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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.)

Spotlight Story

Amy Carmichael

As Amy Carmichael travels about southern India at the turn of the twentieth century, her deepest desire is to share Jesus’ love with the local people. She has traded her Irish clothing for a cheap Indian sari, gathered together a small group of women, and laid aside all plans for marriage and children. As one of her Indian companions points out, children would “tie the feet,” taking her attention away from her goal of sharing Christ with the people of India.

Upon adopting the name, “The Starry Cluster,” the little group eagerly sets out with great hope of fulfilling Daniel 12:3 (NIV): “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” However, results are few as the Indian caste system, which does not allow people of different levels to interact, and the society’s lesser appreciation of women, make it difficult to connect with the people. Even so, some of the women and a few children are drawn to their Christian message.

(Source: Leader’s Guide for the DVD The Amy Carmichael Story available at www.torchlighters.org.)

Read a story that tells how Amy began rescuing children in India from sad lives.

Watch a clip from The Amy Carmichael Story DVD. The DVD is available at www.VOMBooks.com.


Spotlight Story

Tanzania: “I Died a Long Time Ago”

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Life can be dangerous for followers of Jesus in Muslim Tanzania. People who leave Islam to become Christians often have to go into hiding to escape threats and persecution. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

But a Christian in Tanzania told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs:

“Let us not fight their threats out of the fear of dying! I died a long time ago when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I’m no longer the one who lives, but he lives in me.” (See Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6.)

“Jesus never promised me milk and honey. He said there will be trials, persecutions, killings, and threats.

“The best way we can handle these threats is to pray for God’s protection. Otherwise, I am more than ready to die for my dearest Jesus. He made me human! He changed me from a radical Muslim who was trained and ready to kill in the name of Allah to a true believer and a preacher of good tidings.” (Muslims worship Allah.)

“Living with the assurance of salvation and heaven makes me happier than these short years of worldly life [which are nothing] compared to eternal life that I will live with my Jesus in heaven!”

(Edited from the original source for clarity.)

To Think About: What does the Tanzanian Christian mean when he says, “I died a long time ago when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior”? (Read Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6:6.)


Spotlight Story

First on the Checklist

Jail

In some countries, the government tries to limit Christians from teaching people about Jesus in public. A pastor in one of those countries went to jail because of his Christian activities. Read below what the pastor said about prayer.

“When I had my freedom, I worked with prayer sometimes in the background. In prison, I discovered that prayer is everything. It’s like a pilot using a checklist before he takes off. If he skips the first item, many lives are in danger. The first item on our checklist should always be prayer. If we skip it, the whole mission is in danger.”

To Think About: In what ways could you put prayer first in your daily activities?


Spotlight Story

Egyptian Boys Arrested

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Egyptian children playing in the garbage

Two boys in Egypt were arrested recently for “blaspheming the Quran.” The boys, Nabil Nagy Rizk, age 10, and Mina Nady Faraq, age 9, are from Christian families.

“Blasphemy” means a word or deed that dishonors something holy. The Quran is the Muslim holy book.

A Muslim leader in the boys’ village said that the boys had torn up pages of a Quran. The father of one of the children said that the boys cannot read and did not know what the pages said. He said they found the pages among garbage in the street.

Thankfully, the boys were later released, and their case was closed.

Enterblasphemy” in the search box on this site to read other stories about Christians who have been accused of dishonoring Islam in Muslim countries. Pray for Christians in those countries.


Spotlight Story

Malaysia: Samrita

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Cell phone photo of Samrita and her children

Samrita grew up in a family from a Malaysian tribal group. She was one of 13 children in the family. Her father treated his family harshly.

Samrita married a Muslim man named Uda, hoping marriage would be an escape from her harsh home life. But Uda began using bad drugs, and he also treated Samrita roughly.

Then Samrita’s father found peace and a new life in Christ! Samrita was happy to see how much he changed after Jesus came into his life.

After learning more about Jesus from Christians, Samrita also put her trust in him as her Savior. She kept her new faith secret from her husband.

But one day, Uda discovered her Bible. He kicked her out of the house. She was forced to leave without her two children, 10-year-old Lili and 5-year-old Faiz.

Uda divorced Samrita. He allows her to see their children sometimes, but has warned her not to share her faith with them. Samrita prays every day that she we will be able to live with her children again someday. However, she says, “I’m willing to suffer for Christ.”

Note: Samrita could be sentenced to a Muslim “rehabilitation center” to convince her to leave Christianity.

Pray: What are some of the things you could ask God on behalf of Lili and Faiz? In what ways could you pray for Samrita? Uda?

(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.)