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Poem for the Persecuted

Alyse L. of Ohio, age 14, wrote the following poem of encouragement.

When I keep my eyes on Jesus
All else just seems to disappear:
All my worries, all my fears,
All my sorrow, shame, and tears.

When I keep my eyes on Jesus,
It’s then I see what really matters.
And everything else is taken away,
All that I’ve put in my own way.

When I keep my eyes on Jesus,
And on Him alone,
I stop focusing on things of this world
And start seeing things that are out of this world.

When I keep my eyes on Jesus,
His tender arms o’er me enfold,
And He whispers my name
With a gentle assurance
And lovingly places me in His mold.

If you keep your eyes on Jesus,
He’s sure to do the same.
And everything will become as new,
When His will you do.

Keep your eyes on Jesus!


Guess the Country

Guess the country
Guess the country

VOM workers took this photo of a boy pumping water from a well. The boy lives in a country served by VOM. Can you guess the country? Visit this link to find out the country and more about it.

Hint: The country is East of Bangladesh and India, and west of Laos and Thailand.


Ask a VOM Worker: Pray for Those Who Are Discouraged

Middle East

Question: Among the persecuted Christians you have met in your travels to restricted nations for The Voice of the Martyrs, who stands out in your mind as most in need of prayer?

Answer: When you meet with persecuted believers, you realize that, yes, generally they do forgive their persecutors. But it may take many years. It’s not like one moment they get attacked, and the next minute they can say, “I forgive you.” The Holy Spirit needs to work in the person.

So you need to pray for those in the victory that we have in Jesus. But pray also for those who perhaps don’t understand why persecution happened to them. Pray for those who get discouraged.

I met one child [in the Middle East] who had seen someone beat up her dad, a pastor, two years earlier. When I tried to take her picture, she was so scared. She was probably thinking, “What’s this man going to do to me and my dad?”

That’s one of the most difficult things for a pastor to see. They generally can take persecution because they need to set an example for the people in their church and for their kids. But it’s very hard for them to see their kids suffer.


Jaegi

Jaegi
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Korean children enjoy a game similar to hacky sack called jaegi (JAY-ghee). Follow the instructions below to play the game.

Needed: bean bags or hacky sacks; or the following materials to make jaegis: 1-inch metal washer (or cardboard, compass, and hole puncher) and a 10- to 12-inch square of tissue paper; pencil; scissors

Koreans often use a homemade shuttlecock to play jaegi. A shuttlecock is a small ball or metal ring with something like feathers attached.

To make a jaegi, use a metal plumbing washer about 1 inch in diameter and a 10- to 12-inch square of tissue paper. (Or, make a “washer” by drawing a 1-inch circle on cardboard with a compass. Cut out the circle, then punch a hole in the center with a hole puncher or pencil.)

  1. Put the washer along the edge of the tissue paper, centered within the side. (See photos for illustrations of the directions.)
  2. Fold a 1-inch strip of the paper over the washer so it is tucked inside the paper.
  3. Continue folding the paper in the same direction 1 inch at a time until the paper is fully folded with the washer inside.
  4. Poke a pencil through the folded-up paper and through the washer hole.
  5. Squeeze one end of the folded tissue paper tightly together and stick it into the hole, pulling it through as far as it will go.
  6. Squeeze the other end of the tissue paper and stuff it through the hole, pulling it tightly.
  7. To make the paper look like feathers, cut each of the two strips lengthwise twice with scissors and fluff the paper “feathers”.

Instructions: Divide players into teams of four or five. Have the players on each team take turns seeing how many times they can kick the jaegi gently in the air without dropping it. Each player can take four or five tries. Kicking it even three times is very good for beginners! Add the best scores of each player on each team. The team with the highest total score wins.


Balloon Messages

North Korea

In North Korea, citizens can go to jail for many years just for owning a Bible. Christians outside of North Korea attach bags of Christian tracts to special balloons and launch the balloons into North Korea. The tracts tell North Koreans about God and Jesus.

If you wanted to tell someone who had never heard of Jesus how to be saved, and you had only a small space on which to write a message, what would you say?

Read below a small part of the message attached to some of the balloons. The message says:

Greetings to fellow North Korean brothers!

You have been taught that religion is superstition, terrible, and wicked.

All things have a creator. Just as a house was made by a house builder, you and I were made by God and are living on this world made by him. We can learn about God from the Bible.

We have sinned and deserve to be punished. God sent his Son to forgive our sins, which are impossible for us to pay the price for.

If you believe and declare Jesus as your Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved and become God’s child and live eternal life. Be a child of God and pray to him. Please remember many people are praying for you.

(Edited for clarity.)

Please ask God to help the North Koreans who read the balloon messages to understand what they read and turn to him.