do you agree with William’s rules about classmates from school?

Putting Others First
“Teach your children to deny themselves in order to promote the happiness of others. Train them to give the preference to brothers and sisters in things that are most desirable. If there is a better seat at the table … or in [church]; if there is nicer food, or a more desirable toy — teach them to let their brothers and sisters or friends have it.”

What do you think of William’s suggestion about sharing the best things with others? Can you find any verses from the Bible to support William’s suggestion?


Spotlight Story

The William Booth Story

Elise Wixtrom writes reviews of VOM resources for readers of kidsofcourage.com. Enter “Elise” in the search box to read about Elise and to find more of her reviews. Read below her review of the Torchlighters DVD, The William Booth Story. Torchlighters DVDs are available at vombooks.com.

In 1861, London was a rough place to live, especially in the East End. The people there fought, stole, and drank, and were often left in poverty for the rest of their lives. Almost no one tried to reach the hungry people there, until one man, a preacher named William Booth moved to London with his wife, Catherine, to begin a street ministry. The Booths began inviting the locals to tent meetings where they shared the gospel. The attendees often threw things at Booth as he was speaking, but he kept preaching anyway.

One day, William Booth stumbled across the East End. Looking around at the sad, hungry, lost people of London’s poorest neighborhood, William Booth decided that he would move his ministry there. Many of his friends tried to tell him that it was useless, and that the East End would never listen to his message, but Booth didn’t care.

At first, the people who came to his tent meetings were rowdy. But eventually they began to come to Christ in large numbers. They stopped getting drunk and fighting, and began to love each other. They started taking care of their families and following the law. However, many pub owners were very angry with Booth for taking their liquor customers away. They planned a riot to stop Booth once and for all.

During this riot, a young boy was injured while defending one of the new believers from a pub owner. Shocked, the rioters slowed to a halt. They finally began to listen to what William Booth was saying, and many more of them came to Christ.

Booth’s work created an environment of gentleness and health in the East End. Their slogan was “War Against Sin”, which eventually led to the ministry being called the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has now spread all over the world, bringing the good news of salvation to every corner of the globe. The Salvation Army, from its humble beginnings as William Booth’s tent ministry, continues his legacy by giving aid and love to thousands of hurting people.

Watch the clip below from the DVD Torchlighters: The William Booth Story.


Readers Talk to Us Story

Christmas Gifts for Persecuted Christians

Christmas Care Packs
Every year, The Voice of the Martyrs and Kids of Courage readers sponsor Christmas Care Packs for children in countries where Christians are persecuted. This year VOM will again be distributing Christmas Care Packs to children throughout some of the more than 60 nations where VOM works. The packs will be customized for each region. But all will include a backpack, school items, hygiene items like toothbrushes, and Christian books.

To find out how you can sponsor a pack, see The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter or visit this site.

Village Outreach Kits

Village Outreach Kits provide Bibles, other Christian materials, and DVD players for pastors and evangelists in countries where Christians are persecuted. Jan S., a Sunday school director, wrote a letter to The Voice of the Martyrs about a project at her church.

“We are a small church in Idaho that just began a new Sunday school program last fall,” Jan wrote. “The children have been saving their Sunday school offering to purchase a Village Outreach Kit. They were excited when we finally reached the [full amount] mark on our chart!

“We hope that this Outreach Kit will bring the comfort of Christ to those who are suffering and lost…. I am crying as I write this letter, and I think of those who risk their lives to take the good news of God’s love to those who may later die for Christ’s sake.

“We have been in ministry nearly 40 years but have never shared in the sufferings of Christ in that way. May God’s comfort and love and protection go with you!”


Activities Story

Parable of the Sower Sudoku Puzzle

(Source: Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia, available in the Downloads section.)

Christians who want to spread the gospel of Jesus are not welcome in some places The Bible tells us that not everyone who hears God’s Word will follow Jesus. Read the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4–8 and Jesus’ explanation of the parable in Luke 8:11-15.

The symbols in the puzzle below stand for words in the Parable of the Sower: seeds, rock, fruit, and birds. To solve the puzzle, print it, then draw one of the four symbols in each of the empty squares so that each row (across), each column (up and down), and each block (the parts outlined in bold) contain all four symbols.

Seeds Rock Fruit
Bird Seeds
Bird Seeds
Rock Fruit

Visit this link to view the answers to the sudoku puzzle

Sudoku Puzzle Answers

Seeds Rock Bird Fruit
Bird Fruit Rock Seeds
Fruit Bird Seeds Rock
Rock Seeds Fruit Bird

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