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Canadian Students Illustrate a Prayer Calendar

Each year, The Voice of the Martyrs in Canada holds an art contest for students 13 to 18 and adults. The winning artwork is used to illustrate VOM-Canada’s Prayer Calendar. Three of the artists chosen to illustrate the 2020 calendar are students. Read below what they said about their artwork.

Hannah Hoekstra describes her picture that appears on the May page: “A girl on a beach remembers that there are Christians who do not share the freedoms she has and recognizes they need prayer.” (See her picture below.)

Grace Waldner, whose picture is on the June page, wrote: “The praying prisoner represents the truth that persecuted Christians in captivity are not hopeless nor helpless; they are warriors. Prayer warriors. There is no weapon sharper than prayer. The angel standing over the prisoner represents Hebrews 13:6 (TLB): “That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, ‘The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me.’” The Lord will never leave nor forsake His people. The cross represents the suffering Jesus endured and the reason Christians are able to stand up to their persecutors (Matthew 5:10).

The September illustration, titled “Hope in the Darkness,” is by Sophie Riley. “The artist was deeply moved by an article in VOMC’s publication about Christians in African countries, such as Eritrea, being kept in shipping containers because of their faith in Jesus,” Sophie wrote. “She wanted to communicate to them that they haven’t been forgotten; and that Jesus will always be their guiding light, no matter how dark the world looks.”

To Try
*Can you draw or paint a picture that illustrates a story about a persecuted Christian?

[Note: The VOM-Canada contest only accepts entries from Canadian citizens.]


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