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Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs

Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs includes stories, history, culture facts, and activities that help children understand the daily lives of the Uygur people, who live mainly in northwest China. The 52-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

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India: Pray for Monalisa

[Photo: Christian children in India]

Twelve years ago, angry Hindus in India attacked Christian churches, homes, and families. About 56,000 Christians lost their homes. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visit and encourage Indian Christians who still need help after the attacks.

Pastor Dibya, his wife, Puspanjali, and their 10-year-old daughter, Monalisa, lived in the area that was attacked. “When my husband started work here,” said Puspanjali, “only eight families were Christians. When people were sick, he would pray for them and miracles would take place. Just a couple months later, 28 families had come to the Lord.”

Attacks and More Threats
Sadly, Pastor Dibya was one of the Christians who died in the Hindu attacks. Despite her broken heart, Monalisa clung to her faith. “If they want to attack us like they did Papa, don’t worry, Mama, we’ll also stand for Jesus,” she told Puspanjali.

Violent Hindus continued to threaten Christians. So Monalisa and Puspanjali had to leave their village and move in with Monalisa’s grandparents, who were devout Hindus.

Coming Home
Under the grandparents’ influence, Monalisa and Puspanjali began to drift away from their Christian faith little by little. But then, Puspanjali became seriously ill, and doctors were not able to help her. She cried out to the Lord and asked for His forgiveness.

Puspanjali then moved back to her village. She now carries on Pastor Dibya’s ministry sharing the gospel.

Please Pray
But Monalisa did not go back to the village. She is now 22, has a son, and has not returned to following Christ. Puspanjali sees her from time to time.

Will you say a prayer today for Monalisa? Below are some suggestions for prayer. Can you think of others?

*Pray that Monalisa will understand that she can be forgiven for neglecting her faith and can return to following God’s will for her life.
*Pray that Monalisa will teach her son the truth about Jesus.
*Pray that Monalisa’s grandparents will open their hearts to God’s love for them.
*Pray that government officials and police officers in India will be diligent in protecting Christians from attacks.

(Source: August 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and age-appropriateness.)


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This Month

Parents and Teachers

The August 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Christians who survived attacks by radical Hindus in India. Some of the stories are too intense for most younger readers. You can find adapted versions of the stories from the magazine in upcoming posts on this site, then pray with your children for the Christians in the stories. The August issue also includes reports from Guinea, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Central Asia.

Related Resources

* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several countries here.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.


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What Can You Do?

Wat moet je doen als iemand gevangen zit?
[What should you do if someone is imprisoned?]

In 2015, Petr Jasek was arrested in Sudan because of his work for The Voice of the Martyrs with persecuted Christians. You can read stories about Petr here and here.

Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, interviewed Petr. (SDOK, located in the Netherlands, is part of The Voice of the Martyrs family of missions.) You can find the interview here.

The interviewer is speaking in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. Petr tells his story in English. The story reminds us to pray for Christians who are in prison for their faith. You can find prisoners to pray for at prisoneralert.com.


Activities Story

China Word Squares

Print the puzzle boxes below, or draw a 4 by 4 block of squares like the ones below on a piece of paper. Solve the puzzles so that each word square reveals the same words vertically (up and down) and horizontally (across).
Across and Down

  1. China built a Great ___ to keep out invaders; rhymes with “ball.”
  2. In ___, China is the fourth largest country in the world.
  3. A colorful plastic toy building brick.
  4. ___ is China’s neighbor. It is between Burma (Myanmar) and Vietnam.
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Across and Down

  1. China is all in one time ___; rhymes with “tone.”
  2. China used to be closed to outsiders; now it is more ___.
  3. Many people in China now know they ___ Jesus; rhymes with “heed.”
  4. Jesus said His disciples would be His witnesses to the ___ of the earth (Acts 1:8, NIV).
Across and Down

  1. Almost ___ of China ’s people follow no religion; same as 50%.
  2. A sea east of China ; “lara” spelled backwards.
  3. The last volcano eruption in China was in 1951; melted rock from a volcano is ___.
  4. The ___ of China has five yellow stars.
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  1. Wall, area, Lego, Laos
  2. zone, open, need, ends
  3. half, Aral, lava, flag

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Pakistan: Punished for Following Jesus

Pakistan

In many public schools in Pakistan, most of the students are Muslim. Christians in these schools are often forced to eat at separate tables. At one school, a Muslim teacher forced a Christian girl to stand in the hot sun until she fainted. The girl was being punished for wearing a cross necklace to school.

Christian parents can send their children to private Christian schools if they want to. But Christians who are poor are not able to pay for private schools.

Sobia, a teenager in Pakistan, told the following story to friends from The Voice of the Martyrs.

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