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 September 1st, 2004
Louis had a dream. He wanted to share the story of Jesus with FARC guerrillas.
The members of FARC are terrorists in Colombia who want to rule the land. They attack, threaten, and kidnap people. Few people are bold enough to share the gospel with them. But that is what Louis wanted to do.
Louis was just a boy, and he seemed to have no way to follow his dream of preaching among the guerrillas. He and his family were very poor.
Louis was able to go to school because he had a sponsor from another country. Through a Christian organization, the sponsor paid money every month to help support Louis.
Louis finished all the classes at his village school. As a reward, the Christian group gave him a beautiful ring. Other than a few pieces of clothing, the ring was all he owned.
Published on July 1st, 2004
Celso and his three Christian friends arrived at the camp at noon. A group of camp residents met them. Celso gave each member of the group a Bible and a radio. He had more gifts with him for others at the camp.
Not everyone at the camp was happy with the presents. They were not used to getting gifts, and unexpected visitors did not often show up in the area.
Celso and his friends had bravely dropped in on some guerrillas at their camp in the Colombian jungle. Guerrillas are people who carry out illegal acts of war and terrorism.
Many of the guerrillas in Colombia are part of a group called “FARC” (rhymes with “dark”). The letters in FARC stand for the Spanish words “las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.” In English, that means “the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.” FARC members are not part of a regular army.
Published on June 2nd, 2004
Silas was in prison. His cell was about 66 feet long and about 16 feet wide. Fifty-six other men lived in the cell with Silas.
“We slept on cement platforms,” said Silas. “In the morning we ate nothing. At midday and in the evening we ate rice. This rice was cooked from moldy, rotten rice. The bowls were never full, and after a few mouthfuls it was gone.”
Silas was arrested because he took part in a protest to bring attention to the problems of some ethnic groups in Vietnam. In free countries, it is legal to protest in public. But Vietnam is a communist country. Government officials can have people arrested for protesting in public.
The ethnic groups want the freedom to worship the God of the Bible. Vietnamese leaders do not want Christianity to grow among the groups. They also do not want the people in the groups to be able to read the Bible in their own language.
Published on April 30th, 2004
A little smaller than Texas.
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 4:30 p.m. in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is a land where Christians do not meet in church buildings. Instead they meet secretly in small house churches.
After terrorists bombed buildings in the U.S. in 2001, the U.S. led a “war on terrorism.” As part of that fight, the U.S. got rid of the radical Muslim “Taliban” government of Afghanistan and helped the country set up a different government. This brought new hope, but Afghanistan still does not have freedom of religion. The Taliban still tries to force their radical form of Islam on others.
More than 95 percent of the people in Afghanistan are Muslims. Radical Muslim Taliban soldiers ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Under Taliban rule, music, television, games, and videos were against the law. Afghanistan is still a very Muslim nation, with about 48,000 mosques. (A mosque is a Muslim place of worship.) Some Afghans learn about Jesus through radio programs that are broadcast from other countries.
If someone in Afghanistan says they are a follower of Jesus, they risk serious persecution. Even family members and neighbors may attack them.
Radical Muslims do not want missionaries and Christian workers who share their faith with Muslims to come to Afghanistan. They have kidnapped Christians who came to Afghanistan to help people.
Published on April 29th, 2004
Slightly less than 3.5 times the size of Texas.
Arabic, French, Berber
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 12:00 p.m. in Algeria.
France used to rule Algeria. In 1962, Algeria became an independent country. Since then, Algerian people have suffered from frequent violence and wars.Religion
Algerians are predominantly Muslim.
Islam is the official religion of Algeria. However, many people in Algeria are becoming Christians! But the government places limits on Christian activities. Anyone who writes materials, or makes tapes or DVDs that “shake the faith of Muslims” can go to jail. Matthew 7:24–25 and Hebrews 12:28 tell us that Jesus offers a faith that will keep us from being shaken.