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Sharing God’s Love in Uncertain Times

During a time of quarantine and uncertainty, the coronavirus has opened up ways to spread the gospel. Some of the countries most affected by the virus so far are countries where Christians face persecution every day.

In one Muslim country where many people are sick, Christians are handing out masks and helping people who are quarantined. Sometimes people ask the Christians why they are helping others. Then the Christians tell them about Jesus’ love and how He helps us overcome fear.

The Chinese government has set up many cameras with face-recognition software to track the daily lives of Christians and others. They have cracked down on Christian activities. But Christians in parts of China now feel more freedom in their activities because the cameras are less likely to identify them if they are wearing masks.

As you make decisions about dealing with the coronavirus for your own family, please remember to pray for your Christian family around the world as well.

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs Facebook)


Robert Morrison and Macau

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Macau today

Robert Morrison was the youngest of eight children. As a youth, he read missionary magazines and dreamed of being a missionary someday. But his mother wanted him to stay near his family in England. So he promised he would not become a missionary as long as she was alive. Sadly, she died a few short years after he made the promise. At the age of 20, Morrison began preparing to be a missionary.

He prayed that God would send him to a place where difficulties were the greatest.

God answered his prayer. Morrison arrived in China in 1807. For the next 25 years, he faced obstacles and problems while he worked to bring the good news of Jesus to people in China.

He lived part of that time in Macau, a colony in China ruled by Portugal. In Macau, he baptized a new Chinese Christian, and translated the Bible into Chinese. After his time serving the Lord on earth, he was buried in Macau.

Macau Today
Today Macau is ruled by China. Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages. In the past, most of the people were Christians. However, over time, it became “the first Christian territory in Asia to become non-Christian.” (Operation World)

Much of the money in Macau comes from people who travel to Macau to gamble. Macau has been called “the City of Sin.” During times when Macau brings in less money, some of the citizens are worried about losing their riches.

(Sources include: CIA Factbook, Operation World, and From Jesus to Irian Jaya)

To Talk About

  • What are some reasons parents might not want their children to become missionaries? What are some reasons other parents might want their children to become missionaries?
  • What do you think are some of reasons a Christian country might become a non-Christian country?

Prayer Points

  • “Gambling is a religion” in Macau (Operation World). Pray that people in Macau will seek Jesus instead of uncertain wealth.
  • Ask God to strengthen those who are spreading the gospel in Macau in spite of obstacles and problems.

Christians Blamed for Virus

(Sources: VOM Australia, VOM Canada)

Pastor Mamadou Karambiri and his wife share God’s love in the African country of Burkina Faso. Recently, radical Muslims from Mali have been attacking Christians in Burkina Faso.

In February, the pastor and his wife attended a conference in France, where they were exposed to the coronavirus. They were tested, and the tests revealed they did not have the virus, so they returned home. But then they started having symptoms of the illness, and they were quarantined.

Their sickness has resulted in an increase of persecution against Christians. Some are accusing Christians of bringing the virus to Burkina Faso.

VOM Canada offers the following prayer suggestions for Burkina Faso.

Please prayerfully uphold those in Burkina Faso and around the world who’ve been infected by the virus and are facing uncertainty over the outcome, including people who are in need of Christ and don’t know where to turn. Pray that sound judgement and reason will prevail so that Christians will not have to endure added suffering because of unwarranted blame. Ask God to ensure the full recovery of Pastor Mamadou and his wife, so that their ministry can continue in this volatile area. Also, lift up other believers throughout the country who are facing opposition [and threats] due to the hostility of militants.


Uygur Calligraphy

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Click the image to open the calligraphy PDF file.

Calligraphy is a respected art among the Uygurs. Print these Uygur phrases in calligraphy and see if you can copy them. Uygur is written from right to left instead of left to right like English.

Learn more in Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs, available in the Downloads section.


Torchlighters News

Children learn about real-life Christian heroes from Torchlighters DVDs, produced by Christian History Institute and The Voice of the Martyrs.

Visit the Torchlighters Facebook page to find out about their new streaming service. They have decided to release the service earlier than planned and FREE during the time when many are staying home due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Find information about The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book here. Additional related free resources are available in the Downloads section of this site and at Torchlighters.org.