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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.

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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.)


Uganda: Boy Refuses to Deny Christ

One day, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti went on an errand for his grandmother. Emmanuel lives in Uganda, where many people are Christians. But radical Muslims persecute Christians in some parts of the country.

No doubt Emmanuel had done chores for his family safely many times. But on this particular day he encountered four Muslim men from his village who stopped him from completing his errand.

The men knew Emmanuel came from a Christian family. Radical Muslims had already sent threatening text messages to Emmanuel’s father (shown in the photo above) telling him to become a Muslim or move out of the village. But on this day, Emmanuel was their target.

The men started by talking to Emmanuel and trying to get him to deny Jesus and become a Muslim. When he bravely refused, one of the men slapped him and tried to choke him. Then they ran away, leaving him unconscious on the ground.

Emmanuel’s father and some neighbors began searching for him when he didn’t return home. Thank God they found him and took him home. Ask God to give Emmanuel and his family wisdom and guidance as they consider how to deal with hostile villagers.

(Sources include Morning Star News)


Eritrea: Twen’s Prayer Request

A previous post told about Helen Berhane, a Christian who was imprisoned in Eritrea for refusing to deny Christ.

Helen endured harsh treatment in prison, and was forced to stay in a hot, metal shipping container most of the time. Twen, another Christian prisoner, cared for Helen. She washed Helen’s wounds, fed her, and even took beatings in her place.

Helen was released more than 10 years ago. But her friend Twen (shown in the photo) is still in prison. Read more about her at prisoneralert.com. You can even send her a note of encouragement by following instructions on the Prisoner Alert site.

Recently Twen sent a message to Christians outside the prison who were asking how to pray for her. Twen had only one prayer request: “Pray for God to be glorified in Eritrea!”

Thank God for Twen’s faithfulness to Him and for her good example to other Christians in and outside of the prison.