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Gwenivere Learns About VOM

Gwenivere, a 10-year-old girl in Indiana, leads her friends in praying for persecuted Christians and donating money to provide Bibles for people in other countries. She learned about the work of The Voice of the Martyrs when her grandmother, Debra, showed  Torchlighters DVDs to the children in her church.

Debra is a VOM Voice. (Learn more about the VOM Voice program here.) Gwenivere helps her distribute VOM’s Global Prayer Guide  to people in their congregation.

Gwenivere learned some words in the Kru language of Torchlighters hero Samuel Morris from the Torchlighters study guides, and she and Debra visited Morris’ grave in Fort Wayne. “[It was] touching to hear her speak the tribal Kru phrases learned in the lessons, and thanking God for his dedication,” said Debra.

Debra plans to provide Gwenivere with additional opportunities to help VOM as she gets older. “It would be a disservice to keep her ignorant of this ongoing reality and the hands-on ministry that VOM offers these precious saints!” said Debra.

(Photo: Debra and Gwenivere. Used by permission.)

To Think About
*Is there anyone you can encourage to pray for persecuted Christians?
*Have you ever thanked God for the witness of a faithful Christian?


China: 11 Kids Arrested

The Chinese government is cracking down on Christians. The Early Rain Covenant Church is one of the targets of their unwanted attention.

About 800 people attend weekly services at Early Rain. The church also operates an elementary school with 40 students.

In February, policemen arrested 44 Christians at two Early Rain services. Eleven kids were among those arrested. The youngest child was about two months old.

The children were given no food, even though they weren’t released from the jail until 2 a.m. the next day. They had to sleep on the floor or on a cold table. The police took away everyone’s cell phones.

It wasn’t the first time officials had given the church a hard time. In December 2018, police arrested 100 people from the church, including the pastor and his wife.

But the Christians continue to meet together and worship God. The church members publish sermons online and evangelize in the streets. Why do you think they keep doing activities that get them arrested? (Hint: Read Hebrews 10:24-25 and Mark 16:15.)

Source: China Aid
Photo: China Aid. Children meeting at Early Rain Covenant Church


Malaysia: Pastor’s Whereabouts Still Unknown

Pastor Raymond Koh of Malaysia began taking his daily devotional time very seriously. “He was going for prayer walks early in the morning for like three hours,” said his wife, Susanna. “Also he was memorizing large chunks of the Bible, and he would tell me, ‘Oh, I just finished memorizing 1 Corinthians 15.’ I was thinking he was really a great example to follow.”

Perhaps Pastor Koh sensed that a time was coming when he would need great spiritual strength and a close walk with the Lord. That time came in February 2017 when three SUVs forced his car to the side of the road, removed him from the car, and kidnapped him. His family has not seen him or his car since that day.

The pastor’s family is having a difficult time dealing with not knowing where he is. “It’s been a terrifying journey,” said his daughter, Elisabeth. Her younger sister Esther and their brother Jonathan also miss their father. They believe he was kidnapped because he told others about his faith in Christ.

Security cameras filmed the kidnapping, which was carried out expertly in less than one minute. The Kohs later found out that the police had taken part in the kidnapping.

You Can Help
The Kohs would like Christians around the world to help them find out where Pastor Koh is. “Pray, pray, and pray for Raymond’s release as soon as possible,” Susanna said. “Secondly… be a voice [for Raymond] and speak out.” Click here to see how you can send a letter of encouragement to the Kohs, and a letter or email to the Malaysian embassy. Please read the suggestions about writing to government officials here.

(Sources include vomradio.net)

Photo: The Koh family before Pastor Koh disappeared. Photo credit:FB/Everybody Loves Raymond Koh


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #91–100

  1. Write a book report on a book about persecuted Christians.
  2. Plan to pray for Christians in Muslim countries during Muslim holidays.
  3. Hold a weekly or monthly fast from TV, computer games, or dessert as a prayer reminder.
  4. Write a letter to the editor of a publication, telling about current persecution.
  5. Study Bible passages about persecution and share them with someone.
  6. Send profits from a lemonade stand or garage sale to support VOM projects.
  7. Offer to show a DVD about persecution to a group or class.
  8. Hold an “underground church service.” Sing and pray quietly.
  9. Invite party guests to bring items needed by the persecuted instead of gifts.
  10. Send a description of your projects to VOM to share with others.


100 Ways Kids Can Help Persecuted Christians: #81–90

  1. Make a “Family Prayer Album” using clips from VOM publications.
  2. Display items about persecution at a history or geography fair.
  3. Leave a VOM publication in a car mechanic’s waiting room.
  4. Find the name of leaders of restricted nations in an almanac. Pray for them.
  5. Serve a dinner featuring food from a restricted country. Share about Christians there. (Find recipes from restricted countries in our Activity section or in the downloadable activity books on this site.)
  6. Make a parade float about courageous Christians.
  7. Phone a friend once a week to pray together for persecuted Christians.
  8. Design Christmas ornaments using photos from VOM publications.
  9. Hold an overnight lock-in, and spend the time learning about and praying for persecuted Christians.
  10. Collect spare change in a jar for a year to support a VOM project.