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 5th, 2004
In area, Uzbekistan is a little larger than California.
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 5 p.m. in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country. A country is landlocked if it is not next to a sea or ocean. Doubly landlocked countries are landlocked countries surrounded by other landlocked countries. (The Caspian and Aral Seas in the region are actually big lakes.)
Alexander the Great conquered the land of Uzbekistan in one of the greatest conquests of history. In recent times, the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.) ruled Uzbekistan. The Soviet Union broke up in the early 1990s, forming 15 different countries. Uzbekistan was one of those countries.
The Soviet Union was a communist country. The communists taught that God does not exist. They made strict rules against religious activities. After the Soviet Union fell apart, many people returned to Islam, the religion they followed before communism came.
Most of the people in Uzbekistan are Muslims, and they believe “to be Uzbek is to be Muslim.”
The government fears Muslim terrorists, and they are suspicious of anyone who takes their faith seriously. It is against the law for a Christian to lead an Uzbek person to Christ.
The government says that Christian groups must register in order to be legal. But officials make it very difficult for new groups to register. Many Christians meet in secret. If they are caught, the consequences can be serious. Christians have been jailed and kicked out of the country.
Published on April 4th, 2004
In area, Vietnam is slightly larger than the U.S. state of New Mexico.
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 7 p.m. in Vietnam.
Children in Vietnam go to school six days a week.
The Vietnamese people have a long history of struggle. Many times they have fought for independence from others who wanted to rule them. In 1945, North Vietnam was declared a communist country. There were wars in the region from 1941 to 1985. Soldiers from the United States were part of the fighting during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Communist North Vietnam took over South Vietnam in 1975. Many Christians fled because they knew that belief in God is forbidden or discouraged under communist governments.
Many people in Vietnam are Buddhists, many are spirit worshipers, some follow a Vietnamese religion called Cao Dai, and some follow no religion at all. Read the chart Comparing Vietnam’s Cao Dai Religion and Christianity to learn more about Cao Dai.
The Communist Party still controls the government. Vietnam’s constitution promises freedom of religion, but the government still controls religious activities. Tribal Christians and Christians who belong to churches that do not register with the government face the worst persecution. Arrests and fines for these Christians are common. Sometimes Christians hide their Bibles and read them in secret. At times they hold secret worship services and baptisms.
Published on April 3rd, 2004
Slightly larger than twice the size of Wyoming.
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Yemen.
In ancient times Yemen was well-known for its spices. Some people believe that the Queen of Sheba lived in Yemen. Muslim soldiers brought Islam to Yemen in the seventh century. For many years, Muslim rulers kept the citizens away from foreign influence. Today many people of Yemen have not heard the truth about Jesus.
Yemen is a dangerous place for citizen to follow Christ. A person who converts from Islam to Christianity could be put to death. Sharing the gospel with a Muslim is illegal. Yemenis learn about Jesus through radio broadcasts and other methods that do not attract attention.