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Yemen: A New Christian Family

 

Parents and Teachers: The August 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine includes stories about courageous Christians in Yemen, a country in the middle of a civil war. To subscribe to the free monthly magazine, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the magazines, you may want to share stories from this site with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Christian missionaries are not welcome in Yemen. No one is allowed to bring Bibles into the country to give or sell to others. More than 99 percent of the people are Muslim, and it is against the law to lead a Muslim to Christ.

Jesus told His followers to “go into all the world” and tell people about Him (Mark 16:15). But how can people in Yemen learn about Jesus if none of their family members or friends are Christians, they’ve never seen a Bible, and they don’t have a church or Sunday school to attend?

God is providing a way. Nadeen, a girl in Yemen, met a Christian at her university. Her friend told her about Jesus, and Nadeen’s faith grew. After she graduated, Nadeen found a private Facebook group for secret believers in Yemen and other nearby countries.

Others in Yemen are learning about God’s love for them through Christian websites and radio and TV programs. People from the region often visit this website, too. Sometimes they send emails to the site with questions or comments.

After months of talking with other believers on Facebook, Nadeen found out about a secret church in her area. She met a Christian man, and after a while, they married and had a child. Praise God for a new Christian family in Yemen!

Pray for them and other Christians in places where life can be dangerous for Christians.


Sunday School Around the World: Lebanon

Syrian dad and son

“Two million people have had to leave Syria. A third of the population of Syria have had to leave their homes.”— A Christian who works in Muslim countries

Muslims and Christians in Syria have been forced to leave their homes and live as refugees in other countries. Radical, violent Muslims have attacked cities in Syria, and the cities are no longer safe places to live.

Many refugees now live in Lebanon. They find shelter in tents, broken down buildings, and in fields. Their lives are difficult. Churches in Lebanon try to help the refugees. But their kindness is causing some interesting problems. Muslims are coming to the churches! The Muslims are thankful for the Christians’ help.

One church with 200 members now has 400 people who attend church services because of all the new Syrian Muslims. But “the refugees don’t know how to behave in church. The kids are messing up the Sunday school,” said a Christian.

“God has ruined my church,” the pastor said. But the pastor was joking. He is really very happy that Muslims are hearing the truth about God and Jesus in his church.

Ask God to help Christians continue to help refugees who come to their country and their church.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)

To Talk About
Do you ever have members or visitors who do not behave when they come to your church? How do you act toward the ones who misbehave? Do you pray for them? Do you hope they come back to church?


Sunday School Around the World: By a Syrian Tent

 

God’s people travel to many places to share the gospel. The pastor in the photo is teaching Syrian children about Jesus in front of a tent. Can you see from the photo how he traveled to the area to visit the children?

(The pastor and others’ faces are covered to protect their identity. It’s not always safe to share the good news of Jesus in his region.)


Sunday School Around the World: Syria

After a war started in Syria, Christians began to feel more fearful about their safety. Many left the country. Radical Muslims have kidnapped Christians and raided churches.

The photo above shows the Sunday school classroom in a Syrian church that was attacked and destroyed.

A Syrian leader has asked Christians around the world to pray that the Lord will encourage Christians in Syria so they can be a living testimony to others around them in the midst of war.

Learn more about Christians in Syria in Bold Believers in Syria, available free in the Downloads section.


Sunday School Around the World: Burma (Myanmar)

 

A Christian family in Burma (Myanmar) has taken in several children whose parents have abandoned them. Like many people in Myanmar, some of the children had never heard about Jesus. The video shows them singing a Sunday school song they learned in their new home.

The words to the song say:
“We are like the stars created by God which should shine for others. Let’s dedicate and sacrifice our ability in order to give the light of the Lord to others…..let’s shine….”

Thanaka
Thanaka is a paste made from tree bark. It is also sold in powder form. Many women and children in Burma wear thanaka on their faces. Thanaka prevents sunburn and keeps the skin cool. It is also used as makeup. Some people apply it on their faces in pretty patterns. Which child is wearing thanaka in the video?

Learn more about Christians and life in Burma in Bold Believers in Burma, available in the Download section.