Donate | VOM Resources

Remember the Persecuted

Needed
1/4–inch thick foam board
Mod Podge (decoupage medium)
Applicator
Box cutter
Hexagon pattern cut from card stock, approximately seven inches from top to bottom
Photos from VOM publications, websites, or outdated prayer calendars
Help from an adult

What to Do
1. Trace the hexagon pattern onto foam board.
2. Ask an adult to cut out the hexagon with a box cutter on a protected surface.
3. With the hexagon pattern, trace around a photo of a Christian from a VOM publication, website, or calendar. Cut out the photo.
4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the foam board. Place the photo on top of it. Carefully rub the photo to remove any bubbles.
5. Let it dry. Apply one or two more coats of Mod Podge on the photo.
6. Display by itself or with other reminders on a wall at home or in your Sunday school classroom. Pray for the Christians in the photos.


A Secret Bible, Part 2

Peter and Ruth
The previous post told about Peter and Ruth, Christian workers who spread God’s Word in areas where it can be hard to get a Bible. Do you know how they get the stories of Jesus to hard-to-reach places?

Peter revealed the answer. “It’s inside us!” he said.

Peter and Ruth are part of a “Word by Heart” program, which helps people learn and share Scripture. “In some countries we can’t take the Bible, but if we know [a Bible story] word for word in our heart, in any country we go into, they can’t take it away,” Peter said. “No country can outlaw storytelling,” added Ruth.

Word by Heart workers tell Bible stories while translators share the story with their audience in the local languages. Not everybody they talk to can read or write. “Anybody can listen,” said Peter. And the message spreads quickly. “We can tell the story to 10 or 15 people, and those people can go and share it with more family and friends.”

“If the police come, they won’t find anything,” said Ruth.
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length.)

Gladys Aylward
Gladys Aylward was a missionary to China in the 1900s. She helped an older missionary operate an inn where they shared Bible stories with Chinese merchants and drivers who passed through the area.

The men had never heard the stories of a man named Jesus who “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Yang, the cook at the inn, helped Gladys learn Chinese words to tell the stories.

Enter “Aylward” in the Search box to find more stories about Gladys.

To Do
The activity below is from The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book. Learn more about the book here.

Choose a Bible story to learn well enough to present it to others. Read the story in a Bible or Bible storybook several times until you can tell it without looking at the book. Ask your parent or teacher if you can tell your family or class the story during a meal or other break. Share the story. If there is time, ask your listeners questions about it to learn what they remember and understand.

Here are some story suggestions:
*A story from Mark 4–5 or a parable of Jesus
*Daniel and the lion’s den (Daniel 6)
*David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
*Jonah (the Book of Jonah)
*Jeremiah’s rescue (Jeremiah 38:1–13)
*Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1–20)
*Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24)
*Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1 – 4:17)
*Noah (Genesis 6:9 – 9:17)
*The Story of Creation (Genesis 1:1 – 2:4)
*****


Iranian Date Snack

Cut open lengthwise about ½ pound of dates. Break walnut halves in half lengthwise and insert one walnut piece in each date and close the date. Arrange the dates on a shallow serving dish. Melt a stick of margarine and stir in a half cup of flour over low heat until smooth. Pour the mixture over the dates and let it set before serving.

Learn more about Christians in Iran in Bold Believers in Iran, available in the Downloads section.

 


Hieroglyphic Code

Hieroglyphic
Click the image to enlarge

Hieroglyphics is a kind of picture writing used by ancient Egyptians. Each hieroglyphic symbol below stands for the letter beside it. (The code is not based on an actual hieroglyphic alphabet.) To decode the sentence, write down the letters represented by the symbols. Check your answer in Isaiah 37:16 (NIV).

Learn about the religion of ancient Egyptians and how it differs from biblical Christianity here.

Read about Christians in Egypt in Bold Believers in Egypt, available in the Downloads section.


Color a Drawing from Vietnam

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs-USA and VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands (SDOK) visited persecuted Christians in Vietnam. One of the children they visited drew a coloring page for them.

Watch the girl draw the page in the video clip, then print the page to color.

The captions and title on the video are in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. The title says, “Dep from Vietnam makes a drawing.”

For more Kids of Courage coloring pages, check the activity books in the Downloads section of this site.