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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.)

Spotlight Story

Sunday School Around the World: Tanzania

 

Persecution
Tanzania is on the coast of East Africa. Radical Islam is spreading from northern Africa into Tanzania. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar where most of the people are Muslims, Christians have faced persecution for a long time. People who leave Islam to follow Jesus sometimes have to flee their homes when family members kick them out.

But in recent times, Christians on the mainland of Tanzania have started having the same kinds of problems. Riots have broken out in some places, and churches have been burned.

Tanzania

Fact: Click Languages
Hadza and Sandawe are two of the many click languages of Africa. The languages use click sounds as consonants. Click noises can sound like the “tsk tsk” used by English to say, “What a shame,” or “I don’t approve of that.” Other click noises are like the clip clop sound made to sound like a horse trotting. Fewer and fewer people in Africa are speaking click languages, and some of the languages are already extinct.

Bibles
The Bible has not yet been translated into the languages of some Tanzanian tribes. The Tanzanian Sunday school children in the photo are looking at a children’s Bible in their language provided by The Voice of the Martyrs.


Activities Story

Tanzania Squash Craft

 

A calabash is the gourd or gourd-like fruit of various plants. Some people in Tanzania and other African countries make bottles or containers, or even musical instruments out of calabashes. Some even use dried, hollowed-out calabashes as motorcycle helmets.

To Try
You can make a vase out of a butternut squash. Ask an adult to cut the top off the smaller end. Use a spoon to scoop out the insides about halfway down the squash. Add artificial flowers.

Christians in Tanzania
Life can be dangerous for followers of Jesus in Muslim Tanzania. People who leave Islam to become Christians often have to go into hiding to escape threats and persecution. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Enter “Tanzania” into the Search box to find stories of bold Christians in Tanzania.


Spotlight Story

Nazeera and Her Children

House in a village in Yemen

Nazeera is a mother from Yemen. In Yemen, they are not allowed to convert to a different religion. The government wants everyone to be a Muslim.

Yet Nazeera still became a Christian. Her family got angry and took her kids away from her. They said Nazeera would not be allowed to see them unless she became a Muslim again.

Mother, son, and sheep in Yemen

Please pray for Christian parents in Muslim countries who are separated from their children. Pray that they experience God’s faithfulness and comfort.

(Source: Stef. Translated and edited from the original.)


Spotlight Story

Yemen: A New Christian Family

 

Parents and Teachers: The August 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Yemen, a country in the middle of a civil war. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Christian missionaries are not welcome in Yemen. No one is allowed to bring Bibles into the country to give or sell to others. More than 99 percent of the people are Muslim, and it is against the law to lead a Muslim to Christ.

Jesus told His followers to “go into all the world” and tell people about Him (Mark 16:15). But how can people in Yemen learn about Jesus if none of their family members or friends are Christians, they’ve never seen a Bible, and they don’t have a church or Sunday school to attend?

God is providing a way. Nadeen, a girl in Yemen, met a Christian at her university. Her friend told her about Jesus, and Nadeen’s faith grew. After she graduated, Nadeen found a private Facebook group for secret believers in Yemen and other nearby countries.

Others in Yemen are learning about God’s love for them through Christian websites and radio and TV programs. People from the region often visit this website, too. Sometimes they send emails to the site with questions or comments.

After months of talking with other believers on Facebook, Nadeen found out about a secret church in her area. She met a Christian man, and after a while, they married and had a child. Praise God for a new Christian family in Yemen!

Pray for them and other Christians in places where life can be dangerous for Christians.


Spotlight Story

Sunday School Around the World: Lebanon

Syrian father and son

“Two million people have had to leave Syria. A third of the population of Syria have had to leave their homes.”— A Christian who works in Muslim countries

Muslims and Christians in Syria have been forced to leave their homes and live as refugees in other countries. Radical, violent Muslims have attacked cities in Syria, and the cities are no longer safe places to live.

Many refugees now live in Lebanon. They find shelter in tents, broken down buildings, and in fields. Their lives are difficult. Churches in Lebanon try to help the refugees. But their kindness is causing some interesting problems. Muslims are coming to the churches! The Muslims are thankful for the Christians’ help.

One church with 200 members now has 400 people who attend church services because of all the new Syrian Muslims. But “the refugees don’t know how to behave in church. The kids are messing up the Sunday school,” said a Christian.

“God has ruined my church,” the pastor said. But the pastor was joking. He is really very happy that Muslims are hearing the truth about God and Jesus in his church.

Ask God to help Christians continue to help refugees who come to their country and their church.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)

To Talk About
Do you ever have members or visitors who do not behave when they come to your church? How do you act toward the ones who misbehave? Do you pray for them? Do you hope they come back to church?


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