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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

Kicked out of Town

Recently, officials in Laos forced three Hmong families to move out of their village because the families follow Jesus. The children in the photo are part of those families. Their parents are trying to find another place for them to live. The Voice of the Martyrs will help them move.

The Hmong (pronounced “mong”) are a group of people from Southeast Asia. Large numbers of Hmong live in Laos, Vietnam, China, and Thailand, and some live in Myanmar (Burma).

Many Hmong practice animism, which is the belief that bad luck comes to those who do not honor and please spirits. But many Hmong in Asia are becoming Christians! It is believed that more than 50 percent of Hmong people in Vietnam are now Christians.

Sometimes the authorities in countries where Hmong live allow them to worship God, but sometimes they try to stamp out Christianity. Hmong Christians have been attacked, arrested, and imprisoned for their faith. Their houses have been burned down, and they have been kicked out of their villages for refusing to deny Christ. New Christians have been fired from their jobs. Non-Christian neighbors and relatives of Hmong Christians often persecute them, too.

If you want to learn more about Hmong Christians and how to pray for them, you can download Bold Believers of the Hmong People from the Downloads section this site.


Uncategorized Story

Learning About Islam

“We believe in Jesus as just a prophet. We don’t believe he was crucified. We believe he just went back to heaven.” — Amal, age 14, American Muslim

The Quran is the Muslim holy book. The Quran says, “[They claimed]…’We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the apostle,’ but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them…” (Quran, Chapter 4:157, Yusuf Ali translation).

Muslims believe that God would not allow Jesus to die on a cross. They believe that if Jesus was killed, he failed, and his enemies won.

Many Muslims believe that someone else, possibly Jesus’ disciple Judas, was made to look like Jesus and died on the cross in place of Jesus. They think Allah, who they worship, took Jesus directly to heaven.

Christians know that Jesus died and rose to life again after his death. We believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection mean victory over sin and death, and that Jesus did not fail. He defeated sin and death, which are even greater enemies than the people who killed him. Part of the good news of Jesus is that “death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

The information above is from the book Learning About Islam available for free download on this site.


Activities Story

Skit: Refusing to Be Quiet

Characters: 6 narrators, Peter, 1 or more apostles, 2 or more leaders, angel, 2 or more people

Suggestion: Make a jail out of strands of crepe paper hung from the ceiling to represent jail cell bars.

Narrator 1: After Jesus died and was taken up to heaven, the apostles told many people about Him and about how to become His followers.

Narrator 2: But some leaders did not want people to follow Jesus.

Narrator 3: So they put the apostles in jail. An angel came to the jail during the night and let them out.

Angel: Go! Tell the people about new life in Jesus!

Narrator 4: The apostles went back to teaching the people. The leaders were surprised to find the jail empty! They brought the apostles before them.

Leader: (to apostles) We told you not to teach people about Jesus!

Peter: We must obey God …

Apostle: … rather than human beings!

Narrator 5: The leaders let the apostles go, but they told their officers to beat them first.

Narrator 6: After they were beaten, Peter and the apostles left. They rejoiced because they had been allowed to suffer for Jesus! And they continued to teach people about Jesus.

After the Skit: Discussion Questions
•    What did the leaders want the apostles to stop doing?
•    Who let the apostles out of jail?
•    What did the apostles do after they left the jail?
•    Why do you think they did that even though they knew they would probably be punished again?
•    What did the apostles do after they were punished the second time?
•    Why were they happy?


Uncategorized Story

Pennsylvania Kids Provide Bibles for Vietnam

Bibles for Christians
Friends of The Voice of the Martyrs in other countries collect names of Christians who would like a Bible of their own, and names of Christians who would like to share a Bible with others. The people live in places where it can be hard, and often dangerous, to get a Bible. Some Christians wait for years to get their very first Bible.

Through VOM’s Bibles program, readers can help give Christians Bibles. Those who send offerings to provide Bibles can also receive the names of the people who have asked for the Bibles. They can pray for the believers for whom they have provided a Bible.

Kids Provide Bibles for Vietnam
Donna M., a VBS director in Pennsylvania wrote VOM to tell about her church’s Bible project. Before their VBS, she sent a gift to VOM to provide Bibles for Christians in Vietnam. She received the names of the Christians who would get Bibles. A Vietnamese friend taught her how to pronounce the names.

During the VBS, the children learned about persecuted Christians around the world. Then Donna provided the names of the Vietnamese Christians to the children.  The kids pledged to pray for the Christians and to supply an offering to Donna for each name to reimburse her gift to VOM.

Donna wrote, “The night we learned about Vietnam was an exciting one as more and more children and VBS helpers and teachers asked for and received a name!”

The group’s offerings provided 170 Bibles for Christians in Vietnam, even more than Donna had provided in her original gift to VOM. “When we announced to them and their parents the final total on the last night, they went wild with excitement…You have helped our church raise our level of awareness and prayer focus on these dear believers.”

Learn more about VOM’s Bibles programs here.

To find more information about VOM’s complete Kids of Courage $30 VBS curriculum, visit this site.


Spotlight Story

Knocking on Every Door in the World

Girl in a doorway in Egypt

A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs travels to many countries where Christians are persecuted. He told the following story.

 We have someone who works with us in another country who believes that God has called his group to knock on every door in the world and hand someone a gospel tract. Can you imagine that? They are knocking on doors in really hostile places and really scary places.

I asked the man, “What about in a Muslim village? How do you do that?” It seemed to me like he had a good plan to get martyred.

He answered, “Here’s what we do. If it’s going to be a hostile area, we set aside seven days to fast and pray.”

They are committed to prayer.

I challenge YOU to become people of prayer. I have a friend who once said, “Here is the challenge. If you pray two minutes a day, what would happen if you prayed four? If you pray 10 minutes, what would happen if you prayed 20? If you pray an hour, what would happen if you prayed two hours? Do we think God would answer? Of course we do!

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited from the original for clarity and length.)

To Try

Re-read the story above. Then, without looking at the story, tell it to someone who has not read it. Ask what they think of the story and if they think the challenge at the end might lead them to change their prayer habits.


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