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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Spotlight Story

An Unusual Love Story

Choon-yei grew up in a comfortable family in North Korea. Her father was a military officer, so the government took good care of them.

But when Choon-yei was a young child, a famine in North Korea brought suffering to even the most secure families. Then when she was teenager, both of her parents died.

First Trip
Choon-yei made two trips to China with friends to try to earn money. On the first trip, she met Christians who shared a Bible and the gospel with her. Choon-yei was fearful, because North Korean officials would punish her severely if they found out she had heard the gospel. The North Korean government wants citizens to look to them for help and guidance, not God. But she learned from the Christians in China, and she began praying as they taught her.

Second Trip
Choon-yei later traveled to China with another friend. But her friend betrayed her and sold her to a Chinese man to be his wife! Choon-yei did not know Chinese and had no way to escape back to North Korea, so she was trapped.

Many North Koreans are tricked into going to China and end up as slaves to mean and harsh husbands. But Choon-yei’s husband and his family were kind to her. When she wanted to escape from them and go to South Korea, they even gave her money to help her!

Choon-yei believes that God has always helped her since the Christians she met on her first trip to China began praying for her.

A Christian Marriage
In South Korea, Choon-yei began to miss her Chinese husband. He was honest and good, and he had taken good care of her. Thankfully, he was able to join her in South Korea, where he became a Christian. Choon-yei had also decided to follow Jesus. Together they go to church and are committed to having a Christian marriage.

“I am grateful for everything,” Choon-yei said. “I will be grateful if God uses my husband and me in any way.” They pray that more North Koreans will come to know their Savior.

(Source: The May 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited and condensed for length and clarity. Photo: A Korean woman.)


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Indonesia: Social Distancing Raid

A Christian family in Indonesia were worshiping God at home. They were following their government’s instructions to stay home for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Muslim neighbor heard them as they worshiped. He burst into family’s home and told them they could not hold a Christian meeting at their house. As a neighborhood leader watched from the doorway, one family member began recording the neighbor’s outburst on a cell phone.

The man shook a stick at the family and warned them that he would return with a mob if they didn’t stop worshiping. The family later filed a police report. “We don’t understand why these men were causing problems with us, since we were following our government’s advice to stay home,” they said.

Pray for believers around the globe who are encountering persecution during this unique time. Pray that persecutors will have new opportunities to hear and follow God’s will.

(Source: icommittopray.com)


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This Month

Parents and Teachers
The May 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Christians who “made disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Their disciples then made more disciples in obedience to God’s command.

VOM president Cole Richards says: “Our ultimate example is Christ. But we also benefit from the examples of great men and women of God who have come before us, creating an unbroken chain of faithful witnesses of God’s truth since the beginning of time. They were not great because of their abilities and successes. Rather, their greatness was demonstrated by their service as bold witnesses despite opposition and suffering.”

The issue includes stories and updates from North Korea, Central Asia, and Sudan, as well as information about how you can prepare for the June 29 Day of the Christian Martyr.

Related Resources
* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several countries here.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.


Activities Story

Sing “Jesus Loves Me”

Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me.” Substitute one of the sentences above for the English words.


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Ramadan on the Muslim Calendar

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A mosque in Brunei

The Muslim calendar has 12 months of 29 or 30 days. Ramadan is the ninth month on the calendar. The Gregorian calendar, a different calendar, is used for most purposes in the United States and around the world. According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan starts about 11 days earlier each year.

It is more difficult to fast from food and drink when Ramadan occurs during hot summer months. Some Muslims get cranky from not eating all day and from skipping sleep to eat at night before and after the fast. Students who fast sometimes have trouble thinking about school work.

As Muslims work at the hard task of fasting for a month, they often feel closer to other Muslims going through the same struggle. Ramadan can create unity among Muslims.

To Think About: How and why might the feelings of Muslims in Muslim countries change toward Christians during Ramadan?