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Bold Believers in North Korea

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.

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This Month

Parents and Teachers
The December 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about bold believers in Colombia, Iraq, Nigeria, Laos, and India. The newsletter also tells how you can bless the children of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters with Christmas Care Packs.

As you share the stories from this site about Christians in the countries featured in the issue with your children, encourage them to pray for the Christians.

A commenter to this site recently wrote about the joy of experiencing answered prayer with her Sunday school class of Pre-K to third grade children. Read her comment after this story, and read a story from the Kids of Courage archives about how God answered the prayers of children at Christmastime here.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Find downloadable resources featuring the highlighted countries in the Downloads section.


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St. Nicholas

As the Christmas season begins, we will hear a lot about Santa Claus. The character of Santa Claus was based on a real man named Nicholas. But Nicholas did not wear a red suit and fly with reindeer.

Nicholas lived in a place that is now part of Turkey. He was born in the town of Myra about 200 years after the birth of Jesus. At that time, Myra was part of the Roman Empire.

Nicholas grew up as an orphan after his parents died. As an adult, he became a Christian leader.

Persecution
An evil Roman leader named Diocletian decided that Christians were bad people. Since Nicholas was a leader in the church, Roman officials sent him to jail. Other Christians also suffered in prison under Diocletian’s rule.

Later, an emperor named Constantine came to power, and he liked Christians. He freed Nicholas and other Christians from prison. Nicholas continued to help orphans and others in need.

During the Christmas season, remember Christians who are still persecuted for their beliefs around the world today.

Read another story about Nicholas here.

The information above is from the book The Story of St. Nicholas: More Than a Reindeer and a Red Suit, available from The Voice of the Martyrs.


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Gifts that Remember the Persecuted

Have you started planning what to get Christian friends and relatives for Christmas? Would you like to give gifts that encourage others to remember persecuted Christians?

The items below are just a few of the gifts available for $10 or less at VOMBooks.com. Shipping is free. Visit the site to find more resources and information.

The Perpetua Story DVD

“Illegal” Bible cover

B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Chains) bracelet

This Is Our God CD

Corrie ten Boom (book)

Extreme Devotion (book)

Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma (book)


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Laos: Teaching the Persecutors

Laos children praying

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. — Luke 6:27-28, NIV

Earlier this year, seven families in a village in Laos gave their lives to Christ. They began traveling to a nearby village every Sunday to worship and fellowship with other Christians.

When leaders in their own village found out about the new Christians’ weekly trips to church, they scolded them. “Christianity is a foreign religion!” the village leaders told the Christians. “It goes against our traditions.”

The Christians could have gotten angry with the leaders and argued with them. They could have quit going to church in the other village and worshiped secretly at home. Or maybe they could have left their village and moved somewhere else.

But this is what they decided to do: They began peacefully meeting with the village leaders to explain the teachings of Christ and the practices of the Christian faith. Now the leaders allow the Christian families to go to church without scolding them.

“Pray that all the village leaders will hear and believe the gospel,” said a VOM worker. “And pray that other village families will join the seven new Christian families in worship.”

To Talk About
Do you think the Christians made a wise choice about how to deal with the village leaders? If so, what are some of the reasons it was a good choice? If not, what would have been a better choice?


Activities Story

VOM Prayer Map Ideas

The Voice of the Martyrs prayer map features countries where Christians face persecution. A VOM volunteer used a VOM prayer map to make a puzzle that can be a reminder to pray for believers around the world.

1. Trim the map to leave only the part you want to highlight for the puzzle.
2. Cover the face of the map with clear contact paper.
3. Glue the map to a large sheet of thin poster board. Trim the poster board if necessary to fit the map.
4. Draw outlines of puzzle pieces on the back of the poster board.
5. Cover the back with clear contact paper.
6. Cut out the puzzle pieces.

Variations
Use the same process to make a placemat, omitting the drawing and cutting of the puzzle pieces. The placemat can guide your mealtime prayers for persecuted Christians.

Or, use a map to make a cover for a book.


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