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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?”

A Review of Torchlighters The Samuel Morris Story

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Samuel Morris

In 1891, Taylor University, a small Christian college on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, Indiana, faced financial hardship. They were losing students. They were about to close. But before we begin that story, let’s go back. Two years earlier…

A young Liberian prince named Kaboo was taken captive by an enemy of his father’s, who demanded tribute every full moon in order to get the young prince home. But Kaboo’s tribe couldn’t satisfy his captors. So his enemies decided to kill the boy, at that time 14 years old, by throwing a spear at his heart.

However, just as they were about to kill him, a bright light appeared in the sky. The ropes binding Kaboo loosened, and he was able to escape. As he bolted, he heard a voice from the sky cry, “Run, Kaboo, run.”

And though he was confused, the young teen ran away as fast as he could through the jungle. He ran all night and all day, hunted by the many dangers of the rainforest, until he ran straight into a young man singing a spiritual – “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” The young man brought him to a local coffee plantation, gave him shelter and work, and prayed with him.

Soon after arriving at the plantation, Kaboo attended church and heard a missionary woman speak about the apostle Paul. He heard her talk about the light that Paul saw and the voice he heard. She said he heard the voice of Jesus. At that moment, Kaboo understood. The voice he heard was the voice of Jesus, too. After discovering that his life had been saved by God, Kaboo accepted Christ as his Savior, and adopted an English name – Samuel Morris.

The newly christened Samuel, in order to learn more about God so that he could return to his tribe with the good news of Jesus, traveled across the wide oceans to New York City. He faced many dangers along the way, but he reached America safely and was enrolled at the closing Taylor University. The school administrators were hesitant to let him stay. However, after hearing the young man’s remarkable story, they caved. Soon, Samuel “Kaboo” Morris’ story began to spread, so he dictated a book. The book sold so many copies, Taylor University was saved by the money he made.

After Samuel tragically died of illness, Taylor took it upon itself to reach Samuel’s tribe in honor of his remarkable life. And though Samuel Morris had thought he was coming to America to learn to be a missionary, we now realize that he went to Taylor to inspire the small university to reach all unreached peoples. The story of Samuel Morris can be an inspiration to us all, to go forth with bravery and to not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6). Samuel Morris’ legacy was immortalized because of his simple love of others and faith in God. Our lives should be remembered for the same reasons.

Find resources about Samuel Morris here, here, and here.

Make a Bolero

The following activity is from Bold Believers in Chiapas, available in the Downloads section.

“Boleros are like a cup and ball,” said an American who grew up in Chiapas. “But instead of trying to get a ball in a cup, you try to get a stick in the opening of a wooden ball.”

Use the following instructions to make your own toy like a bolero.

1. Punch a small hole in the center of the bottom of a 32-ounce yogurt container. You can use the end of an unfolded paper clip to start the hole. Gently enlarge it slightly with the tip of a pen or pencil.
2. Poke a 24-inch piece of string or shoestring through the hole and knot it on the inside to keep it from coming out of the hole.
3. Tie the other end of the string around a pencil about an inch from the tip of the eraser. Secure the string with tape.
4. Hold the pencil on the end opposite the eraser. Try to swing the container up and catch it on the pencil. It may take several tries!

Note: Before poking a hole in the container, you may want to cover and decorate it with paint, colored vinyl tape, foil gift wrap, fabric, or other colorful material.

This Month

Parents and Teachers
The August 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Eritrea, updates from around the world, and an inspiring message from Sabina Wurmbrand, who founded The Voice of the Martyrs with her husband, Richard. You can share stories from this site about the featured Christians and countries 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 Eritrea
*Restricted Nations: Eritrea available at
*Bold Believers in Eritrea activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*Eritrea Lesson Plan

Nigeria: Dalo Prays for Himself and Others


Eight-year-old Dalo had to go to a hospital in Nigeria, where workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visited him. Dalo’s nurse told the workers that Dalo arrived at the hospital praying, and that he continued to pray during his stay.

What did Dalo pray for?

Dalo prayed that God would heal him.
Dalo was injured a few weeks ago when a group of Fulani tribal fighters attacked Christian villages in Nigeria. More than 10,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Dalo prayed for others who were injured in the attacks.

And Dalo is asking God to forgive his attackers.
VOM has heard about thousands of Fulani tribal people who have left Islam to follow Jesus. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Please join Dalo in his prayers. Pray that many more Muslims in Nigeria will trust Jesus as their Savior.

The Voice of the Martyrs is providing sleeping mats, food, and mosquito nets to families who were forced away from their homes because of the attacks.