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Ten Ways to Present Persecution to Children

Parents and Volunteers
Children can learn from an early age about the joys of standing firm for Christ in times of difficulty, and about being a part of the global body of Christ.

The following are some ways to present information about Christian persecution to children.

1. Be a volunteer reader at a school. Would the children like to hear about St. Nicholas, St. Valentine, and St. Patrick? Their stories provide examples of Christians whose faith remained strong when they faced obstacles.

2. Talk to children on their level. Adults can convey the struggles endured by persecuted Christians without including graphic descriptions or age-inappropriate concepts. For example, a VOM worker shared with her 3-year-old son that everything had been taken from some Christians in Iraq, even their toys. Her explanation brought the situation to her son’s level.

3. Lead or sponsor a persecution-related VBS. Add stories of persecuted Christians to the lessons, or donate a VOM Kids of Courage VBS curriculum to a church.

4. Write a song. Few Christian children’s songs address the joys of being “more than conquerors.” Share your song with a children’s group.

5. Show or donate Torchlighters DVDs to a group.

6. Invite a missionary or a Christian from a restricted country to visit your family or church and share stories of their lives. Read missionary stories or share missionary biographies with children. Pray with children for missionaries. Suggest missionary stories for book report assignments.

7. Help a teacher. Offer to substitute for a Sunday school teacher or other children’s group leader. Enter “Lesson Plan” in the search box of this site for suggestions of what to present.

8. Donate age-appropriate persecution-related material or missionary biographies to a dentist, doctor, mechanic, or hair salon for their waiting room. Public libraries and church libraries may also accept donated materials.

9. Help a class put on a program. Offer to direct a skit and/or program about persecuted Christians with a class, homeschool group, Christian scouting group, or other after school group. Invite others in the community.

10. Explore the archives of this site. Find further information and activities to share with children. Encourage children to get involved in serving, raising awareness about, and praying for persecuted Christians.


Chalkboard Tag Reminders

Reminder tags

You can make a prayer reminder for yourself or another Christian.

Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs made prayer reminders from paper tags and chalkboard tags. If you would like to make some for yourself or another Christian, cut chalkboard tags into desired shapes, then glue them to paper tags. (See the photo.) Write the names of countries where Christians are persecuted, or write other prayer reminders with chalk on the chalkboard tags.

Paint or decorate a clothespin, then attach a piece of peel and magnetic tape on one side. Fasten the tags with the clothespins, and display the reminders on a magnetic surface.


Farsi

Farsi New Testament

Farsi, also called “Persian,” is the official language of Iran. Farsi is written in the same script as Arabic, but it is not the same language as Arabic. This is similar to the way Spanish and English are written using the same letters, but they are different languages.

The government of Iran fears that Muslims who hear the gospel in their own language will become Christians. Christian ethnic groups that speak other languages are not as much of a problem to the government.

“Pastors who preach in Farsi are ordered to give a report to the government,” said an Iranian Christian. “Also, the government sends spies into the Farsi-speaking churches to take pictures and evaluate the activities of the church.”

Farsi is read from right to left instead of left to right like English. Look at the chart below to learn how to pronounce some Farsi words and phrases. (Pronunciations are approximate.)

English

How to say it in Farsi

Praise the Lord KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Jesus loves you EE-saw doos-taht DAH-reh
Mother Mah-DAR
Father Pay-DAR
Yes BAH-lay
No Nah
Please LOHT-fan
Thank you Mam-NOON-ahm
Good bye KHOH-dah hah-fehz

10 Ways to Pray for Bold Workers

You can help The Voice of the Martyrs encourage bold “front-line workers” who spread the gospel in places where people are hostile to Christianity. In an army, the front line is where soldiers are closest to the battle. VOM’s front-line workers are in areas of spiritual conflict.

You can “adopt” a front-line worker by making a commitment to pray for them here. After you agree to pray, you will receive a card with the worker’s name and photo to help you remember to pray.

Below are 10 ways you can pray for a front-line worker, or for any worker in a hostile area.

1. Ask God to provide opportunities for the workers to share the gospel.
2. Pray that God will help the workers be bold and brave when they tell others about Jesus.
3. Pray that the workers will win the praise of the local people and that the people will accept them and treat them well.
4. Ask God to hide the workers’ activities from persecutors.
5. Pray that Bible truths will encourage and strengthen the workers every day.
6. Ask God to help the workers when they face obstacles on their way to share the gospel. (See the photo above.)
7. Pray that the workers will have peace in their hearts during difficult experiences.
8. Workers often have to be separated from their spouses and children. Pray for the workers’ families.
9. Pray that the workers will know we are praying for them and it will give them hope and comfort.
10. Pray that the worker will feel God’s presence.


A Prayer from Psalms

The following activity comes from Release International, a member of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. Crack the code to find a phrase from Psalm 25:20. Pray the verse on behalf of Christian children whose families are persecuted.