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Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary

By Elise Wixtrom, Kids of Courage Student Reviewer

Among the twelve disciples, you may have heard of Doubting Thomas, the one who did not believe that Jesus had risen again to life on the third day. In The Voice of the Martyrs’ book, Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary, Thomas’ story is not left at the moment where he doubts – the book instead expands upon Thomas’ storyline after Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

Thomas went across the known world, bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth. His knowledge of Christ’s death and resurrection spurred him on to go ever farther, to the foreign nation of India. The Indians did not know the gospel, in fact they followed a different religion, called Hinduism, which involved the worship of many different gods

While in India, the book says, through Thomas God performed many miracles to stun and prove His sovereignty to the people who had never before known of the one true God, whose existence disproved their religion of many deities. As Thomas performed miracles, the Hindu priests became enraged with Thomas disproving their religion and conspired to kill him. They carried out their plan, and Thomas was killed with spears and became a martyr.

The Voice of the Martyrs’ book focuses more on Thomas’ faith than his doubt. The story leaves one with the message that even though you may doubt at first, perhaps even if you are skeptical, God can do great works through you and bring the good news to those who are lost. Thomas’ lack of faith at first did not hinder God’s plan for his life. In fact, it made him more fervent in the carrying out the call that God had placed on his once-doubting heart.

Learn more about Thomas in Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary, a book in The Voice of the Martyrs’ Courageous Series for kids, available at

George Müller

“George and his wife, Mary, open the first orphanages supported entirely by prayer, and God miraculously provides for their every need.” —

George Müller was born 214 years ago today on September 27, 1805. He was not a well-behaved child. He started stealing money before he was even 10 years old, and his continuous sinful behavior landed him in prison as a youth.

After hearing the Word of God at a Christian meeting, George repented of his sins, turned away from friends who were bad influences, and began to follow Christ. Later, he married Mary Groves, a young woman who also wanted to serve the Lord.

In service to God, the Müllers opened orphanages, and over the years, they helped thousands of children. George is especially known for never asking anyone for money for his ministry. Instead, he took his needs to the Lord in prayer. But the Müllers and the orphans never lacked their daily needs, even when their problems seemed impossible to overcome.

Learn More About George Müller
*The Story of George Müller is an animated DVD produced by Christian History Institute and The Voice of the Martyrs. Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here.

Watch a trailer for the DVD here.

*Find George Müller student and leader guides here.

*Read a blog post about Müller’s life here.

* includes activities related to DVD and information about buying or streaming the The Story of George Müller.

IDOP Preparation

Join a global prayer movement for persecuted Christians.

Parents and Teachers
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be observed on November 3, 2019. You can find information about resources to share with your church, adult Sunday school class, or small group in The Voice of the Martyrs magazine or at

To encourage children to pray for persecuted Christians on November 3 and throughout the year, you can prepare:
*Lesson plans
*Video clips
*And additional downloadable resources from this site.

Hard to Find a Bible

Farsi Bible

A teacher in Iran decided to follow Jesus after hearing the gospel on a Christian satellite TV program! He wanted to read a Bible, but had no way to get one. “I checked all the bookstores in Tehran to find a copy, but could not,” he said. (Tehran is the capital of Iran.)

Fifteen months went by, and the man still had not found a Bible. He started to write down all the verses he heard in sermons on the Christian TV broadcasts. He put pages of the verses together to make a small book.

The man began to share his faith with his students and others, and soon there was a group of 30 new Christians who met every week to worship God together. But none of them had a Bible.

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Readers Talk to Us

Question: Some people wonder if young children should learn about persecuted Christians. How would you answer them?

Laura S., a third-grade teacher at a Christian school in Tennessee, replies:

“Jesus was persecuted, as were the apostles. This is our heritage as believers. We cannot ignore it. It is a great calling, and each child born into the household of faith has this calling.

“Should we shield our children from that reality? No. Persecuted Christians are their brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God. I want us to train our children to pray for those in need, and to care for the widows and orphans, especially those in the household of faith.”

What Do You Think?