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Bold Believers in North Korea

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.

Feature Story

Afghanistan: New Life Brings Risks

Afghanistan

New Drivers
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)

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Feature Story

Laos: U.S. Student Visit

Laos

Obstacles
In Laos, the official language is Lao, but more than 90 different languages are spoken. With all the different languages, teaching people about Jesus can be very difficult!

Two groups of people who speak different languages are the Khmu and the Hmong (pronounced “kmoo” and “mong”). We praise God that many Khmu and Hmong people are following Jesus! But others are animists. Animists believe that spirits are in everything, and they fear the spirits. They do not understand, or have not been told, that the truth of the gospel sets people free from fears. (See John 8:32 and 1 John 4:18.)

The communist government of Laos tries to control the spread of the gospel. Christians are sometimes put in prison, just for believing in Jesus.

How will those who don’t know Jesus in Laos find out about Him with so many obstacles to the spread of the gospel? God is making ways.

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Spotlight Story

Lydia and Sharon: Escape from North Korea

Lydia and Sharon are both from North Korea, but they didn’t know each other while living there. At school they learned about the family history of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Kim Il Sung was North Korea’s former leader. He died in 1994, but he is kept in a glass-covered box so the citizens can look at him and honor him. Kim Jong Il, the current ruler, is Kim Il Sung’s son. He builds statues of himself all over North Korea. The people are expected to honor him and follow his teachings instead of honoring God.

In North Korea, Lydia and Sharon were not taught about Jesus.

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Feature Story

Russia: Is Communism Dead?

Russia

At the end of the 1980s, communism began to collapse all over Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Before the collapse, communist governments had tried to destroy Christianity. They tore down churches, burned Bibles, made laws against teaching children about Jesus, and jailed Christians.

In communist Romania, brave Christian heroes found ways to spread the gospel to communists who did not believe in God. Some Christians threw Gospel booklets through the windows of moving trains carrying communist soldiers. Soldiers seeking the truth grabbed the Gospels and quickly hid them under their uniforms before their leaders caught them.

Many Romanian Christians were put in prison for sharing the gospel. Two of them, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, later escaped Romania and started The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). VOM helped, and still helps, Christians in the communist countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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Spotlight Story

Peter: Standing Firm in a Cuban Classroom

Cuba

Peter is a 12-year-old Christian boy in Cuba. It was not unusual for him to get in trouble at school because he believes in the truth of the Bible. Once when his teacher was discussing evolution, Peter said, “God created the world!” Communism teaches that it is unimportant, and even stupid, to believe in God.

On television in Cuba, there is a one-hour daily program about communism. Students are expected to watch the program and make a report about it. Peter does not watch the program, because he does not believe communism is the truth.

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