VOM’s Courageous Series books highlight the lives of faithful Christians throughout history, including the stories of biblical heroes Stephen, Thomas and Paul as well as three additional stories of well-known Christians Nicholas, Patrick and Valentine, whose faith informed their actions. Learn more here.
Published on May 6th, 2021
On Mother’s Day this year, remember mothers you know, or mothers around the world, who have sacrificed to bring up their children in the Christian faith. Some mothers who live in countries where Christians are persecuted have lost homes, families, and friends after deciding to follow Christ. Others have lost their lives, leaving children who honor their memory.
You can make a reminder to pray for mothers and children.
White, all-purpose glue
Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper
Buttons, ribbon, and other items for decorating
Photo of mothers and children from The Voice of the Martyrs’ publications or websites, or other sources
1. Trace around the outside of the inner hoop on decorative paper.
2. Cut out the traced circle and glue it onto the top ring of the inner hoop. Let it dry.
3. Glue on a photo, ribbon, buttons or other items to decorate the reminder.
4. Display the hoop on a wall or bulletin board.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife, or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29).
Published on May 5th, 2021
(Source: The May 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine)
[Photo: Reading the Bible in China]
“You know that [Jesus] appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5).
The Communist Party that rules China plans to change the Bible to make it agree with their non-Christian beliefs. As you read below, their version will not be true.
Story from the Bible
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Chinese Communist Version
Jesus once said to the angry crowd who was trying to stone a woman who had sinned, “He who is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.” When his words came to their ears, they stopped moving forward. When everyone went out, Jesus stoned the woman himself, and said, “I am also a sinner.”
To Talk About
*What are the mistakes in the Chinese Communist version of the story?
*Did Jesus sin? (See 1 John 3:5.)
*Why do you think the Chinese Communist version says He sinned?
Published on May 4th, 2021
Hudson Taylor served as a missionary to China in the 1800s. Many of his listeners had never heard the gospel, so Taylor used the characters in Chinese writing to teach Bible stories.
Taylor illustrated the story of Christ’s death on the cross with the Chinese character for the word “come.” The character has a cross in the middle. Jesus was crucified between two men. On either side of the cross in “come,” there is a character for the word “man.” Can you see the characters?
Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available here.
Published on May 3rd, 2021
Parents and Teachers
The May 2021 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories and photos from China, where in recent years restrictive religious regulations and persecution have increased significantly. You can share with your children any stories and photos from the magazine that are appropriate for their level of maturity and understanding, then pray with them for the people in the stories. Enter “China” in the search box of this site to find additional stories of Chinese Christians and related activities.
China has the largest population of any country in the world. About 130 million people in China are Christians, but that’s less than 10 percent of the population. Many are nonreligious. Find more facts about China in The Voice of the Martyrs Global Prayer Guide.
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Published on April 30th, 2021
Choose a country or persecuted Christian to pray for. Make a light switchplate cover to remind you to pray for the person or country whenever you turn on a light.
On think paper, draw and cut out a rectangle slightly larger than a light switchplate. Use markers, glue and glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint, or other decorative ways to write a reminder on the paper. Decorate the rest of the switchplate cover with stickers, drawings, pictures, or designs.
To cut out the center rectangle, use small, sharp scissors to gently poke a hole in it, then finish cutting out the rectangle. (Cut out the hole in advance for younger children) Use double-sided tape, or rolled-up pieces of regular tape, to attach the cover to a light switchplate.