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The Voice of the Martyrs “Tricky” Balloon Launches

When Jesus told His followers to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15), He knew it would not always be easy. The governments of some countries do not want people to bring Bibles into their countries.

It is against the law in North Korea to share the gospel of Jesus. For many years, The Voice of the Martyrs has sponsored the launching of balloons that carry Scriptures into North Korea. (Watch a balloon launch in the video below.)

In the past, VOM wasn’t sure if balloons landed safely in the North Korea or if anyone read them. But now GPS devices let us know where the balloons land.

Recently, the North Korean government also let people know that the balloons are landing in their country! The North Korean government’s news service published a statement complaining about “Voice of Martyrs” and their “tricky” balloon launches.

The report said, “They are getting trickier in fixing time and locations for their scattering operation against DPRK.” (DPRK stands for “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” which is what North Koreans call their country.)

    Pray for:

  • North Koreans to come to know Christ.
  • The safety of workers who help the gospel spread in North Korea.

David and Jonathan in Iraq

Many Iraqi Christians have been driven from their homes by extremist Muslims who want to take over their country. The Voice of the Martyrs delivers aid to the Christians, who often were forced to leave home with nothing. The aid includes children’s Bibles.

Watch the video clip to see an Iraqi boy reading the story of David and Jonathan from the Arabic Action Bible.


Struggles at School

Syria
Syrian boy praying

J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, is a summer intern at The Voice of the Martyrs and a college student.

Imagine being the only Christian at school. That’s the struggle many Christian children in the Middle East face. They have to go to Muslim schools because those are the only schools where they live. If they don’t go to school, they can’t get good jobs and often remain very poor. Their parents teach them about Jesus, but when they go to school, their teachers tell them about being a Muslim and make them say the Islamic prayers and memorize verses from the Quran. This can be confusing for young children trying to learn who God really is.

Christian parents worry about what will happen to the children. They want their children to know about Jesus’s love, but in some places, it’s against the law to be a Christian. Sometimes, Christian children are bullied and beaten up by their classmates because they aren’t Muslims. If they don’t do what their teachers tell them at school, the children get in trouble. When their parents ask the teachers not to force the children to study Islam, the parents may get in trouble. Please pray for Christian children and their parents who are surrounded by people who don’t want them to follow Jesus.


Boy Reads the Bible for Six Hours

Parents and Teachers: Last year, The Voice of the Martyrs distributed 1 million Bibles in hostile areas and nations that restrict Christianity. More than a quarter of a million of those Bibles were children’s Bibles. The July 2016 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about VOM’s Bible distribution work. Please preview the stories before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share stories from this site, like the one below, with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Uganda
The boy (in the red shirt) who read the Bible for six hours

VOM contacts recently went door-to-door in Uganda to tell people about Jesus. (Enter “Uganda” in the Search box to read about the lives of Christians in Uganda.) At one house, a teenage boy answered the door.

“He had heard about God, but he did not care about God at all,” the workers said later. “He did whatever he wanted to do with no guidance from anyone.

“He admitted he had not been living a good life….He could read, so we gave him a Bible. At first he read from Psalm 1. By the time he got to Verse 3, he realized that his hands were dirty.

“‘I cannot read with dirty hands,’ he said. ‘Let me wash and return.’ He washed his hands then read the whole Psalm.

“We went on to another house, and when we passed by his house two hours later, he was still reading his Bible. After six hours, we stopped by his house on our way out of the village, and he was still reading. ‘I can’t stop reading,’ he said. ‘Every word I read invites me to read more….I pray I come to know more about this God.’ We told him about a Bible teacher and a fellowship that could help him.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)

To Think About

  • Read Psalm 1. Why is it a good Bible passage to show someone who has not been living a godly life?
  • Why do you think Christians in Uganda go door-to-door telling people about Jesus when Christians in some parts of the Uganda are persecuted?
  • Do you know someone who is not a Christian? What do you think their reaction might be if you offered them a Bible? (Discuss any plans to witness to a non-Christian with a mature Christian adult, and ask for their advice and prayers.)
  • Why do you think the boy felt he needed to wash his hands while reading the Bible?