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The May 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories about courageous Christians in India. Christians are facing the increased persecution in India with boldness. Also included are updates from the Arabian Peninsula, Uganda, Indonesia, and Iran. You can share stories of Christians in those areas from this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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

Additional Related Resources
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Iran from the Downloads section.

*Find Restricted Nations books about India, Iran, and Indonesia at vombooks.com.

*Find the Torchlighters DVD about Amy Carmichael (India) here.

*Click here to find a lesson plan for India.

*The book Captive in Iran and the book and audio CD Iran: Desperate for God are available at vombooks.com.


Gwenivere Learns About VOM

Gwenivere, a 10-year-old girl in Indiana, leads her friends in praying for persecuted Christians and donating money to provide Bibles for people in other countries. She learned about the work of The Voice of the Martyrs when her grandmother, Debra, showed  Torchlighters DVDs to the children in her church.

Debra is a VOM Voice. (Learn more about the VOM Voice program here.) Gwenivere helps her distribute VOM’s Global Prayer Guide  to people in their congregation.

Gwenivere learned some words in the Kru language of Torchlighters hero Samuel Morris from the Torchlighters study guides, and she and Debra visited Morris’ grave in Fort Wayne. “[It was] touching to hear her speak the tribal Kru phrases learned in the lessons, and thanking God for his dedication,” said Debra.

Debra plans to provide Gwenivere with additional opportunities to help VOM as she gets older. “It would be a disservice to keep her ignorant of this ongoing reality and the hands-on ministry that VOM offers these precious saints!” said Debra.

(Photo: Debra and Gwenivere. Used by permission.)

To Think About
*Is there anyone you can encourage to pray for persecuted Christians?
*Have you ever thanked God for the witness of a faithful Christian?


China: 11 Kids Arrested

The Chinese government is cracking down on Christians. The Early Rain Covenant Church is one of the targets of their unwanted attention.

About 800 people attend weekly services at Early Rain. The church also operates an elementary school with 40 students.

In February, policemen arrested 44 Christians at two Early Rain services. Eleven kids were among those arrested. The youngest child was about two months old.

The children were given no food, even though they weren’t released from the jail until 2 a.m. the next day. They had to sleep on the floor or on a cold table. The police took away everyone’s cell phones.

It wasn’t the first time officials had given the church a hard time. In December 2018, police arrested 100 people from the church, including the pastor and his wife.

But the Christians continue to meet together and worship God. The church members publish sermons online and evangelize in the streets. Why do you think they keep doing activities that get them arrested? (Hint: Read Hebrews 10:24-25 and Mark 16:15.)

Source: China Aid
Photo: China Aid. Children meeting at Early Rain Covenant Church


Easter Prayers for Muslims

Cross

The Quran is the Muslim holy book. Chapter 4, Verse 157 of the Quran says, “[They claimed]…’We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God,’ but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them…” (Sura 4:157, Yusuf Ali translation).

So Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified. During the Easter season, pray that Muslims will understand that Jesus died, rose again, and conquered death.

Pray especially for radical Muslims who persecute Christians. Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “They will not succeed in making us hate them.” Their persecution of Christians will just make us want to do more to bring them the message of Christ. If they understand what Jesus taught, they will no longer wasn’t to persecute others.


Damascus Today

The following information is from Bold Believers in Syria, available in the Downloads section.

“So the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying’ ” (Acts 9:11).

(The verse above is from the story about Saul in the Book of Acts. The Lord was speaking to Ananias. The Judas in the story is not the one who betrayed Jesus.)

Damascus is the capital of Syria. Straight Street is still a street in Damascus today. Visitors can see the street where Saul stayed after his encounter with Jesus on the way to the city. In the Chapel of Saint Ananias in Damascus, Christians can remember the events in Saul’s life. (See the previous post.)

Damascus Rose
The Damascus rose is a flower named after the Syrian city. Oil from the flower is used in perfume and cosmetics.

Damascus Steel
Damascus steel was used to make strong knives and swords. People who made them kept their method a secret. After a while the secret was lost, and no one remembered how to make the knives and swords. Damascus steel was said to be “superplastic,” meaning it would be easily shaped when heated. But it was very strong when it was cool.

Damask Cloth
Damask cloth, named after the city of Damascus, is used for furniture coverings, tablecloths, and sometimes clothing. The cloth is thick and is decorated in distinctive patterns.

The following information is from The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide. Syrian Christians’ lives have been severely disrupted since the civil war began in 2011. Between 750,000 and 1 million Christians have fled the country. In the same period, many Muslims have come to Christ.

Churches in Syria have been a beacon of hope and a source of peace for Syrians of all backgrounds throughout the war. Syrians come to the church for a number of reasons: out of desperation, in search of food, in search of meaning and truth, and many times with questions about the hope that Syrian Christians have.

The news that neighboring host countries may send Syrian refugees home brings optimism for Syrian believers, because those who came to faith in nearby countries could return and strengthen local churches.