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 March 26th, 2019
Doreka and her husband were raising their four children as Muslims. But when Doreka left Islam to follow Christ, her husband kicked all five of them out of their house in Uganda and threatened to harm the children.
“In Islam, they teach that heaven is a garden,” Doreka told a VOM worker. But I heard that Jesus is the one who can take us to the Father, so I accepted Christ. No matter what happens, I stand firm in Jesus Christ because of His promises.”
Doreka and her kids first took refuge in a church to escape her angry husband. Then, with the help of The Voice of the Martyrs, they got a house of their own, and the children returned to school. Their church continues to support and encourage them.
Some Muslims in Uganda, like Doreka, are learning about Jesus and deciding to trust Him as their Savior. But sadly, some Christians who are not strong in their faith have turned their backs on the truths in the Bible.
(Photo: Doreka and two of her children)
Read in the next post about another family in Uganda who are suffering because of their faith in Christ.
Published on March 25th, 2019
When the school opened a few years ago, non-Christian students covered their ears when the Christians prayed. But now they gladly fold their hands to pray before meals. They ask for protection, clean hearts, and good health.
“Amazingly, these children pray in the name of Jesus,” said a VOM contact. “They actually believe He is the only one who can answer their prayer.”
The Christians are praying that the Syrian children will remain committed to Jesus and will share His love with other Syrians.
Photo above: At first these children of Syrian refugees refused to pray. The teacher’s eyes are covered to protect her identity from people who may want to harm Christians.
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Published on March 22nd, 2019
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was born on March 24, 1909. He served 14 years in prison for sharing the gospel in communist Romania. After he was freed, he and his wife, Sabina, started The Voice of the Martyrs to help persecuted Christians. Pastor Wurmbrand died in 2001.
Pastor Wurmbrand told many stories to illustrate Bible truths. One of the stories he told is below.
“A child was urged to eat carrots and peas because they contained vitamins. He said, ‘Why didn’t God put the vitamins in candy and ice cream?’ My answer would have been, ‘Because it’s important for children not only to have vitamins, but also to learn to swallow what may be unpleasant to the taste.’ We all need to learn from the good and the unpleasant. A Christian must welcome unpleasant things sometimes, because they are part of the ‘all things’ that God is working together for our good.”
To Think About: Read Romans 8:28. What kinds of “unpleasant things” do persecuted Christians face?
Published on March 21st, 2019
Mustafa and Salma have suffered serious persecution as Christians in Muslim Morocco. But now their family has a new problem.
The couple decided to follow Christ after they got married. That’s when the trouble started.
*Mustafa’s Muslim relatives grew bitter toward him.
*The police questioned the Mustafa and Salma many times.
*Mustafa lost his job.
*Out of fear of persecution, church members turned against them.
*They had to move away from their community.
But God has blessed Mustafa and Salma in the midst of their struggles.
*They started a church in their new town.
*Mustafa teaches believers how to face persecution.
*They have baptized a new Christian.
*And, after seven years of prayer, God blessed them with a son.
But now that their son is old enough to go to school, the family has another concern. Mustafa cannot find work, so they can’t afford a private school. Their son has to attend a school with Muslim teachers and lessons. The boy has boldly proclaimed Jesus as king at school, but sometimes he comes home reciting verses from the Quran, the Muslim holy book.
“This hurts my heart so much,” said Mustafa. “I do not want him to grow up in a knowledge like this.”
Please pray for the family. Pray that Mustafa and Salma’s son will have the truth of Christ in his heart and will follow it.
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs March 2019 newsletter.)
Published on March 20th, 2019
The previous post told about a 13-year-old American girl who used to be shy about letting people at school know that she was a Christian. Then she read about persecuted Christians and about how they suffer for their faith. She was inspired to be more courageous, and even started a Bible study for the girls in her class at school.
Read below her suggestions for having a Bible study.
1. Identify a group in your community you want to invite to a Bible study. Some examples are school friends, the kids in your neighborhood, or your sports teammates.
2. Get permission from your parents.
3. Make invitations. This is important because if you just tell someone you’re having Bible study at your house Monday nights, they are much more likely to forget. Invitations should be fun and include the following information: when and where the Bible study will be held, what to bring, if you will be serving snacks, your or your parent’s contact information, and whether or not to RSVP.
4. Pass out the invitations.
5. Get some composition notebooks (for taking notes) and extra Bibles, as some kids may not have one.
6. Find a Bible plan or decide what book you are going to read through.
7. At the end of each lesson, I like to do a closing activity. Sometimes I have them draw the lesson so they can imagine it better. Sometimes we do S.O.A.P. (Scripture, observation, application, and prayer), or I might have them make a list of how they could apply the lesson to their lives.
To Talk About
Are you shy about letting others know you are a Christian, or sharing with others about why you follow Jesus? What is one small step you can take toward developing courage?