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“I Carry Him in My Heart”


The following story is from Thirteen Three, The Voice of the Martyrs Australia’s youth program.

Lai’s Story

Lai is 18 years old, born and raised in a tribal village in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. His parents became Christians when he was very young and his father became a pastor.

Although Lai hasn’t faced any persecution directly (thankfully), he remembers when he was a child and the authorities entered his family’s home, bound his parents and took them away.

Lai was left at home. He had no idea where they were taken and they were gone for many hours. It was only when Lai was older that he found out what happened to them that day.

Lai wept as he told us what took place…

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Grateful for Bibles in Nepal


Christians in Nepal recently received Bibles from The Voice of the Martyrs’ Bibles Unbound project. Read below the thank you note sent by one of the people who got one of the Bibles.

“I gave my life to Christ 10 years ago. My husband and three children are also believers. I am a servant to rich people in our village. Because of our poverty, we never had a Bible in our family.

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Make a Bold Believers CD Photo Album


Use the following instructions to make an album of prayer reminders for persecuted Christians.

Supplies Needed: Option One
Two 12-inch by 12-inch sheets of scrapbook paper for each album; five blank or unwanted CDs or DVDs; Elmer Craft Bond All Purpose Glue; string, ribbon, yarn, or thin rope; scissors; hole punch; pencil.

With the hole punch, make two holes in the top of one of the CDs about an inch apart. Using the punched CD as a pattern, mark the other four discs with a pencil, and punch holes in them. Trace around the CD 10 times on the scrapbook paper with a pencil. Cut out the 10 circles.

Liberally apply glue to the back of a circle and place on the disc. Rub thoroughly, especially at the edges, to make sure the glue adheres to the disc. Turn the disc over and punch holes in the circle on the disc. Repeat on the back of the disc and both sides of the remaining four discs.

Cut the string or ribbon long enough to thread through all the discs and loose enough to open and close the pages of the album. Tie in the back of the album.

Find photos of people in countries where Christians are persecuted in The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter or on Kids of Courage or VOM websites. Photocopy or print the photos to glue to the album. Or photocopy them on sticker paper, cut them out, and stick them to the album pages. Add prayer points and decorations if desired.

Supplies Needed: Option Two
Use the same materials but substitute contact paper for scrapbook paper. No glue is needed.


Follow the instructions in Option One, but when cutting out the circles, leave a ¼- to 1/2 –inch tab on one edge of the circle. (See photo.) The tab will make it easier to separate the backing from the contact paper. Remove the backing and stick the paper to the discs. Follow the instructions from Option One about attaching photos.

The Next Generation of Believers


Message from a VOM Supporter

“When I talk with parents about persecution, a common concern they share is their hesitation to share this with their children. Many parents are afraid it might confuse or frighten their children. They worry that knowing about persecution might discourage their child’s young faith from growing.

“But what I have experienced is the complete opposite. If presented properly, it does not upset children, but builds up their faith. It triggers a loving response in them because they feel a connection with other Christians and want to reach out to them. This builds up their understanding of unity.

“The message of the persecuted church is not a message of hopelessness and fear, but of Christ empowering his followers with overcoming faith and strength.

“Read 2 Timothy 1:8. What an awesome way to impart to our children the fellowship of the body, and not just teach it to our children, but to live it with our children. What a tremendous opportunity we have to build up the next generation of believers!”

What do you think about sharing stories of persecution with children?

Hajj 2012

Al-Haram mosque

Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is a holy city to Muslims. By law, non-Muslims may not enter the city. Highway signs direct non-Muslims to exit before reaching it.

Once a year, Muslims from all over the world travel to Mecca for a pilgrimage called “the Hajj,” which happens during the Muslim calendar’s month of Zulhijjah. Muslims can go to Mecca for “the lesser pilgrimage,” known as “Umrah,” at other times during the year.

In 2012, the Hajj will occur in late October. The Hajj ritual lasts several days. As part of the ritual, visitors enter a large mosque and walk several times around the Kaaba, a cube about the size of a house. A special black stone is inside the Kaaba. The pilgrims kiss the stone or point to it.

Later the Hajj visitors gather pebbles to throw at walls. The walls are the symbol of Satan.

Muslims believe that Allah asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. (The Bible tells us in Genesis 22 that God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.) Abraham, Ishmael, and Ishmael’s mother, Hagar, are remembered in the Hajj rituals.

For many Muslims, the Hajj is the high point of their lives.

Six-year-old Hamza, an American Muslim, said, “You go to the black stone and kiss it to take away all your bad deeds, and that gives you new life.” Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, and ask a mature Christian to explain the verses to you if you don’t understand them. How does the Bible say we receive “new life?”

Photo credit: Al Jazeera English / Wikipedia (CC BY SA 2.0)