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The Witnesses Trilogy

God with Us, an animated story on DVD, tells the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the last surviving apostle, John. (God with Us was formerly called Jesus: He Lived Among Us.)

The sequel to God with Us, called The Messengers, is based on Acts 1 through 9, and the third DVD, To Every Nation, covers Acts 9 through 28. God with Us is 90 minutes long, and the other two DVDs are 70 minutes long.

The DVDs show how Jesus and His followers changed the world forever in the face of great opposition. (See the trailer above.) The DVDs are available at VOMBooks.com. Find more information in the December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.


Iran: “Persecution Keeps You Clean”

Sharing the gospel in Iran

Todd Nettleton at VOM Radio recently talked with Ali, a Christian who spreads the gospel in Iran. Ali is at risk of persecution every day, because it is against the law for Muslims in Iran to become Christians.

Todd asked Ali, “What do you think about the risk of persecution? How do you think about it on a day-to-day basis and as you make plans for what you’re going to do next week and next year?”

Ali answered, “First, persecution keeps you clean. You are not going to sin for a long time if you are being persecuted, because you want the hand of God upon you. You don’t want His hand to be lifted from you.

“It’s not that He loves me less or that I have to be holy for Him to love me — no. It’s about discipline. The enemy is looking for a door. He is like a roaring lion circling around us looking for ways to attack. [See 1 Peter 5:8.] We don’t want to open doors for him. So persecution keeps you clean.

The second thing — persecution has forced me to learn the power of prayer and fasting and sticking to the Word. Because if I’m not in a relationship with God, if I’m not talking to God, and I’m not hearing from God, I could make a risky mistake.”

(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Talk About
*How does Ali say persecution keeps him clean?
*If Ali could move to the United States and spread the gospel without risking so much, should he do so?


Boat Church

A boat church

You may have read stories about house churches, or even a van church. But have you ever heard of a boat church?

Some Christians who part of Khmu tribal groups in Laos can worship openly on a rented boat. Buddhist officials, who oppose the spread of Christianity in their area, think religious meetings happen only in certain buildings. So they are not concerned about a group of people on a boat.

To Talk About

Where is the most unusual place you have attended a worship service?

(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)


Myanmar: Christians Warned

Myanmar evangelists

The people in the photo above are evangelists in Myanmar (Burma). Do you notice anything about them? If you said they all have shaved heads, you are correct

In the area where the evangelists serve the Lord, officials have warned Christians not to meet. They have closed churches and removed crosses from the buildings. Many pastors, evangelists and church members have been arrested, and others are missing.

The 14 evangelists in the photo were among the Christians who were arrested. The authorities shaved their heads so people would know who they are. Then they released them.

“We’re praying and trying to fight against fear,” a VOM contact said. “But it’s very difficult to do.” Pray for strength for the believers and Christian leaders in the region.

To learn more about Christians in Myanmar (Burma), download Bold Believers in Burma here.

 


Iran Puzzle

In a word square puzzle, the words read the same vertically (up and down) and horizontally (across). Read the information below about Iran. Then use the clues and a Bible to help you complete the puzzle.

Iran
Iran is part of the continent of Asia. Tehran is its capital. The country is near Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Most of the people are Muslims, but many are coming to Christ. Muslims who become Christians are sometimes persecuted by friends, relatives, teachers, and officials.

 

Word square

Across
(There are no “Down” clues.)

1. Tehran is the capital of _____.
2. Jesus told his disciples that He would _____ from the dead (Mark 9:31).
3. Iran is part of the continent of _____.
4. Iran is _____ Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

If your answers are correct, the words in the grid will be the same across and down.