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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See i-am-n.com.)

Spotlight Story

Preschoolers in Jail

Mona and her children in jail

When Christian families in some countries wake up in the morning, they never know what struggles the day might bring. Three children in Sudan, ages 2, 4, and 6, are learning at an early age that, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).

One day, while their father was away, the police came and arrested their mother, Mona Matta. The police took the children to jail with her! No charges were filed against the family, and they were released after several hours.

But their troubles were not over. When the family got home, they discovered that a gang had destroyed all their belongings.

Pray that the family’s daily needs will be met. Pray that they will grow stronger in their faith in Jesus, who said, “Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

(Photo: Morning Star News)


Activities Story

Accordion Book

Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs made an accordion booklet about bold Christians. To make one like it, fold three or more pieces of paper in half. Lay them side by side, then overlap the middle edges about 1 inch. Tape or glue down the overlapped parts. (See the photo.)

Print photos and headlines from VOM websites or photocopy them from VOM publications to glue or tape to your booklet. Use the booklet to tell other Christians about persecuted believers around the world, or as a reminder to pray for courageous Christians.


Spotlight Story

Meili: Set Free in China

A girl in China

Meili had never heard the name of Jesus. No one in her Chinese village was a Christian.

New Hope
Then one day, an old woman from a village far away gave Meili a booklet called “The Gospel.” Meili read it and realized that she was a sinner. She confessed her sins to God and trusted in Jesus as her Savior.

Confused
But Meili had no Bible and no one to teach her more about Christianity. So she was happy when two missionaries visited her home and said they were “Christians.” The visitors gave her a different booklet, but not a Bible. They told her what she needed to do to be part of their group.

1.    They said, “You must be healthy and have plenty of money to prove that God likes you.”
2.    The visitors also said, “You must confess your sins to us every day.”
3.    And they said, “If you donate money to us, we will pray for you.”

Meili no longer felt happy; she felt confused and uncomfortable. She didn’t know that the visitors were not really Christians. They belonged to a group that did not follow the Bible.

Hope Returns
Not long after the visitors left, a friend of The Voice of the Martyrs found out about the fake Christians. He gave Bibles to people in Meili’s village. Meili read her new Bible eagerly and was filled with peace. The truth that she read set her free from her confusion.

(Source: VOM-Australia)

Learn more about VOM’s Bible projects at vombibles.com.


Spotlight Story

Ramadan Media

TV stations in Muslim countries broadcast new shows during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Viewers can watch dramas, comedies, and quiz shows that are on TV only during Ramadan. On one quiz show from Muslim Bahrain, the host visited neighborhoods, businesses, and mosques to ask questions of the public.

Recent news reports say that Facebook users in the Middle East and North Africa spend an extra 57.6 million hours on Facebook during Ramadan.

To Do: Pray that Muslims who watch more TV and access more social media during Ramadan will find Christian programs and information that will lead them to Jesus.


Spotlight Story

What Happens During Ramadan?

A Ramadan feast

New clothes, gifts, late-night family feasts, sports and games, times of prayer, and special TV shows — Muslim children look forward to all these things during Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month on the Muslim calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims believe that older children and adults should fast from food and drink during daylight hours.

The Muslim calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar. (The Gregorian calendar is used for most purposes in the U.S. and around the world.) According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan starts about 11 days earlier each year. This year it starts in late May.

It can be difficult to avoid eating and drinking when Ramadan falls during the hot summer months. Muslims eagerly wait for sunset when their daily fast ends.

In some countries, Muslims are less friendly toward Christians during Ramadan. Pray for Christians in Muslim countries during the days of Ramadan this year.

Enter “Ramadan” in the search box to find more facts and stories about Ramadan.

Learn more about Islam from Learning About Islam, available for free download on this site.


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