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China VBS Skit

Two churches in California held a joint VBS using the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum, which suggests holding an “underground church” meeting. VBS leader Carol D. wrote a skit to illustrate what might happen at a secret church meeting in China. She has shared the skit with VOM to share with others who might want to perform it. You can read the skit below.

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The International Day of Prayer: Salavat

This video, produced for The Voice of the Martyrs, shows the real stories of Christians in Uzbekistan, who suffer hardship and persecution as believers in Jesus Christ.

This video was produced for the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) in 2010. To learn more about the International Day of Prayer, visit http://www.persecution.com/idop.


How Does Praying for Persecuted Christians Change You?

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A group of Christians that keeps in touch by email prays regularly for the persecuted church. The group was asked, “How has praying for persecuted Christians affected you?” Read some of their answers below.

“When I pray for persecuted Christians, I become more aware of my many blessings and more sensitive to the needs of others. I think less about my petty issues. I marvel at the greatness of God, who saves people all over the world and is able to do more than we can imagine or think.”

“Praying for the persecuted church has made the world seem like a much smaller place. They are not just people out there in the distance; they have names, faces, needs, families, hopes, and dreams.”

“When I pray for the needs of persecuted Christians, I am aware that my character is changing and I am more like Jesus. I feel the love and compassion of God when I pray. Such things can’t be bought anywhere. They are most precious.”

(Source: Christians in Crisis)


Message from a Christian in a Muslim Country

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Brother X is a Christian who works in a Middle Eastern country where preaching the gospel is against the law. He was asked, “How do you feel knowing that people are praying for you?” Brother X answered, “Living in a place that forbids Christian worship, or even discussion of the gospel, can be very frustrating. The most important thing to me is knowing that even though I may be alone physically, I am not alone spiritually!

“Each day as I face new challenges, I can be sure that my Christian brothers and sisters around the world are standing with me in prayer. As we face new and growing persecution, we can stand firm in our faith when we remember those who are cheering us on.

“Being far away from this country does not stop you from changing the nation. From where you are, you can be part of the most exciting missions work in history through your prayers. I invite you to become part of the greatest adventure in the history of man: bringing the gospel to unreached nations.”

(Source: Christians in Crisis)


Hard to Find a Bible

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Farsi Bible

A teacher in Iran decided to follow Jesus after hearing the gospel on a Christian satellite TV program! He wanted to read a Bible, but had no way to get one. “I checked all the bookstores in Tehran to find a copy, but could not,” he said. (Tehran is the capital of Iran.)

Fifteen months went by, and the man still had not found a Bible. He started to write down all the verses he heard in sermons on the Christian TV broadcasts. He put pages of the verses together to make a small book.

The man began to share his faith with his students and others, and soon there was a group of 30 new Christians who met every week to worship God together. But none of them had a Bible.

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