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.
Published on November 1st, 2006
Aaron was a Muslim teenager from a large family in Morocco. Sometimes he was a bully to his sisters and cousins. He called them names and started arguments with them for little or no reason.
Many young people from Morocco leave their country and get jobs in another country. Two of Aaron’s older cousins, Esther and John, did just that. In his new home, John met some Christians who shared with him the truth about Jesus.
When Aaron heard that John had become a Christian, he was upset. The Muslim holy book, the Koran, says that Muslims who convert to other religions are “losers” (Koran Sura 3:85). Then Aaron found out that Esther had also decided to give her life to Jesus.
Aaron began e-mailing John to ask him questions. “Why did you and Esther become Christians?” he asked. “Is it because you are around other Christians and you wanted to follow their customs? Is it just a new habit you started?”
Published on October 1st, 2006
Pencil was scared. His three friends, Eraser, Paper Clip, and Pen, had just been arrested. Pencil and his friends were Christians in North Korea. The North Korean government has harsh rules to control the activities of believers. The three Christians were arrested for sharing the gospel.
Pencil was a Christian too, but he was too shy and scared to share his faith. When he tried, his mouth became dry, his hands shook, and he couldn’t make the words come out of his mouth. He was even more fearful after his friends were arrested.
Pencil and his friends had learned about Jesus from a Chinese Christian worker. The Christian encouraged them to use nicknames to make it harder for the police to know who they really were. So the friends had chosen the names of school supplies for their nicknames.
Published on July 1st, 2006
In Tehran, Iran, a 6-year-old boy watched a Christian television program about Jesus. The Muslim government does not allow Christian TV programs to be produced in Iran. But they cannot control what is broadcast into Iran from other countries by satellite.
As the boy listened to the followers of Jesus on his TV, he sang along with them and prayed when they prayed. One morning before school, he said to his mother, “I want to tell my teacher about Jesus. What can I do?”
Published on July 1st, 2006
One day, an Egyptian Christian visited two imams from a large mosque. An imam is a Muslim religious leader, and a mosque is a Muslim place of worship. (The photo to the left shows the inside of a mosque.)
The Christian told the imams, “I have some questions about Islam and would like to know more.” (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) The imams were delighted. Maybe they mistakenly thought the Christian wanted to become a Muslim.
Egyptian Muslims who become Christians are often persecuted by their families and the authorities, and are often treated unfairly. But Christians who convert to Islam are welcomed by Muslims. Some Christians in Egypt are tempted to become Muslims so they will have more privileges and fairer treatment from Muslim neighbors and officials.
Published on June 1st, 2006
Henan was a 15-year-old Christian girl from the Rade tribe in Vietnam. Her father was a church leader.
Christianity is growing among many of Vietnam’s tribal people, and Vietnamese officials often target tribal Christians for persecution. To humiliate Henan’s father in front of the villagers, the authorities set his beard on fire. Then they put chains on him and dragged him away.
No one knew where they took him. Henan stopped going to school while she searched for him. After eight months, she found him with 68 other Christians in a prison three day’s journey away from her village.