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 June 1st, 2005
In Bible times, parents gave their children names with special meanings. Sometimes the names described how God was working in their family or their nation. For example, Samuel, meaning “heard by God,” was an answer to his mother’s prayer. Moses, who was drawn out of the water, had a name that means “drawn out.”
Today some parents in Bangladesh also give their children names with special meaning for Christians. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) once met some Bangladeshi children named Praise and Promise.
Praise is 7 years old, and Promise is just a baby. Their father’s name is Stephen, and their mother’s is Anjali. (See Pastor Stephen’s photo at right. His eyes are covered to protect his identity.) The boys’ names show that their parents love God and trust in Him.
Published on May 16th, 2005
Some Christian youth in China attend a very unusual school. One thing that makes it so different is that the principal does not come to school very often. Another thing is that the students stay at the school for up to a year and rarely go outside. This school also has a prayer room where students sit or kneel to pray on mats on the floor.
The school is a secret training school for future evangelists and pastors. The students range in age from 16 to 20. They are required to complete the ninth grade before the school accepts them as students.
In China, Christian training is illegal for anyone under 18. Any Christian activity outside the “official church” is not approved by the authorities. The school is not part of the state-approved church.
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.