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“Dory” is a VOM worker who visits China to encourage Christians. Dory is related to John and Betty Stam. The story below and the video tell about the Stams and what Dory found out about them. Please preview the video before showing it to children.

John and Betty Stam knew that China could be a dangerous place for missionaries in the 1930s. Chinese communist soldiers were attacking Christians. But John believed that God was calling the couple to share the gospel in the land where “a million [people] a month pass into Christless graves.”

In 1934, a month after John and Betty arrived at a new mission station in China with their baby, Helen Priscilla, communists came to kidnap them. Betty served tea to her kidnappers before she and her family were taken away.

The kidnappers told John to mail a ransom letter from a post office. The postmaster asked John, “Where are you going?”

“We don’t know where they’re going,” John said of the kidnappers. “But we are going to heaven.” He was right, for soon the kidnappers killed him and Betty. Their baby was rescued and brought up by relatives in the United States. Many young people who heard the Stams’ story gave their lives to God’s service as missionaries.

(Sources include By Their Blood, by James and Marti Hefley)

John and Betty Stam

“Dory” is a VOM worker who visits China to encourage Christians. Dory is related to John and Betty Stam. The story below and the video tell about the Stams and what Dory found out about them. Please preview the video before showing it to children. John and Betty Stam knew that China could be a […]


Pakistan is a country where Islam is the official religion. People can go to jail for life if they treat the Quran with disrespect. Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws” say that no one may speak out against Islam or damage the Quran. (Islam is the religion of Muslims, and the Quran is the Muslims’ holy book.)

Sometimes Muslims try to get revenge on Christians by accusing them of blasphemy. And sometimes if a court finds a Christian “not guilty” of blasphemy, radical Muslims attack the Christian anyway.

In 2012, Rimsha, a 14-year-old girl, was accused of burning a page of the Quran. She was arrested, and people all over the world protested. It turned out to be a false charge, and Rimsha was released. She and her parents fled to Canada.

Around 800 other Christians who lived in the same neighborhood as Rimsha were threatened by militant Muslims and had to flee for their lives as well. Where did these people go, and how did they survive after they left? The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister missions, VOM Canada and SDOK Netherlands, went to Pakistan to find out. Watch the video to learn about what they saw.
(Source: SDOK Netherlands and VOM Canada)

Pakistan: Christians Forced to Live in Slums

Pakistan is a country where Islam is the official religion. People can go to jail for life if they treat the Quran with disrespect. Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws” say that no one may speak out against Islam or damage the Quran. (Islam is the religion of Muslims, and the Quran is the Muslims’ holy book.) Sometimes […]


A previous post told about a school for Iraqi children who were driven from their homes by Muslim fighters. The video shows the children at their school.

Iraqi Children at School

A previous post told about a school for Iraqi children who were driven from their homes by Muslims fighters. The video shows the children at their school.


Martin Luther didn’t mean to start a Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses to a church door. Today, 500 years later, we don’t typically think of Luther as a persecuted Christian. But he was reviled by church authorities of his day, and his model of faithfulness under pressure encourages us to remain firm in our faith when we face trials of our own.The Martin Luther Story is available at VOMBooks.com. Torchlighters student and leader guides are available in the Downloads section of this site. The guides include lesson plans, background information, reproducible student handouts, discussion questions, puzzles, coloring pages and more.

Torchlighters: The Martin Luther Story

Martin Luther didn’t mean to start a Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses to a church door. Today, 500 years later, we don’t typically think of Luther as a persecuted Christian. But he was reviled by church authorities of his day, and his model of faithfulness under pressure encourages us to remain firm in our faith when we face trials of our own.

The Martin Luther Story is available at VOMBooks.com. Torchlighters student and leader guides are available in the Downloads section of this site. The guides include lesson plans, background information, reproducible student handouts, discussion questions, puzzles, coloring pages and more.


In northern Iraq, radical Muslims (ISIS) spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or “N,” on the homes and businesses of Christians. The property owners were publicly identified as Christ-followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, leave or die. The courageous believers refused to deny their faith, and more than 100,000 fled with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Youth groups all across the United States are experiencing a small part of what displaced believers face every day through Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Watch the video to see what leaders and students at one church said about their Exile Night experience. Learn more about Exile Nights on i-am-n.com.

Exile Nights

Youth groups all across the United States are experiencing a small part of what displaced believers face every day through “I Am N” Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.