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Grateful for Bibles in Nepal

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

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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.

Instructions
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.

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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.


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)


The Story of Jesus in Pakistan

Pakistan

The Voice of the Martyrs recently distributed booklets that tell the story of Jesus to schoolchildren in Pakistan where most of the people are Muslim.

As you look at the photos of some of the children, pray for all who received the booklets.

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North Korea: Then and Now

Scripture balloons

Then
A story for children published by The Voice of the Martyrs in 1998, “North Korea: Christians Not Forgotten,” told about a girl in North Korea finding a Scripture balloon. Read the story below.

Soon Hee (not her real name) looked around her as she walked home from school. Like most North Korean children today, she had a lot on her mind. Floods and droughts have ruined the crops and many people have no food. The dogs, cats, and even rats have been eaten by the hungry people.

Suddenly Soon Hee saw something strange in her path. She had never seen anything so bright! Soon Hee took the big, shiny, orange square home to her mother. “Let’s take it to Grandmother,” her mother said. “Maybe she will understand what it means.”

Grandmother’s eyes were weak, so Mother read the words on the plastic square aloud while Soon Hee listened. Soon Hee watched Grandmother’s eyes fill with tears as Mother read words like “God” and “Jesus.” Finally Grandmother said quietly but joyfully, “I thought they had forgotten us.”

Soon Hee had found a Scripture balloon. Every year The Voice of the Martyrs launches the balloons from South Korea. Each balloon has over 200 Scripture verses telling North Koreans “How to Know God.” Christianity has been against the law in North Korea since before Soon Hee’s mother was born. Anyone found owning a Bible can go to jail for 15 years.

Like Soon Hee’s grandmother, many Christians there believe that no one outside of North Korea cares for them. Pray that North Korean Christians will know that their brothers and sisters in other lands care about them, and that North Koreans hungry for food will be fed.

Now
The Voice of the Martyrs is still sending Scripture balloons into North Korea. Read a story about today’s Scripture balloons here.

Children at a 2012 summer VBS in Kentucky raised money to help sponsor some of the balloons. They sent the following letter to VOM.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our VBS theme was “Super Heroes,” and thus our family of the persecuted church seemed the best choice for our mission project. We told stories from Kids of Courage and the VOM monthly magazine. The children were enthusiastic and curious, wanting to give. Our prayer is that these funds would go for…the helium Scripture balloons project.

Several of our kids are from Korea, so they are very excited to give the gospel to the people on North Korea. In Him, Grace E.