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The Six-Year-Old Evangelist

Iran

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)

In Tehran, Iran, a 6-year-old boy watched a Christian television program about Jesus. The Muslim government does not allow Christian TV programs to be produced in Iran. But they cannot control what is broadcast into Iran from other countries by satellite.

As the boy listened to the followers of Jesus on his TV, he sang along with them and prayed when they prayed. One morning before school, he said to his mother, “I want to tell my teacher about Jesus. What can I do?”

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This Month

Parents and Teachers
As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, we remember his last words to the disciples before his ascension into heaven. “You will be my witness … to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus also promised in John 15:20 that his true followers will be persecuted. The growth of the church and the spread of God’s Word have been accompanied by struggle and opposition.

The stories in the April 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine can help you introduce children to the difficulties Christians encounter when sharing God’s Word in places where it is not welcome. You can share stories from the magazine and this site about Bible distribution and Bible smuggling 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.

Related Resources
*Read “Comparing Ideas About Bible Smuggling” in the Beliefs section
* Watch the Torchlighters DVD “The William Tyndale Story,” and find related coloring pages and activities at Torchlighters.org or in The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book.
*Find ways to pray for Bibles in the “Access to Bibles” sections of VOM’s Global Prayer Guide as a guide.


Smuggling and Easter

Richard Wurmbrand started The Voice of the Martyrs after spending 14 years in Romanian prisons for his faith. From the beginning, VOM workers helped persecuted Christians and smuggled Bibles into countries where Christian work was illegal.

Pastor Wurmbrand wrote, “Is it right for Christians to sometimes do illegal things [like smuggling Bibles]?”

Here is how he answered the question:

“One night, the Light of the world ‘smuggled’ Himself into Bethlehem as a baby. Then He was crucified and buried. A seal was put on His grave by the authorities. Everyone knew that no one was supposed to break a government seal.

“But angels are not bound by earthly laws. An angel rolled away the stone, not caring about the seal.

“Would we have advised Jesus to abide by the law and remain in the grave after the authorities had sealed the tomb? Jesus ‘smuggled’ Himself out of the grave and into life again.

“Some people think we should not break the laws of rulers [who don’t all allow Bibles to be brought into their country]. Jesus broke the law of gravity and ascended into heaven [Acts 1:9].”

(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited and paraphrased for length, clarity, and age appropriateness.)

To Talk About
*Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and Acts 1:9. Then tell what the verses say in your own words.

*Read the chart about Bible smuggling here. Do you think Christians should obey the laws of anti-Christian countries that forbid handing out Bibles?


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.


Safely Home

An evangelist in India once told the following story.

One day a scientist found some bird eggs that had not hatched. He took the eggs to a country where the climate was cold.

The scientist hoped the baby birds that hatched from the eggs would think the new country was their home. He hoped they would be happy to stay in their new home.

The birds hatched, and they stayed in their new home during the summer. But when the summer was over, they flew back to the country where the scientist had found their eggs. They never came back.

Christians are like the birds, the Indian evangelist said. We were born in this world, but it is not our home. When the time comes for us to leave the earth, we will go to a true eternal home in heaven.

To Think About
Persecuted Christians understand that the Christians’ eternal home is in heaven. Hebrews 11:13-16 talks about heroes of our faith with such an “eternal perspective.” How can the knowledge that our true home is in heaven give us the courage to face the struggles we have on earth?

Hebrews 11:13–16: These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.