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Notes to Nigeria


A recent post told about Dalo, an 8-year-old boy who was injured when Christian villages in Nigeria were attacked. Many more Nigerians have been injured in attacks, and more than 10,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

Would you like to write a note of encouragement to Nigerian Christians? You can find instructions to write a note here. You may want to ask others in your family or class to also write a note.

Let Nigerian Christians know that Christians around the world have not forgotten them!

This Month

Parents and Teachers
The August 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Eritrea, updates from around the world, and an inspiring message from Sabina Wurmbrand, who founded The Voice of the Martyrs with her husband, Richard. You can share stories from this site about the featured Christians and countries with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Additional resources about Eritrea
*Restricted Nations: Eritrea available at
*Bold Believers in Eritrea activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*Eritrea Lesson Plan

Nigeria: Dalo Prays for Himself and Others


Eight-year-old Dalo had to go to a hospital in Nigeria, where workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visited him. Dalo’s nurse told the workers that Dalo arrived at the hospital praying, and that he continued to pray during his stay.

What did Dalo pray for?

Dalo prayed that God would heal him.
Dalo was injured a few weeks ago when a group of Fulani tribal fighters attacked Christian villages in Nigeria. More than 10,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Dalo prayed for others who were injured in the attacks.

And Dalo is asking God to forgive his attackers.
VOM has heard about thousands of Fulani tribal people who have left Islam to follow Jesus. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Please join Dalo in his prayers. Pray that many more Muslims in Nigeria will trust Jesus as their Savior.

The Voice of the Martyrs is providing sleeping mats, food, and mosquito nets to families who were forced away from their homes because of the attacks.

“Huge Impact on Our Kids” — Missions and Me Project

Each year, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania has a children’s mission project. Mary Jo R., the children’s ministry director, said, “This year’s theme was ‘Standing with the Persecuted Church.’” The church prepared a 70-page, kid-friendly activity book to guide the children through the project and activities.

“We found the resources from VOM and the Kids of Courage websites to be very helpful in presenting this topic to the children,” said Mary Jo. “Through the activities in the book, the children learned about persecution across the globe, prayed for specific prayer requests for missionaries, and studied Bible stories and verses that pertain to the persecution of the church. They wrote encouraging letters to pastors in prison, and learned of ways that Christians persevere in their faith in Jesus.”

The kids also collected donations for VOM Action Packs.

“This year’s mission project had a huge impact on our kids, and we pray that it will continue to have an impact for God’s Kingdom,” said Mary Jo.

Karen in Kenya


The following story appears in the July 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Fifteen years ago, Karen Agagno and her husband, Henry, built a Christian church in a Muslim village in Baragoni, Kenya. Karen and Henry had seven children. Muslim villagers persecuted the family for years. Sadly, Henry died from an illness in 2010.

You might think Karen would want to take her children and leave the hostile village after her husband died. But Henry had told her before he died, “I want you to stand for the Lord’s work in Baragoni.” So Karen stayed.

After the villagers saw that Karen cared for them enough to stay, they accepted the family as their own. Some Muslim elders even attended Henry’s funeral.

One of Karen’s sons now leads their church. None of the Muslim villagers have yet come to faith in Christ. But Karen’s family hasn’t given up. They continue to serve as God’s witnesses and to faithfully share the Good News of God’s saving grace.

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