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Wise as Serpents

The September 2016 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold Christians in Nigeria. Please preview the stories before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share stories from this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories. Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Nigeria
Lion in Nigeria

A pastor from Nigeria recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs to talk about persecution in his country.

“Northeastern Nigeria is not a safe place for Christians,” he said. It is like living in the midst of lions. Yes, the best way to explain the situation is like that of a goat living in the midst of lions. Every Christian in the northeast fits into this description. It’s only the grace of God that is sustaining me and other Christians there.”

The pastor has been the target of persecutors. His house was burned down, and some of his teeth were broken in an attack by radical Muslims.

The pastor knows he could be attacked again at any time. He follows Jesus’ instructions to “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). When he suspects that enemies are searching for him, he parks his car near his house as if he were at home. Then he quietly and secretly slips away from his house on foot. Christians in other locations let him stay at their home for a while.

Pray for the pastor’s protection.


Back to School for Iraqi Children

Iraq
Iraqi children in school

Christians in Iraq have been driven from their homes and their cities by fighters who belong to ISIS, a radical Muslim group. Christian families have to leave behind their belongings and everything that is familiar to them.

When they arrive in another country, there is often no place for the children to go to school. Many Iraqi children have been out of school for more than a year.

With VOM’s help, a church near a refugee camp has started a school. (See the photo above.) The church leaders fixed up a house with a big backyard. They planned to open the school to 25 children. About 100 students signed up.

The goal of the school is to “bring the love of God to every house through the children.”

Enter “Iraq” in the Search box to find stories and videos about Christians from Iraq.

To Think About
If you had to leave your house without carrying anything away with you, what would you miss the most when you settled in a new place? Pray for Iraqi children who miss the things they had to leave behind.