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Pray for Children of the Persecuted

The February 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about children who faithfully followed in the footsteps of their persecuted Christian parents.

Christians are encouraged to pray that the sons and daughters of persecuted Christians will:

*Place their faith in Jesus Christ at a young age

*Be inspired by their parents’ courageous faith to share the gospel with friends and classmates

*Not be pulled away by enticements of the world or other religions

*Actively participate in the Great Commission as they mature into adults

(Source: The February 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Talk About
*What is the Great Commission?
*What does “enticements” mean?
*Can you name five “enticements of the world” that might be tempting to children of persecuted Christians?


Vietnam: A Good Example

Emmanuel spent much of his free time lifting weights. He traveled from province to province in Vietnam competing in bodybuilding contests. (A province is like a state.)

Emmanuel’s father was a pastor, and Emmanuel grew up resenting his father’s time away from his family ministering to others. When Emmanuel was 11, his father went to prison for three years because of his Christian activities. Then Emmanuel was even more angry.

“Sometimes I didn’t even want to visit my father in prison,” he said.

Several years later, after his father was released, Emmanuel served as his dad’s bodyguard at ministry events in dangerous parts of Vietnam. Emmanuel’s training as a bodybuilder had made him strong and confident. Emmanuel began to see not only his dad at work in ministry, but also God at work.

“I did not realize the importance of ministry,” Emmanuel said. “I intended to go with my father to protect him and just do ordinary work. But later God showed me what I had been through was the way He was training me for my future in ministry.”

Today Emmanuel admires his father’s faithfulness in leading people to trust in Christ. “He left us a good name,” Emmanuel said. “He has been a good example to follow.”

Now Emmanuel visits villages and shares the gospel with tribal people who worship false gods. He often is away from his wife and daughter as he travels. And, like his father, he has been persecuted by the police. “My ministry is the same as my father’s was,” said Emmanuel. “I live more for God now.”

(Source: The February 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Photo: Emmanuel. His eyes are covered to protect his identity from those who might want to harm him.)

To Talk About
*Why was Emmanuel angry with his father?
*How do you think Emmanuel’s daughter feels about his being away from home so often? Will you pray for her?
*Who are the good examples in your life?


This Month

Parents and Teachers

The February 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about children who faithfully followed in the footsteps of their persecuted Christian parents. (Preview is recommended before sharing the stories with children.) Countries mentioned in the newsletter include Colombia, Vietnam, Iran, Myanmar, India, and Pakistan.

You can share stories of bold kids of courage on 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 newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional Related Resources
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight Colombia, Vietnam, Iran, Myanmar, India, and Pakistan from the Downloads section.

*Find Restricted Nations books about Colombia, India, Iran, Vietnam, and Pakistan at vombooks.com.

*Find Torchlighters DVDs about Amy Carmichael (India) and Adoniram and Ann Judson (Burma/Myanmar) here.

*Click here to find a lesson plan for India and here for a lesson plan about Colombia.


Bold Chinese Believers

A Christian worker from China shared with The Voice of the Martyrs the following testimonies about believers in China, where the government has increased their control over Christian activities.

“This is a very serious situation we are working under today,” the worker said. “Most people have heard about the addition of millions of cameras with face-recognition software. So on a day-to-day basis, we know that any of us can be tracked with every movement we make, every meeting we have. We have to be more cautious not to have anyone arrested and go to prison.

“In the old days, God made blind eyes see. Pray that He will make the seeing eyes [of the cameras] blind, and that much of our work is not seen by the cameras.

Released from Prison Weeping
But many Christians in China have learned to share the love of Jesus wherever they go. “One of my dear friends, a close friend, spent over 16 years in prison,” the Christian worker said. “The last prison sentence he had was seven years.”

The man was not allowed to have his Bible in prison during the entire seven years. Even though he knew the risks and didn’t have a Bible, he planted a church inside the prison! He wept on the day he was released from prison because he was sad to leave his congregation.

Learn more in Bold Believers in China, available in the Downloads section.

To Talk About
What would you do differently if you knew that cameras tracked you whenever you were outside your house?


Uganda: Christian Family Struggles

Elizabeth, a Muslim mother of five children, managed a small shop in Uganda. One day while she worked, she heard a voice saying, “Seek Me and find your life.”

Elizabeth’s search for the meaning of the saying led her to a Christian church. She began visiting the church, and after a time, she came to faith in Christ.

But she kept her new faith a secret from her Muslim husband. When he was out of town, Elizabeth attended prayer meetings. But she stayed home when he was in town.

After about a year, Elizabeth realized that she needed to be honest with her husband. But when he found out that she had become a Christian, he left her — pregnant with their sixth child.

Elizabeth has a hard time making ends meet for her family, and others in the community mock her instead of helping her. Please pray that she will stay strong in her faith.

To read prayers from around the world for Elizabeth, visit icommittopray.com.

(Elizabeth’s eyes are covered in the photo above to conceal her identity from those who might want to harm her.)