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Boat Church

A boat church

You may have read stories about house churches, or even a van church. But have you ever heard of a boat church?

Some Christians who part of Khmu tribal groups in Laos can worship openly on a rented boat. Buddhist officials, who oppose the spread of Christianity in their area, think religious meetings happen only in certain buildings. So they are not concerned about a group of people on a boat.

To Talk About

Where is the most unusual place you have attended a worship service?

(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

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 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

(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
*Captive in Iran, available at
*Iran: Desperate for God, available at
*Bold Believers in Iran activity book, available in the free Downloads section.

A Sad Day in Pakistan: Update


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.