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“We Trusted in God and His Victory”

Bibles Unbound

A previous post shared an account of two ladies who took a difficult trip to deliver Bibles to Hmong Christians. The story continues below.

“But the devil is not happy when the Bible is spread!

“The second and third days we had to change our location constantly [due to disturbances]. But in the power of God, we declared the Word of God and prayed together. We trusted in God and his victory.

“In only three days, the people really saw that God is a powerful God.

“Then we traveled 47 kilometers [about 29 miles] to another village. We rode three hours on a motorbike and passed through many streams. My friend fell many times. Her stomach began to ache. We thought we could not go on, but we prayed and after 15 minutes she was healed.

“We went at night. I wished I had wings to fly; we were really tired. I kept asking [our guides] how much farther it was, and they always answered, ‘Not that far.’ But I felt like it was a decade.

“After going really far, we came to the small village. My heart was overjoyed. The hosts came out and welcomed us.

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Nigerian Christian Singing Praises to God

In past years, The Voice of the Martyrs learned about attacks on Christians in Nigeria a few times a year. Now it is not unusual to hear about two or three attacks by each month.

But Christians in Nigeria still meet together to worship and praise God, and their faith remains strong. The Nigerian Christian in the video clip lost his leg in an attack by radical Muslims. Listen to him sing praise to God.

Find more clips of Christians around the world praising God by scanning the QR codes in the post “Praising God Around the World: A QR Code Activity”. Enter “Nigeria” in the search box on this site or use the Nigeria tag in this post to find more stories.


“The Devil Is Not Happy”

VietnamSharing a meal with the villagers (faces are covered to protect their identity)

The Voice of the Martyrs’ Bibles Unbound program provides Bibles for people in countries where it is not always easy to get a Bible. One of those countries is Vietnam.

VOM distributes Bibles among the Hmong people in Vietnam. Government officials sometimes try to stop Christianity from spreading among tribal groups such as the Hmong. Hmong Christians have been attacked, arrested, imprisoned, and kicked out of their homes because of their faith.

Some Hmong Christians, even pastors, do not have anyone to help them learn more about the Bible and following Jesus. Two Christian women from a city in Vietnam traveled to Hmong villages to distribute Bibles and answer questions about Christianity. Their trip was not easy!

Read below the story one of the women wrote about their journey. (Edited for clarity.)

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Bibles for Vietnam

Bibles for Vietnam

In restricted nations around the world, persecuted believers have two requests: “Please pray for us” and “Please send Bibles!” Believers, as well as those seeking Christ, often wait years to own their own copy of God’s Word, and they do so at great risk. But the requests continue: “Please send Bibles!” (Source: Bibles Unbound)

When you picture in your mind Christians delivering Bibles to people in other nations, what does the picture look like? In your imagination, how do the Bibles get from the hands of VOM contacts into the hands of those who need them?

The photo for this post shows part of the journey for one group of VOM contacts in Vietnam.

The trip to receive Bibles is also often difficult. Read a story about someone who walked eight miles to get a Bible here.


Kids of Courage Forgive Others

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Kids of Courage forgive others who have caused them trouble. What does it mean to forgive someone? When you forgive someone, you pardon or excuse them for doing wrong. You don’t hold their sin against them.

In one country where the government did not like Christians, a policeman put many Christians in jail. One day, a 12-year-old boy came to the policeman’s office holding a flower. “Sir,” said the boy, “you put my mother and father in prison. Today is my mother’s birthday. I always give her a flower on her birthday. But because of you I can’t be with my mother today.

“My mother is a good Christian,” the boy continued. “She taught me to love and forgive my enemies. She taught me to repay evil with good. So I thought I would bring a flower to your wife, the mother of your children. Please take it to her. Tell her about my love and the love of Christ.”

The policeman hugged the boy. Because of the boy’s love, the policeman didn’t want to put any more Christians in jail. He quit his job. Then other policemen put him in jail. He thought it was an honor to be in jail with followers of Christ.

Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44, NIV). As VOM founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand noted, “Jesus fears and hates no one.” He said that when persecutors cause problems for Christians, “they will not succeed in making us hate them.” Pastor Wurmbrand taught that persecutors will just make us more determined to bring them the Christian message. If they understand what Jesus taught, they will no longer want to persecute others. Kids of Courage practice love and forgiveness even when they encounter persecution.

The above material is from the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum. The curriculum teachers that Kids of Courage:

  • Trust God
  • Get Prepared
  • Remember Persecuted Christians
  • Forgive Others
  • Witness Boldly

Each kit includes:

  • Five teachers’ guides, one for each country
  • Director’s guide
  • Skits and plays book
  • Games, snacks, and activities book
  • Craft and classroom activities book
  • Photo CD; Music CD
  • Resource and project guide
  • VOM prayer map

The official VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.