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100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians #1–10

  1. Design a church bulletin insert about persecution.
  2. Make bookmarks for friends to remind them to pray for suffering Christians.
  3. Write, record, and share a song about martyrs.
  4. Help someone subscribe to the free The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.
  5. Commit to praying for one persecuted Christian for 30 days.
  6. Start a group among your friends to learn about and pray for persecuted Christians.
  7. Act out a scene from a book about persecuted Christians and videotape it to share.
  8. Make a scrapbook of stories about persecuted Christians from VOM publications.
  9. Make a poster listing ways kids can help persecuted Christians and display it at church.
  10. Set up an exhibit table about persecution at church.

(Source: 100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church)


Tajikistan: Pastor Bakhrom

Two years ago, in April 2017, Pastor Bakhrom Kholmatov was arrested after officials raided his church in Tajikistan.  The officers beat members of the congregation and took away Christian books and the pastor’s computer.

When the officials examined Pastor Bhakrom’s computer, they found a collection of Christian songs. They claimed that the songs and the pastor’s books were “extremist.” [People who are extremist have ideas that are considered to be far different from the average views of those around them. Extremists sometimes act on their ideas with violence or drastic actions.] The government said that “experts” decided that the songs were calling people to overthrow the government.

Pastor Bakhrom has been in prison on the false charges for two years. His wife, Gulnora, has had problems with high blood pressure since his arrest. They have three children.

Gulnora says that she has received letters of encouragement from Christians around the world. Pastor Bakhrom, however, has not been given letters that were sent to the prison for him. Sometimes authorities refuse to give a prisoner their mail in order to make them feel isolated. But Christians keep writing, knowing that their letters can influence guards and make a difference anyway.

You can use the following addresses to send letters of encouragement to the pastor and his family.

Bakhrom Kholmatov
Yavan Prison
Shamsova St.
Yavan, Khatlon region
Tajikistan
735310

Family Kholmatov
Mikrorajon 32, house nr. 50
Hudjand
Sogdijsk region
735700
Tajikistan

Please read the instructions for writing letters at prisoneralert.com here and here.


Somalia: Pray for the President

“One of every six African Christians is persecuted,” a recent visitor from Africa told VOM workers. Many people believe that the most serious persecution in Africa happens in Somalia.

Facts About Somalia
*Most Somalis are Muslim.
*Bibles are illegal.
*There are no church buildings.
*After years of drought and war, more Somalis live outside Somalia than in it.

(Source: VOM’s 2019 Global Prayer Guide)

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is the current president of Somalia. He was born on March 11, 1962. He went to college in the United States.

On his birthday, will you pray for the president?
*Pray that he will rule wisely.
*Pray that he will use his power to see that Christians are treated fairly.
*Pray that he and his family will know the truth about Jesus.

(Photo: Somali Christian secretly reads a Bible. Source: VOM Canada and CBN.)


China: Remember Cao

On March 5, 2017 — two years ago today — Pastor John Cao was arrested. Cao is a Chinese pastor known for his work helping poor people in Myanmar (Burma). Pastor Cao is married to an American citizen, and they have two sons, Benjamin and Amos. He lives with his family in North Carolina when he is not on mission trips or in prison. You can read more about Pastor Cao here.

The story of his arrest and imprisonment is told on prisoneralert.com. If you want to write a letter of encouragement on the second anniversary of his arrest, the site also provides instructions for writing to Cao and other prisoners.

Please pray for Pastor Cao and his family.


Remember to Pray

It’s not too late to begin the habit of praying for persecuted Christians in 2019.

Read about the coloring book prayer calendar made by Canadian kids here. Pray for persecuted Christians like you would want someone to pray for you if you were in a difficult situation.

You can download the calendar here.