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Prayers from Uganda

Uganda

The I Commit to Pray website invites Christians to pray for persecuted Christians whose stories are told on the site.

The photo on this post is from Uganda! Christians around the world are joining to pray. The owner of the sign has displayed it in an interesting place. Can you tell where he has put it?

Note: Uganda is in Africa. Check out the Map of Visitors on this site and put your mouse over the dots on Africa to see where recent visitors to their site are located.


Brother K Update

AsiaHouse church meeting in Asia

A previous post told the story of Brother K, a Christian in Asia. The authorities in his village were angry because Brother K held a Christmas celebration without their permission. The Voice of the Martyrs has received the following update about Brother K.

“A Christian in Asia has asked us to pray for Brother K. His family is still the only Christian family in the area.

“Many times he has been threatened by villagers and authorities who tell him to forsake his faith. Brother K disobeys them and teaches the Bible to his family every Sunday.

“We have been told that if Brother K does not give up his faith, the local government will cut off his water and electricity. Brother K is prepared to dig a well to get water for his family.”

To Discuss

  • Talk with your family about what a day at your house would be like with no water or electricity.
  • Luke 14:28 tells us to “count the cost” before we decide to follow Jesus. If someone in Brother K’s village wanted to join his family in trusting Jesus, what might be the cost?

VBS Kids Remember the Persecuted

USAThe VOM prayer map painted on cloth for the VBS

Last summer, Christ Hamilton Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, held a two-week VBS for more than 200 children in their community. The theme of the VBS was “We Are the Church.” The church designed their own curriculum and included resources from Kids of Courage and The Voice of the Martyrs.

As an outreach project, the VBS children planned to fill 24 VOM Action Packs. Two months before the VBS, the church printed a list in the church bulletin of items members could donate to fill the packs. For three Sundays in a row, offering envelopes were inserted in the bulletin to allow the congregation to contribute to the project. VBS organizers announced their plans in a church service and showed an Action Pack to the congregation.

During the VBS, the children watched nine of the Torchlighters DVDs. (Younger children watched selected 10-minute segments.) Before the VBS, teachers had received training about presenting the topics.

The 23 VBS classes took turns packing Action Packs, with each child choosing something from the collected items to put in a pack. Each class also chose a different country to learn more about and made a poster of that country. The children displayed the posters during the closing VBS program and throughout the summer at the church. Visitors to the closing program received VOM prayer cards to encourage them to pray for persecuted Christians.

“Our congregation and our VBS attendees all have an increased awareness of the plight and needs of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Nancy R., one of the VBS teachers, “and hopefully, an increased depth of faith in our Lord and Savior as they consider the real cost to follow our Lord.”

Check the Resources page to introduce children to stories of the persecuted.

Go to www.kidsofcouragevbs.com to find information about a complete Kids of Courage VBS curriculum suitable and affordable for small or large churches.


Color a Drawing from Vietnam

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs-USA and VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands visited persecuted Christians in Vietnam. One of the children they visited drew a coloring page for them.

Watch the girl draw the page in the video clip, then print the page to color.

The captions and title on the video are in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. The title says, “Dep from Vietnam makes a drawing.”

For more Kids of Courage coloring pages, check “Other” in the Downloads section of this site.


More from the Bitterman Family

Colombia

A previous post shared an account from the daughter of Chet Bitterman, a missionary to Colombia, and his family.

Relatives of Mr. Bitterman shared the following comments with Kids of Courage.

Esther, Chet Bitterman’s daughter

When I was little, I asked, “If God loves us, why did he allow my father to die?” Now I know that pain in the world is the result of sin. God can work good out of it.

The bad things are not the last chapter. It’s not where the story ends. We don’t see the big picture. Things that seem bad at the time can turn out to be good. If you have a flat tire, you will be frustrated. But you might drive down the road and see that you missed being in a landslide because you had to fix the flat tire.

God doesn’t cause bad things. He uses painful things as a building block to redemption.

Mary Bitterman, Chet’s mother

[Chester and Mary Bitterman had eight children: Chet, Curt, Connie, Carol, Craig, Grant, Chris, and Cindy.]
We never had a TV until Chet was kidnapped. We had Christian radio, records, and books. My husband thought they were better than sitting in front of the TV. The children had active fun, like building something.

We had a constant stream of missionaries as guests in and out of our house. One stayed for a month. We read missionary stories and missionary letters.

Message from Mrs. Bitterman for young people

Commit yourself to God for whatever he wants you to do. Be sure you’re committed, because the task is not always easy.

Message from Mrs. Bitterman for parents

Give your children to God and let him decide what’s going to happen to them. Then thank God for whatever ministry he gives them.

(Source: Bold Believers in Colombia, available in the Downloads section of this site.)