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.
Published on March 9th, 2018
Nesim was a security guard at his church in Egypt. His job was to protect the congregation — including his wife, Samira, and sons, Mena and George — from radical Muslims who might want to harm Christians.
The week before Easter last year, a terrorist exploded a bomb near the main gate of the church. Sadly, Nesim died in the attack.
Samira was heartbroken. But a week after the attack, she agreed to be interviewed by a TV reporter. “What would you say to those who attacked your husband?” the reporter asked.
Millions of viewers listened intently. Most of them expected Samira to talk about revenge. Angry talk might add to the bad feelings between different groups of people in Egypt. Samira’s answer surprised them. She said, “I would ask for forgiveness for the person who killed my husband, as I know my husband has graduated to heaven with the Lord. But the killer is waiting a terrible end for his life, so I forgive him if this will help him.”
TV viewers were amazed at her answer. One TV presenter who reported on Samira’s interview even shouted at Christians who were watching, “If someone killed my father or brother, I would surely kill him to get revenge. So how come you are able to forgive those who are killing you?”
Samira’s testimony led many people in Egypt to want to learn more about Christianity and Jesus. Out of a sad event came the amazing testimony of a woman able to forgive.
A VOM worker who met Samira said, “I was very proud to meet her and hear her story. I was touched by her loving heart.”
(Source: VOM Australia)
The photo above shows Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The monastery is more than 1,500 years old. It is said that the monastery is built on the site where Moses saw the burning bush.
Published on March 8th, 2018
To make an Egyptian snack, cut pita bread into triangles. Spread out the triangles on a baking sheet, and spray them very lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Stir together ¼ tsp. of garlic powder and 3 tbsp. of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture over the pita triangles. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until crisp.
To find more Egyptian recipes, and stories and facts about life in Egypt, download Bold Believers in Egypt from the Downloads section.
Published on March 7th, 2018
Christians in Egypt were in danger. A radical Muslim group had gained power in their country. In 2012, newly elected Muslim officials directed attacks in Christian neighborhoods. Tanks rolled through the streets. Christians knew their lives were at risk.
What do you suppose the Christians did?
“We thought we would be wiped out,” said one Egyptian Christian leader. “So we decided to take advantage of whatever opportunities we had left to spread the gospel.”
Cole Richards, The Voice of the Martyrs’ president said, “Many of our Egyptian brothers and sisters did not seek protection for themselves and their possessions.” Instead, they focused their energy on telling people the truth about Jesus — even though it might have been the last time they had a conversation with anyone on earth.
“Join me in praising and thanking God for our bold and faithful Egyptian Christian family members, and please continue to pray for them,” said Mr. Richards.
(Source: The March 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)
Published on March 6th, 2018
Islam, the religion of Muslims, is the main religion in Egypt today. But ancient Egyptian pharaohs were not Muslims or Christians.
Many centuries ago, Egyptian rulers had their bodies preserved as mummies. Their false religion taught them that preserving their bodies would help their soul survive properly.
You can make a “mummy” using oven-bake clay, washable acrylic paints (white or off-white, and other colors), paint brushes, and a very thin brush (such as a liquid eyeliner brush).
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using the clay. Create the body, including the legs, arms, head, and head covering separately out of clay. The back of the mummy can be flat. Connect the arms, head, and head covering to the body. Smooth the clay together where the parts connect. Cross the arms over the chest. Bake and let cool. Paint the top of the mummy with white or off-white washable acrylic paint. Use two coats and let the paint dry between coats. You can use additional colors to decorate the mummy. A very thin brush will be helpful in painting any lines.
Visit this page to read more about the ancient Egyptians’ religion. Then talk about three ways the religion of ancient Egyptians’ was different from biblical Christian beliefs.
Published on March 5th, 2018
VOM Advance conferences share personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the midst of persecution. (Learn more here.) Musician Amy Shreve Wixtrom and her husband, Gary, lead worship and music at the conferences. Their daughter, Elise, is part of their worship team.
Read Elise’s story below.
My name is Elise Wixtrom, and I am 17 years old. When I was younger I started reading Kids of Courage, and I was always inspired by the stories that came from restricted and hostile countries. It is amazing how children and teenagers have such resilience in the face of danger. I was inspired then, and I continue to be inspired now.
I spend several months out of each year traveling and playing music. My family and I go all around the country, bringing our ministry and the message of The Voice of the Martyrs to people who want to know about the persecuted church. There are many kids all around the world facing persecution for their faith.
Our band plays songs about God’s love, and God’s presence with believers in Christ, especially through rough times. We usually travel in a motor home, but sometimes in a big car. We have a lot of equipment with us such as instruments, speakers, and stands. I like to look out of the window while I listen to music on long drives.
A couple months ago, we adopted a dog. We like playing with him when we stop for gas or when we go to a park.
Since I have had the privilege of working with VOM at conferences for over ten years, we have had lots of fun and have met many interesting people. I am now more aware of the difficulties and challenges that Christians face and have learned things about myself that I never would have had I not been able to work with this ministry. I am glad that I have had this opportunity to play a role in bring an awareness of Christian persecution to those in the free nations.