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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Feature Story

Mexico: Refugees for the Lord

Mexico

Refugee: A person who flees, or is forced out of, a place of danger to them. The refugee settles in a safer place.

Vicente and Gerardo were in trouble. The traditionalists in their town in Chiapas, Mexico were planning another festival.

“Traditionalists” in Chiapas follow some Catholic teachings. But they mix those teachings with superstitious practices from the ancient Mayan religion. The Bible does not speak well of such practices (Isaiah 47:12–15; Daniel 1:20).

The traditionalists hold 13 festivals a year. They demand that the townspeople pay a “tax” to help them buy liquor and supplies for the festivals.

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Spotlight Story

Mexico: Children in Chiapas

Mexico

Manuel Mendez was 12 years old. He was in the first grade at a school in Chiapas, Mexico.

Manuel was still in first grade because he had been expelled so many times. He struggled to stay in school.

Getting an education was important to him. “I want to be a teacher,” said Manuel, “so I can teach my mother and father how to read.” (Many adults in Chiapas never had the chance to go to school or to learn to read.)

Manuel had not been expelled for bad behavior. Instead, he was one of many children who had not been allowed to stay in school because of his parents’ faith.

Over the past few years, traditionalists have stopped evangelical children from registering for school, or have gotten them expelled. Traditionalists follow some Catholic teachings mixed with unbiblical practices of the ancient Mayan religion. Evangelicals believe in the truth of the Bible and in sharing the Good News of Jesus with others.

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Eritrea: In Trouble for Singing

Eritrea

One Saturday morning, police officers in Eritrea raided a children’s Bible study. The kids, ages 2 to 18, were taken to the police station with their teachers.

At the station the children began to sing a song. The song said, “I am not afraid of persecution, hardships, and even death. Nobody can separate me from the love of Jesus Christ.”

According to some reports, the police told the children to “shut up.” The youngest children were released that day, but the oldest had to stay longer.

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Indonesia: The Man in the White Hat

Indonesia

Radical Muslims caused trouble for a woman named Huta Julu and her church in Indonesia many times.

One night the Muslims nailed boards over the windows and doors so no one could get into the church. So the congregation worshiped in front of the church. Then the Muslims poured mud in front of the church and made it hard to walk there.

Huta Julu said, “We moved into the street to worship and praise God. A Muslim mob brought knives to scare us. We were singing, ‘In the name of Jesus, we have the victory.’ As we sang, many in the mob backed up and tripped, and some fell down….Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

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Eritrea: No More Church for Joseph

Eritrea

“No more church,” said Joseph, an 11-year-old Christian boy in Eritrea. “Now we worship in a secret place hidden from the police.” Members of church groups that are not approved by the Eritrean government can be arrested for meeting together.

Joseph also has problems at school. “Whenever there is talk about Christians, the children insult me and try to bite me sometimes,” said Joseph. “When I pray to God, He gives me strength to handle the situation.

“I found Christ in Sunday school when I was 5,” said Joseph. “My father was always teaching me about my Lord.”

But Joseph never sees his dad anymore. His father was in danger of arrest because of his faith, so he secretly escaped from Eritrea. Joseph and his mother cannot escape. “It is a very dangerous route through the desert,” said a Christian friend of the family. “For a woman and kid, it would be impossible to try.”

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