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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

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Help from Muslims

Dawn in Kenya

Parents and Teachers: The May 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Somalia and Kenya. 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.

One day, gunmen attacked churches in Kenya. People suspected that the attackers were member of al-Shabab, a group of violent Muslims from across the border in Somalia.

Some youth in Kenya and their leaders decided to help the police guard churches to stop new attacks. The youth are Muslims! They do not follow Jesus, but they do not like the violent Muslims attacking churches either.

Thank God for sending help to the churches. Pray that Christians in Kenya will be good examples to the Muslims so the Muslims will want to find out more about Jesus. Pray that al-Shabab and other groups like them will give up their violent ways and follow the Prince of Peace.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)

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God’s Factory

Refugee children from Syria

A pastor in Syria told VOM workers about life in his country during attacks by radical Muslims. He said that many more people are now willing to listen to the truth about Jesus and to go to church.

The pastor said:
“There is great evil! But at the same time, our God is great! God can turn all evil to good. All the bad things in Syria, God will turn to good; that is our belief; this is our prayer. God has a special factory. He takes all the bad things and puts them inside that factory and brings out blessings and good things to His people.”

To Think About
Can you think of some Bible stories that tell how God brought good out of bad situations? If you don’t know the stories of Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery, Moses’ life, and Jesus death and resurrection, ask an adult who is familiar with the stories to tell you.

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Trouble and Forgiveness


The trouble started after Salim’s mom and dad read a Bible. Like other Muslims in the country where they live, they had never read God’s Word. Salim’s parents believed what the Bible taught, and they became followers of Jesus.

Some people in their community began coming to Salim’s house to learn about Jesus and the Bible. But others were angry. They didn’t want Muslims leaving their faith to become Christians.

One day, a mob of Muslim villagers surrounded Salim’s house and started throwing rocks at the house and through the windows. Salim and his four siblings were scared. But their dad climbed on the roof so he could see the rock throwers better! “I want to see my attackers so I’ll know who to pray for,” he said.

More Trouble
The next attack was even worse for Salim. He was outside when an attacker on a motorcycle crashed into him on purpose. Salim was badly injured. (See the photo of Salim in the hospital. His face is covered to hide his identity from people who may still want to persecute his family.) For three days, he was in a coma. He had several broken bones, and doctors inserted a metal pin in his arm to help him heal properly. After the attack, Christians helped Salim and his family move to a safer place away from their village.

Salim’s parents were very sad that he was suffering. But they remembered that Jesus told His followers to forgive others (Matthew 6:14). Salim’s dad knew who had injured his son. He called the man on the phone and told him, “I know it was you. I want you to know that because I follow Jesus Christ, I forgive you.” The police asked Salim’s parents if they wanted to press charges against the motorcyclist, but they said no.

The villagers burned down Salim’s house after his family moved away. And the family is safer in their new location. But Salim’s dad would still like to return to the village to tell more Muslims about Jesus. He knows that they will no longer persecute Christians if they understand the love of Jesus.

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ISIS Helps Woman Become a Christian

May 2017 newsletter

Parents and Teachers: The May 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Somalia. 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.

A visitor to The Voice of the Martyrs, Julian, told a story to illustrate how God can use something evil to bring about good. The story was about a Muslim woman in Somalia who prayed memorized Muslim prayers every day. She prayed in Arabic, as Muslims do all over the world, even if they don’t know Arabic.

A friend sent the woman a link to a video on the Internet. When the woman clicked on the link, she saw a radical Muslim committing a violent act. The Muslim was reciting verses from the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

She was so shocked, she began praying in her own language, Somali. And she prayed from her heart, not memorized prayers. “God, is this what you want?” she prayed. “Is this who You are?” She wanted to know if the violent Muslims were following God’s will.

That night God answered her prayers. She had a vision of a shining figure in white (Jesus) descending from heaven. A multitude of people on earth worshiped Him. She was one of the worshipers.

She knew that what she saw was right and good. She became a believer, as did her husband. They now serve God in a ministry.

Isis, a radical Muslim group, has become well-known for their part in violence in Syria and Iraq. They have also been called ISIL, IS, Islamic State, and Daesh.

“A lot of us, when we look at what is happening with ISIS, we want to pray against them,” said Julian. “The natural reaction is to pray out of anger against them.

“But these are people who have been deceived. They are lost. They are heading for a Christ-less eternity. We need to pray for them. God is able to turn what the enemy intends for evil into something good.”


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Singing and Praying in Prison

Praying for Ethiopia

Last fall, after receiving training about how to share the gospel, some Christians in Ethiopia decided to pass out Christian books to people in their community. Four girls, Gifti (age 14), Mihiret (14), Eden (15), and Deborah (18) helped hand out the books.

Muslims in the community said the girls were “insulting” Islam, the religion of Muslims. Because of their complaints, the four girls were arrested and taken to a prison for criminals. On their first night in the prison, Eden was beaten. But she said to a Christian who visited her in prison, “This [suffering] is an honor for us. We should expect persecution. We are not afraid. We are singing and praying here in prison.”

Praise God, the girls were released from prison shortly before Christmas in good health!
(Source: World Watch Monitor)

To Talk About
*Why do you think Eden said that the girls’ suffering was “an honor?” (Read about some early Christians who also considered suffering for Jesus an honor in Acts 5:40-41.)
*Why did Eden say Christians should expect persecution? (Read John 15:20.)
*Who were also singing and praying in prison in Acts 16:25?

Read more about courageous Christians in Ethiopia in Bold Believers in Ethiopia, available in the free Downloads section.

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