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Bold Believers in Syria

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.

Activities Story

Indonesian Game: Semut, Orang, Gajah

Have you ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors”? If not, ask someone familiar with the game to teach you. Then try this Indonesian variation.

Two players face each other and hold out a fist in front of them. On the count of three, each makes one of the following hand signs:

  • Semut (pronounced suh-MOOT): point with the little finger.
  • Orang (orr-AHNG): point with the first finger.
  • Gajah (gha-jah): point with the thumb.
  • Semut means ant.
  • Orang means person.
  • Gajah means elephant.

If one player gives the sign for semut and the other for orang, orang wins because a person can step on an ant. Semut beats gajah because an ant can crawl in an elephant’s ear and bite or tickle it. Gajah wins against orang because an elephant can stomp on a person.

Note: The word “orangutan” comes from the Indonesian words “orang,” meaning “person,” and “hutan,” meaning “forest.” Orangutans are native to Indonesia.


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Indonesia: Toddler Encourages Dad

[Photo: Indonesian mother and child]

Mehfri and his wife are Christians in Indonesia. Two years ago, they had a baby daughter.

Most people in Indonesia are Muslims. Mehfri prays that his daughter will be a devoted follower of Jesus. He already encourages her to be strong in her faith by telling her, “You must stay on fire.”

Attacked
Mehfri made friends with a teacher at an elementary school for Muslim children. After meeting with Mehfri for three months to discuss Jesus, the teacher became a Christian.

Then one day, Mehfri went to the man’s home to see him. But the teacher’s Muslim son met him outside the house. The son and three men with sticks beat up Mehfri, who then sped away on his motorbike.

Encouragement
At home, Mehfri’s daughter saw that her father was in pain from his injuries. What do you think she said to him? “You must stay on fire, for me,” she told him. “You must stay on fire.” Even though he was suffering, Mehfri smiled.

Mehfri and his wife prayed for the attackers. Their family has moved to another city in Indonesia, where they are still reaching Muslims for Christ. “We must follow Jesus,” Mehfri said. “We don’t know about the future, but we must face it.” He, his wife, and his daughter will continue to encourage one another to “stay on fire.”

(Source: The February 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)

To learn more about Christians in Indonesia, download Bold Believers in Indonesia from the free Downloads section.


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This Month

Parents and Teachers
The February 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Christians who spread the gospel in places where it is almost certain that they will be persecuted for obeying God’s command to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19).

VOM president Cole Richards says: “In this month’s magazine, you will meet several of our Christian brothers and sisters who serve sacrificially and joyfully on the front lines of mission fields in hostile and restricted nations. May we never fail to partner with them through our prayers and gifts, and may we be inspired by their examples to be bold witnesses for Christ.”

The issue includes stories and updates from Indonesia, Vietnam, Nigeria, North Africa, India, and Jordan. You can share stories of Christians in these countries from the magazine and this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Related Resources
* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several of the countries here.
*Find a lesson plan for India here.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.


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Eritrea: Hard Times and a Birthday

(From VOM Sources and icommittopray.com)

“Our families are in deep suffering here,” said a Christian in Eritrea. Almost 50 children of Christians in Eritrea have been left without adult caretakers because their parents have been sent to prison. Hundreds more Christians are also in prison for their faith.”

“The country is becoming worse and worse,” said another Eritrean Christian. “[There is] no electricity, little Internet connection….All phone calls are being monitored closely.”

The leader of Eritrea is President Isaias Afwerki. He has been president since 1993, and February 2nd will be his 74th birthday. Under his rule, Christians from churches not registered with the government have often been mistreated. Christians have been arrested during prayer meetings, at weddings, off the street, and even during family devotions in their homes.

Please pray for Eritrean Christians, and pray that God will change the hearts of Eritrean leaders.

[Photo: Twen, a prisoner in Eritrea. Send her a note of encouragement by following the instructions at prisoneralert.com.]


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Hidden Countries

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians and monitors persecution in more than 50 countries. Find 10 of the countries hidden in the sentences below. Search for these countries: Libya, Oman, Iran, India, Mali, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Cuba, and Brunei.

Find out about more countries where VOM works here.

  1. Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

  1. n: Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Nepal: Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. Mali: A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. Cuba: The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. India: People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. China: The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. Iran: The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. Libya: The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. Bhutan: The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.