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.
Published on July 3rd, 2020
Americans celebrate their freedom on July 4th. Some people say freedom is the right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you. People in prison are not considered free. But read below what some Vietnamese Christians said about the time they spent in prison for their faith in Christ:
- Being in prison gave me more time to have a deeper relationship with God.
- It was an honor to serve the Lord in this way.
- I learned more about the true values of life.
- Going to prison encouraged me to continue my Christian work when I got out. After being in prison, I was more willing to risk going back to prison again.
- In prison I had the opportunity to lead my cellmates, and even guards, to Christ.
The apostle Paul said, “Because of my chains [his time in prison], most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly” (Philippians 1:14).
To Think About: In what ways were the Vietnamese prisoners freer in prison? How did Paul’s time in prison create more freedom for the gospel to spread?
What You Can Do Story
Published on July 2nd, 2020
The July 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine encourages us to remember that we are in the same “family” as persecuted Christians around the world. (See Hebrews 13:3.)
“Our Christian brothers and sisters are a treasure,” said VOM president Cole Richards. “In Christ, we are meant to enjoy a richness of joy in relationship with other members of God’s family.”
The magazine also describes ways we can help provide for our Christian family members when they are driven from their homes because of their faith in Christ.
You can read about some of the ways below. To find out more, visit persecution.com/driven.
Family Med Packs
Family Med Packs provide health and hygiene items for families on the run from attackers. If you order a Med Pack Kit, you will also receive a list of items to put in the pack before returning it to The Voice of the Martyrs. Items may include bandages, toothbrush, gauze, lip balm, and additional items.
Action Packs include items like sheets, a tarp, a blanket, zip ties, soap, a toy, and other items. You can order an Action Pack Kit from VOM and fill it yourself before returning it to VOM, or you can make a donation to VOM to cover the cost of filling and distributing a pack.
Find more details and ways to help at persecution.com/driven.
To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
Published on July 1st, 2020
Parents and Teachers
The July 2020 photo issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features dramatic photos of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who daily face obstacles to their peace and their ability to spread God’s Word. They continue to follow Jesus joyfully in difficult circumstances.
You can share with your children photos of:
*Christians in India worshiping God after leaving a life of Hindu idol worship.
*Bible distribution in Colombia’s “Red Zones” that are controlled by guerrilla fighters.
*Christian refugees who choose to love the Muslims who robbed them of all their worldly possessions.
Find stories from the same countries on this site and pray with your children about the Christians in those countries.
* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several of the countries here.
*Find information about lesson plans for India and Colombia here.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.
Published on June 30th, 2020
“For the safety of all concerned, we have decided to cancel VBS this year.”— church website
Churches in some parts of the U.S. have cancelled their VBS programs for 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some churches are planning online virtual VBS sessions that children can “attend” at home.
You can have one-week “home VBS” by using one or more of the suggestions below.
*Choose five Torchlighters DVDs to watch during the week. The DVDs are also currently available for streaming free at Redeemtv.com. Download free student and teacher guides for the DVDs you chose here or at Torchlighters.org. (Torchlighters has additional DVD-related materials on their site.) Or, purchase the Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book here. Select activities from the resources to complete your home VBS curriculum.
*Order VOM’s Kids of Courage curriculum kit here. Explore samples and information from the kit at kidsofcouragevbs.com. After you receive the kit, choose instructions, stories, and activities from the kit to make your own VBS plans.
*Choose five Bold Believers country/activity books from the list of downloadable books here. Download the five books. Choose stories and activities from one book per day to read and complete.
Click on “Contact Us” at the bottom of this webpage to send a message to Kids of Courage describing how your home VBS turned out.
Published on June 29th, 2020
Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently talked with Cole Richards, the president of The Voice of the Martyrs, about The Day of the Christian Martyr. You can read Cole’s comments below. (Edited for length and clarity.)
Todd: The Day of the Christian Martyr is on June 29th. Each year The Voice of the Martyrs highlights the story of an individual who gave their life serving the Lord. Cole Richards, the president of The Voice of the Martyrs, will tell us more about this annual tradition. Cole, first of all, what is The Day of the Christian Martyr?
Cole: The Day of the Christian Martyr is one of the things we do at The Voice of the Martyrs to make sure that today’s Christians can be inspired by those who came before us. This day is just one of the ways we want to create awareness and understanding of this rich legacy of those who came before us.
First, I really hope people understand that our Christian faith is not just a bunch of ideas or teachings. It is about relationships. So first and foremost is our relationship with our Creator, Almighty God, but then it is about relationship with our Christian family. These are eternal relationships. We will spend eternity with the other members of the Body of Christ. On The Day of the Christian Martyr, we look at those who have come before us. It is tremendously uplifting and inspiring. It makes us strong. It gives us courage to be connected with these brothers and sisters in Christ from the past.
I want to challenge people to pray on two levels. One level is pray for the need that exists when a pastor is martyred and leaves behind a widow and children. We need to feel the human emotion of our brothers and sisters in Christ as they suffer well for God’s glory. That is one direction that our prayers need to take.
The second direction they should take is to pray for the advancement of God’s kingdom that these people were a part of, and that they still are a part of. We are going to pray for the widow and serve her, but we also are going to pray for the advancement of God’s eternal kingdom in that place because that is why these Christians gave their lives.