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 June 1st, 2007
A Vietnamese Christian told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs the following story about himself.
Before I was a Christian, I used to be a policeman. One of my jobs was to arrest Christians. I heard about big meetings they had beside rivers. [New believers were baptized at the meetings.] When I learned about a meeting, I hurried to the river on a bike or a motorbike. But every time I got to the riverbank, all the Christians had gone.
One afternoon I saw a group of ladies walking down the path to a river. One of them was holding a watermelon. I decided to follow them on my bike. Maybe I could catch a group of Christians at one of their strange river meetings.
The ladies seemed to know who I was and what I was up to. Suddenly they stopped on the path. One of them turned around to look at me. She said, “Hello. We have been praying for you very much that God will bless you.”
I was surprised! I did not know how to answer her kind words, so I turned around and rode away.
Published on June 1st, 2007
Rachen Attacks a Policeman
Rachen is the daughter of a pastor in Vietnam. Her father has lost count of the times the police have come to question him. He preaches the gospel at every opportunity. Government officials wish he would keep his faith to himself.
The police have arrested Rachen’s father and put him in several different prisons. One day when the police came, they gathered all the church’s hymn books to take away. Then they arrested Rachen’s father.
Rachen was upset. As they were taking her father away, she bit one of the policemen! “I was about 8 years old,” she said. “I bit him very hard on the back of the leg.”
Published on May 3rd, 2007
Felipe, Dian, and Budi are Malay friends. Malays are the largest group of people in the country of Malaysia. Chinese people and people from India also live in Malaysia.
The Chinese and Indian people can be Christian. But Malays are expected to be Muslims. It’s not easy for a Malay to become a Christian.
Some churches are even afraid to let Malays come in their door. The pastors know they could be persecuted for teaching Muslims truths from the Bible. But a bold priest in an Anglican church helped Felipe, Dian, and Budi learn about Jesus.
The three friends told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs about their experiences.
Published on May 2nd, 2007
Some youth in Malaysia have given their lives to Jesus! But Malays are expected to be Muslims. New Christians face struggles with their families, friends, and authorities.
Yusoff, a Malay Christian said: “At 16, I no longer wanted to be a Muslim. There were too many rules, like praying five times a day and fasting, and so on. To me, Allah was like a school principal or a policeman who would write down all the bad things you do. I couldn’t really talk to him or relate to him. The Christians I knew would really talk to God and come to Him with their problems.
My father is a Muslim religious teacher. He was upset when I became a Christian, but not as upset as my mother. I live on my own now, apart from my parents.
My friends split into three groups. Some of them accept me as a Christian. Others are against me now. The rest try to convert me back to Islam.”
Published on April 3rd, 2007
Runa’s family had no peace. Her mother was expecting the family’s seventh baby. None of the children in the family had ever been to school because the family was too poor.
They lived together in Bangladesh in a house with walls of dried mud. The roof was made of grass. The entire house was just 10 feet wide and 15 feet long. (Measure off a 10 by 15 foot space to see the size of their house.) Runa’s parents earned one meal of rice and about 75 cents each day for their work in farmers’ fields.
Every Friday, Runa’s father went to the mosque to pray. A mosque is a building where Muslims worship, and Friday is their holy day. Runa and her family tried to be good Muslims.
But they still had no peace.