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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

The William Booth Story

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 William Booth Story. Torchlighters DVDs are available at vombooks.com.

In 1861, London was a rough place to live, especially in the East End. The people there fought, stole, and drank, and were often left in poverty for the rest of their lives. Almost no one tried to reach the hungry people there, until one man, a preacher named William Booth moved to London with his wife, Catherine, to begin a street ministry. The Booths began inviting the locals to tent meetings where they shared the gospel. The attendees often threw things at Booth as he was speaking, but he kept preaching anyway.

One day, William Booth stumbled across the East End. Looking around at the sad, hungry, lost people of London’s poorest neighborhood, William Booth decided that he would move his ministry there. Many of his friends tried to tell him that it was useless, and that the East End would never listen to his message, but Booth didn’t care.

At first, the people who came to his tent meetings were rowdy. But eventually they began to come to Christ in large numbers. They stopped getting drunk and fighting, and began to love each other. They started taking care of their families and following the law. However, many pub owners were very angry with Booth for taking their liquor customers away. They planned a riot to stop Booth once and for all.

During this riot, a young boy was injured while defending one of the new believers from a pub owner. Shocked, the rioters slowed to a halt. They finally began to listen to what William Booth was saying, and many more of them came to Christ.

Booth’s work created an environment of gentleness and health in the East End. Their slogan was “War Against Sin”, which eventually led to the ministry being called the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has now spread all over the world, bringing the good news of salvation to every corner of the globe. The Salvation Army, from its humble beginnings as William Booth’s tent ministry, continues his legacy by giving aid and love to thousands of hurting people.

Watch the clip below from the DVD Torchlighters: The William Booth Story.


Readers Talk to Us Story

Christmas Gifts for Persecuted Christians

Christmas Care Packs
Every year, The Voice of the Martyrs and Kids of Courage readers sponsor Christmas Care Packs for children in countries where Christians are persecuted. This year VOM will again be distributing Christmas Care Packs to children throughout some of the more than 60 nations where VOM works. The packs will be customized for each region. But all will include a backpack, school items, hygiene items like toothbrushes, and Christian books.

To find out how you can sponsor a pack, see The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter or visit this site.

Village Outreach Kits

Village Outreach Kits provide Bibles, other Christian materials, and DVD players for pastors and evangelists in countries where Christians are persecuted. Jan S., a Sunday school director, wrote a letter to The Voice of the Martyrs about a project at her church.

“We are a small church in Idaho that just began a new Sunday school program last fall,” Jan wrote. “The children have been saving their Sunday school offering to purchase a Village Outreach Kit. They were excited when we finally reached the [full amount] mark on our chart!

“We hope that this Outreach Kit will bring the comfort of Christ to those who are suffering and lost…. I am crying as I write this letter, and I think of those who risk their lives to take the good news of God’s love to those who may later die for Christ’s sake.

“We have been in ministry nearly 40 years but have never shared in the sufferings of Christ in that way. May God’s comfort and love and protection go with you!”


Activities Story

Parable of the Sower Sudoku Puzzle

(Source: Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia, available in the Downloads section.)

Christians who want to spread the gospel of Jesus are not welcome in some places The Bible tells us that not everyone who hears God’s Word will follow Jesus. Read the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4–8 and Jesus’ explanation of the parable in Luke 8:11-15.

The symbols in the puzzle below stand for words in the Parable of the Sower: seeds, rock, fruit, and birds. To solve the puzzle, print it, then draw one of the four symbols in each of the empty squares so that each row (across), each column (up and down), and each block (the parts outlined in bold) contain all four symbols.

Seeds Rock Fruit
Bird Seeds
Bird Seeds
Rock Fruit

Visit this link to view the answers to the sudoku puzzle

Sudoku Puzzle Answers

Seeds Rock Bird Fruit
Bird Fruit Rock Seeds
Fruit Bird Seeds Rock
Rock Seeds Fruit Bird

Spotlight Story

Laos: Vang and Mee

Vang and Mee

The previous two posts told the stories of Vang and Mee, youth in Laos who decided to follow Christ. Since then, Vang and Mee got married, and they now have two children of their own.

One day, a stranger approached Mee while she was cooking a meal in her family’s small outdoor kitchen. The man was a government sniper, just like Mee’s father. (See the previous post.)

“I’m very sorry,” the man said. “I tried to shoot your husband two years ago. I shot and missed. Since then, I have been watching your husband do things and help people. He is a good man.”

Then he showed Mee a Bible he had stolen from their village. He said he was ashamed of shooting people, but had found hope in the Bible. “Your God is good,” he told Mee. “I can’t give this book back. I want to keep it. I am very sorry.”

Mee understood that the Holy Spirit was at work in the man’s heart. She prayed with him and told him she forgave him.

Under a new law, all religious activities in Laos must be approved by government offices, and permission is rarely given. “Any time we come together, they can arrest us,” Vang said. “Every time we go out, it could be the last time.

“God says to love others and have no fear,” Vang continued. “Why do we fear other people if we are supposed to love them? You have to have love in your heart and not see others as the enemy. I don’t see the government as the enemy. I don’t see any men as the enemy. I only see people who need love. We need to love them and do good to them like Jesus said. We should pray for them and bless them.”

(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity and age appropriateness.)


Spotlight Story

Laos: Mee

Girls in Laos

Mee, like Vang in the previous post, grew up in Laos. Her neighbors were Communist Party leaders, and her father was a government sniper whose job was to shoot enemies of the government.

When Mee was 2 years old, her father died. Then when she was 14, she found out that she had thyroid cancer. After fighting the disease for five years, she felt hopeless when the doctors gave her three months to live.

Mee’s sister, who had become a Christian, encouraged Mee to go to church. At church, Mee prayed, “If You are really true, God, heal me, and I will serve you until I die.”

That night, she dreamed about two paths: a dark one and a light one. The dark path scared her. But on the light path she saw a man saying, “Come with me.” She walked toward Him and He touched her head, saying, “I love you like a daughter.”

“I could feel the love of the Father, which I never had before,” she recalled. “I talked to my sister about it. She read the Bible to me and I confessed that I wanted to believe.” At a medical checkup about a month later, Mee was stunned to learn that her cancer had disappeared.

But her struggles were not over. One day, a communist guard in her neighborhood pointed a gun at her forehead and said, “If you continue to be a Christian, I will kill you.”

“You can kill my body but not my spirit,” Mee told him. Surprised, the guard lowered his gun. He told Mee he would continue to watch her. Since that day, the threat of death doesn’t matter to Mee; she knows that without God’s miraculous healing she wouldn’t be alive anyway. Her life is in His hands.

(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity and age appropriateness.)


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