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Hmong Service Interrupted

Hmong Christians in Vietnam
Hmong Christians in Vietnam

Suppose you and your family were sitting with other families in church one Sunday, and several visitors arrived. But these are not friendly visitors.

They identify themselves as local officials, and they take away everyone’s cell phones so the members can’t contact anyone. Then the visitors gather up Bibles and hymnals and take them to their vehicles.

Instead of the pastor giving a sermon, the visitors speak. They tell everyone that they will arrest the pastor if the church members meet for worship services again.

The officials explain that they plan to station a policeman outside the church. If any member comes to the church while the policeman is there, the church member will be kicked out and the officials will come and tear down the church.

That is what happened at a Hmong church in Vietnam several weeks ago. The police in Vietnam do not like it when Christianity spreads among tribal groups such as the Hmong.

  • The Christians in the church are asking for prayer that they will stay strong in their faith.
  • Can you write and present a skit based on the events at the Hmong church in Vietnam and share it with a class or group? Encourage the group to pray for Hmong Christians.

Weave a Carpet Rectangle

Carpet Rectangle

October 27 is Turkmenistan’s Independence Day when the nation celebrates its freedom from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) in 1991. Pray that people in Turkmenistan will be free to hear the truth about Jesus.

Carpetmaking is a traditional craft in Turkmenistan.

Use the instructions to weave a “carpet rectangle.” You may want to join several rectangles, taping them together on the back, to make a larger carpet.


Christmas Plans

Christmas Care 2013

This Christmas, would your family or class like to bless children in countries where Christians are persecuted?

Keep watching this blog next month to learn how you can participate in The Voice of the Martyrs’ Christmas Care 2013 project.

Enter “Christmas Care” in the search box to read about similar projects in previous years.


Learn a Bible Verse

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13–14, NIV).

Every day, bold Christians around the world show us what it is like to follow 1 Corinthians 16:13–14.

Can you memorize the verse as a reminder of their faithfulness and as encouragement to be a bold believer yourself?

Listen to a song that can help you learn the verse.

(Source: Kids of Courage VBS curriculum)


Witnessing on a Tractor

Tractor

How can a tractor help persecuted Christians?

In South Sudan, some of the people worship false gods. Farmers believe they must make the gods happy, or crops will not grow. So the people hold big festivals to honor the false gods.

When the harvest is small, Christians who do not participate in the festivals get blamed. The farmers say that the crops did not go well because the Christians did not honor the false gods.

Christian workers help Christian farmers tend to their crops with a tractor. They hope that the non-believers will understand that the false gods do not make crops grow or fail. They pray that those who worship the gods will come to know the one true god.