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What Can You Do? More Countries to Pray for

The previous post included suggested prayers for Christian children around the world. Below are three more prayers provided by Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom. Can you choose one to pray for today?

Dear Father God,
Please protect Christian children and their families in India who are attacked and hurt badly because they love You. Help them to find people who will look after them and be kind to them. By Your great power, heal Your children and families who are still hurting. Amen.

Dear Jesus,
Please be very close to Your children and their families in North Korea who are sent to prison for loving You. Many are killed or hurt badly. They have very little food to eat. Hold them tightly in Your arms of love. Shine the light of Your love in their hearts. Let them know how much You love them. Let them know You are with them every second of every day and every night. Fill the hearts of the prison officers with Your love and truth so they will believe in Jesus, too. Amen.

Dear Father God,
Please heal the children who have been hurt in attacks in Egypt. Some have been bombed in churches or attacked on their way home or on buses. Protect the girls who are being kidnapped and taken away from their families. Bless their hearts with Your love as they miss each other so much. Act in Your almighty power and bring them home. Show Your love to the people who kidnap the girls. Help them to follow Jesus, too, and to know that You are the only God. Amen.

(Source: Release International, Edited)

Read more about Christians in India, North Korea, and Egypt in Bold Believers books in the Downloads section.

 


What Can You Do? Pray!

Release International is The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom. (Read more about VOM’s sister missions around the world here.)  Release International encourages kids to pray for Christians in countries where followers of Christ are persecuted. Read three of their suggested prayers below, and choose one to pray today.

Dear Jesus,
Please bless the children of Alimujiang Yimitri in China. Their dad was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 15 years in prison because he is a follower of Yours. His sons will be 16 and 12 this year, and they miss their dad very much. At times they have only been allowed to see him for 15 minutes every three months. Please give the boys your special strength, hope, and love. Help them trust You to look after their dad by Your almighty power, and bring him home soon. Amen.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you that Christians in other countries pay for some Christian children to go to school in Sri Lanka. Many more Christian children would love to go to school, but sadly their families can’t afford it. Please work in miraculous ways so that all Christian children can go to school. Amen.
“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Dear God,
Be with all the children who have been sent to prison with their families in Eritrea. Please give them all they need — food, water, and a safe place to sleep. Let them know that You are with them. Let them trust You, and fill their hearts with Your love. Keep them safe, and set them free. Please bless the family of a mom called Fikadu who died in prison. Amen.

(Source: Release International, Edited)

The next post will include Release International prayers for Christians in India, North Korea, and Egypt.

Read more about Christians in China, Sri Lanka, and Eritrea in Bold Believers books in the Downloads section.


Not Just for Summertime

Leaders share the “news” at a KOC VBS

Teachers and Parents: Churches have used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum in unique ways and settings. Read some of their ideas below.

Children’s Coordinator, Kentucky: I coordinate the church’s children’s curriculum. The group ranges in age from 5 to 9. I mapped out five months of lessons [from the VBS curriculum], and we are studying a different country each month. They learn to pray for the country, learn a memory verse, and do the stories and activities. Our young ones are being exposed to the information, and hopefully their parents are being reminded about it as well.

Alabama Children’s Worker: We used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum for mission week. We set up three classrooms with three different countries. The children learned about the country and did activities from the curriculum. We even set up a “secret church” for China that the children had to climb through a tunnel to get to. It was so much fun, and I believe the children learned a lot.

Tennessee Children’s Worker: I was looking for a children’s program to offer at our church and happened upon your VBS curriculum. I soon realized I had not only enough information to get the kids through the spring semester but also through the fall semester as well…. We divided the year up into 5 units with a different country to focus on for each unit…. We love how your VBS program was adaptable to our needs and how wonderfully it is opening up the worldview of our kids so much that we are planning on doing a year two…. Thank you for making KOC affordable and full of depth.”

(The Kids of Courage VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.)


Exile Night

“We did the [Exile Night] with our youth group last fall. We camped out on our farm between the woods and the corn field in a small hay field. We set up a couple of tents, but most of the kids slept outside! It was a moving experience and gave the kids a greater appreciation of what exiled Christians might have to endure. Thanks for the amazing resource.” — Youth leader

Student groups all across the United States have experienced 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.

Exile Night is an overnight event that can be done indoors or outdoors. Whether inside or outside, the goal of Exile Night is for students to gain an understanding of what Christian refugees experience, and to be encouraged by their faith in Christ.

Click here for more information about how to hold an Exile Night with Christian students in your area. Most of the materials are available for free download. Additional materials are available for purchase, or you may substitute stories, videos, and activities from this site and VOM’s Prisoner Alert site.


Prisoners to Pray For

The Voice of the Martyrs’ Prisoneralert.com website lists Christians around the world who are in prison for their faith. The site provides a way for readers to write letters to the prisoners and to officials of their countries.

The story of each prisoner’s arrest and imprisonment are also available on the site. Can you visit the site and choose one or more prisoners to pray for? Some of the Christians have been in prison for more than 10 years, so praying for them may be a very long-term commitment.

However, several prisoners were released during the past year.

“One of [the] things I enjoy doing is crossing out names I have been praying [for on] my prisoner list,” wrote Marilene, a commenter on The Voice of the Martyrs’ Facebook page. “God is gracious.”

But sometimes ex-prisoners are not safe from further problems with the authorities. The Prisoneralert.com site lists the names and stories of released prisoners,too. You can pray for their protection and for their ministries to bring many to Christ.


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