Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on June 7th, 2018
Government officials in some parts of China have been cracking down on Christian activity. (Read an earlier report about government officials ordering crosses to be removed from churches here.)
President Xi Jinping has been trying to increase his control over all religions. On June 15, President Xi will turn 65. Will you pray for him and his country for a week and on his birthday?
*Pray that President Xi will think about his relationship to God and be drawn to salvation through His Son Jesus.
* Pray that President Xi will rule with justice and fairness.
* Pray that Chinese Christians will not be afraid to share the gospel.
* Pray that more of China’s leaders will follow Christ.
*Ask God to bless and protect Chinese churches.
* Pray that all Chinese children will learn that Jesus loves them.
Find more prayer suggestions in the book Bold Believers in China, available in the free Downloads section.
Published on June 6th, 2018
Parent and Teachers
The June 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about bold believers in Nigeria who trust God even in times of sorrow. You can share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.
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Palmata and Kumai
One day, 9-year-old Palmata and 7-year-old Kumai were sitting outside the front door of their house in Nigeria eating an after-school snack. Their Aunt Deborah, who had adopted them, talked with a neighbor nearby. Inside the house, their father was preparing for a Bible study.
The family’s peaceful afternoon was disrupted when five men with machine guns drove a truck toward their house. The men were part of Boko Haram, a radical Muslim group that attacks Christian villages. They walked into the house and started shooting their guns, then they grabbed Palmata and Kumai and dragged them to the truck.
Deborah ran after the truck as fast as she could, but she fell and fainted. When she woke up in the hospital, she learned that her husband had died in the attack, and her girls had been kidnapped.
Deborah and other Christians moved to a camp for displaced people where they could be safer. For a long time, Deborah felt hopeless. But she has begun to trust that God has a plan for her.
Deborah said, “I feel…if it is [God’s] will for me not to get the girls back, then lead them to heaven. But if it is His will to let us come together again, let the men release the girls. That is my prayer. I know that no matter what we will still meet at God’s feet.”
Deborah has forgiven the men who attacked her family, and she prays that they will repent. Can you join her in her prayers for Palmata and Kumai, and for the attackers?
(Source: The June 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)
Published on June 5th, 2018
Earlier this year, a troop of American Heritage Girls from Frisco, Texas, participated in a camporee with other girls from northeast Texas. American Heritage Girls is a Christian scouting-type group, and the focus of the camporee was world missions.
The Frisco troop set up a North Korea booth, and members spoke about North Korea to more than 50 girls ages 9 to 12. The girls used information from The Voice of the Martyrs newsletters and Kids of Courage resources to prepare their presentations.
“I learned that Christians in North Korea need to have much strength and courage to spread the Word,” said Wren, age 15, who was one of the presenters. “Some of the girls we were teaching had no idea about the things we were teaching them, so it felt good to get them informed.”
“What a huge blessing it was to speak about North Korea to girls who had absolutely no idea what life [in North Korea] is like for Christians and non-Christians alike,” said Emily, an adult leader. “Many of their eyes were opened to the importance of praying for persecuted Christians and those who have not yet heard the gospel.”
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Published on June 4th, 2018
“Why don’t you give the Christians guns?” asked a fifth grader who was visiting The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters. The student had just learned about Christians who are persecuted for their faith in other countries. He was looking for a solution to the Christians’ problems.
Even adults struggle with how to react to the persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. VOM’s president, Cole Richards, is a former U.S. military officer. After he visited Christians whose families had been persecuted in Nigeria, Cole said, “I tried to imagine a military strategy that would capture…every violent extremist.”
But he knew that such a strategy would not defeat evil. “I need to pray,” he said. “I can’t carry this burden. Heavenly Father,…do not let me give in to frustration, anger, or hatred.
“In working with our persecuted Nigerian brothers and sisters,” Mr. Richards continued, “we have received two powerful gifts….The first gift is an understanding that God’s joy…is stronger than their sorrow. The second gift is the knowledge that the gospel is powerful enough to transform even the most sinful among us.
“As our bold and faithful Nigerian family members reach out in love to their enemies, the gospel triumphs over the lies and darkness of radical Islam. The power of Islamic extremism to inflict suffering in this world is nothing compared with the gospel’s power to transform people for eternity.”
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs June 2018 newsletter)
To Talk About
What are the two powerful gifts we can receive from learning about Nigerian Christians?
Published on June 1st, 2018
The story and recipe below are from The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available at VOMBooks.com.
National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June every year. Some donut shops offer free donuts in honor of the day. But donut companies didn’t start the event. The Salvation Army created the celebration in 1938.
The first Donut Day raised funds for poor people. Since then, the Salvation Army has observed the day in honor of Salvation Army women who made donuts for American soldiers in France during World War I. Salvation Army workers again served donuts to soldiers during World War II and the Vietnam War. Following the example of the founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, the organization serves millions of free meals — including donuts — every year to people in need.
Try the recipe below if you want to share homemade donuts with someone who needs encouragement.
1. Package of large canned biscuits
2. Peanut or vegetable oil
3. Icing or cinnamon sugar (optional)
• Use a 1-inch round cookie cutter or bottle lid to cut a hole in the center of each biscuit.
Keep the dough you removed from the biscuit.
• In a large pot or deep fryer, heat about 2 inches of oil over medium to medium-high heat,
about 350 degrees. (Make sure an adult helps.)
• Fry the donuts and holes until they are golden brown on one side, then turn them over
and cook the other side.
• Drain on paper towels. If desired, spread icing on them, or coat them in cinnamon sugar.
• Deliver to someone with a note or word of encouragement!
Click here to learn more about William Booth and the Salvation Army, and to watch a video clip from the Torchlighters DVD, The William Booth Story.