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Time to Pray: Five Suggestions

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November 2 is The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). It is also the day when people set their clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends. Can you get up an hour “early” and donate your hour to persecuted Christians? Below are five suggestions about how you might use the hour.

  1. Five common needs of persecuted Christians are: Bibles and Christian materials, school for their children, a way to worship, transportation to places to share Jesus, and physical healing. Pray for their needs. Learn more about the needs in the IDOP Lesson Plan.
  2. Choose one country to pray for every day from now until Christmas. Begin praying for that country.
  3. Jeremiah was persecuted for telling the truth. Read the story in Jeremiah 38:1–13. Pray for someone who has been mistreated for standing up for the truth.
  4. Make a bookmark for your Bible that reminds you of the prayer needs of five countries often in the news, such as Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Israel, and China. Go to the Countries section or enter the country names in the search box for more information about the countries.
  5. Make a plan to share what you know about the prayer needs of persecuted Christians with Christians in your church, Sunday school class, school class, or family. Practice telling a story about persecuted Christians and describing the prayer needs of persecuted Christians so you will be ready to share.

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Wesley P., a 15-year-old VOM volunteer reporter, reports on preparations at The Voice of the Martyrs for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (November 2) and shares his thoughts about the importance of prayer. He ends with a challenge for other kids.

Around The Voice of the Martyrs, life is very busy preparing for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Volunteer drivers are shuttling speakers to the Tulsa International Airport to fly to places all over the United States. VOM staff members say that as of a month ago, more than 150 churches had already requested a speaker.

But in this time of busyness, several VOM employees find peace amid the chaos in prayer. One of VOM’s international workers recently shared at VOM devotions on the importance of prayer.

He began his message with what he knew everyone was thinking: prayer is hard. This VOM worker shared about prayer vigils in Mexico that last from 9PM to 7AM! I don’t know about you, but for me, I have never prayed for more than 30 minutes, let alone ten hours. (And you thought your pastor prayed too long). Furthermore, this worker shared that there were more people in attendance at 3AM than at 9PM when it had started.

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Welcoming Strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19)

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Can your family or class take a welcome gift or a special occasion gift to a student or family from another country?

News reports say that more than 800,000 people from other countries are students in the United States. Many of the students say they do not have friends in the U.S., and they wish they had some.

You might want to include VOM’s Jesus: He Lived Among Us DVD with your gift. The DVD is available in Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, Spanish, and English. For more information, see the offer in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. (The newsletter offers English/Spanish DVDs for 5 for $10 and 20 for $20. DVDs in other languages are available for $2 each.)

To watch a trailer from the DVD and to view photos of how it was produced, visit www.theJesusMovie.com.


Pastor Wurmbrand’s Letter

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Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania in the mid-20th century. He was imprisoned for 14 years for his Christian activities, and his wife, Sabina, was also arrested and imprisoned. After they were released, they came to the United States and started the ministry that later became The Voice of the Martyrs.

The Wurmbrands suffered for their faith but always trusted in God. When Pastor Wurmbrand got out of prison, he wrote down many of the thoughts that had come to him while he was in prison. The following thoughts were part of a letter to Jesus that he composed.

[Pastor Wurmbrand wrote:] When the Wright brothers made their first airplane flight, a well-known engineer said, “The airplane can even carry mail in special cases, but the load will be small. It can become faster, but it will not be used to carry things for businesses.” A few years after he said that, planes started carrying passengers.

Then a noted astronomer said, “People imagine great flying machines flying over oceans and carrying crowds of people. These ideas are just visions. Even if an airplane could cross the ocean carrying one or two passengers, the cost would be so high that only a millionaire could afford to travel that way.”

[Pastor Wurmbrand continued his letter to Jesus:] If people can’t even predict what humans will be able to do with their abilities, no wonder they do not understand Your abilities. You can do anything because You are God. Also, nothing is impossible for You because as man, You believed wholeheartedly in the Father.

To Think About
Pastor Wurmbrand understood that nothing is impossible with God (see Luke 1:37) even though he was in prison. Can you continue to trust God when you are having a hard time and don’t see any good in your situation?

Source: My Correspondence with Jesus by Richard Wurmbrand, not in print. Paraphrased and edited from the original source for clarity and reading level. Photo source: Library of Congress.


New Ideas for Afghans

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Girls skateboarding in Afghanistan

“Girls don’t go out and play!” an Afghan girl a told a visitor from the United States. Traditionally girls and women in Afghanistan have not had the opportunity to learn new activities outside their homes. Some strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of girls even going to school.

A group of people from other countries started skateboarding classes in Afghanistan. Girls are welcome. Students can take other classes besides skateboarding. “[It’s] not just about skateboarding. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for the future,” said a spokesman for the group.

More Hope
The Bible talks of an even “better hope” that brings us closer to God. (See Hebrews 7:20.) Christians are bringing that hope to those in Afghanistan, too.

Christians in Afghanistan are telling others about their hope in Christ. Christian websites and radio broadcasts from outside the country are teaching people that not all Afghans are Muslims; some Afghans follow Jesus. This is a new idea to some viewers and listeners.

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians who want to reach Muslims with the gospel. Learn more here.

To learn more about Christians in Afghanistan, enter “Afghanistan” in the search box, or Download Bold Believers in Afghanistan free from the Download section.

Photo credit: RhianonB / Wikipedia