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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.)

Activities Story

Eritrea Lesson Plan for a Group or Class

Eritrea

Find photos, and additional information, crafts, and activities in Bold Believers in Eritrea available in the Download section of this site. Search the site’s “Eritrea” tag for posts related to the country.

Objectives
The students will learn the meaning of witness and testimony. They will learn that Christians often witness boldly.

Introduction

Sing in Tigrinya
Explain: Today we will learn about a woman named Helen who went to prison for singing praises to God in the country of Eritrea. We are free to sing songs that might be against the law in Eritrea. The main language in Eritrea is Tigrinya.
Instructions: Teach the children to sing the song, “God is So Good (He’s So Good to Me)” in Tigrinya.

First sing the following three times: “ahm-lahk sehn-nai.” Then sing: “sehn-nai yoo nah-ai.” (The “ai” sound in both lines is like the English word “eye.”)

The words literally mean “God, good. Good is he to me.”

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Spotlight Story

God Helps Children’s Teacher and Her Family

Indonesia
Children reading a Bible storybook

In some countries, it is against the law to teach children about God and Jesus. Sunday schools, children’s Bible clubs, and Vacation Bible Schools are not allowed.

Glenna, a Christian woman in one of those countries, knows that Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them…” (Matthew 19:14). She invited children to her house so she could share Bible stories with them.

Several months ago, Glenna’s husband died, leaving her with three small children and a baby on the way. Then her landlord found out she was a Christian and kicked her and her children out of their apartment.

“When we heard about our need to move, I could do nothing but take my children’s hands and we started praying together,” said Glenna.

The Voice of the Martyrs and other Christians are helping Glenna settle in a new apartment. “Praise God, he provided a wonderful place for me and my children,” said Glenna. “It is big enough for my family and provides a possibility to continue working with kids.

“I am thinking and praying how I can show God to the children and parents I work with — not only share Bible stories, but show a living God! All of them had an opportunity to see God in this situation. They saw that he is a living God who takes care of us and provides for all our needs!”

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Feature Story

Quran Competition

Iran
Iranian man reading a Quran

Muslim children around the world are encouraged to memorize the Quran, the Muslim holy book. Many Muslims believe they will go to heaven when they die if they memorize the entire book. The Quran contains about 6,200 verses.

Quran reciting contests are held in many countries. Every year Muslims from more than 80 countries meet in the United Arab Emirates for a big competition.

Onstage contestants are shown on large screens so the audience can see them better. Some spectators take cell phone videos of the reciters. Top reciters are highlighted on YouTube. The winner of the contest gets 250,000 dirhams, which is more than $60,000 in U.S. money.

Judges recite a verse from anywhere in the Quran. Contestants then recite the following verse and several after it from memory. Reciters are judged not only for how well they have memorized the verses, but if they recite it in the right tone of voice and with proper pronunciation. All the verses are recited in Arabic, even by contestants who come from countries where Arabic is not the main language.

In the following (fictional) skit, a Christian boy is challenged to learn more about his own faith and God’s Word after meeting some Muslim children.

Read a chart comparing the Quran and the Bible.

Find more skits and plays in the Downloads section.

Learn more about the Quran and Islam in Learning About Islam in the Downloads section.

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Activities Story

Matthew License Plate Puzzles

Some license plates have messages on them. For example, a dentist might have a license plate that says, “2TH DR” (tooth doctor).

Use the clues below and a Bible to help you figure out what the following license plate messages say.

4GIV What Matthew 6:14 says we should do to people who sin against us.
70X7 How many times Jesus says we should be willing to forgive. (Matthew 18:22)
B4MN Where does Matthew 5:15 tell us to let our light shine?
NARO G8 Matthew 17:13 tells us to enter by the ____  _____.
1DRFL The chief priests and scribes were angry after Jesus did ____ things. (Matthew 21:15)
MT2M What the women found when they went to the place where Jesus was buried. (Matthew 28:17)
2DU2YU “Whatever you want men ___  ___  ___  ___, do also to them.” (Matthew 7:12)

Spotlight Story

Reaching North Koreans

Iran
Christians put food on the beds of North Koreans

In North Korea, it is against the law to share the gospel of Jesus. But Christians from other countries are finding ways to reach North Koreans with the truth. Balloons that carry Scriptures are floated into North Korea from outside the country.

Some North Koreans get jobs in other Asian countries. They return to their home country to see their families. But while they are away, VOM workers try to help them learn about salvation through Jesus Christ.

One Christian team traveled more than 3,000 miles in nine days to find North Korean workers to visit. The group faced a variety of difficulties on their trip.

A Hard Trip
On one of their stops, they quickly placed packages under the pillows and blankets in dormitories for 300 North Korean workers. The packages were filled with medicine, Christian pamphlets, and MP3 players containing Christian audio books.

After about 10 minutes, several people ran toward the team, yelling at them and threatening them. The workers quickly got in their cars and drove away.

The next day, the Christians tried to deliver packages to workers at another location. The North Korean workers were eager to receive the packages, but they ran away when a North Korean officer came into view. A few of the workers still managed to take a package.

At the Christians’ next stop, the North Korean workers were very poor and had little food. They were so surprised by the team’s visit that they almost cried.

But when a North Korean policeman appeared, the workers stepped away sadly and said, “We do not need anything.” Some of the workers had managed to hide MP3 players in their pants without the policeman seeing them. Perhaps they will listen to the books on the players and give their lives to Jesus.

Due to the poor conditions of the roads, a shock absorber was torn off one of the team’s cars, and the wheels will have to be replaced. But they hope to go on more trips in Asia to bring hope into the lives of North Koreans. They are asking the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of North Korean workers.

To Talk About
What are some of the difficulties the Christians faced when they visited North Koreans? Do you think you could share the gospel with someone you know? What are some of the obstacles you might face?