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Malaysia: Jeremy’s Story

Children in Malaysia

Every Sunday, 11-year-old Jeremy left his home and walked to church. But he didn’t tell his family goodbye and walk boldly out the front door. Instead, he sneaked out of his bedroom window.

A Messy Life
Jeremy’s mother and stepfather drank a lot of alcohol and often came home drunk. He had no birth certificate or identification telling who he was, because his birth father never registered his birth. “My home was always messy, and my family was always fighting and arguing,” said Jeremy. He finally dropped out of school because he couldn’t concentrate on studying.

Finding Joy
Church gave him hope. “I just loved it,” he said. “It was the only thing that brought me joy.” However, after he gave his life to Jesus, he kept his new faith a secret, because his family was Muslim.

But his family discovered his secret and sealed his bedroom window. Jeremy considered running away from home. Instead, he decided to stay and to pray constantly for his family.

After a time, Jeremy moved in with his grandparents who knew he was a Christian. Sadly, his grandfather got sick and died. But, praise God, Jeremy led him to the Lord before his death.

Jeremy knows he still faces struggles in his life, but now he is hopeful for the future. “I want my whole family to come to know the Lord. That’s my longing,” said Jeremy.

(Source: VOM Australia.)

Read more about Christians in Malaysia in Bold Believers in Malaysia, available in the free Downloads section.

Egypt: Help for Christians

Girl in Egypt

“Egypt may be the most intense place for Christians in the Middle East right now,” said The Voice of the Martyrs’ regional director for the Middle East. Christians were already treated like second class citizens. But now they are suffering because of an increase in attacks by radical Muslims.

Marina was afraid she wouldn’t be able to go to school anymore. Muslim attackers had driven her family and more than 1,000 other Christians from their homes and their jobs in the town of El-Arish. The Christians were scattered throughout Egypt.

“We are a big family, lots of brothers and sisters,” Marina told a pastor in her new town. “My father is too poor to send us to school.”

The pastor encouraged Marina by telling her the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.

The Voice of the Martyrs sent backpacks, school supplies, and school fees to El-Arish families about 10 days later. The pastor stopped at Marina’s house first to tell her the news. Marina and her mother cried with joy as they realized that Marina and all of her brothers and sisters would be able to attend school.

Stronger Faith
A Christian in Egypt noticed that persecution had increased the faith of some of the believers. “They have no one to depend on except God,” he said. “And God is providing for their needs.”

To Talk About
*Read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish in John 6. How might the story have encouraged Marina?
*How was the faith of the persecuted Christians strengthened?

(Source: The August 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)

Read more about Christians in Egypt in Bold Believers in Egypt, available in the free Downloads section.

Find an Egypt lesson plan here.

Louder than Words

“The purpose of our mission trips is to get away from the normal distractions of life,” said Sue Brown. She and her husband, Dave, lead Louder than Words, a discipleship ministry for teens. On their trips, the group serves others, hosts workshops and Bible studies, and presents the gospel through mime and drama. They leave behind their computers, cell phones, and TVs for the four-week trip. Their only luggage is a backpack and one small duffel bag.

The Louder than Words team recently spent a week at The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters, volunteering in the Operations Center, attending chapel, and presenting meaningful messages through mime. Other parts of their trip have included presentations in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., and service projects at churches, a Christian camp, and a food bank.


The Louder than Words kids have no plans to stop serving others when they leave the group. Some would like to work in the medical field as a paramedic or EMT; others are considering a career as a teacher, musician/songwriter, child care worker, or restaurant owner. And some hope to continue participating in mime and drama.

In the meantime, they are learning to be uncomfortable. “Choosing to use their time to study the Bible, to serve willingly and even happily, and to step into the public or their peers to present the gospel is very counter-cultural,” their leaders wrote. “Jesus and His disciples were just like that! They chose to be uncomfortable in this world as they encouraged others to be heavenly and eternally minded.”

Syria: Finding What Can’t Be Lost


In many countries around the world, dedicated followers of Jesus risk their freedom and lives to practice their faith. Through persecution and struggles, they remain close to their Savior, forgive their enemies, and spread God’s Word.

However, there are other groups of people who are persecuted for being “Christians.” These victims of persecution may have never entered a church. They probably have never owned or read a Bible, or shared the gospel with anyone. And they have not trusted in Christ as their Savior.

But their persecutors don’t care if they are true believers in Christ or not.

Abdu was one of those “Christians.” He and his father owned an auto repair shop in Syria. Because of the war that was destroying their homeland, his mother and siblings moved to a safer city. Abdu and his dad stayed behind to protect the shop and the land that had been in their family for almost 100 years.

But then radical Muslims kidnapped Abdu. They considered him to be a Christian because he had a Christian name and Christian ancestors.

Even though Abdu had never been to church, he began to pray when his captors kidnapped him. After 10 days of abuse by the kidnappers, to his surprise, Abdu was suddenly released. He rejoined the rest of his family and escaped from Syria.

Thankfully, in their new home, Abdu began attending church and placed his faith in Christ! Muslims have built a mosque on the family’s property in Syria, and they have lost all their possessions. “Yes, you can lose everything,” said Abdu. “But life in the Lord cannot be lost whatever happens.”

(Source: The August 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)

To Talk About
Genesis 50:20 says, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good….” How could that verse apply to Abdu’s situation?

Yousef’s Journey

Yemeni Muslims

Trouble at School
Yousef, his parents, and his younger brother lived in Djibouti, an African Muslim country where Christians are sometimes persecuted. Yousef was the only Christian in his school. Ibrahim, his father, told Yousef’s teacher that he did not want Yousef to pray the daily Muslim prayers. But the teacher said Yousef would have to join the class in reciting the prayers, because the school was a Muslim school.

Scary Phone Calls
Then, on the morning of his 17th birthday, Yousef got a phone call. “Today is your birthday,” the mysterious caller said. “And we don’t want you celebrating with unbelievers.” (When the caller said “unbelievers,” he meant non-Muslims.) Yousef thought it was just a prank call, and he left for school.

At about noon, Yousef’s mother, Fatima, answered a call from Yousef’s phone. A strange voice said, “Your son is dead.” Fatima and Ibrahim were devastated. But then at about 6 that night, Yousef called them! He was alive!

More Moves
Violent Muslims had kidnapped Yousef and flown him to Yemen, where Yousef’s family used to live. The family had converted from Islam to Christianity, but had left Yemen to avoid persecution. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) The kidnappers tried to convince Yousef to return to Islam, but he would not.

After the kidnappers released him, he and his family moved again — this time to Ethiopia. Ibrahim now shares the good news of Jesus with Yemeni refugees in several countries. Yousef earned a degree in biblical studies, and he is studying social media so he can share the gospel online. He helps his dad work with Yemeni immigrants in Egypt.

Yousef’s family has been on a long journey since deciding to follow Jesus, but they believe it’s worth it. “The purpose of all of this is for Jesus to be glorified,” said Ibrahim. Please pray for the family to reach more Yemenis for Christ.

(Source: The August 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)