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Ask a VOM Worker: Prepare to Serve

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A VOM worker who has five children ages 3 to 14 was asked the following question.

Q: How can kids prepare to serve God in the future?

A: Children should begin to pray now that God will guide them to a place where he can use them to make a lasting impact for the kingdom, wherever that is. It may be somewhere outside of the United States, or it might be in their hometown. But wherever it is, I think each one of us has a circle of influence that we can use for his glory. Praying for that is really a good place to start.

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Boys Smuggle Bibles into China

China

David, age 14, and Steven, age 13, recently smuggled Bibles into China. Before the trip, the American teenagers were coached by an experienced smuggler who was joining them on the trip.

David and Steven packed Bibles in backpacks that they carried on their backs. David made sure to pack some children’s Bibles for Chinese children. The boys carried their travel supplies in other bags. They hoped the officials in China would not search their backpacks, and they prayed for the success of their trip.

“What happens if they catch one of us?” David and Steven asked their coach. “Let the authorities take the Bibles,” the coach answered. “That may distract the guards and allow the other smugglers to get in with their Bibles. Then you can meet each other at a pre-planned location later.”

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Ask a VOM Worker: Pray for Eritrea

Eritrea

Q: What is one country that needs more prayer?

A: As far as encouraging people to pray, I think Eritrea is one. I believe that, because a) many people don’t know there is a country called Eritrea, b) many people couldn’t find it on a map, and c) it is one of the harshest persecutors of Christians. An estimated 3,000 Christians are in prison there. Yet it’s not even on most people’s radar.

To Do: Find Eritrea on a map. (It is on the continent of Africa.) Click on Downloads to find the activity book Bold Believers in Eritrea. Pray for needs that come to mind as you look through the book.

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Florida VBS

Egypt

Rhonda L., a VBS director from Florida, shared the following with VOM about the Kids of Courage VBS at their church last month.

“Our VBS was an amazing experience! Our church had never done a VBS before. We had 54 kids come, and we had 4 kids accept Christ and so many kids who have said they want to be missionaries when they get older. It was a wonderful experience for our whole church! We built a jail and we decorated each classroom like the country. We build a tunnel up the stairway going into our China classroom, we had pyramids in Egypt and a hut in North Korea. Our oldest class included 7th, 8th and 9th graders, and they loved it too. We had the Kids of Courage World News station and so much more! Parents said their kids could not stop talking about it.”

Note: To find out more about the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, visit www.kidsofcouragevbs.com.


Prepared for Persecution

Nepal

A VOM contact recently talked with a 17-year-old girl in Nepal, where many people are Hindus. The girl’s aunt was a Christian, and she led the girl to the Lord. Hindus in Nepal sometimes persecute people who leave their religion to follow Jesus. “My aunt prepared me for persecution,” said the girl.

The aunt was wise to prepare her. When the girl’s mother found out her new faith, she locked her in her room and took away all her clothes and shoes so she couldn’t escape. The girl was able to sneak away and find a friend who gave her some clothes. Now she lives in another village with three other Christian girls who were also rejected by their families.

The four Christian youth struggle to make ends meet, gathering and selling firewood to earn money for food. The girl has only one set of clothes. She fasts and prays two days a week, asking God to give her strength. “The Lord has touched my heart and shown his love for me,” she said.

Pray for Christians in Hindu lands. Read Comparing Hinduism and Christianity in America and Comparing Current Issues in Hinduism and Biblical Christianity to learn more about Hinduism.