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Iran: “Persecution Keeps You Clean”

Sharing the gospel in Iran

Todd Nettleton at VOM Radio recently talked with Ali, a Christian who spreads the gospel in Iran. Ali is at risk of persecution every day, because it is against the law for Muslims in Iran to become Christians.

Todd asked Ali, “What do you think about the risk of persecution? How do you think about it on a day-to-day basis and as you make plans for what you’re going to do next week and next year?”

Ali answered, “First, persecution keeps you clean. You are not going to sin for a long time if you are being persecuted, because you want the hand of God upon you. You don’t want His hand to be lifted from you.

“It’s not that He loves me less or that I have to be holy for Him to love me — no. It’s about discipline. The enemy is looking for a door. He is like a roaring lion circling around us looking for ways to attack. [See 1 Peter 5:8.] We don’t want to open doors for him. So persecution keeps you clean.

The second thing — persecution has forced me to learn the power of prayer and fasting and sticking to the Word. Because if I’m not in a relationship with God, if I’m not talking to God, and I’m not hearing from God, I could make a risky mistake.”

(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Talk About
*How does Ali say persecution keeps him clean?
*If Ali could move to the United States and spread the gospel without risking so much, should he do so?


Activities Story

Kids of Courage Advent Calendar

Advent calendar

Needed
*A sheet of foam board about 15 inches by 20 inches
*48 multicolored labels
*Push pins or tacks
*Fine tip marker
*Glue
*Small photos of children from countries where Christians are persecuted from VOM publications or websites. (Or print and cut out the photos here.)

Instructions
*Cut off the tops of 24 labels, and glue a photo on each one, labeling them with the names of the countries where the children live, if desired. (Variation: Glue flags of countries where Christians are persecuted on the labels. Find flags in the Countries section of this site.) Let dry.

*Glue the 24 labels to the foam board. (See photo.)

*Number additional labels from 1 to 24. Use tacks or push pins to attach the numbered labels to the foam board on top of the photo labels.

*In some places, persecution of Christians increases during the season when followers of Christ celebrate His birth. Starting on December 1st, pray for the children pictured on the calendar.

Pray that God will protect Christians during the Christmas season.
Pray that non-Christians will learn about Jesus and decide to follow Him.
Ask God to comfort families of Christian prisoners who are separated from their loved ones during this season.

You can find more prayer suggestions here or in downloadable Bold Believers books here.

You can also enter the name of a country in the Search box on this site to find stories and prayer needs for that country.


Activities Story

Christmas Greetings for Prisoners

Greeting card made by a 10-year-old VOM volunteer

To send greetings to a Christian prisoner in another country, visit prisoneralert.com. Click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Follow the instructions to complete the process. Or, to send your own greeting, continue the process until you get to the step in which a prisoner’s address is shown. Then instead of finishing the process and printing the letter, use the address provided to mail a greeting. (Find more instructions here.) Go to a post office to ask how much postage you will need to mail the letter.

Or, fold a piece of colored paper in half. Draw around a cookie cutter to make a picture on the front of the card. Write a message on the inside, or print a message in the prisoner’s language from prisoneralert.com to attach to the card. (To find a message in the prisoner’s language, click on the name of a prisoner, then on “Write a Letter.” Use the instructions above to find the prisoner’s address.)


Spotlight Story

Emre Wants to Go to Camp

Emre

(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. SDOK is in the Netherlands, where the people speak Dutch.)

Emre from Turkey has already been to a Christian summer camp twice. He thought it was super fun. The kids at camp learn Bible stories, sing songs, and play cool games. Emre is a Christian and nobody else at his school is Christian. He finds that quite difficult. That’s why he wants to go to the summer camp again. There he can meet his Christian friends and learn a lot from the Bible.

The summer camp leaders make lots of preparations, but sometimes there is bad news. It is not always easy to find a nice and safe place to have the camp. Do you want to pray that a good spot is found next time? Then Emre can go to camp again!

Watch an SDOK video of Christian kids at a camp in Turkey here.


Readers Talk to Us Story

Erika and Gracia

Erika and Gracia

The Voice of the Martyrs Advance conferences share personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the midst of persecution. Gracia Burnham is a speaker at some of the conferences. Gracia and her husband, Martin, were missionaries in the Philippines. They were kidnapped by a gang of radical Muslims who took them into the jungle. The Burnhams lived with the kidnappers in harsh conditions for about a year.

Erika, a girl who attended a VOM conference and met Gracia, has been telling others what she learned. Read what Erika said below.

My name is Erika and I am 8 years old. I am also in the 2nd grade. On Saturday we went to Georgia and went to the VOM conference. There was a lot of people there. They sang a lot of songs and had a lot of speakers. The last speaker was Ms. Gracia. She was a very good speaker.

She went in the jungle and they laid on rice sacks, and one morning when she woke up there was a snake crawling out of her rice sack. She also found some old boots for her hurt feet, and she found anything she could find to put on her feet because the boots was not comfortable. She got shot in the leg when fighting was going on, and her husband got shot in the chest and died. She and her husband were both missionaries. I learned it is important to pray for those who are missionaries and all people all over the world. I also learned to pray for the persecuted.

(Edited for length and clarity.)

Learn more about VOM Advance conferences here.
Read a story about Gracia here, or in Bold Believers in the Philippines, available in the Download section.