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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

Indonesia: Clarissa

Clarissa was at church in Indonesia with her mother, father, and grandfather when bombs exploded in a black minivan outside the church. The van belonged to Muslim terrorists. Flames from the blast spread across the front of the church.

“I was not near the fire, but when I was walking it hurt so bad,” said Clarissa, who was 8 years old at the time. “I felt the heat on my skin…. My grandma splashed water on my face. I was feeling so scared, so worried about my mom.”

Clarissa’s mom, Fenny, received serious burns from the blast. Clarissa had burns on her forehead, stomach, and hands. Thankfully, she is nearly pain free today. She wants to be a doctor someday to help people who suffer.

More than a year after the attack, Fenny is having a more difficult recovery. The worst part, Fenny says, is that she can no longer hug Clarissa because of her fragile skin. But when people ask her about her burns, she eagerly tells them about Jesus. She wants Him to use her story for the advancement of His kingdom.

Their pastor, Pastor Yonathan, encouraged his congregation to continue gathering for worship. More than 1,000 people attended church the Sunday after the attack. “We wanted to show that we love God, and when we love God, the less afraid we are of persecution.”

Pastor Yonathan continued, “Our Muslim neighbors said, ‘When Christians have problems like this, they are not afraid; they are still faithful to God.’

“I am sure that God is still good,” said Pastor Yonathan. “The main point is that we forgive the people who did what happened. We pray for others like them, that God can give them grace to repent.”

(Source: The November 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)


Spotlight Story

Happy Indonesian Children

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world. But Christianity is growing! As more hear about the freedom of the gospel, they turn to Christ and surrender their lives. With the growing number of Christians, the need for Bibles is great. The Bible encourages Christians to focus on God in the face of obstacles and persecution. The Voice of the Martyrs distributes Bibles in Indonesia to help meet this need.

The photo shows some children who were very happy to receive the Bibles.


Spotlight Story

Indonesia: Evelyn

Twelve-year-old Evelyn has visited doctors many times in the past year. She had a broken right wrist and severed nerves in three fingers on her right hand. Because of her injuries, she learned to write with her left hand.

Evelyn also went through three operations to remove shrapnel from her legs and feet. The shrapnel and her injuries came from a bomb blast at her church in Indonesia on May 13, 2018. Muslim terrorists attacked three churches in the area on that day.

Evelyn’s aunt, Wenny, and her cousins, 11-year-old Evan and 6-year-old Nathan were also injured in the attack. Men at the church took them to the hospital, but sadly, Nathan and Evan died of their injuries. Evelyn had lived with her aunt, uncle, and cousins for six years before the attack, and she misses her cousins very much.

Wenny asked her pastors for help in forgiving the attackers. She finds healing in sharing her story. “Some churches and groups invite me to share my testimony with them,” she said. “And I am happy to do that to be a blessing.”

Wenny will also help Evelyn as she continues to heal from her physical and emotional wounds. Will you pray for them?

(Source: The November 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)


Spotlight Story

This Month

Parents and Teachers

The November The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Indonesian Christians who hold fast to their faith in Christ while recovering from bomb attacks on their churches, and others who were imprisoned for spreading the gospel.

The issue also includes updates from Eritrea, and information about how to provide Christmas Care Packs and Village Outreach Kits for Christians in areas where Christianity is restricted.

Some of the featured stories from the magazine have been adapted for children and will be posted in upcoming posts on this site. You can share the stories with your children, then pray together for the Christians in the stories.

Related Resources
*To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.

*Bold Believers activity books about Indonesia and Eritrea are available in the Downloads section.

*Find Restricted Nations: Eritrea and Restricted Nations: Indonesia at vombooks.com

*The Voice of the Martyrs Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.

*Enter “Indonesia” in the Search box on this site to find stories and video clips about Indonesian Christians.


Activities Story

IDOP Prayer Reminders

Note: The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is this weekend.

To make clothespin magnets that remind you to pray for persecuted Christians all year long, glue decorations on one side of a clothespin. (Or decorate it with colorful, patterned duct tape.) Attach a piece of peel-and-stick magnetic tape on the other side.

Create decorative labels that include the name of a country where Christians are persecuted. (Or cut out small photos of persecuted Christians from The Voice of the Martyrs newsletters or printed from this site.)

Fasten the labels or photos with the clothespins, and display the clothespins on a refrigerator or another magnetic surface. Change or add to the items as you learn of additional prayer needs. Pray for one of the countries or Christians  on the clothespins during mealtime prayers or at other times when you notice the prayer reminders.

Enter “IDOP” in the Search box to find more IDOP activities, or check the IDOP lesson plans in the Downloads section.