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Bold Believers in North Korea

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.

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India: Still Searching for God

The previous post told about Ritesh, a father in India who worshiped idols and could not find peace through Hindu rituals. He kept his family life in an uproar and upset his kids, Kimaya, Ranbir, and Mayra. One day in 2016, he went to an electronics shop to buy speakers so he could hear his Hindu music more clearly. His story continues below.

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The shopkeeper at the electronics shop, Pascal, happened to be a Christian. Ritesh told Pascal about his desire to know more about God. The shopkeeper advised Ritesh to find out the meaning of “Genesis.” Ritesh wrote “Genesis” on a piece of paper and began a long search.

Ritesh and his family speak an Indian language, but his 13-year-old daughter, Kimaya, had studied a little bit of English at school. So first, Ritesh asked her to help. A friend suggested that Kimaya look in a dictionary. “We didn’t know the word ‘dictionary,’” Ritesh said. “We asked a college boy in the neighborhood, but he didn’t have a dictionary.”

The friend suggested that they look on the Internet. “We didn’t know the Internet,” Ritesh said.

Finally Ritesh found a dictionary at a shop and bought it. But it was difficult for him and Kimaya to find a word in an English dictionary. (Imagine looking for a word in a Chinese dictionary if you don’t know Chinese characters well.) “The whole night we were searching for the word ‘Genesis,’” Ritesh said.

For 15 days, Kimaya searched for the word while Ritesh was at his job as a fisherman. After work, he went to bookstores and libraries to try to find the meaning of Genesis. Finally he again searched the dictionary himself and found that Genesis means “the origin of creation.”

More Searching
Ritesh returned to the shopkeeper and told him he found the meaning of Genesis. “Now find the book called Genesis, and read it,” Pascal told him.

Ritesh asked many people where he could find the Book of Genesis — people at bookstores, the driver of the public bus, and others he encountered. Someone told him he could find the book in Bangalore, a city eight or nine hours away by car or bus. Ritesh traveled all night long to get to Bangalore. But he didn’t find Genesis, even though he asked people at several locations to help.

Ritesh returned to Pascal and admitted his search had failed. Pascal sold Ritesh a Bible in his own language for 100 rupees. (One U.S. dollar equals about 70 Indian rupees.) “If he gave it to me free, I would not think it had much value,” Ritesh said. “He wanted me to know the value of the Bible.”

Read more about Ritesh and his search in the next post.

To Talk About
*Ritesh wanted to find out more about God. What obstacles did he face in his search?
*Why was it so hard for Ritesh to find a Bible? Why do you think Pascal made the task more difficult?

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

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India: Searching for God

Hindu ritual items

Kimaya, Ranbir, and Mayra did not have an easy, peaceful life. Their father, Ritesh, often made their home an unpleasant place to live. He quarreled, argued, and sometimes he even hit the children.

Like the majority of the people in India, Ritesh and his family were Hindus. For 35 years, Ritesh worshiped idols. But he had no peace. When peace did not come to him, he worked harder to search for it. “I used to worship idols for nearly an hour and a half, morning and evening,” he said. He visited the Hindu temple, burned incense, and brought offerings to false Hindu gods.

His rituals included washing, and after he washed, his wife was not allowed to touch him. If she needed to hand him something, she held it high and dropped it into his hands. And the rituals did not help Ritesh treat his children better.

Still searching for peace, Ritesh listened to Hindu songs. But the music was not clear or loud enough to suit him. So Ritesh went to an electronics shop to buy speakers.

Read more about Ritesh’s search for peace and truth in the next post.

To Talk About
*How did Ritesh try to find peace?
*What are rituals?

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

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This Month

Parents and Teachers

The May 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about courageous Christians in India. Christians are facing the increased persecution in India with boldness. Also included are updates from the Arabian Peninsula, Uganda, Indonesia, and Iran. You can share stories of Christians in those areas from this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional Related Resources
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Iran from the Downloads section.

*Find Restricted Nations books about India, Iran, and Indonesia at

*Find the Torchlighters DVD about Amy Carmichael (India) here.

*Click here to find a lesson plan for India.

*The book Captive in Iran and the book and audio CD Iran: Desperate for God are available at

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Gwenivere Learns About VOM

Gwenivere, a 10-year-old girl in Indiana, leads her friends in praying for persecuted Christians and donating money to provide Bibles for people in other countries. She learned about the work of The Voice of the Martyrs when her grandmother, Debra, showed  Torchlighters DVDs to the children in her church.

Debra is a VOM Voice. (Learn more about the VOM Voice program here.) Gwenivere helps her distribute VOM’s Global Prayer Guide  to people in their congregation.

Gwenivere learned some words in the Kru language of Torchlighters hero Samuel Morris from the Torchlighters study guides, and she and Debra visited Morris’ grave in Fort Wayne. “[It was] touching to hear her speak the tribal Kru phrases learned in the lessons, and thanking God for his dedication,” said Debra.

Debra plans to provide Gwenivere with additional opportunities to help VOM as she gets older. “It would be a disservice to keep her ignorant of this ongoing reality and the hands-on ministry that VOM offers these precious saints!” said Debra.

(Photo: Debra and Gwenivere. Used by permission.)

To Think About
*Is there anyone you can encourage to pray for persecuted Christians?
*Have you ever thanked God for the witness of a faithful Christian?

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China: 11 Kids Arrested

The Chinese government is cracking down on Christians. The Early Rain Covenant Church is one of the targets of their unwanted attention.

About 800 people attend weekly services at Early Rain. The church also operates an elementary school with 40 students.

In February, policemen arrested 44 Christians at two Early Rain services. Eleven kids were among those arrested. The youngest child was about two months old.

The children were given no food, even though they weren’t released from the jail until 2 a.m. the next day. They had to sleep on the floor or on a cold table. The police took away everyone’s cell phones.

It wasn’t the first time officials had given the church a hard time. In December 2018, police arrested 100 people from the church, including the pastor and his wife.

But the Christians continue to meet together and worship God. The church members publish sermons online and evangelize in the streets. Why do you think they keep doing activities that get them arrested? (Hint: Read Hebrews 10:24-25 and Mark 16:15.)

Source: China Aid
Photo: China Aid. Children meeting at Early Rain Covenant Church