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Bold Believers in North Korea

Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Spotlight Story

God Opens a Door

“Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17).

A group of Christian tourists visited a country where most of the people are not Christians. The tourists knew they were closely watched by their tourist guide. They didn’t expect to be able to share their faith with any of the people they met.

The guide drove the tourists past beautiful scenery and interesting buildings. As he drove through a small village, he stopped the van to make a phone call from a nearby building. The tourists left the van to stretch their legs.

Then they saw that they were parked near a school. And it was time for recess! About a hundred children ran out of the school, chattering and playing. The students noticed the strangers and flocked around them curiously. The tourists greeted the children kindly.

“Can you sing a song in English for the children?” their teacher asked. The students were studying English in school, and the teacher hoped they could learn something from the English-speaking visitors.

If you were the tourists, what song would you have sung? They sang “Jesus Loves Me.” When they finished, some of the students asked, “Who is Jesus?”

“Jesus is the one we worship,” answered one of the Christians. “Our God is a God of love.” The children were amazed — they had not been taught about a loving God.

After sharing more about God and Jesus with the children, the tourists saw the tour guide returning to the van. “You must never do that again,” said the guide sternly. He didn’t know that they had shared their faith with the children. But he knew they had talked to the villagers when he wasn’t watching and listening. That was not allowed.

The tourists climbed back in the van and rode off with the guide. They silently praised God for opening a door for His Word to be proclaimed.

(Source: VOM contacts)

Spotlight Story

Harriet Tubman Student and Leader Guides

The Torchlighters The Harriet Tubman Story Student and Leader Guides are now available in the Downloads section of this site.

The Student Guide includes history facts, activities, and coloring pages. The Leader Guide includes a synopsis of the story on the Torchlighters The Harriet Tubman Story DVD and lesson plans.

You can find additional Torchlighters resources for purchase here and here.

Activities Story

What’s Happening in Yemen?

Window in Yemen

Yemen is south of Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula — the largest peninsula in the world.

More than 98 percent of the people in Yemen are Muslims.

The people of Yemen are suffering because of a war in their country. Many are now homeless. Thousands have become sick because of a lack of food, water, and good health care.

People who leave their Muslim faith to follow Jesus are persecuted by their families and neighbors, and by the government. It is believed that there are a few thousand secret Christians in Yemen. Christians can be arrested if they try to lead Muslims to Christ.

To Talk About
In our country, we are free to let other people know about our faith. Do people around you know you are a Christian? If you decided to be a secret Christian for one day, what would you have to change about your life to keep your faith a secret?

Colorful Windows
Many traditional houses and buildings in Yemen have stained glass windows over doorways and in other places.

Window in Yemen

You can make a “stained glass window” using an 8 ½ by 11 piece of white paper.

*Fold the paper in half lengthwise and, crease the paper along the fold.
*Fold the paper in half lengthwise again, and crease.
*Unfold the paper and repeat, this time folding the paper widthwise.
*Unfold, and draw over each fold line with a black crayon or marker.
*Use a pencil to further divide each shape formed by the black lines. Draw over the pencil lines with the black crayon or marker.
*Color in all the spaces on the page with bright colors.
*Cut the paper so that the top of the page is rounded. If desired, tape the page to a sunny window.

Spotlight Story

Vietnam: Anh-Tu’s Courage

Vietnamese girl

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).

Anh-Tu was a student at a public school in Vietnam. There were 5,000 students at her school. Most of them were Buddhist. Buddhists do not believe that Jesus is the way to salvation and eternal life.

“At school, if you talked about Jesus, you wouldn’t get any friends,” Anh-Tu said. “Teachers and students said bad things about Christianity in front of me. The teachers taught that there is no God. They said the Bible is a novel.” (A novel is a book that tells a story that did not really happen.)

One day, Anh-Tu had to give a speech at an assembly in front of the whole school. She decided to talk about Jesus in her speech. She did not know what might happen to her if she talked about her faith in front of so many people who did not know Jesus.

“After the speech, God had changed my teacher,” said Anh-Ju. “She told me she wanted to find out more about Christianity. She was still never friendly to me. But she quit saying bad things about Christianity.

“Everything is a choice,” said Anh-Tu. She chose Jesus over school friends, friendly teachers, and freedom from persecution.

To Think About: If you were Anh-Tu, what would you have chosen? Would you have told people at your school about your faith? Or would you have kept it to yourself?

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)

Activities Story

Share Their Experience

“Exile Night was a phenomenal yet challenging experience for me” — Tatyana, student.

Student groups all across the United States have experienced a small part of what displaced believers face every day through “I Am N” Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Exile Night is an overnight event that can be done indoors or outdoors. The goal of Exile Night is for students to gain an understanding of what Christian refugees experience, and to be encouraged by their faith in Christ.

Click here for more information about how to hold an Exile Night with Christian students in your area. Most of the materials are available for free download. Additional materials are available for purchase, or you may substitute stories, videos, and activities from this site and VOM’s Prisoner Alert site.

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