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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

Remember Imprisoned Fathers on Father’s Day

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand started The Voice of the Martyrs in 1967. VOM has helped and encouraged persecuted Christians for 50 years. VOM shared the following story with readers in the mid-20th century.

Many Christian families around the world today have similar struggles. You can read about some of them at www.prisoneralert.com. This Father’s Day, pray for Christian fathers who are in prison for their faith.

The children and their mother were sitting at the lunch table eating soup when a visitor knocked at the door. “The trial is happening right now,” the visitor told the family before hurrying away.

Mikhail and Olga, the youngest of the family’s eight children, were excited. “Can we go into the courtroom?” Olga asked her mother. “Will we really see Dad?” asked Mikhail. It had been five months since their father had been arrested because of his Christian activities. To the children, it seemed like forever.

The family and their church friends reached the courthouse at about the same time. “Nobody may enter!” an official who was guarding the door yelled at them.

“Please let us go in. My husband is on trial,” Mother pleaded. The official thought for a minute. “Okay,” he said. “You and the older children can enter, but not the two little ones. Court is no place for little kids.”

Mikhail and Olga began to cry. They were so disappointed that they could not see their father! Christian friends took care of them while the rest of the family was in the courtroom.

Read the rest of the story in the next post.


Activities Story

Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

 

Coffee is not prepared quickly in Ethiopia. The entire ceremony may take hours.
A hostess roasts coffee beans on a small grill, then smashes and grinds them. Finally, they are brewed in a special pot. Children may help with the ceremony.

Read a story about Ethiopian Christians and a witch doctor.

Click on the image below to find a page to color.

 


Spotlight Story

“Don’t Get Bored Being Faithful”

Washing dishes in Pakistan

A recent speaker at The Voice of the Martyrs’ chapel talked about what he has learned from persecuted Christians. The speaker, a VOM International Ministries worker, visits Christians in countries where believers are mistreated.

“They are just faithful,” the worker said. “They are faithful and obedient — normal people that God is using in incredible ways. “Faithfulness and obedience in ordinary things can allow ordinary [people] to do extraordinary things….Youth I have worked with want to be RADICAL, but not faithful or obedient.”

The speaker related a humorous saying, ““Everybody wants to save the world but nobody wants to help mom with the dishes.”

The worker continued, “Don’t get bored being faithful! Some of the [persecuted Christians] we see don’t get bored being faithful — they just keep doing it.”

To Talk About
*Luke 16:10 says, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”

Matthew 25:23 says, “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”

Galatians 6:9 (NIV) says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

What do these verses say about being faithful?

*In what ways can you be faithful in “ordinary things” today?


Activities Story

Make a Coptic Cross

Needed: Paper, old CDs or DVDs, scissors, pencils, colored paper or poster board

Note: Some Coptic Christians in Egypt tattoo a cross on the inside of their wrist as a reminder of their Christian faith. Gangs that kidnap Christians remove the cross tattoos of their victims. But they can’t remove Jesus from the Christians’ hearts.

Read more about Coptic Christians in the Egypt Lesson Plan here.


Uncategorized Story

Eritrea: Pray for the Children

 

Eritrean security officers have arrested all members of the Kale Hiwot church near the Ethiopian border. Among those arrested were 12 children, the youngest of whom is just 2 months old. The Christians were reportedly picked up one by one from their homes.(The parents of the girls in the photo were also arrested.)

Please pray for these Christians, especially the children. Pray that they will sense God’s presence in jail, knowing that Christians around the world are praying for them. Pray that they will be freed soon.

Source: Release International

 


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