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.
Published on January 9th, 2020
Have you watched the animated Torchlighters DVDs about real-life Christian heroes who withstood persecution? Enter “Torchlighters” in the search box of this site to find reviews, trailers, and stories from the DVDs.
Torchlighters also has a blog that you can read here. A recent post told ten ways you can use Torchlighters in your family.
Visit Torchlighters.org to find out details of the ways listed below that your family can use the DVDs.
1. Family fun night
2. Hold a conversation
3. Serve together
4. Curl up with a book
5. Watch anywhere
6. Empower kids
7. Explore online activities
8. Watch a documentary
9. Learn on the go
10. Apply scripture
Published on January 8th, 2020
The Torchlighters is an animated series that tells the stories of heroes of the Christian faith. The very first Torchlighters DVD told the story of Jim Elliot and four other men who died on this date 64 years ago while trying to take the gospel to a remote South American tribe. (See the trailer above.)
Read below about the DVD, and learn more about the DVDs here.
The year was 1956. From the steamy jungles of Ecuador, news spread around the world that five young American men were ruthlessly killed by members of the Auca tribe (now known as the Waorani)—a people the five young men had gone to serve and tell about Jesus. That seemingly senseless tragedy that occurred a half century ago became an inspirational marvel as family members of those killed, compelled by the grace of Christ, went back to the tribe and shared the message of forgiveness and salvation with the very men who had speared their family members! This is the story of one of those Torchlighters.
The DVD follows Jim Elliot’s adventures from his college years to his work in the jungles of Ecuador, showing young people faith in action as he answers God’s call to do the seemingly impossible. Enter “Elliot” in the Search box of this site to find more stories about him.
Published on January 7th, 2020
Tomorrow is Kim Jong Un’s birthday. Kim is the leader of North Korea. It is not certain whether he was born on January 8, 1983 or 1984.
Kim rules his country strictly and often with cruelty. Read below what it means to follow Christ in North Korea. Then pray for Kim on his birthday. Ask God to make a way for Kim to follow the truths in the Bible.
Note: The following overview is from VOM’s 2020 Global Prayer Guide. Find out how to get a copy at persecution.com/prayer.
What It Means to Follow Christ in North Korea
Christians are sent to concentration camps, where they are starved, overworked and tortured. North Koreans have a saying: Whenever two or three people are gathered together, one of them is a spy. This is true even in family settings, as children are taught to spy on their parents from a young age. Therefore, North Korean Christians must be extremely careful in what they say, what they do and how they pray; all must be done in secret.
When a Christian is discovered, the government punishes the entire family. Despite the threat of persecution and heavy social pressure, Christians in North Korea hold firmly to their faith. For example, one North Korean defector told VOM that her mother continued to shelter orphans even after they stole from her. Christian and secular analysts estimate that about 30,000 Christians are suffering in prison and labor camps.
Access to Bibles
It is very dangerous to own a Bible in North Korea. Owning even a few pages of a Bible can result in detention in a concentration camp, but there are still secret ways to obtain one. Most North Koreans have found that memorization is the safest way to keep God’s Word.
VOM provides Bibles via balloon launches, broadcasts Christian teaching over a special radio network and ministers to North Koreans wherever they are found.
Published on January 6th, 2020
(Source: Kids of Courage archives)
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13, NIV).
One day, the teachers at a public school in Pakistan called all the students to a special assembly. At the assembly, a teacher announced to the entire school that the “Injil” has been changed and is now false. “Injil” is the name that Muslims call the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
Published on January 3rd, 2020
Rebekha was angry. Her teacher expected her to sit by a new girl in her ninth grade class in Pakistan. The new girl was a Christian, and Rebekha hated Christians! She chose to sit on the floor rather than sit by Mary, the new girl.
Rebekha then had to miss school because she was sick. She needed help studying for a test. None of the other Muslim girls would help her study. Mary offered to help, and Rebekha began to like Christians a little bit more.
A Bad Attitude
Some Christians started a sewing class in Rebekha’s village, and Mary invited Rebekha to attend. Rebekha went to the class, but she sat separately from the Christian girls. She still did not like Christians very well.
The Christian girls were sad about Rebekha’s attitude. They spent much time in prayer for her.
Rebekha realized that she could find nothing wrong with the Christian girls. After two months, she asked Mary for a Bible. Mary happily gave her one. Mary asked God to help Rebekha understand the Bible and follow Christ.
The girls’ prayers were answered! Rebekha not only quit hating Christians; she became one! Rebekha was happy, but her family was miserable. They tried to get her to return to Islam, the religion of Muslims.
Honor is very important in many Muslim countries. A man receives honor if others in his culture respect him. He loses honor if members of his family do not follow the customs of those around him. Some Muslims in Pakistan believe they will lose honor if someone in their family becomes a Christian.
That is what Rebekha’s uncles believed.
An Evil Plan
The uncles took Rebekha to a canal near their farmland. When they got to the canal, they saw a deadly cobra swimming in the water. “Good,” the uncles said, “the cobra will bite her.” They threw her into the canal and hurried away. Rebekha did not know how to swim. She prayed for help. The cobra disappeared. Rebekha climbed out of the canal and praised God for keeping her safe.
Rebekha returned home soaking wet. Her family was astonished. Her father said she could no longer live there since she had become a Christian. She left home, and Mary helped her find Christians who would take care of her. Rebekha was grateful to God for sparing her life.
(Source: Kids of Courage archives)
(Note: Rebekha’s face is covered in the photo above to protect her identity.)
To Think About
Mary came from a Christian family. What advice do you suppose her family gave her about attending school where most of the students were Muslims? What do you think they told her when she came home and said that Rebekha sat on the floor rather than sitting next to her?
Use this link to find drawings of a Pakistani family to photocopy and color. Cut out the pictures after you color them, and glue them to craft sticks to make stick puppets. With the puppets, act out what might have happened at Mary’s house after she began to attend school with Rebekha.