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Who Was Corrie ten Boom?

Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom, who lived from 1892 to 1983, was the youngest daughter of Casper and Cor ten Boom of Holland. She had no interest in fancy clothes or worldly entertainment. She loved her family, and she learned from her father to love all people. In her free time, she held Christian classes for children with special needs.

Corrie was trained in watch repair and became the first licensed female watchmaker in Holland. She was imprisoned during World War II for protecting Jews from Nazi persecution by hiding them in a secret room in her house. After the war, she helped victims of the war to heal from their mental and physical wounds, and she learned to forgive her family’s persecutors.

Source: The Corrie ten Boom Story Leader’s Guide available in the Downloads section. The accompanying Student Guide includes activities, hidden pictures, a code, a puzzle, coloring pages, and a play.


Silence

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Pastor Wurmbrand in prison

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who started The Voice of the Martyrs, was in prison in Romania for his Christian activities. He spent part of his time in prison in “solitary confinement,” meaning he was by himself in a silent cell.

After he left prison, Pastor Wurmbrand wrote the following.

“Two thousand years ago a Greek man name Phocion waited his turn to get his beard trimmed by a barber. The barber talked on and on about current events to the customer he was shaving. Phocion waited wearily while the barber talked.

“Finally the barber turned to Phocion and asked, ‘How would you like to have your beard trimmed?’

“Phocion replied, ‘In silence.’”

Pastor Wurmbrand continued, “We are victims of a plot against silence. Every day we hear the noise of cars, trains, planes, radios, TVs, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, fans, chatter, clatter, and speech.

“I have known Christians who have spent years in solitary confinement in complete silence. When they once again heard humans speak, they wondered why so much of their speech was unimportant.

“If you wish to talk to God, create some silence around you. Turn off the noises that intrude on silence. You will learn more from God if you listen, as did Jesus when he spent whole nights in prayer on silent mountains.”

(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited, paraphrased, and adapted.)

To Think About

  • Sit still and note all the noises you hear. Which noises would not have existed in Bible times?
  • Do you have a daily “quiet time” when you can read the Bible and pray without distractions?

A Brave Boy

VietnamTong comforts his mother

Tong is a 7-year-old boy from a Christian family in Vietnam, where Christians in some parts of the country are persecuted. In his village, Christians had a very hard life. So Tong, his parents, and other Christians left the village and fled to another part of the country.

The Christians started a church in their new village. The local police did not like having a church in their area.

One day, they arrested Tong’s mother while she was working on their farmland. They told her she would have to stay in jail until they found Tong’s father.

The police found and arrested Tong’s dad and released his mom. They treated Tong’s father very badly. Sadly, he died from the harsh conditions in the prison.

Tong’s mother is often sad since her husband’s death. Tong bravely tries to comfort her.

“[God] administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing” (Deuteronomy 10:18).

(Source of story: VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands, SDOK)


Spreading the Word in Georgia

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You may know that Georgia is a state in the United States. But it is also a country north of Turkey.

Maryam, a 14-year-old girl in the country of Georgia, is a Christian. It’s not always popular in Georgia to talk about Jesus and the Bible in public.

But Maryam got permission from her school principal to pass out Christian books in the Georgian language to some of her classmates. Maryam also hands out the books, provided by The Voice of the Martyrs, on the street.

Praise God for Christian youth who share his love with others!


More Ways Kids Help

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Children all over North America have thought of creative ways to remember (Hebrews 13:3) and help (Galatians 6:10) persecuted Christians. Read below a few of the many ways kids helped in 2013.

From Hannah, age 8, in Seneca Falls, New York:

We raised money for VOM’s Safe Houses fund by selling friendship bracelets. Our friends helped us sell them.

From Chloe, age 10, in Seven Hills, Ohio:

My parents get your magazine, and after reading some of the stories, I decided to start a club to pray for organizations like yours.

Lisa, a Sunday school teacher in Fairborn, Ohio:

We wanted the children in our church to realize no matter how young or old you are, you can be a witness for Christ. We explained to them how they were blessed to be able to worship God and to have their very own Bible, and how in many places it is illegal to even speak about God. The children decided that they wanted to help others be blessed like they are blessed. So they painted piggy banks, and we displayed them in the back of the church to raise money for VOM.

Dana from Vancouver, Washington, is a leader of a Bible Bee group. For the second year in a row, members of the group have earned $1 per verse from an anonymous donor for reciting memorized Bible verses. In 2013, the group recited verses to earn money for Christians in Sudan. (See the photo above of the kids with the Sudan poster they made.)

(Edited from original sources for space and clarity.)