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The Voice of the Martyrs offers meaningful Christmas gifts for friends and family on your Christmas list.

Click here to find out how to order:

*2019 VOM Prayer Calendars
*Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and 16-episode DVD set
*The Courageous Series six-book children’s set
*The 520-page VOM Graphic Novel Anthology
*The Witnesses Trilogy DVD box set
*The Wurmbrand group study kit

Find more gifts and resources at www.vombooks.com.


Sleeping on the Roof

Abdul (right) and his mentors

Late at night, after most people in Pakistan were asleep, Adbul secretly approached a house in his village and climbed up to the roof, where he slept until about 5 a.m. He woke up when the sun rose, climbed down, and walked quietly away.

The house belonged to Abdul’s parents, who had kicked him out of their Muslim family when he became a Christian. Abdul had no place to live, so he spent every night for six years on the roof of his former home. “It was easy in the summertime, but very hard during the wintertime,” Abdul said. “I always kept a matchbook in my pocket to make a fire to make myself warm.”

When Abdul felt lonely or discouraged, he prayed, “Thank you, God. This is all about You and for You.”

Abdul’s relatives finally allowed him to stay in a separate room added to their house, but they continued to verbally abuse him and give him a hard time. Abdul prays for them. Abdul plans to marry a Christian girl he met in another part of Pakistan. His family will not attend the wedding. Abdul accepts persecution as part of being a Christian.

“I know that I have to die,” he said. “But before I die, I want to share the good news that people can go to heaven.”

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and clarity.)

Read another story about a Christian who had to sleep in an unusual place here.


This Month

December VOM newsletter

Parents and Teachers
The December 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of courageous evangelists who spread the good news of Jesus in places where they risk their lives to evangelize. Abdul in Pakistan, Kebir in India, and Baris in Turkey witness boldly even though they are in danger daily.

The issue includes updates on 11 Christians featured in past newsletters, and a story about VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand’s thoughts on spending Christmas in prison. You can share stories from this site about some of the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional resources about the featured countries
*Restricted Nations: India, available at vombooks.com.
*Restricted Nations: Pakistan, available at vombooks.com.
*Bold Believers in India activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
* Bold Believers in Pakistan activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*Bold Believers in Turkey activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*India lesson plan.
*Turkey lesson plan.


Emre Wants to Go to Camp

Emre

(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. SDOK is in the Netherlands, where the people speak Dutch.)

Emre from Turkey has already been to a Christian summer camp twice. He thought it was super fun. The kids at camp learn Bible stories, sing songs, and play cool games. Emre is a Christian and nobody else at his school is Christian. He finds that quite difficult. That’s why he wants to go to the summer camp again. There he can meet his Christian friends and learn a lot from the Bible.

The summer camp leaders make lots of preparations, but sometimes there is bad news. It is not always easy to find a nice and safe place to have the camp. Do you want to pray that a good spot is found next time? Then Emre can go to camp again!

Watch an SDOK video of Christian kids at a camp in Turkey here.


Thankful in Prison, Part 2

Hassan (second from left) in prison

Pastor Hassan was arrested in 2015 for his Christian work in Sudan. You can read his story here.

Recently, Todd Nettleton of vomradio.net interviewed Pastor Hassan about his time in prison. Most prisoners would have nothing good to say about prison. And the pastor did say it was very hard to be away from his family for so long.

But Pastor Hassan says he is thankful to God for many things that happened to him! In fact, he said, “I considered this as one of the best times in my life…. I truly prayed and came closer to God and experienced the presence of the Lord in a different way.”

Read below some of the prison blessings the pastor remembers.

*He and other Christians in prison encouraged one another.

*Visitors brought joy to his day.

*The government of Sudan had claimed that there were no Christians in their country. Visitors who sang Christian songs outside the courthouse proved the government wrong.

*Pastor Hassan and a Christian prisoner in another cell called memorized Bible verses back and forth to each other.

*After a time, Pastor Hassan was able to get a Bible in the prison.

*Pastor Hassan shared truths from his Bible with other prisoners. He was joyful that God opened a door for him to do prison ministry — from the inside! “There is hunger in the prison,” he said. “The people really want Christ.”

*Pastor Hassan was thankful for the stories in the Bible about God rescuing people from prison. (See Acts 12, Acts 5:17-20, Acts 16:25-28, and Daniel 3.)

Even in prison, Pastor Hassan experienced at least seven blessings. This Thanksgiving, can you name seven blessings for which you are thankful?

(Sources include: vomradio.net and prisoneralert.com.)