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.
Readers Talk to Us Story
Published on August 12th, 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.)
Some elementary school students and their teacher at a Christian school in the Netherlands celebrated the teacher’s birthday in unique way. First the teacher arranged for someone to give a presentation at the school about persecuted Christians in Pakistan. Then the children raised money to give to SDOK for projects to help Pakistani Christians.
“We received a box to put the money in,” said Anne, one of the students. “I do odd jobs and often walk my dog, Tayla. Then I put the money that I earn in the box.”
What do you think of the class’s idea to honor their teacher by remembering persecuted Christians? (See Hebrews 13:3.)
Published on August 9th, 2019
Hieroglyphics is a kind of picture writing used by ancient Egyptians. Each hieroglyphic symbol below stands for the letter beside it. (The code is not based on an actual hieroglyphic alphabet.) To decode the sentence, write down the letters represented by the symbols. Check your answer in Isaiah 37:16 (NIV).
Learn about the religion of ancient Egyptians and how it differs from biblical Christianity here.
Read about Christians in Egypt in Bold Believers in Egypt, available in the Downloads section.
Published on August 8th, 2019
(From the Kids of Courage archives)
Lana hated Christians. She and her Muslim friends in Egypt were taught to stay away from Christians.
Lana’s school friend, Sahar, had a plan. She asked Lana to join her in carrying out her plan.
Sahar planned to listen to Christian programs on the radio. The girls would then choose the Christian radio host who seemed to be the weakest in his faith. They decided to write letters to the host and ask him questions that he could not answer.
Lana liked Sahar’s idea, and she agreed to help. She wrote a letter to one of the Christians and explained that she was a Muslim girl who would “never be shaken from her faith.” Her letter then asked the host, “Is Christ God, a messenger (prophet), or the Son of God?”
Published on August 7th, 2019
“Egypt may be the most intense place for Christians in the Middle East right now,” said The Voice of the Martyrs’ regional director for the Middle East. Christians were already treated like second class citizens. But now they are suffering because of an increase in attacks by radical Muslims.
Marina was afraid she wouldn’t be able to go to school anymore. Muslim attackers had driven her family and more than 1,000 other Christians from their homes and their jobs in the town of El-Arish. The Christians were scattered throughout Egypt.
“We are a big family, lots of brothers and sisters,” Marina told a pastor in her new town. “My father is too poor to send us to school.”
The pastor encouraged Marina by telling her the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.
The Voice of the Martyrs sent backpacks, school supplies, and school fees to El-Arish families about 10 days later. The pastor stopped at Marina’s house first to tell her the news. Marina and her mother cried with joy as they realized that Marina and all of her brothers and sisters would be able to attend school.
A Christian in Egypt noticed that persecution had increased the faith of some of the believers. “They have no one to depend on except God,” he said. “And God is providing for their needs.”
To Talk About
*Read the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish in John 6. How might the story have encouraged Marina?
*How was the faith of the persecuted Christians strengthened?
(Source: The August 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)
Read more about Christians in Egypt in Bold Believers in Egypt, available in the free Downloads section.
Find an Egypt lesson plan here.
Published on August 6th, 2019
“The purpose of our mission trips is to get away from the normal distractions of life,” said Sue Brown. She and her husband, Dave, lead Louder than Words, a discipleship ministry for teens. On their trips, the group serves others, hosts workshops and Bible studies, and presents the gospel through mime and drama. They leave behind their computers, cell phones, and TVs for the four-week trip. Their only luggage is a backpack and one small duffel bag.
The Louder than Words team recently spent a week at The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters, volunteering in the Operations Center, attending chapel, and presenting meaningful messages through mime. Other parts of their trip have included presentations in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., and service projects at churches, a Christian camp, and a food bank.
The Louder than Words kids have no plans to stop serving others when they leave the group. Some would like to work in the medical field as a paramedic or EMT; others are considering a career as a teacher, musician/songwriter, child care worker, or restaurant owner. And some hope to continue participating in mime and drama.
In the meantime, they are learning to be uncomfortable. “Choosing to use their time to study the Bible, to serve willingly and even happily, and to step into the public or their peers to present the gospel is very counter-cultural,” their leaders wrote. “Jesus and His disciples were just like that! They chose to be uncomfortable in this world as they encouraged others to be heavenly and eternally minded.”