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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

Activities Story

Snack from Ethiopia


Read  about courageous Christians in Ethiopia in Bold Believers in Ethiopia, available in the free Downloads section.

Spotlight Story


Jumma, a girl in Nigeria, told the following story to a VOM worker.

I am an orphan. I dropped out of school because of the attack by members of Boko Haram. [Boko Haram is a group of violent, radical Muslims in Nigeria.] They attacked our school, and some of our students were taken captive. So the government closed all the public secondary schools in my state. My parents could not send me to school again.

[One day], more than 1,000 members of Boko Haram came with various kinds of weapons. Some were on motorcycles, some on foot, and some in various kinds of vehicles. They attacked Christians, police stations, government buildings, and Christian schools. My mother was shot, and my father died of high blood pressure as a result of my mother’s death.

My parents died, leaving me with my younger ones (two boys and three girls) as the first daughter of the family. I am but a very small girl with the responsibilities of caring for my younger ones. I cannot care for them alone.

(The account has been edited and paraphrased for clarity and age-appropriateness.)

Note: The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christian survivors of Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria.
Photo above: Jumma was hospitalized after she fainted while telling the story of what happened to her parents.

Spotlight Story

Explaining Ramadan

Heather Mercer was a prisoner in Afghanistan because of her Christian activities. During a visit to The Voice of the Martyrs, she talked about the meaning of Ramadan to Muslims, and about how Christians can pray for the Muslim world during Ramadan. Ramadan is a month on the Muslim calendar. Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset every day during the month.

This year, Ramadan occurs from late May through late June.

To read more about Heather and her time in prison, see Bold Believers in Afghanistan in the Downloads section.

Spotlight Story

Jesus Has a Big Net


A pastor in Iraq told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs, “Jesus Christ has a big net to catch fish, and ISIS is pushing Muslims toward this net.” (ISIS is a radical Muslim group whose members are attacking people in the Middle East.)


Read about a Muslim seeking the truth in this post.

To Talk About
•    What did the pastor mean when he said, “Jesus Christ has a big net to catch fish”? (Hint: Jesus said to Peter and Andrew, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” See Matthew 4:19.)
•    Why do you think some Muslims are drawn to Jesus?

Activities Story

Make a Brick

Many Christians in Pakistan have to work at brick kilns because better jobs often go to Muslim workers. A Christian woman who worked in a brick kiln explained more about what life is like for brick kiln workers.

“My family is uneducated and poor. I never went to school. I have been working at the brick kiln my whole life. I never played with toys because I was busy making bricks the whole day. In my free time, I took care of my younger brothers and sisters. I made the first brick that I made by myself when I was 10. I was very happy that I learned the art of making bricks to earn some money. I knew that my little income could not feed my family. But I could support them a little bit with what I made. At that time a brick kiln worker earned 40 cents for making 1,000 bricks. Today they earn $5 for 1,000 bricks.”

You can make a brick by mixing 2 cups of straw (or dried grass), 4 quarts of dirt, and 6 cups of water. Line a shoebox with plastic, such as a trash bag. Tape the plastic to the outside of the box to secure it. Pour some of the dirt mixture into the box. Let it dry in the sun for about two days. Take it out of the box and turn it over so the bottom can dry.

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