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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

Talking About Jesus on an Airplane

A VOM worker boarded a plane to go to a place where Christians need encouragement. The worker, Jonathan, has served God as a pastor and missionary.

Jonathan sat down next to a lady from China. The government gives Christians a hard time in some parts of China. But thousands of people are turning to Jesus. After you read Jonathan’s story, you may understand how so many people are hearing the gospel.

Before the plane even left the ground, the lady turned to Jonathan and asked, “Do you know Jesus?” Jonathan told her that he did know Jesus, and she asked, “Are you a real Christian?” Then she asked him about his Bible reading habits and his prayer time, and if he shared the gospel with others.

When the lady was finished with Jonathan, she turned to the passenger on the other side of her. After she talked with the man for a few minutes, she said to Jonathan quietly, “You should pray for him because he doesn’t want to hear about Jesus.”

Jonathan realized that the lady’s husband was sitting in another row. “Would you like me to switch seats with your husband so you can sit with him?” Jonathan asked her.

The lady politely refused his offer. Then Jonathan realized that her husband was sharing about Jesus with the passengers around him. If he sat next to his wife, they would have fewer people to talk to.

To Talk About
• China has more than one billion people. About eight percent of them are Christians. Eight percent of a billion is 80,000,000 (80 million). If only 10 percent of 80 million Christians shared the gospel with one person this year, how many people would hear the gospel?

• If everyone in your class or family told one person about Jesus every month for a year, how many people would hear about Jesus during that year?

• The Chinese lady asked Jonathan, “Do you know Jesus?” If Jonathan had said no, what do you think she would have said to him next? What would you say to someone who told you that they did not know Jesus?

• Jonathan said, “I grew up in the church here in the states and for a long time I said no one has ever shared the gospel with me outside of a church building. I have never had anyone come up to me on the street and ask me if I knew Jesus or anything.” Why do you think no one in the United States had witnessed to Jonathan, but someone from China had asked him if he knew Jesus?


Activities Story

Bible Verse Word Switch

Chinese girls studying the Bible

In the quotes from the Bible verses below, one word in each verse is incorrect. Find the incorrect word, then tell what word should replace it. Choose the correct word from this list: love, child, persecuted, God, joy, fear, weak, death. (If desired, print the verses, cross out the incorrect word, and write the correct word in the blank after the verse.)

How many can you get right without looking up the verse in the Bible first? (Verses are from the NKJV version, but are similar in other versions.) Check your answers in the Bible.

Example: Overcome evil with strength. Answer: “Strength” is the incorrect word. The correct word is “good.”

1. Blessed are those who are honored for righteousness’ sake (Matthew 5:10). _______

2. But I say to you, fight your enemies (Matthew 5:44). ___________

3. Those who sow in tears shall reap in misery (Psalm 126:5). __________

4. He gives power to the strong (Isaiah 40:29). __________

5. Even a king is known by his deeds (Proverbs 20:11). __________

6. We ought to obey women rather than men (Acts 5:29). __________

7. Perfect love casts out problems (1 John 4:18). __________

8. Be faithful until tomorrow, and I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10). __________


Uncategorized Story

9/11 and Terrorists

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked two locations in the United States. The 19 terrorists hijacked four planes full of passengers and crashed two of them into New York’s World Trade Center on purpose. (The NASA photo above shows the smoke plume rising from the attack on the World Trade Center.) Many died when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

The terrorists crashed a third plane into the Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the U.S. military in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers tried to stop the hijackers.

The terrorists believed they were following the teachings of strict Islam. Find a chart that compares terrorists’ beliefs with Christian responses here.

Find another chart about terrorist beliefs here.

Additional charts comparing Christian truths with other worldviews are in the Beliefs section of this site.


Spotlight Story

Lesson Plan: Learn About India

Find suggestions for teaching a Sunday school class or other group about persecution and India here.

Highlights
*Teach the children to say “yes” (“hah”) and “no” (“nuh-HEE”) in Hindi.
*Play a game from India.
*Make a tissue flower and butterfly prayer reminder.
*Learn about castes and Dalits.
*What do Hindus believe?
*Unexpected helpers: Jeremiah 38 and a present-day story from India.


Spotlight Story

India: Bible Trek

(from the KOC archives)

Supporters of The Voice of the Martyrs send financial gifts to VOM to purchase Bibles for people in other countries. VOM then distributes the Bibles in places where it is often hard to find or buy a Bible.

But a lot happens between the time when VOM receives the money and someone in another country reads the Bible!

Visit this post from the VOM archives and watch the slide show to see photos of a VOM Bible distribution in India.


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