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VOM’s Courageous Series books highlight the lives of faithful Christians throughout history, including the stories of biblical heroes Stephen, Thomas and Paul as well as three additional stories of well-known Christians Nicholas, Patrick and Valentine, whose faith informed their actions. Learn more here.

Activities Story

Make a Nepali Topi

Schoolboys in topis

A topi is a hat worn by men and boys in Nepal. Follow the instructions below to make your own topi. Find these instructions and more in the activity book Bold Believers in Nepal, available for free in the Downloads section of this site.

Supplies needed: Two 8½- by 11-inch pieces of construction paper, scissors, stapler, pencil, markers, crayons.

Topi 1 Fold an 8½- by 11-inch piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut the paper in two along the fold line.
Topi 2 Staple the halves together, overlapping the ends about 1 inch to make one long strip. Join the ends of the strip together and staple them, forming a circle.
Topi 3 Flatten the circle and crease it shut near both stapled ends, being careful not to hurt your fingers on the staples. To decorate your topi, use crayons or markers to draw designs or pictures on the flattened circle.
Topi 4 Open the flattened circle into the shape of an ellipse. It will be the bottom part of your topi. Stand the ellipse upright on an 8½- by 11-inch piece of construction paper.
Topi 5 Draw around the ellipse with a pencil, making a new ellipse that extends about 1 inch beyond the sides (but not the ends) of the old ellipse.
Topi 6 Cut out the ellipse you have drawn. It will be the top of the topi.
Topi 7 Using two staples on each side, attach the top to the bottom of the topi about ½ inch below the top edge.

Spotlight Story

A Teenager in Kindergarten

[Photo: Schoolboys in Nepal]

The Voice of the Martyrs supports a Christian school in Nepal, where most of the people are Buddhists or Hindus. Thirteen-year-old Sejun was a student at the school. But he was an unusual student, because he was a teenager in kindergarten.

Sejun felt embarrassed about being so much older than the others in his class. “I was learning the alphabet and numbers with small kids,” he said. But he wanted to learn, so he stuck with it.

When Sejun was 4 years old, his parents had sent him to India to become a Buddhist monk. For the next nine years, he memorized and recited only Buddhist books. The teachers treated him harshly, year after year. So he decided to sneak away and go back to Nepal. His parents enrolled him in school so he could learn subjects he had not studied as a monk.

A New Life
While at the Christian school, Sejun learned about Jesus and began attending church. “I found the people in the church to be so loving, kind, and caring,” he said. At 15, Sejun placed his faith in Christ.

Now Sejun is 18. During the three years since he became a Christian, his Buddhist friends and family have persecuted him for his faith. He plans to attend a Bible school and to share his faith with Buddhist friends. “I need to pass my salvation to my circle of friends,” Sejun said.

He prays for those who persecute him. (See Matthew 5:44.) “Since Jesus has borne all the persecution,” he said, “compared to Him our persecution in nothing.”

(Source: October 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine)

To Talk About
How do you think the other kindergarten students treated Sejun when he joined their class? Sejun said he found Christians to be loving, kind, and caring. If the students at school or people at church had made fun of him, do you think he would have wanted to learn more about Christianity?

Spotlight Story

“A Different Happiness”

[Photo: Tavesa]

(Source: The October 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)

Pictures of Hindu gods are displayed on the walls of Tavesa’s house in Nepal. Hindu idols sit on her tables. A poster of Hindu snake idols hangs on her door during a yearly festival.

But Tavesa is a Christian.

Tavesa’s husband died eight years ago. After he died, Tavesa’s Hindu son became the head of the household. He took over Tavesa’s home and forced her to move into his own run-down house. And he began ruling over her, telling her where she could and could not go.

Surrounded by Idols
Tavesa trusted in Christ as her Savior two years after her husband died. Her son believes he is honoring his Hindu father by working to keep his family Hindu. So he tries to force his Hindu beliefs on his mother. He displays the Hindu idols, pictures, and posters in her house and forbids her to move them.

“Peace in My Heart”
“The only thing I can do is pray and ask God to change his heart,” Tavesa said. She hosts monthly prayer meetings in her house. “When there is a prayer meeting in my house, on that day I feel a different happiness or peace in my heart…Jesus is with me, and there are so many people praying for me, so I am not alone.”

Will you join Tavesa in praying that her son will ask Jesus to change his heart?

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This Month

Parents and Teachers
The October 2020 photo issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine highlights stories of courageous Christians in Nepal.

The issue includes stories of a teenager enrolled in a Christian kindergarten after nine years of learning only Buddhist teachings at a monastery, and a Christian widow whose Hindu son hangs pictures of Hindu snake idols in her home.

Central Asia, Colombia, Laos, and Kenya are featured in updates of stories from past issues. In addition, you can learn how to prepare to observe this year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church in November.

Related Resources
* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several countries here.
*Watch a video clip from Center Asia here.

Spotlight Story

Caught by the Police

Recently Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio interviewed Ed Cannon, the president of the Far East Broadcasting Company. The FEBC uses radio and other technology to reach people all over the world with the gospel. Sometimes they have to secretly smuggle items into countries where the government does not want Christianity to spread.

Once Ed was carrying Christian materials in his pocket on microSD cards, which are small memory cards that can be used in mobile devices. Ed planned to give the memory cards to Christians in Southeast Asia.

But the police stopped Ed and others in his group and questioned them.  Ed told Todd what happened next.

Ed’s Story
I was in jail for one day in a country in Southeast Asia where we were interrogated by the local authorities. When they found that we had Christian content on microSD chips in our pockets, we were escorted into the local police department. We spent about 10 hours there that day.

We had these microSD chips with Christian teaching/preaching on them and they took those from us when we first came. We figured out that they were listening to them in the back room.

At the end of the day, we think we got released because the police wanted to go home and have dinner with their families, so they wanted to shoo us out. When they were releasing us, a man came and gave us back the little plastic bag with the microSD chips in it. He said, “Here, you can have these back.”

But there was only about half as many as we came with. We asked him, “What happened to the rest of the chips?”

The guy whispered and said, “You know what? I listened to those in the back, and I was wondering if I could share those messages with my family? Could I keep a few?”

Of course we said, “Yeah, just keep the whole bag. You can have them all!”

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity)

To Think About
*Do you think Ed wanted to be caught by the police?
*After the police let him go, do you think he was glad he had been caught? Why or why not?
*Has anything ever happened to you that seemed bad at first but turned out good?