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 December 8th, 2017
Enter “Philippines” in the Search box to learn about bold Christians in the Philippines and to find ways you can pray for them.
Then learn how to make a Christmas decoration from the Philippines using the instructions below.
A “parol” (pah-rohl) is a star lantern. Families in the Philippines use star lanterns as Christmas ornaments. They hang the lanterns in windows and even decorate their yards with them. Filipino children learn to make star lanterns in school. Some families make their own lanterns; others buy them.
Traditional star lanterns are made by constructing two star-shaped frames out of bamboo sticks, then fastening the frames together. The frames are covered with colorful paper and decorated with tassels hung from one or more points. Candles were placed inside the lanterns in past times, just as candles were used to light Christmas trees in the past. Today electric lights usually light the lanterns.
You can make a star ornament by cutting a 4- or 5-pointed star from colored poster board. Make the star any size you want. Use ribbon, tinsel, crepe paper, or yarn to make short tassels. Glue the tassels to the points of the star, or attach them with thread to holes punched in the points. You may want to draw pictures or glue decorations on the front and back of the star, and hang your star in a window.
Published on December 7th, 2017
One day, Sonxi was walking through the jungle near her home in Laos. She saw a small booklet lying on the ground, and she picked it up and began to read. “Jesus will come back,” the booklet said. The words filled her with hope.
Only eight Christian families lived in her village. She visited their leader, and he told her more about Jesus. Sonxi placed her faith in Christ and became a Christian.
Laos villagers and authorities are not always friendly toward Christians. So at first, Sonxi kept her faith a secret. When she finally told her family, they said, “We can’t believe in this religion, because we are afraid of the police. If there weren’t any police, we would believe in Jesus.”
They tried to stop Sonxi from going to church, but she continued to attend her village’s house church. “You are a very bad girl because you don’t listen to your parents!” her parents told her.
After her family began to abuse her, Sonxi escaped to a Christian friend. The Voice of the Martyrs helped her learn a trade to support herself and attend a Bible school. Today Sonxi is a full-time Christian worker in Laos.
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)
To Think About
Someone had provided the tract that Sonxi found on the ground, but it must have been thrown away. Whoever gave away the tract probably never knew that it helped bring someone to Christ. Can you leave some Christian tracts or Scripture portions in a place where someone will find them? Can you trust that God’s word will succeed in bringing about His will? (Read Isaiah 55:11.)
Published on December 6th, 2017
Hani and his wife were expecting a baby. They and their families lived in Qaraqosh, a city in Iraq.
[Watch a video about a girl from Qaraqosh here.]
ISIS Muslim fighters invaded Qaraqosh and took over Hani’s poultry farm three miles outside the city. They held Hani and six other people as captives for 26 days. One day when the fighters were eating an evening meal, the captives fled before they were discovered. They ran the three miles to Qaraqosh as fast as they could run, but the city wasn’t safe either. Hani and his wife and relatives escaped to the city of Erbil, leaving behind their homes and their farm, which was worth $1 million.
Hani felt discouraged and heartbroken. After a time, he found a church where he was led closer to the Lord. His wife was happy when Jesus helped him change from an angry person to a loving follower of Jesus, and she also became a dedicated Christian.
Hani spends his days passing out Bibles in the Erbil area. He hopes to return to Qaraqosh to start a church. He now has peace inside. “I hated Muslims before,” he said. “Now I see them as victims, because if they knew Jesus, they would not do these works.”
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)
To Talk About
*What is a victim? In Hani’s story, who are the victims? Who does Hani say are the victims? Why does he think they are victims?
*Hani and his family lost their home, their farm, and their business. Why was his wife happy, and why did Hani have peace?
Published on December 5th, 2017
Every year, The Voice of the Martyrs and Kids of Courage readers sponsor Christmas Care Packs for children in countries where Christians are persecuted. This year VOM will again be distributing Christmas Care Packs to children throughout some of the more than 60 nations where VOM works.
The packs will be customized for each region. But all will include a backpack, school items, hygiene items like toothbrushes, and Christian books.
Ibrahim, a boy in Egypt who received a Christmas Care pack, was so happy to receive his first personal Bible that he asked to have a photo taken with the Bible.
Tadros, a barefoot boy, was delighted to receive shoes of his own.
To find out how you can sponsor a pack, see the December 2017 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter or visit this site.
Published on December 4th, 2017
Parents and Teachers
The December 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about bold believers in Colombia, Iraq, Nigeria, Laos, and India. The newsletter also tells how you can bless the children of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters with Christmas Care Packs.
As you share the stories from this site about Christians in the countries featured in the issue with your children, encourage them to pray for the Christians.
A commenter to this site recently wrote about the joy of experiencing answered prayer with her Sunday school class of Pre-K to third grade children. Read her comment after this story, and read a story from the Kids of Courage archives about how God answered the prayers of children at Christmastime here.
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Find downloadable resources featuring the highlighted countries in the Downloads section.