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 July 3rd, 2005
Romans 12 in Action
Jesus commanded His followers to “go into all the world” to preach the Good News (Mark 16:15). He knew it would not always be easy. In Romans 12:9-21, the apostle Paul offers guidance to those who want to follow Christ, whatever the cost. Read below about some people in India who followed the Bible’s instructions.
Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12)
Two years ago, about 1,500 Bible college graduates met together in Rajasthan, India. The Bible students knew the cost of following Jesus in their state and country. Reports say that radical Hindus in the state of Rajasthan have said they want to get rid of all the Christians in the area. The students stood side by side and made a pledge. Here is part of the pledge:
- I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my hands to serve all mankind.
- I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my feet to spread the gospel to all the ends of the earth, no matter the cost.
- I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my lips by proclaiming the Good News to all who hear.
- I surrender this body on earth to the perfect will of Jesus, and should my blood be spilled, may it bring forth a mighty harvest of souls. As a soldier of the cross, I stand with the apostle Paul in stating that, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Published on July 1st, 2005
(The following story is a true story. The names of the people in the story are not their real names. Three Indian children about their age are shown in the photo.)
Grace, age 10, and Jay, age 7, are a brother and sister in a very large city in India. Their father, Thomas, is a Christian pastor.
Grace and Jay’s family are “Dalits.” In the past, Dalits were called “untouchables.” Untouchables are the lowest class of people in India’s Hindu caste system. The caste system ranks families into social classes. Today the caste system is illegal, but Dalits still often suffer from poor treatment by Hindus in higher castes. A Christian in India said, “Christians have no caste; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.”
Published on June 3rd, 2005
(The following story was told to VOM contacts by Salina.)
My name is Salina, and I am 12 years old. I am the oldest of five children. I help my mother around the house, and I often take care of my younger brothers and sisters.
When I was 7, my father Soliman started hearing about Jesus from an evangelist. After asking many questions and thinking about what the evangelist said, my father decided to follow Jesus. He told me, my mother, and my brothers and sisters about Jesus. In a short time, our whole family became Christians!
Published on June 2nd, 2005
Prakash and the Bull
Prakash is a Hindu farmer in India. Hindu teachings tell of many gods, even though Hindus may believe in one main god. Hindus have great respect for idols of Hindu gods.
Prakash did not always behave well. Sometimes he drank a lot of liquor and got drunk. He attended Christian worship services from time to time. Perhaps he was looking for the truth and for answers to his problems.
One day, a stray bull wandered into Prakash’s field. Prakash threw a rock at the bull to scare it away. But Prakash was drunk, and he missed the bull. Instead he hit a Hindu idol standing at the edge of his field.
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.