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A Bible-Smuggling Donkey

Some Christians in Syria had a problem. Many Muslims in their area were leaving their religion, Islam, and following Jesus. But that wasn’t the problem; that was wonderful news! The problem was that the new believers did not have Bibles to help them learn more about their new faith. Bibles were hard to get in their country.

So the Christians texted someone in a nearby country where it was easier to find Bibles. “Can you get us more Bibles?” they texted.

“How many?” the man asked. “We need 200 Bibles,” they replied.

The handler loaded his donkey with the 200 Bibles and walked to the border between his country and Syria. But armed guards refused to let them cross the border. The handler led the donkey to another place along the border where the guards could not see them. The donkey knew the path into Syria. On its last trip across the border with its handler, it had been rewarded with a candy bar for making the trip successfully.

So the handler decided to risk letting the donkey cross the border alone. Donkeys were often used as pack animals in the area, so no one would be suspicious of a lone donkey. The handler prayed that the donkey would stay on the mile-long path.

Soon he got another text message. The donkey had made it safely to the Christians! Now more than 200 additional Christians and their families can read God’s Word.

“It’s the most unique Bible smuggling story I’ve heard,” a VOM worker said.

(Source: VOM workers and contacts. Edited for length, clarity, reading level, and security.)

Note: Christians residing in restricted nations are often denied access to Bibles. VOM’s “Bibles to Captive Nations” fund helps print and smuggle Bibles to believers—in their own language—who would otherwise live their lives without ever reading the word of God.

To Talk About
*How many Bibles are in your house? Where did they come from? Was it dangerous to get them to your house?
*Do you think the new Christians in the story read their Bibles often? Do you suppose the Bibles are more special to them because they were difficult to get?


Speaking Up for Others

[William Booth was born on April 10, 1829.]

William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, saw horrifying sights when he visited London’s East End. Homeless people slept outside, many families were sick and had no way to go to a doctor, and most were hungry and cold. William noted that horses in England got better care than the people of the East End.

Temptations to sin were everywhere. One visitor said that bars had little stair steps at the counter so even small children could reach the alcohol.

It seemed to William that no one outside the East End was paying attention to the people and problems there. He and his wife, Catherine, spent the rest of their lives telling the needy people about Jesus and speaking and writing to others about their plight.

Can you speak up for others?

• Are there times when it is right to be silent and not speak up?

• If you are with a group of kids making fun of someone who is not present, is that a good time to speak up for the person who is not there?

• Has someone ever spoken up for you?

• Have you ever heard someone speak out against Christians who stand up for Christian beliefs? What is the best way to speak up for the truth and for other Christians?

Sometimes it’s not easy to speak up. Others may not appreciate your efforts in the same way people opposed the Booths when they spoke up.

You can get strength to do the right thing from God and the Bible, Christian adults, and others who are willing to join you in speaking up.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves; defend the rights of all those who have nothing. Speak up and judge fairly, and defend the rights of the poor and needy” — Proverbs 31:8-9, NCV

(Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and DVD set, available at VOMBooks.com. The book includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, challenging coloring pages, extreme dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the 16 heroes on the accompanying Torchlighters DVDs.) 


A Bible for Every Christian

Christians in some countries, especially Christian children, have no way to get Bibles. The Voice of the Martyrs’ prayer is that every believer in those countries will have their own copy of God’s Word.

VOM distributes Bibles to Christians in many nations. Sometimes the Christians share the Bibles with non-Christians to help them learn about God’s love for them.

It can be difficult to hand out Bibles in places where people don’t know about God and Jesus. “Things have not gone as I had expected,” said a Christian in one country who is distributing children’s Bibles from VOM. “This is a very Muslim area, and the children seem to be trained not to take Bibles. Until now I have only distributed five Bibles. I gave a Bible to one boy, and 10 minutes later his older brother brought it back to me. But two neighbor girls are happy for the Bibles I gave them. One of their mothers likes it and has read it a lot.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited for clarity and length.)

Please Pray for VOM’s Bible Projects
*Pray that the Christian’s neighbors will understand what they read in the Bible and become followers of Jesus.
*Ask God to strengthen and encourage Christians who distribute Bibles in non-Christian areas.
*Pray that the families who do not accept the gift of a Bible will hear the good news of Jesus.


Langdi, A Game of India

Children playing langdi

Divide students into two teams with an equal number of players. Set off a small area as a playing field. To begin, one team is on the field, and a “raider” team is off the field. The raider team sends one raider (player) into the territory of the team on the field. The raider must hop on one foot while tagging as many players as possible.

The other team’s players try to run away from the raider to avoid being tagged, but they must stay within the boundaries of the field. If the raider’s other foot touches the ground, he or she is out of the game. If he or she is able to hop off the court on one foot successfully, anyone he or she tagged is out.

After the raiders’ turn, the teams switch positions. Those who were tagged out during the first raiders’ turn stay out of the game. The game is over when all the players on one team are out. The other team wins. If raiders are having difficulty tagging members of the other team, reduce the size of the playing field.

(Source: Bold Believers in India, available in the free Downloads section)


India: Poonam’s New Bible

Poonam and her torn Bible

The majority of people in India are Hindus, and Poonam was no exception. But she decided to leave the Hindu religion and follow Jesus! (See more about what Hindus believe here.)

At first, Poonam kept her new faith a secret from her Hindu husband. But one day, he found her Bible and tore it up in anger. After a while, he was so angry that he kicked her out of the house and would not let her see their two sons and daughter anymore.

Poonam moved in with relatives. Every day she prayed for her situation to improve. Other Christians prayed with her, and one day a Christian friend brought her a new Bible to replace the one her husband tore up. Poonam was so happy, she cried.

Poonam’s husband is still a Hindu, but in answer to her prayers, his heart has softened toward her, and their family is now back together. Sometimes he even attends church with Poonam. Please pray that he will come to Christ and will also understand and believe the truths in Poonam’s precious Bible.