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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.

Spotlight Story

Vietnam: Anh-Tu’s Courage

Vietnamese girl

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).

Anh-Tu was a student at a public school in Vietnam. There were 5,000 students at her school. Most of them were Buddhist. Buddhists do not believe that Jesus is the way to salvation and eternal life.

“At school, if you talked about Jesus, you wouldn’t get any friends,” Anh-Tu said. “Teachers and students said bad things about Christianity in front of me. The teachers taught that there is no God. They said the Bible is a novel.” (A novel is a book that tells a story that did not really happen.)

One day, Anh-Tu had to give a speech at an assembly in front of the whole school. She decided to talk about Jesus in her speech. She did not know what might happen to her if she talked about her faith in front of so many people who did not know Jesus.

“After the speech, God had changed my teacher,” said Anh-Ju. “She told me she wanted to find out more about Christianity. She was still never friendly to me. But she quit saying bad things about Christianity.

“Everything is a choice,” said Anh-Tu. She chose Jesus over school friends, friendly teachers, and freedom from persecution.

To Think About: If you were Anh-Tu, what would you have chosen? Would you have told people at your school about your faith? Or would you have kept it to yourself?

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)


Activities Story

Share Their Experience

“Exile Night was a phenomenal yet challenging experience for me” — Tatyana, student.

Student groups all across the United States have experienced a small part of what displaced believers face every day through “I Am N” Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Exile Night is an overnight event that can be done indoors or outdoors. The goal of Exile Night is for students to gain an understanding of what Christian refugees experience, and to be encouraged by their faith in Christ.

Click here for more information about how to hold an Exile Night with Christian students in your area. Most of the materials are available for free download. Additional materials are available for purchase, or you may substitute stories, videos, and activities from this site and VOM’s Prisoner Alert site.


Spotlight Story

The Unselfish Girl

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, told the following story.

A little girl was on her way to school in Italy. Her mother walked beside her to see that she got to school safely. The girl had her lunch in her book bag. She and her mother decided to stop at a church for a short time of prayer.

Someone else stopped at the church, too. His name was Furbelone, and he had evil plans on his mind.

Furbelone was the leader of a group of criminals. He and his group were getting ready to rob a bank. Two of his followers were dressed in fake police uniforms so no one would know they were criminals. They stood outside the bank. Two other members of the group were going to take money from the bank teller. A getaway car waited in front of the bank.

Furbelone was dressed as a homeless beggar. His job was to sit on the church steps and give the other criminals secret signals. The signals would tell them when it was safe to start the robbery. No one would notice a poor beggar, he thought.

But the little girl noticed. She felt sorry for the man she thought was a beggar. So she took her lunch out of the bag. She tore off part of her sandwich to keep for her lunch. She smiled at Furbelone and gave him the rest of the sandwich.

At first Furbelone was angry. The girl was interrupting his plans! But then he had a thought. Here was a human being who looked at him with love. The girl thought he was important enough to give him her food. She probably thought he was honest, too.

So Furbelone decided to BE honest. He took the sandwich and walked into the church beside the girl and her mother. He never gave the signal for the robbery to start. His criminal life was over.

The girl thought she was just sharing her lunch. Instead, she stopped a robbery and led a man to learn more about Jesus.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives. Edited from the original source for clarity.)

To Think About
What do you think happened to Furbelone’s criminal friends? Do you think they were happy when he ruined their evil plans to get money? Maybe he kept them from going to jail. But they might not have appreciated that right away. They probably didn’t expect to get caught for their crime. Maybe some of them decided to seek Jesus, too!


Spotlight Story

How Should We React?

Paul escaping persecution

(Source: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom. Edited for length and age-appropriateness.)

How do you think Christians should react when others persecute them? The Bible talks about at least three ways: enduring, avoiding, and overcoming.

Enduring
Acts 16:25-36 tells about Paul and Silas in prison for their Christian activities. Even though they had been beaten by their persecutors, they sang hymns in their cell and even led the jailer and his family to Christ.

Avoiding
Paul endured persecution, but also escaped it when he had the opportunity. Read Acts 9:23-25 to learn how he once escaped from enemies.

Overcoming
Romans 12:14-21 tells how Christians can rise above persecution to a place of blessing.

To Talk About
*How did Paul escape persecution, according to Acts 9?
*Which do you think it would be hardest to do — to endure, to escape, or to overcome bad treatment?
*Read Romans 12:14-21, and tell five instructions for overcoming persecution found in those verses.


Activities Story

Jim Elliot’s Motto

The following activity is from The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book. The book is available here, and the companion DVDs here.

The previous post told about Jim Elliot, who gave his life while serving the Lord in South America. Jim’s four companions, Pete Fleming, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian, were also martyred. The group understood the dangers of missionary work, and they were willing to lay down their lives in service to God.

Jim had a motto that described his beliefs about risking his life for the gospel. To find the motto, print or copy the grid below, and follow the instructions. Can you explain what the motto means?

1. Jim Elliot served the Lord in Ecuador, South America. Cross out, in columns B, C, and E, the names of South American countries. (Refer to a map of South America if you need help.)

2. Jim Elliot demonstrated unselfishness. Cross out, in columns A, C, and D, words more than five letters long related to unselfishness.

3. Cross out the two-letter words only in columns B and D.

4. Cross out, in all columns, the first or last names of the five men who gave their lives.

5. To read Jim Elliot’s quote, start at the top of the grid, and going in order from left to right, read (or write) the words that have not been crossed out.


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