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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See i-am-n.com.)

Uncategorized Story

Quiz Team Helps Persecuted Christians

Jesus welcoming a martyr

“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” (Revelation 6:9).

The Bible Quiz Team of Marion Grace Church in Ohio quoted Bible verses from memory at their practices. Church members agree to pledge 20 cents per verse for every verse quoted.

Carol C., the quiz team coach, wrote in a letter to The Voice of the Martyrs, “Each quiz season the team selects a local, national, or international organization to be the recipient of their Bible verse quoting pledges….The team selected The Voice of the Martyrs for the past quiz season based on a verse from the portion of Scripture studied — Revelation 6:9.”

Read Revelation 6:9-11. For what two things were the martyrs slain? What was given to each of them? How long was it said that they would have to rest?


Activities Story

Tibetan Wooden Tablet Painting

Traditional Tibetan artists sometimes painted pictures on small wooden tablets of various shapes. Some of the tablets had handles so viewers could hold the paintings without damaging them.

To make a tablet painting, draw a geometric shape (like a trapezoid or hexagon) on a piece of white cardboard or poster board 8½ by 11-inches or smaller. Cut out the shape and draw a colorful picture on it. Can you color a picture on your tablet that illustrates one of God’s promises? Glue a craft stick to the back of your painting so that it extends about 3 inches below the bottom of the tablet.

Watch a video clip about Christians in Tibet here.


Spotlight Story

Martyrs’ Wall

From time to time, Christians from countries where believers are persecuted visit The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters and share their stories. A martyrs’ wall at VOM headquarters displays the names of Christians throughout the centuries who gave their lives for Christ. (See the photo.)

A visitor read the names on the wall. The visitor is from a region where Muslims often attack Christians. After he read the names, he said, “I would rather die as a martyr and have my name on the wall of a building like this and have God say, ‘Welcome, good and faithful servant,’ than to live a life of sin.”

Read Matthew 25:23.


Activities Story

Barazek: Syrian Cookies

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter or margarine
1/3 cup of sesame seeds
1/3 cup of water
2 teaspoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

Instructions
1.    Toast 1/3 cup of sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat, stirring until the seeds are light brown.
2.    Pour the seeds in a bowl, and stir in 2 teaspoons of honey. Set aside.
3.    Mix 2 1/2 cups of flour, 3/4 cups of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
4.    Add 1/2 cup of butter or margarine. Stir it into the mixture as you would if making pie crust. Add 1/3 cup of water, and stir just until dough forms. Add a little flour if it is too sticky to handle easily. (For even easier handling, chill for several hours.)
5.    Use your hands to make dough balls that are larger than a marble and smaller than a ping-pong ball. Flatten the balls somewhat, and put them on a lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving some space between them. Spoon a little of the sesame seed and honey mixture onto the top of each cookie, and slightly press it into the top of the cookie.
6.   Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 350˚degrees until lightly browned.

Learn about courageous Syrian Christians in Bold Believers in Syria, free in Downloads section.


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Hard to Find Someone to Marry

Central Asian girl

The previous post told about Brother Jay, a VOM worker who visited Christians in Central Asia. Read below more about what Brother Jay learned on his trip.

“There is no real social media where you can go and click on ‘Central Asian Christians on Facebook,’” said Brother Jay.

It’s often hard for Christians in those countries to meet other Christians. In some places, there aren’t even any churches.

“If you are the only believer in your village, and you are young and single, your chance of finding a believer to marry is almost zero,” said another VOM worker.

Brother Jay explained further, “Imagine that in your village you have been pledged to marry a distant relative. Then you grow up, and you have become a Christian, and you have met someone who is also a believer. But you are already pledged [by your family] to marry a Muslim. You really have no choice in the matter.”

Sometimes a Christian later brings their Muslim husband or wife to Christ, but not always.

Please pray for young Christians in Muslim countries who are looking for someone to marry.

(Comments edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity, length, and age level.)


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