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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.)

Feature Story

India: Gang Member Learns Forgiveness

India

Narayan Gowda was the leader of a gang in India. His gang had 14 members. Narayan’s gang drank, smoked, used drugs, and attacked people, especially Christians.

The gang was part of a larger group of radical Hindus. The radicals wanted Hindus to have more power in India. They encouraged their members to use violence to reach their goals.

The radical Hindus praised them when they caused trouble, but Narayan wasn’t happy. “I struggled with guilt because of the terrible things I was doing,” he said.

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Spotlight Story

India: Three Brave Sisters

India

Poonam, age 16, decided to follow Christ. Her older sisters, Kusumam and Kalpana, also became Christians after they were invited to church by their Christian uncle.

Like most of the people in India, the girls grew up in a Hindu family. The only Christian in the family was their uncle.

Hindus are people who follow the religion called Hinduism. Hinduism does not agree with many of the truths in the Bible.

Many Hindus do not like violence. But radical Hindus sometimes try to get more power by threatening Christians. They especially do not like other Hindus to leave Hinduism and become Christians.

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Spotlight Story

Turkey: Miriam Hopes to Go to Jail

Turkey

Miriam was sad. Her father had died and she missed him.

A reporter wrote about her father’s funeral. “Throughout most of the ceremony, only the smallest girl, Miriam, broke down in tears,” said the reporter.

Miriam, age 8, lived in Turkey with her parents, her 13-year-old sister Michal Janina, and her 10-year-old brother Lucas. Her father, Tillman, and her mother, Susanne, had come to Turkey from Germany in the 1990s. They hoped to live as followers of Christ among Muslims who did not know Him. (See the photo of the family above.)

Tillman was helping other Christians prepare a new Turkish Bible for Turkish people to read. The children attended school in Turkey. They spoke German, Turkish, and some English.

On Easter in 2007, some young Turkish men came to the worship service that Miriam and her family attended. They pretended to be interested in learning more about Jesus. Later, still pretending, they visited Tillman and two other Christians.

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Feature Story

Philippines: Bombed but Blessed

Philippines

Esther
Esther is a Christian in the Philippines. She was a leader in her youth group, and her father is a pastor.

Esther wanted to be a nurse. She finished nurse’s training and planned to visit a hospital to see if she could get a job. Finally she was going to get the chance to be a real nurse! Esther was very excited.

She got on a public bus that was going to the hospital. It was 7:00 a.m. and many people were eating breakfast at a nearby restaurant. Not many were on the bus yet.

After Esther was seated and comfortable, she noticed a bag under her seat. “I felt uneasy, so I moved across the aisle,” Esther said.

“About five minutes later, there was a loud explosion,” Esther continued. “The bag under the seat where I was sitting earlier exploded. It was a bomb. That side of the bus was totally ripped off. The seat the bomb was under disappeared.

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Feature Story

Iran: Crime Scene Investigation

Iran

Note: Some of the quotes in this story were edited and paraphrased from the original source for clarity.

Sarah is a girl from Iran. When she was 10 years old, about the age of the Iranian girl in the photo to the left, a scary thing happened to her, her older sister, and her parents.

“One Sunday around lunch time, there was a knock at our door,” said Sarah. “Some men came into our home with walkie-talkies and guns at their sides. They came with a search warrant to search our home. They put all four of us into one room while they searched the rest of the house.”

The men were police who were looking for evidence of a crime. Sarah’s father, a taxi driver, had given Christian pamphlets and New Testaments to Muslims. In Iran, that is a crime.

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