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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.

Countries Story

Iraq

Iraq

Iraq

RESTRICTED

Capital
Baghdad

Size
In area, Iraq is a little bigger than California.

Main Languages
Farsi (Persian)

Time

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 3:00 p.m. in Baghdad.

Interesting Fact
The place where God delivered Daniel from the lion’s den was in the area where Iraq is located today. (The story is in Chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel in the Bible.)

 

History
Saddam Hussein became the president of Iraq in 1979. When he ruled, Christians were free to go to church, but they were not free to teach others about Jesus outside of their churches. Some Christians met outside the church buildings in house churches.

The U.S. government believed that Hussein was a danger to his own citizens and to other countries. Soldiers from the United States and other countries forced Hussein from power in 2003. Radical Muslims in some places began to try to take control.

Religion
More than 95% of the people of Iraq are Muslim. Less than 5% are Christians.

Persecution
Since 2003, many Christians have fled Iraq because of violence by terrorists and extremists.  Some who stayed behind have been attacked, kidnapped, or killed. Because of their struggles and serious threats, a number of churches have closed their doors. However, some Iraqis have become more open to the gospel.


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Jordan

Jordan

Jordan

HOSTILE

Capital
Amman

Size
Slightly smaller than Indiana.

Main Languages
Arabic and English

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Jordan.

History
Jordan was ruled by Britain until 1946. King Hussein was the country’s leader until his death in 1999 when his son King Abdullah II took over.

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Jordan does not allow anyone to encourage Muslims to follow Christ. It is against the law for a Muslim to become a Christian. Muslims who decide to follow Christ report that they lose some of their rights and freedoms. Christians face persecution from their families, bosses, and others.


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Kuwait

Kuwait

Kuwait

RESTRICTED

Capital
Kuwait City

Size
Slightly smaller than New Jersey.

Main Languages
Arabic and English

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Ethiopia.

History
Britain helped lead Kuwait until 1961 when the country became fully independent. Kuwait has become rich from oil. Iraq attacked Kuwait in 1990. Soldiers led by U.S. forces freed Kuwait from Iraq’s control in 1991.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Only Muslims can become citizens of Kuwait.  Christians may not share the gospel with Muslims. Some churches are not allowed to have signs or crosses on the outside of their property, and they cannot ring bells outside. It is illegal to possess pork products because Muslims do not eat pork. It is against the law for Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.


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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

RESTRICTED

Capital
Bishkek

Size
Slightly smaller than South Dakota.

Main Languages
Kyrgyz and Russian

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 5:00 p.m. in Kyrgyzstan.

History
The U.S.S.R. (often called “The Soviet Union”) was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, it broke up into many smaller countries. Kyrgyzstan was one of those countries. Today most of the people are Muslim, but many do not take their faith very seriously.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Even though many people in Kyrgyzstan are not serious about their Muslim faith, many do not like it when a Muslim becomes a Christian. They believe Islam is part of their culture.

Sometimes Muslims refuse to let Christians bury their dead in local cemeteries. Christians say that sometimes police will not help them when Muslims cause them trouble or harass their church members.


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Laos

Laos

Laos

RESTRICTED

Capital

Vientiane (pronounced “vyen-TYAHN”)

Size

In area, a little larger than Minnesota.

Main Languages

Arabic

Time

At 6 am U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 7 pm in Laos.

Interesting Fact
Hundreds of mystery jars are scattered over the Plain of Jars in Laos. The huge stone containers are hundreds of years old and large enough for a person to stand in. Some scientists believe the jars were part of burial customs of ancient people.
History
Laos became independent from France in 1953. A communist government took control of Laos in 1975. The communists do not have a history of protecting the human rights of the people. But the leaders have given the citizens more freedom in recent years.

 

Religion
Most of the people of Laos are Buddhists. Many are spirit worshipers. Learn more about spirit worshipers here. Learn more about the beliefs of Buddhists here.

Persecution
Local officials have tried to make Christians give up their faith in Christ. Sometimes they threaten to kick Christians out of their homes and villages, or point guns at them to make them deny Christ. Some Christians are jailed for their faith.


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