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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.)

Uncategorized Story

Photo Album Matching Activity

A VOM volunteer made a photo album matching activity to teach younger children about courageous Christians around the world.

Needed
*A 5- by 7-inch notebook, album, or journal
*Construction paper cut into 5- by 7-inch pieces
*Photos cut or photocopied from The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, then trimmed to 5 by 7 inches. Or photos printed from VOM websites, enlarged or reduced to 5 by 7 inches.
*Scissors
*Tape or glue

Instructions
1. Glue or tape a 5- by 7-inch piece of construction paper to the back of each page of the notebook you plan to use.
2. Measure and cut the pages of the notebook in half horizontally, leaving a 3½-inch top section and a 3½-inch bottom section of each page.
3. Cut the 5- by 7-inch photos in half horizontally. Glue or tape the top halves to the tops of the notebook pages.
4. Mix up the bottom halves of the photos and glue them to the bottoms of the pages in a different order than you glued the tops of the photos.
5. Remove unused pages of the notebook.

Show the notebook to a younger child and help them turn the pages to form complete pictures. Tell the child something about the photo and the country where it was taken.


What You Can Do Story

Adopt a Country or Worker

Todd Nettleton of VOMRadio.net recently interviewed Peter Smith, an American who has “adopted” a country to pray for. Read some suggestions from the interview below.

*Think about, pray about, adopting a country. Maybe it is Iran, maybe it is Saudi Arabia, maybe it is North Korea. Somewhere that God would just lay on your heart that, “That is the country I want You to pray for every day. I want you to pray for My people there. I want you to pray for a move of My Spirit there.”

*Get a map…that shows the 60-plus countries [where Christians are persecuted]. Put the map on your table and ask the Lord, “Which country do you want me to [pray for]?”

*Start with the family first. In any country that you adopt, there are husbands and wives, and there are children. So the same types of things you pray for [your own family] will be a great way to start praying for the people in the country you adopt. Then there are schools, and there are businesses.

*People in [other countries], when they get up in the morning, they have aches and pains, they have children who are going to school. They have a job, in fact, many of them have three jobs. So who will be the person that needs a special touch by God? Why not begin to pray that somehow they will have an encounter with God that leads them?

VOM Radio’s Mr. Nettleton invites readers, “You can send me a note if you have adopted a country, and let me know that. I would love to hear what country you have adopted.” (See “submit comment” on VOMRadio.net.)

If you’d like to pray for a Christian worker as well as a country, click here to find out how to sign up for VOM’s “Adopt a Front-Line Worker” program.

 


Spotlight Story

Trusting God: “The Best Opportunity”

Steve Saint
Nate Saint, a missionary pilot, flew the plane that helped Jim Elliot and three other missionaries reach the Waorani people. (Read more about the missionaries here.) After Nate’s death, his son Steve grew up in Ecuador and spent school vacations with his Aunt Rachel, who served God among the Waorani tribe. Later Steve also served as a missionary among the tribe.

A Flying Car
Steve started a company in the United States that invents machines to help people spread the gospel in hard-to-reach areas. One of the machines is a flying car! One day when Steve was testing one of the company’s machines, he had an accident that left him partly paralyzed. His condition has improved, but he still has physical challenges.

Christians and Pain
Steve has experienced sadness and pain in his life. His dad died about three weeks before his fifth birthday. Now Steve experiences physical pain from his accident. Jesus said that His followers would have challenges in their lives. “In this world you will have trouble,” He said. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (See John 16:33.) How should Christians deal with pain when it comes? Should they smile and pretend they have no pain? Should they blame God for their troubles?

Steve Saint told what he has learned through painful times in his life:
I have learned that life is painful for everyone. Trusting God to take away pain is admirable. But trusting God’s will and His love when He doesn’t take the pain away is yours and my greatest opportunity to demonstrate our faith.

How does Steve say we can best demonstrate faith?

Trusting God’s love when things aren’t going well is a powerful way to show others that God’s promises to care for us are real. Job in the Bible suffered through many trials, but still trusted God. (See Job 13:15.) David said: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV).

Steve Saint, Job, and David didn’t say, “Everything is fine!” Instead they say, “Even when everything is not fine, I know God is good and that He cares for me.


Activities Story

Time to Pray: Five Suggestions

November 5 is The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). It is also the day when people set their clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends. Can you get up an hour “early” and donate your extra hour to persecuted Christians? Below are five suggestions about how you might plan ahead to use the hour.

1. Five common needs of persecuted Christians are: Bibles and Christian materials, school for their children, a way to worship, transportation to places to share Jesus, and physical healing. Pray for their needs.

2. Choose one country to pray for every day from now until Christmas. Begin praying for that country.

3. Jeremiah was persecuted for telling the truth. Read the story in Jeremiah 38:1–13. Pray for someone who has been mistreated for standing up for the truth.

4. Make a bookmark for your Bible that reminds you of the prayer needs of five countries often in the news, such as Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Israel, and China. Go to the Countries section or enter the country names in the search box for more information about the countries.

5. Make a plan to share what you know about the prayer needs of persecuted Christians with Christians in your church, Sunday school class, school class, or family. Practice telling a story about persecuted Christians and describing the prayer needs of persecuted Christians so you will be ready to share.


Spotlight Story

Islam in Uganda and Hassan’s School

Hassan’s school

The previous post told about Hassan, a Muslim in Uganda who tried to disrupt Christian meetings — until he met Jesus. The majority of the people in Uganda are Christians. But Islam is growing, and parts of the country have more Muslims than Christians. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Why is Islam Growing?
*Besides attacking Christian meetings, Hassan and other Muslims studied how to use technology and media to make Muslim beliefs seem more appealing.

*Muslims worship in buildings called “mosques,” and their holy book is the Quran. But Muslim media specialists may call a mosque a “Muslim church” and the Quran the “Muslim Bible.” They hope Christians will think, “Muslims are a lot like us!” (Check the Beliefs section to find several charts comparing differences between Islam and biblical Christianity.)

*A Muslim businessman may come to a town in Uganda and say, “I’m going to open a factory and hire 1,000 people to work for me. But everyone I hire has to be a Muslim.”

*Christian students are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.

After Hassan became a Christian, he started a school for children of persecuted Christians who were not welcome in their local schools. One of the things the school teaches the children is how to share their faith with Muslims.

The photo above shows the children in the school. Hassan is in the back wearing a red shirt.

To Think About
After reading this post, can you list five things to pray about for Uganda and the Christians there?


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