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Remember-the-Persecuted Christmas Wreath

Print small photos of persecuted Christians from this website or from The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Glue them to thick, colored paper or cardboard, leaving a one-inch border of colored paper around the photos. Punch a hole in the top border. Use yarn or ribbon to attach the photos to a grapevine wreath or other wreath.

(Note: Some photos are available with the “Key Chain Pictures” activity in the Downloads section on this site.)


Christmas Ideas from the UK

The kids’ page of VOM’s sister mission in the United Kingdom, Release International, features prayers, flags, and printable activities. This month the page includes patterns for an advent prayer calendar and nativity scene, and suggested prayers for persecuted children. Click here to go to the page.

 


Christmas Greetings for Prisoners

Greeting card made by a 10-year-old VOM volunteer

To send greetings to a Christian prisoner in another country, visit prisoneralert.com. Click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Follow the instructions to complete the process. Or, to send your own greeting, continue the process until you get to the step in which a prisoner’s address is shown. Then instead of finishing the process and printing the letter, use the address provided to mail a greeting. (Find more instructions here.) Go to a post office to ask how much postage you will need to mail the letter.

Or, fold a piece of colored paper in half. Draw around a cookie cutter to make a picture on the front of the card. Write a message on the inside, or print a message in the prisoner’s language from prisoneralert.com to attach to the card. (To find a message in the prisoner’s language, click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Use the instructions above to find the prisoner’s address.)


Laos: Teaching the Persecutors

Laos children praying

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. — Luke 6:27-28, NIV

Earlier this year, seven families in a village in Laos gave their lives to Christ. They began traveling to a nearby village every Sunday to worship and fellowship with other Christians.

When leaders in their own village found out about the new Christians’ weekly trips to church, they scolded them. “Christianity is a foreign religion!” the village leaders told the Christians. “It goes against our traditions.”

The Christians could have gotten angry with the leaders and argued with them. They could have quit going to church in the other village and worshiped secretly at home. Or maybe they could have left their village and moved somewhere else.

But this is what they decided to do: They began peacefully meeting with the village leaders to explain the teachings of Christ and the practices of the Christian faith. Now the leaders allow the Christian families to go to church without scolding them.

“Pray that all the village leaders will hear and believe the gospel,” said a VOM worker. “And pray that other village families will join the seven new Christian families in worship.”

To Talk About
Do you think the Christians made a wise choice about how to deal with the village leaders? If so, what are some of the reasons it was a good choice? If not, what would have been a better choice?


God Changed Everything

South Asian boys reading a children’s Bible

Brother Matthew is a Christian worker in South Asia. He recently shared with VOM Radio the story of how God changed his life when he was a teenager.

Brother Matthew’s Story
I came to Christ when I was 14 years old. When I was 16, I started leading a choir. I was also in a youth Bible study and prayer group.

One day, there was no leader at the Bible study. One of the boys was making fun of others in the group. I was a stutterer, but I stood up and said, “Guys, don’t make fun of each other. We are here to pray and study the Bible.”

The boy said, “The teacher isn’t here. So why shouldn’t we make fun of each other? Let’s have fun. Why don’t you preach today if you’re so concerned about Bible study and prayer.” He knew preaching would be hard for me because I stuttered.

But I said, “Okay, I’ll do it.” I took my Bible and started reading it. Before that time I couldn’t read the Bible aloud — not even one single sentence. It was very difficult for me to read.

As I stood up and read the Bible, I felt that something happened. I started reading fluently, then I began explaining the verses to the group. God had miraculously healed my tongue. I spoke for 10 to 15 minutes, and everybody in the room was shocked. That is how God changed everything.

Brother Matthew Today
Most of the people in Brother Matthew’s country are Muslims. He and his family have been threatened and persecuted because of their Christian faith and witness. Please pray for their safety and ministry, and for their persecutors to come to Christ.

To Think About
If someone with you started bullying or making fun of others, would you have the courage to ask them to stop?

(Source: VOMRadio.net. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


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