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Parents and Teachers

The Voice of the Martyrs’ president, Cole Richards, said, “Let us remember that [Christ] was ‘led like a lamb to the slaughter’ (Isaiah 53:7) for our sake, for the sake of our Nigerian Christian brothers and sisters, and even for the sake of their Islamist attackers whom we call to repentance.”

The October issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Nigerian Christians who have suffered persecution and mistreatment. The issue provides an opportunity to write persecuted Nigerian Christians a note of encouragement. (Younger children can draw a picture for Nigerian kids.) You can also write a note online at persecution.com/NotestoNigeria.

Updates from Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Cuba, and Bangladesh are also included in the issue.

Share stories about the featured countries from this site with your children then pray together for the Christians in those countries.

Related Resources
*To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*Bold Believers activity books about Vietnam and Bangladesh are available in the Downloads section.
*The Voice of the Martyrs Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in most of the featured countries.
*Watch a video clip of children in Bangladesh and a clip of a church in Cuba.


Palindrome Week

Today’s date — 9-19-19 — is a palindrome. The dates of every day this week have also been palindromes.

Palindromes read the same forward and backward. Some sentences that are palindromes are:
Step on no pets.
Madam, in Eden I’m Adam
Live not on evil.

Click here to read about places in Nigeria with names that are palindromes, and about life for Christians in Nigeria.


Tiny Sunday School

The government of China has been giving churches a hard time.  So some Christians meet secretly in homes.

Recently a Chinese Christian visited The Voice of the Martyrs. He told VOM workers about a secret church that meets in a pastor’s house. About 35 children sit on the floor in the house to learn about God and the Bible. “The room is about the size of a small VOM office,” said the visitor.

The VOM office is about 11 feet by 15 feet. Measure off a space about 11 feet wide and 15 feet long. How many people could sit on the floor in your space? Do you think you could sit in the space with 34 other kids? Will you pray for Chinese children who attend house churches?

[Photo: Chinese Christians with audio Bibles ]


India: A Unique Marriage Proposal

Radha
When Radha was in the 12th grade, her parents began to search for someone to marry her. Like many parents in India, they planned to choose their daughter’s husband. They were looking for a man who worked hard, had a good job, and made lots of money. However, Radha told them, “I will not get married unless I marry a pastor.” She wanted to help a pastor in his work for the Lord.

Radha’s parents were Christians, but they did not agree with her plan. After many arguments and counseling from Christian aunts and uncles, her parents gave in to her wishes.

Arjun
When Arjun was a boy in India, he grew very ill. “He will not live,” the doctors told Arjun’s parents. An evangelist visited Arjun’s house, talked to his family about Christ, and prayed for Arjun. “If he lives, let him live for Christ,” said Arjun’s mother.

Arjun recovered from his illness! He gave his life to Christ and became a pastor. In the area where he lived, pastors were often threatened and attacked, so he knew the risks of sharing the good news of Jesus. Soon he, too, was attacked and warned not to continue his preaching.

Proposal
Arjun knew about Radha’s desire to help share the love of Jesus with those who don’t know Him. So he asked her to marry him.

[Talk to three couples who have been married a long time. Ask them what they talked about during their marriage proposal. Was their conversation anything like Arjun’s proposal below?]

“This is my life,” Arjun began his proposal to Radha. “I am a minister and have been attacked so many times. In the future, you may be attacked. I might go to jail. Sometimes we will have food, sometimes we will not. This will be the life. If you would like to marry me, you can. Otherwise, say no.”

Radha answered, “Live or die, I will live for Christ.”

Serving the Lord Together
Arjun was not exaggerating in his proposal. The couple has endured hardship, attacks, arrests, and threats. They now have a baby who may also endure hardship someday. (See their photo above. A Christian friend is on the left.)

“The problems, trials, tribulations, and whatever comes is nothing with God,” Arjun told a VOM worker. “God has made a new heaven house for us, so we have to wait and strive for that. That is what we are waiting for.”

To learn more about Christians in India, download Bold Believers in India from the Downloads section.

(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, length, and age appropriateness.)


Tired in the Middle East

A growing number of Muslims in the Middle East are leaving Islam to follow Christ. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Muslim friends, relatives, teachers, and bosses may persecute the new Christians for leaving their faith. Christians in the Middle East are fired from their jobs, expelled from school, and kicked out of their homes.

The Christians know that the Bible says, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). And like the Christians in the Book of Acts, they know that it is a privilege to suffer for the name of Christ (Acts 5:41).

But Amin, a new Christian in a Middle Eastern country, told VOM contacts that he is exhausted from the persecution he began experiencing about six months ago. Sometimes he feels like he can’t take another step forward in his life. Some other Middle Eastern Christians feel the same.

Please pray that God will restore the strength of tired believers in the Middle East.

Note: Not everyone agrees about what countries make up the Middle East. One common definition includes the countries in southwestern Asia from Iran to Egypt. Egypt is included even though it is part of Africa, not Asia.