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Top Spinning Day

International Top Spinning Day is celebrated on the second Wednesday of October. This year it will be on October 11th.

Top spinning is popular in Malaysia, a country where The Voice of the Martyrs works. The video above is from Stef, the children’s website of SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands.

Can you follow the directions for making a paper top, even if you don’t understand Dutch?

To find more activities from Malaysia, and to read about courageous Christians there, read Bold Believers in Malaysia, available in the free Downloads section.


Hearing God’s Voice

The Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton recently interviewed Patrick Klein on VOMRadio.net. Patrick is the president of Vision Beyond Borders, and he is a Bible smuggler. (Read here about Bible smuggling.)

Part of their interview is below.

Todd: You have shared stories of landing in a foreign airport with suitcases of Bibles and stepping off the plane into the customs building and saying, “Okay Lord, which line should I get in?” How did you develop that skill of learning to hear the voice of God, and how would you advise people to develop in their own life the ability to hear God’s voice?

Patrick: When I got saved I decided I would get up at 5 o’clock in the morning and spend at least an hour with the Lord every day in the Word and prayer. As I have developed that relationship I have learned that sometimes the Holy Spirit will prompt me to do things. And because I know the Lord, I know His voice. I have spent time with Him; I spend time in His Word. I know it is the Holy Spirit speaking to me. So as I am flying into a country I don’t want to be distracted by all the things, the movies and TV, and all that stuff. I want to be praying and saying, “Lord, please help me get through customs.”

One thing I do now is I pray, “Lord, wake up people at home to be praying me through the border as well,” so we can work together. So I am praying and saying, “Okay Lord, show me the strategy how to get through.” A lot of times He will prompt me to go to a certain line. It is training my ear to hear, and then the Holy Spirit will prompt me to do a certain thing. [I have felt] the Lord saying, “This is the way I am making for you.” It is really cool when you get through and you can say, “Okay Lord, that really was You speaking to me.” It is just fun.

(Read another story about Patrick here)

Todd: The verse that comes to mind is, “My sheep will know My voice,” You have invested the time to learn to hear that voice. So, that is one of the things I want to challenge our listeners to do. Just practice hearing God’s voice. I believe wholeheartedly that when we ask God to speak to us, He will do that. We as Christians in the United States need to learn to hear the voice of God the same way our brothers and sisters who are living day-to-day in danger and persecution hear it.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)


9/11 and Terrorists

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked two locations in the United States. The 19 terrorists hijacked four planes full of passengers and crashed two of them into New York’s World Trade Center on purpose. (The NASA photo above shows the smoke plume rising from the attack on the World Trade Center.) Many died when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

The terrorists crashed a third plane into the Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the U.S. military in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers tried to stop the hijackers.

The terrorists believed they were following the teachings of strict Islam. Find a chart that compares terrorists’ beliefs with Christian responses here.

Find another chart about terrorist beliefs here.

Additional charts comparing Christian truths with other worldviews are in the Beliefs section of this site.


India: “Squeeze Persecution”

Anisha

Anisha was a teenager when an elderly man in her village gave her a Christian pamphlet. The pamphlet told how God sent Jesus to save the world from sin. Anisha trusted in Christ as her Savior.

But her parents and three siblings still did not know Jesus. It took Anisha four years to lead them to Christ.

Then the “squeeze persecution” started.

“Squeeze persecution is designed to cripple and eliminate believers from a community rather than cause them physical pain,” said a VOM worker. Squeeze persecution bothers Christians repeatedly to keep them from their Christian activities or to drive them out of the area.

Squeeze persecutors:
• Interrupt church services and prayer meetings.
• File fake complaints about Christians with the police.
• Refuse to allow Christian children to go to school.
• Do not allow store owners to sell anything to Christians.
• Keep Christians from using the public water supply or utilities.
• Refuse to hire Christians for jobs.

Christians may be unable to get water or buy food, get a job, or go to school. But often they can’t afford to leave their land and start over somewhere else.

“We still want to serve the Lord,” Anisha said after her family suffered from squeeze persecution. “Our heart is that all of the [Hindu neighbors] would be saved.”

Anisha remembers Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.” She said that the persecution has actually been a blessing to her family. “My faith has grown,” she said.

The Voice of the Martyrs helps families like Anisha’s. Pray their faith will remain strong and that their daily needs will be met.

(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.)


“God Uses Everything”

Mission Aviation Fellowship helps missionaries share the love of Jesus in hard-to-reach areas. MAF pilots transport people into and out of faraway places. They bring them groceries and supplies. Sometimes they take sick people to doctors.

Do you think the pilots ever wonder if running errands for missionaries truly helps to spread the good news of Jesus? Recently a pilot from MAF visited The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters. He told about taking soap to missionaries, and about how God used the soap to teach tribal people in Indonesia about Jesus.

The tribal people covered themselves in pig fat to stay warm on cold days and nights. They kept a fire going in their homes. Soot from the fires stuck to their bodies. Without soap, they could never get completely clean.

A missionary asked MAF to bring him soap, which he used to pay the tribal people who had helped him build an airstrip where planes could land. The people bathed in the river with the soap. “We’ve never been so clean!” they exclaimed.

The missionary answered, “Tonight we can talk about how to be clean on the inside.” And he taught them how Jesus cleanses people from sin like the soap cleaned the pig fat and soot from their skin.

The soap helped the tribal people understand God’s love, and they spread the news to other groups in the area.

“We think some things are not important,” the MAF pilot told VOM workers. “But God uses everything!”

To Try
Soak a cotton ball in cooking oil. Cover your thumb or fingers with oil from the cotton ball. Run water over your thumb or fingers. Did the oil come off? Now try using soap. Did that work better?

A Verse to Learn
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


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