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Bold Believers in North Korea

Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Spotlight Story

Iran: God’s Help in a Dream

Dr. Mehrdad is a Christian leader from Iran, where most of the people are Muslims. He recently talked with VOM Radio about how fast the church in Iran is growing. With the growth of the church comes persecution. But God is faithful to encourage His people who suffer.

Dr. Mehrdad told the following story about an Iranian Christian who was taken to the police station several times and interrogated harshly. (To interrogate is ask someone many questions, sometimes using threats or violence.)

One night, the Christian started praying for his interrogator. Then God showed him in a dream an elderly lady who was very sick. In the dream, God asked the Christian to pray for this sick, elderly lady and said, “This is the mother of your interrogator, so pray for her.”

The Christian started praying for the woman every day. The next time he was taken for questioning, his interrogator was treating him very badly. The Christian felt something inside him saying, “Tell him, tell him.” If he was wrong and the interrogator didn’t have a sick mother, it would be very embarrassing. So he had to trust the voice inside him.

The Christian asked the interrogator, “How is your mom? How is your mother doing?”

The man said, “What business do you have with my mom? Why are you asking about my mother?”

The Christian answered, “God has shown your mother to me a few nights ago. She is very sick, and He asked me to pray for her. I have been praying for her.”

The interrogator was shocked and said, “Yes, my mom is really very sick. Please continue to pray for her.” As a result, the interrogator began to like the Christian, left him alone, and didn’t bother him anymore.

(Source: Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Talk About
Why do you think the Christian began praying for the interrogator? (Read Matthew 5:43-48.) Have you ever prayed for someone who treated you badly?

Uncategorized Story

“Don’t Lose Your Focus”

George Verwer trusted Christ as his Savior at the age of 16. After he shared his testimony at a school assembly and passed out copies of the Book of John, about 200 students came to Christ that year.

Later, George started Operation Mobilization, a Christian missions ministry. He is now 80 years old.

George recently shared a message for American Christians. “Don’t lose your focus,” he said. “Your focus must be the Lord Himself. You need more time in the Word . . . and less time in social media. There is a place for those things but it should be not minor next to our prayer life, next to the Word and sharing our faith. Surveys show there is hardly anybody sharing their faith.”

George also said, “I believe we need more specific prayer. We need to have the names of government officials and pray for them by name. I believe we have indication in the New Testament in the value of praying for people by name and praying for specific situations.

“I plead with people to beware of extremes,” George added. “Keep your feet on the ground and of course, your head before God in prayer, and as much as possible, specific prayer.”

(Source: Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Talk About
*Name three suggestions George has for American Christians.
*Visit and find two specific people, countries, or situations to pray for.
*What did George mean by, “Beware of extremes and keep your feet on the ground?”

Spotlight Story

Small Steps of Obedience

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)

Isaac is a school evangelist. He tells his classmates about the prophets in the Old Testament and about how their prophecies and promises predicted Jesus. He shares the gospel one person at a time, telling one story at a time. And he’s only in the second grade.

In the country where Isaac lives, most people are Muslims. Christians are often persecuted, and even Christian adults are very cautious about sharing their faith. Aaron is a VOM worker who visits the country. He said, “Almost every Christian I talked to spoke in very hushed tones, even inside their home.”

The adults have reason to be cautious. Isaac’s parents, Abraham and Sarah, had to move their family out of a village because Muslim neighbors were destroying their home and threatening them with harm. Abraham has returned to the village for visits. He feels sad when he sees his broken down house and the greenhouse where he raised cucumbers to earn money to support his family.

But Abraham is also joyful, because his family has stayed faithful to God, and his son bravely tells others about Jesus, even when teachers and other Muslim adults are listening. “It’s like my son has no fear,” Abraham told Aaron.

“The Lord was telling me,” said Aaron, ‘Don’t focus on the big. Don’t focus on the large movements or big numbers of people. Focus on how My kingdom is spreading in small steps of obedience, one at a time.’ [I saw that happening] even through a second grader on the playground of the school.”

(Source: Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Think About
Can you think of one small step you could take to advance God’s kingdom?

Readers Talk to Us Story

Indiana Volunteers

Seventeen-year-old Cassie G. and her parents, John and Jennifer, are VOM Voice Volunteers. (Learn more about VOM Voice Volunteers here.

Last summer, Cassie helped her mom hold a Kids of Courage VBS at their church in Indiana. Pre-K kids through 8th graders attended the event. Jennifer used the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum for the younger children and VOM’s I-Am-N curriculum for the junior high students. Cassie acted in the VBS skits and served as an assistant teacher.

Here’s what Jennifer told VOM about the VBS:
“We loved the themes for each day and the way the curriculum focused on how the children could be bold believers. We also loved the exposure the children were able to have to other cultures and countries. The Bold Believers booklets on your website were tremendously helpful as we prepared and taught.

“The World Lab was begun by getting your passport stamped before you could enter the room, and then finding the country of the day on a huge world map. We had a different rubber stamp for each country — a dragon for China, pyramids for Egypt, a lion for Nigeria, an Asian coin for North Korea, and an Indian elephant for India. We found these rubber stamps online.

“We would then talk about the time difference and demonstrate it on two large clocks, show them pictures of the country’s animals and plants, talk about the government restrictions … the dominant religion and compare it to Christianity, and [teach] them a word or phrase in the country’s language. We also made available a taste of something from that country, and tried to do a meaningful activity that would help them remember the country. Each child was given a booklet each day for the country we were covering, which was downloaded from your materials — we just created card stock covers. … Praying we will train a new generation of bold believers, and that we will be examples of boldness and courage for God.”

Action Packs
Later in the year, Cassie organized a garage sale where she shared information about persecuted Christians with customers and raised enough money for more than 15 Action Packs! (Learn more about Action Packs here.)

The Voice of the Martyrs is grateful for Cassie and her family and other volunteers who join us in our mission of serving persecuted Christians through spiritual and practical assistance and leading other members of the Body of Christ into fellowship with them.

Spotlight Story

Canadian Kids’ Prayer Calendar

A group of homeschool co-op kids in Canada have created an illustrated coloring book prayer calendar. The students, ages 10 to 14, started with the daily requests from the VOM-USA prayer calendar. They then added drawings, designs, flag and map outlines, and explanations of the meaning behind their artwork.

“As the … students learned concepts that affect persecuted Christians worldwide, their drawings formed this prayer calendar so that we remember to pray,” the calendar says.

You can download the calendar to print and color here.

Thanks to the Canadian students for sharing their calendar with us!

Note: You may notice that some of the words on the calendar have Canadian spellings, and some of the holidays shown are Canadian holidays.