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Like a Butterfly: Elizabeth Update

Elizabeth (in the green scarf) and her grandchildren

Parents and Teachers: The following story is adapted from the June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. The issue features stories about bold believers who gave their lives for Jesus. To subscribe to the free monthly magazine, visit the subscription signup page.

Please preview the stories before sharing them with children. As you read the magazines, you may want to share age-appropriate stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

A previous post told about Elizabeth, a Christian grandmother who saved her five grandchildren from her burning home in Kenya. Radical Muslims had set her house on fire after she refused to become a Muslim.

“I have nothing left, except a Bible,” Elizabeth said. “I lost everything that I had, but I’m grateful I have life….They wanted me to change my faith from Christianity to Islam, which I couldn’t. I still feel like I can’t.”

Since the fire, Elizabeth has been praying for inner peace. She admits she’s having a hard time.

“If you have money, you rent,” Elizabeth said. “If you don’t, you sleep here today; tomorrow you sleep there. You become like a butterfly. We just wait for almighty God to remember us.”

Elizabeth prays for those who caused her so much trouble. “Islam has a different god,” she said. “The Bible says, ‘Don’t kill.’ So I feel like asking the Lord to remember [the Muslim attackers], to change them.

“When you pray, remember me. I’m asking that you pray for peace in my heart and that I won’t lose faith, but stand firm. And that I may have land and some property. I believe it is not God’s will for me to have nothing and be doing nothing.”

(Source: June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine)

Look at the photo above of Elizabeth and her grandchildren. Decide what you will pray for each of the children individually and for Elizabeth.

Hats Off to You, Part 2


The previous post told about the kidnapping of a boy in the Netherlands (Holland). Read the rest of the story below.

I asked the men, “What are you doing this?”

Suddenly it was very bright all around me.

“Wake up! You’re having a nightmare!” My mom had turned on the light. I jumped up from the bed.

“It was so real!” I told my mom. She was wondering if I had read something scary.

Then I knew. The van came out of the exciting book series I was reading. The shooting came out of the story of David’s dad.

After my dream, I thought I would not dare to say I was a Christian like David’s dad had done. I told my mom what I was thinking, and she said, “You can’t know what you’ll do when the time comes. What we do know is that at that moment the Holy Spirit will give you the right words if you just trust Him. Shall we pray for that right now?”

Ever since then, I’ve thought a lot about David’s dad and other persecuted Christians.

I take my hat off to them.

(Source: SDOK. Translated and edited.)

Read a story about God giving a persecuted Christian unexpected strength.

Hats Off to You


The following story comes from Stef, the children’s magazine of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. It is told from the viewpoint of a boy in the Netherlands who read the story of David in Nigeria.

I was walking to the library on a Wednesday afternoon. I’m reading a very exciting series of books. Every two weeks I pick up the next book in the series.

At first, I didn’t notice that a black van was parked on the sidewalk. There was only room on the sidewalk for me to squeeze myself past the van.

Suddenly the van door opened. A man jumped out wearing a ski mask. He put a bag over my head and grabbed me. I kicked my legs, but it didn’t help. Before I knew it I was lying in the van. Then I was tied with ropes, and the van drove away.

My heart pounded. Why was I being taken? After a short drive, I was taken from the van. The bag was removed from my head, and I saw we were in an abandoned factory. Four guys stood in a circle around me. They had guns in their hands.

One of the men said, “You horrible curious little man, we know about you. You always want to read stories about Christians who are persecuted. Maybe you’ll be curious about your own story.” He pointed his gun at me and demanded, “Say that Jesus doesn’t exist, or I’ll shoot!”

I started to sweat. “This can’t be true!” I thought. “Kidnapped out of the blue? Because I’m a Christian? In Holland? During the day?

I hoped someone saw the kidnapping and called the police. Did I hear a siren?

Read the rest of the story in the next post.

David in Nigeria, Part 2

David on the cover of Stef

The previous post told about David, a boy from a Christian family in Nigeria. His story was in Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. Read more about him and his family below, as told by David.

My Dad
My dad was a leader in a church. Strict Muslims in our country want to make our country Muslim. Unfortunately they do a lot of really bad things.

One evening I was awakened by a very hard pounding on the door. What happened afterwards still doesn’t seem real. Men came in with guns, and they asked my dad if he wanted to become a Muslim.

My dad said no. One man said to him, “So you want to die as a Christian?”

“I want to,” said my dad. Then the man shot my dad in the head. I thought for sure he was killed but miraculously he could still talk.

My mom tried to get help after the man left, and I sat the whole night next to my dad. That’s all I want to say about it.

Fireworks Are Stupid
Thankfully my dad did not die.

Last year during Christmas somebody lit some fireworks. I heard loud bangs, and I thought fighting had broken out. I was very scared. Only the next day did I realize my fear wasn’t necessary.

Now I can laugh at it, but then I thought fireworks were really stupid.

I want to talk about something nice — about my teacher, Hassan. I think he is really cool because he knows so much. Later I want to become a professor or a teacher because I love learning so much.

Bye, David.

(Source: SDOK, translated and edited)

To Talk About

  • Why did David’s family move?
  • Why are radical Muslims attacking Christians in Nigeria?
  • Why was David scared of the fireworks?
  • What can you pray for David?

David in Nigeria

David on the cover of Stef
David on the cover of Stef

The following story comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. SDOK workers visited David in Nigeria and listened to his story.

David’s Story
Hi. I’m David, and I live in Nigeria, a large country in Africa. At home I haul water from the water well. Every day my mom needs several buckets of water to cook, clean, and wash clothes.

There is a lid on the well because I can’t imagine that my little sister, Gladys, would fall into it. Getting water is boring work. But thankfully my dad does it once in a while also.

Not long ago we moved to a different house. I liked our first home a lot better. But we were living in a dangerous area.

I had a friend there named Joseph. I miss him every day. I would like to go just hang out with him and talk, but that’s not likely. “Much too dangerous,” my parents tell me. And of course I know that’s true.

Maybe I should share a little bit more about the danger. I don’t like to talk about it, because I always get a bad feeling when I do. But I really think you should know about this.

Read in the next post about what happened to David’s family in their old home.