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Egypt: A Dream Church and the Cross

One night, Duhra had a dream about a big, white building. The building looked like a mosque where Muslims worship. But it had a cross on top.

Even though Duhra was a Muslim, she had seen crosses before. Some Coptic Christian students at her elementary school in Egypt had cross tattoos on their wrists or hands as a symbol of their faith.

The dream comforted Duhra, so she began drawing a cross on her own wrist. Duhra’s strict Muslim grandmother, who was raising her, was upset. “Christians can hurt you and they do many bad things,” Duhra’s grandmother told her.

When Duhra was in fifth grade, she was walking outside one day when she saw the building from her dream. It was a church! For then on, she often secretly left her house to visit another nearby church.

“God is Really With Me”
Duhra’s grandmother died, and Duhra’s mother returned from working in another country to care for her. Christians at church and in her neighborhood helped Duhra understand more about Jesus and the meaning of the cross. She placed her trust in Jesus as her Savior.

Duhra’s mother was not a strict Muslim, but she didn’t want her daughter to follow Christ. She mistreated Duhra, and when Duhra was old enough, her mother arranged for her to be married to a Muslim man.

When Duhra and her husband had a baby boy, Duhra gave him a Christian name. Her husband angrily kicked her out of their house, without their son. Now Duhra has not seen her son in 11 years.

Duhra’s life is difficult. She still has medical problems as a result of her mother’s abuse. But she remains faithful to God and prays that her relatives will come to know the Lord. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping Duhra with her medical needs. She is thankful for VOM and grateful to the Christians in her church who have become her new family.

“God is really with me,” Duhra said. “I think all the suffering and struggles strengthened me.”

To Talk About
* 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Duhra was a child when she saw crosses on her classmates’ wrists. But she didn’t learn the true meaning of the cross until a few years later. If someone asked you what the cross means, how would you answer? Ask a mature Christian to help you prepare an answer if needed.

*What can you pray for Duhra’s son?

Ten Facts About VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum

1. The VBS curriculum teaches kids about Christians in China, Egypt, Nigeria, North Korea, and India.

2. Kids learn that Kids of Courage trust God, get prepared, remember the persecuted, forgive others, and witness boldly.

3. The complete $30 curriculum kit includes nine books, about 400 pages of materials, a photo CD, and a music CD.

4. The curriculum includes opportunities to share and explain the gospel to children who have not yet trusted Christ as their Savior.

5. The lesson plans are adaptable for small and large churches.

6. The format allows each teacher to present one country at all sessions, reducing preparation time.

7. Students discover that persecuted Christians may experience joy and victory in times of struggle.

8. The curriculum is age-appropriate for kids 5 through 13 and older, and presents Christian persecution in a sensitive manner without talking down to kids or overwhelming them.

9. VBS directors have reported positive feedback from teachers, parents, and students. (See “Feedback” here.)

10. Children and youth workers have also used the curriculum in Sunday school classes, homeschool co-ops, missions conferences, and other settings.

For more information and to preview samples, visit

Ancient Egyptians’ Religion

Islam, the religion of Muslims, is the main religion in Egypt today. But ancient Egyptian pharaohs were not Muslims or Christians.

Many centuries ago, Egyptian rulers had their bodies preserved as mummies. Their false religion taught them that preserving their bodies would help their soul survive properly.

You can make a “mummy” using oven-bake clay, washable acrylic paints (white or off-white, and other colors), paint brushes, and a very thin brush (such as a liquid eyeliner brush).

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using the clay. Create the body, including the legs, arms, head, and head covering separately out of clay. The back of the mummy can be flat. Connect the arms, head, and head covering to the body. Smooth the clay together where the parts connect. Cross the arms over the chest. Bake and let cool. Paint the top of the mummy with white or off-white washable acrylic paint. Use two coats and let the paint dry between coats. You can use additional colors to decorate the mummy. A very thin brush will be helpful in painting any lines.

To Discuss
Visit this page to read more about the ancient Egyptians’ religion. Then talk about three ways the religion of ancient Egyptians’ was different from biblical Christian beliefs.

This Month: March 2018

Parents and Teachers: The January 2016 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about courageous Christians in Egypt. You can share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional resources about Egypt
*Restricted Nations: Egypt available at
*Bold Believers in Egypt activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*Egypt Lesson Plan
*The Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum.

Fax Blasts and a Brave Daughter

Fax machine

Fax: An image of a document transmitted by a telephone line. Fax machines are used less often today because advances in technology have improved other methods of sending documents.

Dr. Eric Foley, the president of VOM-Korea, told the following story about a creative way that Christians found to send the gospel message into North Korea.

Dr. Foley: Underground Christians in North Korea gathered more than 650 fax numbers of North Korean officials, hotels, government offices, and others. They sent those to us. Christian North Korean students living in South Korea wrote out gospel testimonies and Scripture every week. We would blast fax all those faxes inside North Korea, and we would change the fax number every week. It drove the North Koreans crazy.

You know, there are certain things the North Koreans hate. They hate radio, they hate Scripture balloons, and they really hated the faxes. So they responded with a fax to an embassy in Europe, but it was really to us. It said, “We know you dirty people. We know who you are, and it will not go well for you if you continue.” I remember sitting down with our kids, and saying, “What do you think about this situation? We don’t want to put you guys in danger.” Our daughter said, “Dad, that is what being a Christian is.” She was 13 at the time.

Fear is an entirely understandable reaction to North Korea, but I would challenge all Christians that any time they feel a fear related to news from North Korea that they would stop themselves and say, “Instead of being afraid, I want to intercede for the people of North Korea.”

Radios: Learn more here.
Balloons: Read more here.

Source: Edited for length, age-appropriateness, and clarity.

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