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.
Published on January 22nd, 2019
Filipino and English are official languages of the Philippines. Filipino is said to have come from Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. Sometimes people call Filipino “Tagalog.” Filipino may also be referred to as “Pilipino.”
Learn to Count in Filipino
(Pronunciations are approximate.)
The first word in each group below is the English word, and the second is the Filipino word. The third part tells how to pronounce the Filipino word.
One. Isa. ee-SAH
Two. Dalawa. dah-lah-WAH
Three. Tatlo. taht-LOH
Four. Apat. ah-PAHT
Five. Lima. lee-MAH
Six. Anim. AH-neem
Seven. Pito. pee-TOH
Eight. Walo. wah-LOH
Nine. Siyam. shahm
Ten. Sampu. sahm-POO
(Source: Bold Believers in the Philippines. Read or download the book here.)
Count the number of Filipino children in the photo above using Filipino numbers.
Published on January 21st, 2019
Ruth, a 14-year-old Christian in the Philippines, wants to be a missionary someday. But she isn’t waiting until “someday” to share the gospel with others. Ruth already talks about her faith with girls at her school.
One day, Ruth’s father gave her a book about brave Christians who were persecuted for their faith in Christ. “It made me cry,” Ruth said. But it also inspired her. She took the book to school and told her friends about it. Soon other girls borrowed the book and read it.
Ruth and her family prayed that God would use the book to change the hearts of girls who were not following Jesus. God answered their prayers!
“There have been changes in two classrooms,” Ruth’s father said. “In the past, students in some classes were wild and troublesome. There has been a change in the attitude and behavior of many students. It even surprised the teachers. Even the principal says there is a difference.”
Some of the teachers have asked Ruth if they can read her book, too!
Note: In parts of the Philippines, radical Muslims have attacked Christians and their homes. They want to force all Christians to leave the areas.
Share a book or DVD about courageous Christians with others. Pray that the book or DVD will encourage them to serve Him.
Published on January 18th, 2019
Bold Believers in the Philippines, available in the Downloads section, is the newest book in the Bold Believers series.
The champorado recipe below is from the book. Children in the Philippines enjoy champorado for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. Try the recipe, and learn about life for Christians in the Philippines from stories in the book.
2 cups of freshly cooked rice
½ cup of chocolate chips or a chocolate bar cut in pieces
1 to 2 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
Yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk
1. Add chocolate to hot, freshly cooked rice, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add sugar if desired.
2. Scoop ½ cup of the mixture into a bowl. Top with yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk.
Published on January 17th, 2019
Elise Wixtrom 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. Read below her review of the Torchlighters DVD, The Perpetua Story. Torchlighters DVDs are available at vombooks.com.
[Preview is recommended before showing the DVD to younger children.]
Perpetua, a woman who lived in Roman times, just like Augustine, became a Christian soon after she gave birth to her baby son. She was very young when she accepted Jesus Christ, but she became an active participant in the early church.
At that time, the Romans did not accept Christianity as a true religion. They instead wanted everyone to pledge allegiance to the emperor and to their gods. So they made it illegal to become a Christian. Anyone who professed to love Jesus was fed to wild animals. The Christians were shunned and hunted, as if they were not even people.
Perpetua took a great risk by becoming a Christian in this era. In fact, the danger of becoming a Christian was so great, the believers had to gather in homes under the veil of night. Still, the Roman army would come through the streets and raid the houses, looking for gatherings.
One night, Perpetua and her friend Felicity (who was a slave), were attending church just as usual, when the Roman army raided her pastor’s house. The soldiers arrested everyone who attended, including Perpetua and Felicity. The two women, Felicity’s husband, and Perpetua’s baby son were all thrown in jail. In the morning, they would be asked to burn incense to the emperor as a sign of loyalty.
Perpetua and her friends were afraid of what was going to happen to them in the future, so they prayed without stopping until they fell from exhaustion. As the Christians were sleeping, Christ Jesus came to Perpetua in a dream, where he handed her a cup and told her to drink. “This is a taste of sweet things to come,” he said. Perpetua knew then that she would go to be with the Lord soon.
When morning came, Perpetua told her friends about what had happened in the dream. “We will be delivered and go to the Lord as martyrs,” she explained. And they were all at peace.
When the time came, Perpetua and her friends were thrown to the wild animals because they refused to bow down and worship the emperor above God. Because of their faith and steadfast assurance that God would deliver them (even if that meant death), they became an example for all other Christians to follow. That is, they told the world that they would not back down when choices got hard. They told the Romans that they would not bow down to false gods. And they told the Church that God will not abandon you even if you feel like He has. As followers of Christ, they met their end with grace and love – and entered into a new beginning as bright as the morning sun.
Learn more and watch a clip from The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story here.
Published on January 16th, 2019
Dr. Mehrdad is a Christian leader from Iran, where most of the people are Muslims. He recently talked with VOM Radio about how fast the church in Iran is growing. With the growth of the church comes persecution. But God is faithful to encourage His people who suffer.
Dr. Mehrdad told the following story about an Iranian Christian who was taken to the police station several times and interrogated harshly. (To interrogate is ask someone many questions, sometimes using threats or violence.)
One night, the Christian started praying for his interrogator. Then God showed him in a dream an elderly lady who was very sick. In the dream, God asked the Christian to pray for this sick, elderly lady and said, “This is the mother of your interrogator, so pray for her.”
The Christian started praying for the woman every day. The next time he was taken for questioning, his interrogator was treating him very badly. The Christian felt something inside him saying, “Tell him, tell him.” If he was wrong and the interrogator didn’t have a sick mother, it would be very embarrassing. So he had to trust the voice inside him.
The Christian asked the interrogator, “How is your mom? How is your mother doing?”
The man said, “What business do you have with my mom? Why are you asking about my mother?”
The Christian answered, “God has shown your mother to me a few nights ago. She is very sick, and He asked me to pray for her. I have been praying for her.”
The interrogator was shocked and said, “Yes, my mom is really very sick. Please continue to pray for her.” As a result, the interrogator began to like the Christian, left him alone, and didn’t bother him anymore.
(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
To Talk About
Why do you think the Christian began praying for the interrogator? (Read Matthew 5:43-48.) Have you ever prayed for someone who treated you badly?