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Persecuted Pastors Pray

Asia
Pastors meeting

Thirty-five persecuted pastors in Asia gathered to pray recently. In their country, pastors have been beaten up and arrested, and their families threatened.

What do you suppose the pastors prayed for? In an email, the pastors told VOM:

“We focused this month on South Sudan and Senegal. We prayed for [VOM projects]. Every month our prayer meeting number has increased. Next month we are going to have 70 pastors…. Please pray for our team.”

The persecuted pastors prayed for other persecuted Christians in different areas of the world! They are following the Bible’s command to “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them — those who are mistreated — since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3, NKJV).


Kids of Courage in Russia

KOC in Russia
Дети отваги
(Children of Courage)

The U.S.S.R. (often called “the Soviet Union”) was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, it broke up into many smaller countries.

People in the smaller countries have their own languages. But many still speak Russian, the language of the Soviet Union.

Russian-speaking Christians have started a children’s website using Kids of Courage stories.

Go to the Map of Visitors page on this site to see if anyone in the former Soviet Union has recently visited Kids of Courage. The countries formed when the U.S.S.R. broke up are: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.

You can find out what life is like for Christians in some of those countries in the Countries section of this site.


Kids of Courage VBS: “An Amazing Experience”

VBS

The following messages are from teachers who have used VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum in their churches.

“Our VBS was an amazing experience! Our church had never done a VBS before. We had 54 kids, we had four kids accept Christ, and so many kids who said [afterward] they want to be missionaries when they get older.” — Florida

“I absolutely loved the curriculum. I have directed VBS before, and this was by far the most meaningful.” — Georgia

“I sent home a newsletter every night with information about the countries and questions about the lesson. Parents said it was totally different than anything they’d done before, and they liked it.” — Georgia

“We all loved the program. It was easy to teach, and it was very moving and educational for the children.” — Idaho

“This [curriculum] caught my attention, but I was worried about the heavy content. It turned out to be an excellent VBS! What I loved about it was its real life applications and the fact that kids could learn, not just Bible truths, but learn about other countries and cultures.” — Pennsylvania

Can you share information about the curriculum with churches in your community? Go to www.kidsofcouragevbs.com for more information and samples from the curriculum.


Susan

Susan
Susan

Susan (learn more about her in a previous post) is a Christian in Uganda. Susan’s father kept her locked in a room in their house with very little food for several months. He was upset because Susan had become a Christian.

After her harsh treatment, Susan was sick and weak, and she needed two operations on her legs.

She is with other Christians now, and she is safe.


More About Pastor Shestakov

The Shestakov family

A previous post told about Pastor Dmitri Shestakov’s time in prison for his Christian activities.

Pastor Shestakov recently told a VOM worker about letters he received in prison from Christians around the world.

“The letters that you wrote…that was fantastic, because the prison was getting sacks full of letters. And when another sack was carried in, everybody knew that the letters were for [me]….

“I remember very well what happened when the first sack of letters came. The head of the security department called me in. He was in shock. I saw the letters scattered around the entire office. I myself was shocked. He was looking at the addresses of the senders: America, Australia…. He yelled at me, ‘Who are these people?’

“I said, ‘These are my brothers and sisters.’

“’Why are they writing to you?’

“I said, ‘I don’t know. They are praying for me.’

“’Tell them to stop writing.’

“I said, ‘How can I stop them?’

“They did not give me any letters to read…. When another sack of letters would come, they would call me in and yell at me. But after that, they did not beat me as much as they used to before the letters began arriving. They began speaking with me more politely.”

(Source: The February 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

Through VOM’s Prisoner Alert website, readers sent Pastor Shestakov 6,274 letters.

To Discuss and Do

  • Go to www.PrisonerAlert.com, Remember the name of one prisoner who is still in prison for his faith, and pray for him or her today. Ask someone to help you use the information on the site to write to a prisoner.