Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on July 2nd, 2008
Seeking the Truth
Bobby was a Muslim teenager. When he was asleep, he had dreams about Jesus and heaven. He wondered what the dreams meant. Many Muslims are not comfortable asking questions about their faith, or their holy book, the Quran. They just accept what Muslim leaders tell them.
But, after his dreams, Bobby had questions. He bought three books: a Bible, a Hindu book, and a Buddhist book. (Hinduism and Buddhism are religions that do not agree with the Bible.) He thought the books might help him find answers. Bobby began to read the books in his bedroom.
Muslims believe that Jesus was a good man. But they do not believe He was the Son of God. They do not believe that people are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Instead, they believe that Allah, who they worship, lets people into heaven if they have done enough good works. But no one knows how many good works are “enough.”
Bobby learned more about Jesus from the Bible he bought. But before he could decide what he believed, he got in trouble. “One day I forgot to lock my door,” Bobby said. “My mother came in, and seeing the books, she screamed. My father told me, ‘You’re a sinner.’” Bobby’s parents thought the books were “unclean.”
Published on July 1st, 2008
First Anna was kicked out of school, then she was kicked out of her house! Anna’s mother died when Anna was very young. After a while, Anna’s father got married again. But Anna’s new stepmother did not want her.
Some helpful Christians in a house church began taking care of Anna when she was 9 years old. Soon they took her to a Christian orphanage. A pastor called Pastor Bike and his wife took care of five orphans at the home. Pastor Bike loved the children and took very good care of them. During the day, the children went to school.
But the Chinese school did not allow orphans to go to school. They kicked Anna out.
Published on June 18th, 2008
Visit www.PrisonerAlert.com to find out how you can write Christians who are in prison for their faith. Words in the prisoner’s language are provided for you to include in your message.
Welcome a Visitor
About 150,000 Chinese students have come to the U.S. to go to school since the 1970s. About half of them have attended church at least once while they were in America. (Source: Jesus in Beijing by David Aikman)
More than 200,000 students have come to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia in the past 35 to 40 years. Hundreds of Christians in Saudi Arabia became believers while studying in other countries.
Kids can make newcomers feel welcome! Do you know someone from another country who might like to be invited to church?
For $30 a month, The Voice of the Martyrs will send your family, class, or group five New Testaments and everything needed for mailing Scriptures to someone in a country where Christian activity is limited by the government. Go to www.BiblesUnbound.com to find out how to sign up. The site also tells you how to get a free DVD to learn more about the Bibles Unbound program.
Published on June 17th, 2008
Some people say: “It is wrong to smuggle Bibles.”
Others say: “Sometimes Christians have to smuggle Bibles.”
|Bible verses||“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1, NIV). Some people say this verse means Christians must not take Bibles into countries where government leaders do not want Bibles.||Christ commanded His followers, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “All the world” includes countries where it is illegal to preach the gospel. In that case, “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29, NIV)|
|The laws and commands of rulers||Some people say that Christians must obey all the laws and commands of rulers, even if those laws cause us to disobey God’s Word.||The following people in the Bible disobeyed government rulers in order to obey God: Moses’ mother (Exodus 2:2), Rahab (Joshua 2), Daniel (Daniel 6), apostles and others (Acts 5).|
|Danger for those who follow Christ||If Bibles are smuggled into countries where Christians are persecuted, people will read them. Those who then choose to follow Christ will be persecuted. If the smugglers do not take them a Bible, they will not be persecuted.||Jesus warned His followers that they will be persecuted (John 15:20). He has promised His persecuted followers that they will received eternal rewards (Matthew 5:11,12).|
|Loving others||Some people say that Christians should show respect and tolerance for the beliefs of those who don’t follow Christ. They say that giving them Bibles does not show this respect for their beliefs.||When we tell others the Good News of the way to eternal life, we are demonstrating our extreme love for them. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).|
Published on June 17th, 2008
|Building for worship||Synagogue||Church|
|Main day of worship for most followers||Saturday||Sunday|
|Number of followers in the world today||About 14 million||About 2 billion|
|Number of followers in North America||About 6 million||About 270 million|
|God||Judaism teaches that there is one God.||Christianity teaches that there is one God who reveals Himself as God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit.|
|Jesus and salvation||Jews believe that Jesus was an important teacher, but not the Messiah, Lord, or Savior. The believe they can earn God’s favor by doing good works in obedience to His commandments. Different Jewish groups have different views about what happens to people after they die.||Jesus is the Son of God who died to save people from sin. Those who believe in Him receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life in the presence of God (John 3:16). Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Christ. No one is righteous enough to earn salvation by their good works alone (Ephesians 2:8,9).|