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Christmas Care

Would you like to give the child of a persecuted Christian a Christmas present this year?

Each year, The Voice of the Martyrs works through its global network to reach the children of persecuted Christians with a special Christmas Care Pack. The contents fit the needs of the children in each region. They include school supplies, clothing, hygiene items, and a toy. And every pack comes with a full-color, illustrated children’s Bible in the child’s language. For most of these children, it is the first Bible they have ever received!

To find out how to order a Christmas Care Pack, visit ChristmasCare.com, or call 800-747-0085.


Praying for Missionaries During the Coronavirus

“This is a unique time in history. Many of our people are hunkering down around the world,” said Todd Lafferty of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mr. Lafferty was describing life for missionaries during the time of the coronavirus. He was talking to Todd Nettleton at VOM Radio.

“Our folks in India are now seeing 100,000 cases a day across the country,” Mr. Lafferty continued. “Some of them were locked up for months in their places. With little kids, that’s hard. So pray for those [missionary] families around the world who are struggling, being locked down and just living through a screen to the outside world. That gets hard.

“Many of our people have had to leave their country because of a lack of medical care in that place. Some have had to come here [to the U.S.] and are on temporary assignments. Pray for families who have been uprooted this year. It wasn’t their plan when they started 2020, and it has totally thrown them for a loop. Pray for them, and pray that the Lord would continue to send out laborers into His harvest field.

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Talk About
What does it mean to send out laborers into the harvest field? (Read Matthew 9:37-38.)


Muslim Family Finds Hope

(Source: VOM Australia. Photo: Reehab, Nazra, and Nayla)

Ten-year-old Reehab was in charge of his siblings, 8-year-old Nazra, and 6-year-old Nayla. He cooked for them, washed their clothes, and watched over them.

The kids and their father, Sabit, live in Malaysia. Sadly, their mother died from an illness. Sabit was very sad and tired while working and trying to keep his family strong. He felt like he couldn’t continue.

A Christian Friend
Like most families in Malaysia, Sabit’s family followed Muslim teachings. But their close friend, Minz, is a Christian. Minz helped the family and comforted them in their sorrow. He even prayed with them and shared the gospel with them.

Sabit didn’t want to leave Islam, but he sent his children to a Christian school where Minz worked. [Islam is the religion of Muslims.] He decided to let them live with relatives for a while. But when the relatives found out that the children were learning about Christianity at school, they refused to help the family anymore.

Now Minz and other Christians help care for the three children. The kids are happy, and Sabit is encouraged. He has not trusted in Jesus yet, but many are praying that he will. Will you join them in praying?

 


Eavesdropping

The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry in the Netherlands that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. The fictional story is told from the point of view of a boy named Stef in the Netherlands who has Christian Turkish neighbors. (It has been translated, edited, and condensed for clarity.)

Turkish people make up one of the largest minority groups in the Netherlands. Most Turks are Muslims, and many believe that all Turks should be Muslims. Turkish Christians are often persecuted by Muslim relatives, teachers, bosses, and neighbors.

Stef’s Story
Yes! I have a job! I am allowed to earn pocket money doing chores for people in the neighborhood. Now I’m working on a neighbor’s woodworking project in our shed.

It is getting warm in the shed, so I open a window. Hey, there is visitor in our garden. They are speaking Turkish — I also speak a little bit of Turkish. I can hear from the voices that they are people from our neighborhood. Mom and Dad often drink tea with them and then talk about big-people things.

I try not to be an eavesdropper, but I can hear them anyway. It’s so bizarre. I hear the gentleman say he had to go to prison as a child in Turkey. And a person who tried to help him was badly beaten. Sadly, the person died of their injuries.

What is that all about! I wish I had not opened the window! I didn’t want to hear that story at all. I sit quietly on the floor and hardly dare to breathe. Let’s hope I don’t get discovered. I hear people praying. Now it won’t be long until they leave. As soon as everyone gets up to leave I sneak up to my room.

When my father takes me to bed at night and asks what we will pray for, I can no longer keep it to myself: “I was in the shed this afternoon… ”

“And you have heard everything,” my father adds. I nod and ask him if this happens to all Christians in Turkey.

“You couldn’t help it, but you really shouldn’t have heard this story. When people have been through something really bad, you can describe it with one difficult word – trauma. Shall we pray Stef, that God will take this trauma from our Turkish friends and that they will heal? And shall we pray for Christians in Turkey that they are close to Jesus and teach many people about His love?”

I nod, relieved.

To Talk About
*What did Stef and his father pray for their Turkish neighbors? Will you pray for Turkish Christians?
*Turkish people make up one of the largest minority groups in the Netherlands. In the story, Stef is not Turkish, but he has learned some of the Turkish language. How might knowing their language help Christians in reaching Turkish Muslims with the Good News of Jesus? (Note: Many Turks in the Netherlands speak Dutch as well as Turkish.)


Yeshua Chooses Jesus

[Photo: Turkish boy]

(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry in the Netherlands that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. The story, told by a boy in Turkey named Yeshua, has been translated from Dutch, the language of the Netherlands.)

Has your teacher ever scolded you?

Yeshua’s teacher called Christians “dirty people.” By that he also meant Yeshua. His friends at school had known since kindergarten that Yeshua was a Christian. But some of Yeshua’s classmates teased him.

Read his story below.

I live in Turkey where most people are Muslims. But my family is Christian. My friends in school knew that I was from a Christian family, and that was never a problem. We played together, and we went to school together. Until I was in sixth grade.

We had two religion class a week. The lessons were, of course, Islamic lessons because most of Turkey is Islamic. [Islam is the religion of Muslims.] Because I’m a Christian, I didn’t have to join the class. But the school I’m going to is small. There was nowhere else for me to sit, so I sat quietly in the religion class so I would not to be a burden to others. But during those lessons, trouble started. And the worst thing was that the teacher also joined in!

Dirty people
The teacher said that Christians worship the wrong gods, and that I would go to hell. I wanted to explain something about my faith, but the teacher became angry and called Christians “dirty people.” The children from my class laughed at me and teased me on the playground. They tried to hit me, too. I often cried at home, and I told my mom what happened at school. My mother also became sad and cried along with me.

My mother decided to go to the school and talk to the teacher. A few days later, when the religion class had just started, I saw my mother come into the classroom. She asked if she could briefly address the class.

My teacher looked surprised, and it seemed to me that he felt a little ashamed. I sat nervously in my chair. What would my mother say? And what would the other children do? My mother stood in front of the class and asked, “Can you name something about you that you didn’t choose?”

Everyone called out different answers: “The color of my eyes, my parents, the place where I was born,” some of the kids answered.

Then my mother asked: “There are also things you can choose. What are they?” The kids answered: “The shoes I wear, my favorite football team, my job.”

Freedom
After they answered, my mother continued. “Did you know that we also choose our faith? My husband and I chose to be Christian. We told Yeshua about our faith since the day he was born. But we have not forced him to believe. He has chosen it for himself.”

Then she looked at the teacher and said, “You know that the Turkish constitution gives us freedom to select our own faith. It is not necessary to tease others because they have chosen a different faith.” I looked at the teacher. He was standing to the side, and he looked at the ground.

From that day, he no longer teased or made fun of me. Also the children in my class stopped doing that. And if they asked why I chose to be a Christian, then I happily told them about it!

Pray
*Thank God that Yeshua likes to talk about his faith and that he is no longer bullied.
*Pray for Christian children in Turkey. They often feel lonely at school, because they are usually the only Christian in the class and don’t have friends. Often they are bullied. Pray that they will know that God is close to them.
*Even in some churches there are few children. Pray that the kids will grow in faith and not give up.