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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

Vietnam: Anh-Tu’s Courage

A Vietnamese girl
A Vietnamese girl

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 saves people from sin.

“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?


Spotlight Story

Encourage Your Family

Translations

Parents and Teachers: The December 2012 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter envelope includes Christmas cards featuring Ron DiCianni’s mural The Resurrection. “Christ is Risen” is written on the card in English, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.

Instructions in the newsletter tell how to include your children in preparing the cards and returning them to VOM for hand delivery to our persecuted family around the world.

If you do not receive the newsletter, you can subscribe here to get future issues.

An additional suggestion for sending Christmas cards to persecuted Christians will be in an upcoming post.


Readers Talk to Us Story

Christmas Adventure

Advent Wreath

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following letter after Christmas last year. The letter came 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?

Advent wreath photo by Clemens Pfeiffer / Wikipedia.org


Spotlight Story

Two Gifts in One

Calendar

Are you looking for a Christmas gift for a Christian friend or relative? The December The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter has the following suggestion:

Christians are tortured for their faith all around the world. But when all seems lost, they cling to prayer and trust in Jesus Christ. The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 prayer calendar serves as a reminder to join Christians around the world in daily prayer for persecuted Christians and for the lost.

VOM’s prayer calendar makes an excellent gift for family and friends. The prayer calendar is two gifts in one — a gift of prayer to the persecuted church and a gift to remind our friends and family to pray for the persecuted church all year long.

The calendar is available at www.VOMBooks.com.


Activities Story

Remember-the-Persecuted Christmas Wreath

Chinese Child

Print small photos of persecuted Christians from this website or from The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Glue them to thick, colored paper or cardboard, leaving a one-inch border of colored paper around the photos. Punch a hole in the top border. Use yarn or ribbon to attach the photos to a grapevine wreath or other wreath.

(Note: Some photos to use are available with the “Key Chain Pictures” activity in the Downloads section on this site.)