VOM’s Courageous Series books highlight the lives of faithful Christians throughout history, including the stories of biblical heroes Stephen, Thomas and Paul as well as three additional stories of well-known Christians Nicholas, Patrick and Valentine, whose faith informed their actions. Learn more here.
Published on November 26th, 2020
(From the Kids of Courage archives)
The Voice of the Martyrs received the following letter from a homeschooling family of nine in Texas.
“This year our family is celebrating Advent. We performed random acts of kindness each day of Advent. They were humble acts, and all the glory goes to God.
“We decided to do things that represent the miracles Jesus performed while He was on earth. For example, His first miracle was turning water to wine. So first we handed out water bottles and grape juice together. For healing miracles, on different days we handed out small first aid kits, hand sanitizer, tissues, and soup.
“Each day we had 25 to 50 bags to hand out. Each bag had a simple card in it that said, ‘This is a free gift. It represents a miracle that Jesus performed while here on earth. To learn more about this miracle, read [an appropriate Bible verse was given].’
“We handed them out at fast food restaurants, stores, gas stations, the mall. We had a variety of responses. Some people saw us and ran in the other direction. Some offered us money, even though we said it was free. A handful said they were not worthy of a free gift. But when we told them that it was for everyone, not just Christians, they changed. A few people said they had already accepted Christ and took the gift to give to someone else.
“I think the best part of this was seeing how my children responded to people ignoring them or saying no. It demonstrated how some people reject Christ’s free gift, and that it was hard to be rejected by people we didn’t know.”
To Think About: Can you think of a unique way to demonstrate Christ’s love to others at Christmastime?
Published on November 26th, 2020
“Christians must have a habit of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a choice,” said a visitor to The Voice of the Martyrs. “You might be wealthy, but if you choose not to be thankful, you can be miserable. You may have little, but if you choose to be thankful, you can have joy.”
The visitor who said, “Thanksgiving is a choice” was harshly persecuted in a country where Christian activity is restricted. “I learned to be thankful,” he said. He was thankful for cool breezes and sunshine. He thanked God for giving him faith. He was even grateful to God for teaching him gratitude! And his thankfulness brought him joy.
“As long as your heart is full of joy, you can endure,” the visitor said.
To Talk About
Did you think of a situation where it might be difficult to choose to be thankful? What are some blessings you could be thankful for in that situation?
Published on November 25th, 2020
*A sheet of foam board about 15 inches by 20 inches
*48 multicolored labels
*Push pins or tacks
*Fine tip marker
*Small photos of children from countries where Christians are persecuted from VOM publications or websites. (Or print and cut out the photos here.)
*Cut off the tops of 24 labels, and glue a photo on each one, labeling them with the names of the countries where the children live, if desired. (Variation: Glue flags of countries where Christians are persecuted on the labels. Find flags in the Countries section of this site.) Let dry.
*Glue the 24 labels to the foam board. (See photo.)
*Number additional labels from 1 to 24. Use tacks or push pins to attach the numbered labels to the foam board on top of the photo labels.
*In some places, persecution of Christians increases during the season when followers of Christ celebrate His birth. Starting on December 1st, pray for the children pictured on the calendar.
Pray that God will protect Christians during the Christmas season.
Pray that non-Christians will learn about Jesus and decide to follow Him.
Ask God to comfort families of Christian prisoners who are separated from their loved ones during this season.
You can find more prayer suggestions in downloadable Bold Believers books here.
You can also enter the name of a country in the Search box on this site to find stories and prayer needs for that country.
Published on November 24th, 2020
The previous post told about Christmas Care Packs for children of persecuted Christians. You can sponsor Christmas Care Packs ($35 each) in honor of your friends, teachers, pastors, and family members. It’s a great way to show your love for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ while honoring someone close to you with a meaningful Christmas gift.
The person you honor will receive a special Christmas card and a VOM Christmas prayer ornament while supplies last.
Learn more about the packs in the November 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, or by visiting ChristmasCare.com.
Published on November 23rd, 2020
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.