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Bangladesh: “Alone in this Community”

Children in Bangladesh

“Please pray for my children and for my son’s education,” a Christian mother in Bangladesh recently told VOM workers.

“My son is 5 ½ years old,” said the boy’s father. “He goes to school. The teacher gave him one religion book — an Islamic book. [Islam is the religion of Muslims.]

“We said, ‘No, he doesn’t need an Islamic book [for religion class]. He needs a Christian book.’ But the teacher said, ‘No. This is not a Christian school. If he doesn’t read his book, his exam marks will be low and failing.’”

“The other students criticize him,” the boy’s mother continued. “They speak hateful words to him. I told him, ‘Please don’t say any angry words to them. We know God, and we love them.’ I don’t want to give my son any hatred. We must love [Muslims] and make friends with them.

“For many community functions, ceremonies, weddings — no one calls and invites us. We are like alone in this community.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited for length and clarity.)

To Think About
*Do you think the mother gave the boy good advice when she told him not be angry with the children who treat him badly?
*What do you think the boy should do when he is given an Islamic book to study at school?
*Are there any people who might feel alone in your community?
*Learn more about Christians in Bangladesh from the book Bold Believers in Bangladesh available in the Downloads section.


Matthew 9:37-38

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

I think it is hard for American Christians to understand that there are places in the world where you can live your entire life, you can live to be 80 years old, and never even one time hear the name of Jesus, never even one time meet a Christian person. We can’t even imagine that, yet only 2 percent of missionaries are going to those places where they are needed the most — A VOM worker

Parents and teachers: To learn what VOM is doing to help Christians spread the gospel in difficult areas, subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, at the subscription signup page.


Kids of Courage Trust God

Kids get their prison bags scanned at the VBS “airport.”

In VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Read below what the curriculum says about trusting God.

Trust God
If you trust someone, you know what they say is true. How can we find out what God says? We can read the Bible! In the Bible, God says that those who follow his Son Jesus will have trouble sometimes. But he promises to always be with us, in good times and bad. Kids of Courage believe what God says in the Bible and trust him to be there when they need him and when others need him.

Kids of Courage trust God even when they don’t always understand why God allows certain things to happen in their lives or in the lives of others. The Bible says, “Lean not on your own understanding,” which means we can’t always trust our own understanding of situations, though we can trust God.

To Think About: If we are sick, hurt, or having problems, does that mean we can’t trust God to help us? If everything is going right, does that mean we don’t need to trust God because we can handle things ourselves?

(The Kids of Courage VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.)


Two Requests

When workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visit persecuted Christians in other countries, the Christians have two main requests.

*Please pray for us!
*Please send Bibles!

Christians and those who are seeking the truth often wait years to own a copy of the Bible. After they get a Bible, they may have to keep it a secret so non-Christians don’t take the Bible away or persecute the Christians. But they still continue to request Bibles.

When you picture in your mind Christians delivering Bibles to people in other nations, what does the picture look like? In your imagination, how do the Bibles get from the hands of VOM contacts into the hands of those who need them?

The photo above shows part of the difficult journey for one group of VOM contacts in Vietnam. And the people who receive the Bibles sometimes have to walk for hours to get them. But those who deliver the Bibles and those who receive them know that their struggles are worth it. They understand that learning God’s Word is vital to their lives as Christians.


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 here, here, and here.


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