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.
Published on July 29th, 2019
(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry in the Netherlands that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions.)
Hi, I am Twan and I am about 10 years old. I say “about,” because in my country, your birthday is not very important. So I don’t know exactly how old I am. I was born in Vietnam. Not in a big city, but in the mountains. It is very beautiful and green.
Our country is Communist. That means that the country is ruled by one party, and that is of course, the Communist Party. The government is very strict. People are closely monitored throughout the country. The government is not happy with people who are Christians. They think that we love the government less if we are Christians. I don’t know if that is true, but I do know that I love the Lord Jesus. God is the best for me.
And everyone at my home believes that. In the past, this was not the case. It has changed because of me.
One day I became very sick. Whatever my parents tried, nothing helped. In another village, there lived someone who believes in God and prays when someone is sick. My parents were so worried about me that they asked him for advice. He taught them who God is and how to pray. He also gave them a Bible.
My parents immediately started praying for me, and I was healed. My father was super enthusiastic and told anyone who wanted to hear that I was healed and who had healed me. Soon the whole village knew, so my father went to another village to talk about God. He went from village to village with this great news.
Much Taken Away
Sadly, my father’s family did not find it good news at all. When my father came home one day, relatives were waiting for him, and he got a beating. They also chased us out of the house and we fled to my grandmother’s house in another village. My father waited a while, thinking that his family’s anger would die down. He wanted to collect his cows that were left behind, because you cannot bring in a harvest without cows. He was really sad when he saw that our house was gone, our cows were gone, and our land was sold. His family had done that. How mean is that!
Happy with God
Yet my parents have no regrets that they believe in the Lord Jesus. We have lost a lot, but we have recovered much more: God’s love in our hearts and our safety in Him.
Published on July 26th, 2019
Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs-USA and VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands (SDOK) visited persecuted Christians in Vietnam. One of the children they visited drew a coloring page for them.
Watch the girl draw the page in the video clip, then print the page to color.
The captions and title on the video are in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. The title says, “Dep from Vietnam makes a drawing.”
For more Kids of Courage coloring pages, check the activity books in the Downloads section of this site.
Published on July 25th, 2019
(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. SDOK is in the Netherlands. Lao, who is not a Christian, tells the story.)
Hi, I’m Lao. My name is similar to the name of my country, Laos. My neighbor’s name is Bun. I think she is super nice. Recently her stepmother asked me if I had seen Bun. I knew Bun had gone to church with someone. But her stepmother looked so angry that I didn’t dare say anything.
A little later I heard noise at their house. I saw the stepmother pulling Bun’s hair. “Where were you?” she yelled. “I couldn’t find you anywhere!”
“I went to church,” Bun said nervously. Bun recently told me that she knows the Lord Jesus and that she follows Him. And also that her family is not happy with it.
Then her father also began to attack her. “Do you know what others think about Christians?” he shouted. He slapped her. He started to kick her, but her brothers and sisters jumped in between him and Bun.
The last time I saw Bun was when I heard noise in the cabin again. I peeked inside and saw Bun’s father throw all kinds of clothes in a suitcase. He told Bun to go away. He looked really angry. Thankfully, someone came from Bun’s church and helped her leave. That’s the last time I saw her.
I have heard that the people of her church took care of Bun and that she was attending a Bible school. I’m quite curious about that. If Bun loves the Lord Jesus so much, then I think He must be very special.
To Talk About
Lao is not a Christian. What did he say that shows that he might be thinking about following Jesus? What led him to wonder more about Jesus and His teachings?
Published on July 24th, 2019
Alisher, a teacher at a school in Central Asia, learned about God’s gift of salvation through faith in His Son, Jesus. Alisher happily trusted in Christ as his Savior! He didn’t even try to keep his new faith a secret, but shared the good news with others around him. As a result, Muslim school officials fired him.
But the authorities were not finished with him. The local prosecutor wanted to file charges against him, even though he was not a criminal. The police ordered his former students to sign statements saying that Alisher had done illegal things.
If you were one of the students, would you have signed a false statement about your teacher?
What if the officials said they would fail you in all your classes if you didn’t sign?
What if they said you would not be allowed to participate in sports, music, and other activities?
Suppose they threatened to make your parents pay a big fine?
Just like Alisher’s students, Christians in some countries have to decide to sign untrue statements or face punishment.
Alisher learned that he could possibly go to prison for seven years because of the charges filed against him. Pray for him, for other Christians in Central Asia, and for children who are threatened by officials.
Published on July 23rd, 2019
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3).
A group of students in Texas thought of a creative way to remember the persecuted. (See Hebrews 13:3.) They attached chains to their backpacks as reminders of Christians who face extreme persecution.
Follow the instructions below to make your own backpack reminders.
*Links of chain from a craft store or old necklace or bracelet
What To Do
*Attach four links of the chain to the carabiner clip. (If necessary, ask an adult to use pliers to separate four links from a longer chain, then to close the opening in the separated links.)
*Attach the key ring to the links.
*Write Colossians 4:18 on one side of a tag, and “Remember my chains” on the other side. (Use another verse if desired.) Attach the tag to the key ring.
*Hook the reminder to your backpack or another item that you use often.
Prepare an answer to share with anyone who asks about the meaning of your chain. You might tell them about a recent incident of persecution from a story on this site, or about a verse in the Bible that tells Christians to remember those who suffer for Christ.