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 May 1st, 2005
Abel (not his real name) goes to Sunday school and church every week. At Sunday school he learns many songs and Bible verses. Some of the favorite verses of his classmates are John 10:28 and John 3:16. One of the songs they sing regularly is based on Psalm 133. At church Abel and his friends pray and listen to the preacher.
“I have been coming to Sunday school for 10 years,” Abel told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs. “My mother introduced me to Jesus.”
Abel’s story might not sound unusual. Many Christian children around the world could tell similar stories about their Sunday school and church.
Published on April 7th, 2005
Growing Up Muslim
“Sara” (not her real name) is a woman in Iran. She grew up in a Muslim family. Even when she was very young, she thought about eternal things. “I wanted the Truth,” she told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs.
Muslims worship Allah; they believe he is the creator of the universe. Muslims believe they should pray five times a day at certain times, in certain ways, saying certain words. Sara saw other Muslims praying to Allah.
“As a young girl,” said Sara, “I asked my mom and dad if I could learn how to pray the prayers. I would lay out my white prayer cloth on the floor then place another cloth on top, then lay down a handkerchief with a stone. We have to put our nose on the stone.”
Christians know that we are saved from sin by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Muslims depend on their own good works to please Allah. They believe Allah will allow them to enter paradise when they die if they have done enough good works. Sara became known as someone who was working very hard to earn her way to paradise.
Published on April 4th, 2005
Christians in Iran have told The Voice of the Martyrs about a 7-year-old Iranian Christian boy. The boy used to be a Muslim. When he was born, his parents gave him the name of a well-known relative of Mohammed. Mohammed was the founder of the Muslim religion.
When Muslims in Iran become Christians, many of them begin to use Christian names instead of the Muslim names they were born with. When the 7-year-old boy decided to follow Christ, he did not change his name. “I want people to know that even someone with my name can be saved!” he said.
Published on March 3rd, 2005
Shanashah is an Afghan Christian boy. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs talked to him in Pakistan. Shanashah appeared to be about 10 years old, but he was not sure of his age. Many Afghan children have had very difficult lives. They have not been able to keep track of their birthdays.
Like other boys and men in his part of the world, Shanashah often wears a shalwar kamiz, which includes baggy pants and a long shirt. His favorite game is cricket. He likes to eat mutton and apples. In school, his favorite subject is English.
Published on March 2nd, 2005
Change comes slowly in Afghanistan, but new things are starting to happen in the Muslim nation.
For many years only Afghan men drove cars. Radical Taliban Muslims ruled Afghanistan until 2001, and the Taliban forced women to cover themselves from head to toe in long robes called “burqas.” (See the photo at left.) It is not possible to see well enough to drive safely in a burqa.
Delawar, an Afghan driving teacher, had only one woman student at his school in five years. But now many women are signing up for lessons. He has taught 60 women to drive in the past six months.
Afghan women drivers still have many struggles. Some men don’t think women should drive. The men sometimes stare or yell at women drivers or block them from moving by parking in front of them.(Source: Independent News, 1-15-05)