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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.

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Amy Carmichael: Fascinating Facts

The previous post told about missionary Amy Carmichael and her work in India. Read more facts about Amy below.

(Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available at VOMBooks.com. The book includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, coloring pages, dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the heroes featured on Torchlighters DVDs.)

“If Only You Knew”
Amy Carmichael grew up in a well-to-do Irish family with six younger siblings. She often got in trouble for her behavior. Once when someone told her she was naughty, she thought to herself, “If only you knew how much naughtier I could be, you wouldn’t think I was naughty at all!”

Serving God at Home
As a teenager, Amy totally gave her life and future to God. Her father died when she was 18, and Amy spent the next 10 years helping care for her younger siblings.

Learning Kindness
One day after church, Amy and her brother saw an old beggar woman with torn clothes and only rags to cover her feet. They helped the woman, but Amy was embarrassed to be seen with the pitiful beggar. Then the Lord reminded her of the things that would be important in eternity. (Read 1 Corinthians 3:12-14.) She was no longer embarrassed, and she
promised God to do things that pleased Him.

No Furloughs
Most missionaries take furloughs — breaks to rest and return to their home country and families — but Amy served in India for 55 years without a furlough.

Castes
Traditional Hinduism teaches that people are born into castes. A caste is a social class. Priests belong to the highest caste, soldiers to the next, businessmen and farmers to the
next, and servants and workers to the next. Lowest of all are the “untouchables,” now called Dalits. As a foreigner, Amy would have been seen as an “untouchable.” Today the
government of India has laws against the caste system. But Dalits are still scorned in parts of India.

Amy’s Prayer
The morning before an accident that broke her leg and made her an invalid, Amy prayed, “Do with me as Thou wilt. Do anything that will fit me to serve Thee and help my
beloveds.” During this time, Amy wrote many books and thousands of letters encouraging believers to take up their cross and follow Jesus.


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The Amy Carmichael Story

Elise Wixtrom has grown up learning about persecuted Christians and reading VOM resources. Currently she 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.

Amy Carmichael
1901. India. Amy Carmichael, an Irishwoman by birth, sailed across the ocean to a land she had never been to before. When Amy Carmichael was younger, she had dreamed of having beautiful blue eyes instead of boring brown ones. Every night when she went to bed, she prayed she’d wake up and her eyes would change. Every morning, she looked in the mirror and was disappointed. But little Amy Carmichael would later find that her “boring” brown eyes were going to help her in the future.

Amy Carmichael rode around the Indian countryside, bringing the gospel to small villages with her band of friends. They called themselves “The Starry Cluster,” a name taken from the Bible verse, “Those who bring righteousness to many shall shine like the stars” (Daniel 12:3). The group of friends, mostly women, taught in marketplaces and sometimes in the streets. They held Bible studies that young children attended to hear the gospel of Christ. Soon, though, a young girl came to Carmichael and begged for her help to escape temple servitude. The missionary woman took the girl, named Preena, into her home and gave her shelter from the temple.

The VOM Torchlighters episode, The Amy Carmichael Story, focuses on the story of Preena and how her path crossed Amy’s in her search for freedom. Over the years that Amy Carmichael stayed in India, she adopted many other children. Some of the children had also run away from the temple, others left their families because they were being abused for being Christians. In order to sneak into the temple to rescue children, Carmichael had to dye her skin with coffee. If her eyes were blue, she wouldn’t have been able to do that.

In fact, Amy Carmichael made the best of all situations, overcoming all odds with her optimism and unrelenting faith in the Word of God. She believed that God could set all slaves free, whether they were old or young. Her belief in a loving and caring Father brought many children to safety. It gave hope to the hopeless and a home to the abandoned. It gave a family to the orphans and the outcasts, and her legacy in India changed an entire culture of slavery for the better.

Watch a trailer for The Amy Carmichael Story here.

 


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Notes to Nigeria

Dalo

A recent post told about Dalo, an 8-year-old boy who was injured when Christian villages in Nigeria were attacked. Many more Nigerians have been injured in attacks, and more than 10,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

Would you like to write a note of encouragement to Nigerian Christians? You can find instructions to write a note here. You may want to ask others in your family or class to also write a note.

Let Nigerian Christians know that Christians around the world have not forgotten them!


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Tigrinya: Jesus Loves Me

A verse in Tigrinya

Tigrinya and Arabic are two of the languages spoken in Eritrea. “Jesus loves me” in Tigrinya is pronounced like this:

Yehf kee rehn nee yoo.

The words actually say, “He loves me,” but they are the words Eritrean children use when they sing the song.

Try singing the song “Jesus Loves Me” using the Tigrinya words in place of “Jesus loves me” in the song.

Note: Some sounds used in Tigrinya are not used in speaking English. For example, one sound in Tigrinya is somewhat like a cross between and English “k” and an English “h.” Can you make a sound that sounds like both a “k” and an “h?”


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Eritrea: Preparing to Serve

Eritrean girls

The previous post told about Helen Berhane, a Christian singer who was imprisoned in Eritrea. God helped Helen survive her time in prison. But He also prepared her to serve Him while she was growing up.

Helen dedicated her life to the work of the Lord when she was 14. She and a friend, also named Helen, began to pray together almost every day. The girls also fasted on some days.

They had many situations to pray about. Some people in Eritrea followed the teachings and customs of witch doctors. The two Helens prayed that the people would follow Jesus instead. They prayed for guidance and changes for their country, which was fighting a war with Ethiopia at the time.

Helen and Helen believed Jesus’ promise that says, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). They knew that things can change if people pray.

During that time, Helen also visited sick people, told others about the gospel, shared Christian songs with others, and read books about Christians who had been persecuted. God was helping her mature in her faith and service.

To Think About
*What activities did Helen do that helped her prepare to serve God as an adult?
*What else can Christian students do that will help them mature in their faith and their service to God?
*What is one thing you can do to grow as a Christian?


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