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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.


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.


“Missionary” Ruth

Philippines

Ruth, a 14-year-old Christian in the Philippines, wants to be a missionary someday. But she isn’t waiting until “someday” to share the gospel with others. Ruth already talks about her faith with girls at her school.

One day, Ruth’s father gave her a book about brave Christians who were persecuted for their faith in Christ. “It made me cry,” Ruth said. But it also inspired her. She took the book to school and told her friends about it. Soon other girls borrowed the book and read it.

Ruth and her family prayed that God would use the book to change the hearts of girls who were not following Jesus. God answered their prayers!

“There have been changes in two classrooms,” Ruth’s father said. “In the past, students in some classes were wild and troublesome. There has been a change in the attitude and behavior of many students. It even surprised the teachers. Even the principal says there is a difference.”

Some of the teachers have asked Ruth if they can read her book, too!

Note: In parts of the Philippines, radical Muslims have attacked Christians and their homes. They want to force all Christians to leave the areas.

Share a book about courageous Christians with others. Pray that the books or DVDs will encourage them to serve him.

(Sources: VOM-USA and VOM-Australia)