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Myanmar: Christians Warned

Myanmar evangelists

The people in the photo above are evangelists in Myanmar (Burma). Do you notice anything about them? If you said they all have shaved heads, you are correct

In the area where the evangelists serve the Lord, officials have warned Christians not to meet. They have closed churches and removed crosses from the buildings. Many pastors, evangelists and church members have been arrested, and others are missing.

The 14 evangelists in the photo were among the Christians who were arrested. The authorities shaved their heads so people would know who they are. Then they released them.

“We’re praying and trying to fight against fear,” a VOM contact said. “But it’s very difficult to do.” Pray for strength for the believers and Christian leaders in the region.

To learn more about Christians in Myanmar (Burma), download Bold Believers in Burma here.

 


Iran Puzzle

In a word square puzzle, the words read the same vertically (up and down) and horizontally (across). Read the information below about Iran. Then use the clues and a Bible to help you complete the puzzle.

Iran
Iran is part of the continent of Asia. Tehran is its capital. The country is near Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Most of the people are Muslims, but many are coming to Christ. Muslims who become Christians are sometimes persecuted by friends, relatives, teachers, and officials.

 

Word square

Across
(There are no “Down” clues.)

1. Tehran is the capital of _____.
2. Jesus told his disciples that He would _____ from the dead (Mark 9:31).
3. Iran is part of the continent of _____.
4. Iran is _____ Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

If your answers are correct, the words in the grid will be the same across and down.


This Month

Parents and Teachers
The October 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Iran and updates from around the world. You can share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your child, 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 Iran
*Restricted Nations: Iran, available at VOMBooks.com.
*Captive in Iran, available at VOMBooks.com.
*Iran: Desperate for God, available at VOMBooks.com.
*Bold Believers in Iran activity book, available in the free Downloads section.


A Sad Day in Pakistan: Update

Mehak

Five years ago this month, radical Muslims attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. You can read more about the attack here.

Mehak, who is now 7 years old, was one of the youngest survivors. She has had constant medical care since the attack. The Voice of the Martyrs posted an urgent request for prayer on Facebook for Mehak, who recently had surgery.

Praise God, the surgery went well! Please continue to pray for Mehak, as she will need many more surgeries in the future.


Talking Too Much

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned for a total of 14 years in Romania. After he was released, he and his wife, Sabina, started The Voice of the Martyrs.

Pastor Wurmbrand wrote many books. In the books, he told readers what he learned from God during his time as a Christian in a non-Christian country.

Read below what he said about talking too much.

Pastor Wurmbrand said:

In the underground church, we had to learn to be silent. [The underground church refers to Christians who meet secretly in places where their worship services are illegal.] You have to learn to be silent from the moment you become a Christian. A Christian thinks before he speaks about whether his words can cause harm.

Useless talking in some countries means prison for another Christian. Every unnecessary word you speak can put someone in prison. A visitor [at a church service] could be a spy for the secret police.

A friend of mine, who wrote great Christian songs sung by the underground church, went to prison because Christians had a habit of saying, “How beautiful is this song composed by Brother [the composer’s name].” They praised him, the authorities found out about his work, and for this the composer got 15 years of prison.

(Source: Preparing for the Underground Church, by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited for length, clarity, and reading level.)

To Talk About
*Why did Richard’s friend go to prison?
*Can you think ways that unnecessary talking can cause problems for someone?
*What are some examples of “useless talking?”


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