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Bold Believers in Syria

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.

Activities Story

Stuck Inside?

Kids in many places are staying at home more, because they are on school vacation or because their family is avoiding illness. How do you spend your time when you have extra time at home?

Pastor Wurmbrand
The founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, served a total of 14 years in Romanian prisons because of his Christian activities. Of course, he had fewer freedoms in prison than Christians living in free countries today. But we can learn lessons from his writings about how to use time wisely, even in less-than-perfect conditions.

A Schedule
Even in times of solitary confinement, Pastor Wurmbrand created a schedule. He had no pencil and nothing to write with, so he kept his schedule in his head. His schedule kept him busy as long as he was awake.

Exercise
In his tiny cell, Pastor Wurmbrand even exercised! He could walk two steps in one direction and three in the other direction, over and over. How many ways can you think of to exercise inside?

Games to Strengthen His Mind
Using tiny pieces of bread for chess pieces, Pastor Wurmbrand also played chess — with himself. He said he never lost a game!

Prayer
Pastor Wurmbrand also spent a lot of time in prayer. But after a while, he no longer prayed to be free. He said, “Which of God’s commandments could I keep better outside of prison than inside?” Keeping God’s commandments was the most important thing to him.

So Pastor Wurmbrand prayed for others — his family and friends, people around the world, and countries. He prayed for all the countries he could remember. How many countries can you name without looking at a map? You can find ways to pray for many countries here.

Comfort from God
God comforted Pastor Wurmbrand through all his struggles in prison. He enjoyed his time with God. When he was finally released, he prayed, “God, help me not to rejoice more because I’m free than because you were with me in prison.”


Activities Story

Jesus Loves Me

 

Eritrean children

Practice saying, “Jesus loves me” in one or more of the languages shown below. Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the words from another language wherever the phrase occurs in the song.

Note: English is an official language in Nigeria and South Sudan. Hausa and Dinka are additional languages spoken in those countries.

China. Chinese: Yeh-soo ai woh

Eritrea. Tigrinya: Yehf kee rehn nee yoo

Nigeria. Hausa: YAY-soo YEHN-ah KOW-nah-tah

Dinka. South Sudan: YAY-choo ahn YAHR-ehn

Colombia. Spanish: KREES-toh may AH-mah


Activities Story

What Would You Do?

China
Studying God’s Word in China

A Chinese rice farmer, who was a new Christian, had a serious problem. Every day he pumped water by hand for his fields from an irrigation stream. It was very hard work.

Every night, his neighbors, who lived below him on a hillside, drained the water off the Christian farmer’s fields onto his own fields! He did not have to work hard and pump water by hand for his fields.

The Christian farmer went to some of his Christian friends and asked for advice. They prayed together and asked God for guidance. What do you think the farmer decided to do? What would you have done?

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Spotlight Story

Bold Chinese Sunday School Students

China

[From the Kids of Courage archives.]

Secret Sunday Schools
Sometimes it takes extra courage just to go to Sunday school in China. Government officials do not approve of adults teaching children under 18 about God and Jesus. The Bible does not agree (See Deuteronomy 6:6–7.)

At times Chinese officials ignore churches that have Sunday school classes for children. But sometimes police raid the classes and then put teachers and parents of the students in jail.

In recent years The Voice of the Martyrs and other ministries reported about a number of bold young believers in secret Sunday schools.

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Activities Story

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

How much do you know about Patrick?

Find Patrick coloring pages, a quiz, and other activities here.

Note: Patrick is the most recent hero depicted in the Torchlighters DVDs for kids. Check Torchlighters.org for details.