Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on November 5th, 2018
Vang was a teen gang member in Laos. Besides joining his gang in violent activities, he drank a lot of alcohol and beat up his brothers and sisters. “It seemed like I had to be bad,” said Vang. He had no control over his own behavior.
A friend told Vang about a powerful God who created the world. Hoping to find a new life, Vang went to his friend’s church. After the service, the pastor explained how Jesus could change Vang’s life if he gave his life to Him.
“I will try Jesus for two months,” Vang thought to himself. “If He is not God, the pastor is a liar and I will burn the church down.”
Vang prayed a sincere prayer dedicating his life to God. “After I said ‘Amen,’ it felt like a wind came through me,” he said. “From that day, I’ve felt peace and joy.”
Vang’s parents kicked him out of their house when they found out he was a Christian, and he has continued to suffer persecution for his faith. But the peace and joy of Christ rule his life.
(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity and age appropriateness.)
Published on November 2nd, 2018
Some Christians who part of Khmu tribal groups in Laos can worship openly on a rented boat. Buddhist officials, who oppose the spread of Christianity in their area, think religious meetings happen only in certain buildings. So they are not concerned about a group of people on a boat.
To Talk About
Where is the most unusual place you have attended a worship service?
(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)
Published on November 1st, 2018
Parents and Teachers
The November 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Southeast Asia and updates from around the world. You can share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your child, then pray together for the people in the stories.
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Additional resources about Southeast Asia
*Restricted Nations: Vietnam available at VOMBooks.com.
*Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia available in the free Downloads section.
*Bold Believers of the Hmong People available in the free Downloads section.
*Bold Believers in Vietnam available in the free Downloads section.
Parents and Teachers Reminder: The International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church will be observed on November 4th. Preview the video here.
Published on October 31st, 2018
Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg, Germany, All Saints Church on October 31, 1517. The theses were statements he believed to be true and very important.
Needed: An old CD or DVD; colored pencils, crayons, or markers; clear contact paper; tape; scissors.
Martin Luther used a rose as a seal on his writings and as a way to explain his thoughts about the Christian faith. The symbol, shown above, became known as the Luther rose.
Draw and color a Luther rose on a round piece of paper 1/8 of an inch smaller around than the DVD. The cross in the center is black, and the heart is red. “Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace,” Luther wrote. “Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end.”
Cut out the symbol, then center it on the DVD. You may want to put a small piece of rolled up tape on the back of the circle to hold it in place. Then draw around the DVD on clear contact paper and cut out the contact paper circle. Carefully remove the backing and cover the top of the DVD with the contact paper circle to seal the picture to the DVD.
If desired, make an extra coaster, give it to someone else, and share information with them about Martin Luther.
Click here to find more information about Martin Luther.
Published on October 30th, 2018
(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. SDOK is in the Netherlands. The story has been translated from Dutch, then edited for length and clarity.)
Liang and Xun are brothers who live in a super large country. The Netherlands would fit inside their country 240 times. Do you know what country it is? It’s China.
Many people in China follow traditional religions, or no religion at all. The government does not think this is a problem. But the Chinese government dislikes foreign religions. People who believe in one God are watched closely. Did you know that there are government cameras on the streets in China? And at churches and mosques? (A mosque is a building where Muslims worship.) You might not have thought so, but many Muslims live in China. Liang and Xun could tell you all about that. They live in the northwest part of China where many Muslims live. The Muslims are part of a people group called Uygurs.
The story of Liang and Xun
Liang and Xun’s parents were Muslim like others around them. Then Liang’s father started reading the Bible and became a Christian. You can understand that caused problems — they lived in a country where the government does not like religion and some Muslims do not like Christians. That is a double problem. That’s what Liang and Xun’s father noticed.
Ten years ago the police were very strict and keeping a close eye on the Christians. The boys’ father, Alimjan, was arrested and put in prison. “You talked about your faith with other people and that is against the law. And you have also spoken to foreigners and that is treason,” they told Alimjan. “There is a very high penalty for that. You get 15 years in prison.”
FIFTEEN YEARS! That is really a long time! Just figure out how old you will be in 15 years!
It takes so long
In the beginning, Liang hoped that his father would come home sooner. He prayed and prayed, and one night he asked his mother, “Mama, if two or three people who believe in the Lord Jesus are together, then God is there. Christians around the world ask God if Dad can go home quickly. Why is he not coming home? We’ve been without dad for two winters. I do not want to go another winter without a dad.” [See Matthew 18:20.]
Ten years later
But his father was not home that winter. And not the next winter either. Ten winters have passed, and the boys still have five winters to go. They can call their father once a month. And that is a celebration for the whole family.
The boys’ mother, Gulner, says that you can learn a lot in difficult times. Through difficulties you learn to keep going, you get a strong spirit, and you learn to trust God more and more. Gulner learned this from the Bible, in Romans 5. She also feels that many Christians are praying for her family. Do you want to pray too?
Pray that Alimjan does not have to be in jail for another five years. Ask God to help the family members to not lose heart. Pray that they will continue to trust in God, even if it still takes five winters.
(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)
Read more about courageous Uygur believers in Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs, available in the Downloads section of this site.