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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

Sunday School Around the World: Nepal

 

About 80 percent of the people in Nepal are Hindu, and about 10 percent are Buddhist. In practice, many follow a mixture of both religions. About 2 percent of the people are Christian, and their numbers are increasing. Those who come to Christ from other religions may be persecuted by their families, neighbors, teachers, and bosses, or others.

The youth in the photo are studying the Bible. They have some unusual animal guests visiting their class! (Hindus honor cattle, and it is against the law to kill a cow in Nepal.)


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Sunday School Around the World: Pakistan

Esther and her students

Esther and her family worked very hard all day at a brick kiln in Pakistan. In her free time, Esther began teaching Sunday school classes to the children of other brick kiln workers. Muslim children began to attend her class.

Esther tells what happened next.

“The brick kiln owner warned me four times to stop holding meetings and to stop teaching Muslims. I told him I did not force the Muslims to attend, and their parents knew that the children were Sunday school students. They take interest because I teach about the God who was, and is, and will live forever.

“One day the brick kiln owner came to my class and ordered the Muslim students to get out of my house. He slapped my face, then grabbed my Bible out of my hand and threw it on a couch. He said, ‘I have told you many times to stop the prayer meetings!’ The Muslim students stopped him from beating me.

“I did not stop teaching. The owner continued to persecute me and he attacked me violently another time.

“I have forgiven the brick kiln owner, because I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

Read the entire story here.


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Sunday School Around the World: Kenya

 

The Sunday school class in the photo is meeting safely under a huge rock in Kenya. Can you name five ways your Sunday school class is different from the Kenyan class? In what ways do you suppose the class in the photo is like your class?

To Do
Enter “Kenya” in the search box to learn about some of the struggles faced by Christians in Kenya.


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Sunday School Around the World: Sri Lanka

Sometimes enemies attack churches and pastors in Sri Lanka. The government often doesn’t protect the Christians. The majority of the people are Buddhists. (Read more about Buddhism here.)

The church in the photo was attacked by radical Buddhists, but the children still came to Sunday school in their damaged church.

To Talk About
Talk to your family, class, or group about the following: If enemies attacked and damaged your church building, would you go to church there the next Sunday?


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Sunday School Around the World: Iran

In Iran, where Christian activities are strictly controlled by the government, Christians meet secretly in house churches. The photo shows a secret Sunday school class in Iran.

In one church in Iran, the leaders gave every member seven Bibles when they left church on Sunday. They asked the Christians to give one Bible a day to someone who wasn’t a Christian. But sharing the gospel with non-Christians is against the law in the country. So the Christians risked getting arrested every time they shared a Bible.

To Talk About
If you lived in Iran and your Sunday school teacher gave you seven Bibles to share, what would you do? Would you want your parents to share Bibles with non-Christians if it meant that they might go to jail?


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