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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.)

Spotlight Story

Peter: Standing Firm in a Cuban Classroom

Cuba

Peter is a 12-year-old Christian boy in Cuba. It was not unusual for him to get in trouble at school because he believes in the truth of the Bible. Once when his teacher was discussing evolution, Peter said, “God created the world!” Communism teaches that it is unimportant, and even stupid, to believe in God.

On television in Cuba, there is a one-hour daily program about communism. Students are expected to watch the program and make a report about it. Peter does not watch the program, because he does not believe communism is the truth.

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Uzbekistan: Standing Firm in a Muslim Land

Uzbekistan

Ruth, a 10-year-old Christian, lives in a country in Central Asia. She is shown in the photo with a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). The worker is sharing notes with Ruth from Christians who are praying for her. Ruth speaks Russian and a little bit of three other languages. Her favorite game is hopscotch, and she loves to sing and read.

Ruth’s father is the pastor of a church that meets in Ruth’s house. Most of the people in Ruth’s town are Muslims. Some of them learned the truth about Jesus from Ruth’s family. But other Muslims were angry when the church began to grow.

Very late one night, someone started a fire in Ruth’s backyard. They set the fire on purpose. Whoever started it was probably trying to stop Ruth’s father from preaching the truth.

The fire spread to the house church, and then it was put out. In the morning, church members began to rebuild the church and repair the damage.

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Ruth: A 10-Year-Old Hero

Ruth
Ruth

One Sunday, 12 police officers burst into a small house church in Central Asia, just before the morning worship service started. The police wanted to search the house and arrest the Christians. It is not legal in that country to hold worship services outside of a church registered by the government. The government makes it very difficult for new churches to register.

The pastor’s wife, Tamara, saw the police enter the house. Quickly she sent her 10-year-old daughter Ruth outside. (Ruth is shown in the photo looking at a Russian The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter about persecuted Christians in China.)

Ruth knew what to do when she got outside. Pretending to play, she ran to church members as they came near, and she warned them that the police were inside.

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Colombia: Louis’ Dream

Louis had a dream. He wanted to share the story of Jesus with FARC guerrillas.

The members of FARC are terrorists in Colombia who want to rule the land. They attack, threaten, and kidnap people. Few people are bold enough to share the gospel with them. But that is what Louis wanted to do.

Louis was just a boy, and he seemed to have no way to follow his dream of preaching among the guerrillas. He and his family were very poor.

Louis was able to go to school because he had a sponsor from another country. Through a Christian organization, the sponsor paid money every month to help support Louis.

Louis finished all the classes at his village school. As a reward, the Christian group gave him a beautiful ring. Other than a few pieces of clothing, the ring was all he owned.

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Feature Story

Colombia: Trapped in Violence

Celso and his three Christian friends arrived at the camp at noon. A group of camp residents met them. Celso gave each member of the group a Bible and a radio. He had more gifts with him for others at the camp.

Not everyone at the camp was happy with the presents. They were not used to getting gifts, and unexpected visitors did not often show up in the area.

Celso and his friends had bravely dropped in on some guerrillas at their camp in the Colombian jungle. Guerrillas are people who carry out illegal acts of war and terrorism.

Many of the guerrillas in Colombia are part of a group called “FARC” (rhymes with “dark”). The letters in FARC stand for the Spanish words “las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.” In English, that means “the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.” FARC members are not part of a regular army.

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