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 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.
Published on March 1st, 2007
Every day, about 15,000 people in China become Christians. The new Christians would like to teach their children about Jesus. But they don’t know how! When the parents were children, many of them had never even heard of Jesus.
The Bible tells us that children should be taught about God and encouraged to come to Jesus. (See Deuteronomy 6:4–7 and Luke 18:16). But in some parts of China, officials say children under 18 must not be taught about God and Jesus.
“Where can they learn?” two Christian couples with children asked God and each other.
God answered the parents’ prayers. The principal of the school that their children attended was a Christian, and she was willing to keep a secret. She knew a few other Christian parents with the same problem. She figured out a way for the children to learn Bible stories.
Published on February 2nd, 2007
Esther Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, told the following story to workers from The Voice of the Martyrs who visited her in Pakistan.
“My family and I work at a brick kiln making bricks. We live in a colony of brick kiln workers. All the families live in small brick huts near the kiln. We cook outside in the courtyard.
“About two-thirds of the families are Muslim and the rest are Christian. Brick kiln workers have a very hard life.
“I am the oldest of six children. My parents are very poor. For many years they worked 14 hours a day so we could go to school. When I was in the sixth grade, I was very sick. My father’s daily routine while I was sick was to pray for me the whole night. He encouraged me with his prayers. Praise the Lord, I was healed! This taught me to pray for sick people.
“After I finished 10th grade, I started a house church for 10 Christian families from the brick kiln colony. A pastor came to lead a biblical teaching, and I taught Sunday school. Muslims began to attend. They were very interested in learning about the miracles of Jesus and the stories of people from the Bible.
Published on February 2nd, 2007
Mohammed was sick. He went to visit a doctor in Lahore, a city near his home in Pakistan.
Mohammed’s parents had named him after the man who started Islam, the religion of Muslims. Mohammed and his family were devoted Muslims.
While Mohammed waited in the doctor’s waiting room, a kind Christian nurse began to talk with him. Mohammed asked the nurse many questions about her faith. The nurse gave him a Bible and invited him to come to church when he felt better. Mohammed was surprised that the Christians at the church welcomed him.
Sadly, some Christians in Pakistan are afraid to let Muslims come to their churches. They know that radical (extreme) Muslims persecute other Muslims who become Christians. Sometimes they persecute Christians who share the gospel with Muslims. But many churches are growing because of bold believers like the Christian nurse.
Published on January 1st, 2007
Note: To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this Web site and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes are edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.
“Today has been the most emotional day yet!” said Bethany, an American teen on a 10-day trip to Southeast Asia. She and seven other teens were part of a Christian reality show called Underground Reality: Vietnam™. The show’s crew was filming ordinary kids and their encounters with secret Christians in communist Vietnam.
The kids visited with underground (secret) Christians at a Bible school, at a hidden youth camp, and at underground church services. On Bethany’s “most emotional day,” they met a Vietnamese girl whose father was in prison.