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10 Quotes from Christian Heroes

*Don’t bother to give God instructions; just report for duty. — Corrie ten Boom

*God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. — Augustine

*Do with me as Thou wilt. Do anything that will fit me to serve Thee and help my beloveds. — Amy Carmichael

*He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. — Jim Elliot

*I have a powerful Savior. He will do what is best for me.” — Richard Wurmbrand

*My prison has become a palace! — Perpetua

*Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, with all the zeal you can. — John Wesley

*The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music. — Martin Luther

*Believe with all your might all He has said in His holy Word. —William Booth

*In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory, there is a glory to be found if one has done his best. — Eric Liddell

(Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and DVD set, available at VOMBooks.com.)

To Do
Choose five of the quotes above and say them in your own words. Describe situations in your own life in which each quote could be an encouragement to you.


More Witnessing in Dangerous Places

A pastor and his wife were the leaders of a church in a Muslim country. Many Christians in their country have to worship quietly in homes or other secret locations.

The pastor’s wife made a special commitment to God. She vowed to speak to someone about Jesus every day. Sometimes she forgot her commitment until just before midnight and had to get out of bed and go find someone to talk to!

One day, she and her husband were driving through an area where radical Muslims lived. The Muslims were known to become violent at times. The couple stopped to buy something to drink, and they saw a man watching them. The man had a beard like those worn by radical Muslims.

“I’ll give him a Bible!” the pastor’s wife said to her husband. “No,” her husband answered. “Can’t you see he’s a fanatic Muslim?”

They returned to their car and started to drive away. “On Judgment Day, I will say you wouldn’t let me give the man a Bible,” the pastor’s wife said. So the pastor turned the car around. “Okay, we’ll give him a Bible if he’s still there,” the pastor said, hoping the man had left.

But the man was still standing there, and still watching them. Fearfully, the pastor handed the man a Bible and began telling him about Jesus. And the man began to cry.

“Did I say something wrong?” the pastor asked.

“No,” the man answered. “Six months ago I heard about Jesus on TV. I’ve been looking for a Bible ever since. I believe God was telling me that today I would be given His Book by a man. When you stopped here the first time, I believe God was saying, ‘This is the man who will give you My Book.’ But you left, and I was so sad — I thought it might have been my imagination that God was speaking to me.”

To Talk About
Do you think the pastor and his wife should have given the man a Bible even though it might have been a risky think to do?


Remember-the-Persecuted Christmas Wreath

Print small photos of persecuted Christians from this website or from The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Glue them to thick, colored paper or cardboard, leaving a one-inch border of colored paper around the photos. Punch a hole in the top border. Use yarn or ribbon to attach the photos to a grapevine wreath or other wreath.

(Note: Some photos are available with the “Key Chain Pictures” activity in the Downloads section on this site.)


Laos: Teaching the Persecutors

Laos children praying

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. — Luke 6:27-28, NIV

Earlier this year, seven families in a village in Laos gave their lives to Christ. They began traveling to a nearby village every Sunday to worship and fellowship with other Christians.

When leaders in their own village found out about the new Christians’ weekly trips to church, they scolded them. “Christianity is a foreign religion!” the village leaders told the Christians. “It goes against our traditions.”

The Christians could have gotten angry with the leaders and argued with them. They could have quit going to church in the other village and worshiped secretly at home. Or maybe they could have left their village and moved somewhere else.

But this is what they decided to do: They began peacefully meeting with the village leaders to explain the teachings of Christ and the practices of the Christian faith. Now the leaders allow the Christian families to go to church without scolding them.

“Pray that all the village leaders will hear and believe the gospel,” said a VOM worker. “And pray that other village families will join the seven new Christian families in worship.”

To Talk About
Do you think the Christians made a wise choice about how to deal with the village leaders? If so, what are some of the reasons it was a good choice? If not, what would have been a better choice?


God Changed Everything

South Asian boys reading a children’s Bible

Brother Matthew is a Christian worker in South Asia. He recently shared with VOM Radio the story of how God changed his life when he was a teenager.

Brother Matthew’s Story
I came to Christ when I was 14 years old. When I was 16, I started leading a choir. I was also in a youth Bible study and prayer group.

One day, there was no leader at the Bible study. One of the boys was making fun of others in the group. I was a stutterer, but I stood up and said, “Guys, don’t make fun of each other. We are here to pray and study the Bible.”

The boy said, “The teacher isn’t here. So why shouldn’t we make fun of each other? Let’s have fun. Why don’t you preach today if you’re so concerned about Bible study and prayer.” He knew preaching would be hard for me because I stuttered.

But I said, “Okay, I’ll do it.” I took my Bible and started reading it. Before that time I couldn’t read the Bible aloud — not even one single sentence. It was very difficult for me to read.

As I stood up and read the Bible, I felt that something happened. I started reading fluently, then I began explaining the verses to the group. God had miraculously healed my tongue. I spoke for 10 to 15 minutes, and everybody in the room was shocked. That is how God changed everything.

Brother Matthew Today
Most of the people in Brother Matthew’s country are Muslims. He and his family have been threatened and persecuted because of their Christian faith and witness. Please pray for their safety and ministry, and for their persecutors to come to Christ.

To Think About
If someone with you started bullying or making fun of others, would you have the courage to ask them to stop?

(Source: VOMRadio.net. 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.)