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 August 30th, 2019
Do you ever struggle to think of a good topic for a school report? Read some ideas below that might help you get started.
Click on the “Beliefs” tab near the top of this page to find more than 50 charts comparing biblical Christianity with other religions and worldviews. Then click on the drop down menu. Do you see any topics that could be expanded to create a report? A few of the topics are:
Comparing the Bible and the Quran
Comparing Life Under Communism and in Free Countries
Comparing Ideas About Bible Smuggling
Terrorist Beliefs and Christian Responses
Comparing Hinduism and Christianity
Comparing Christianity and the Religion of the Pharaohs
Comparing Atheism and Christianity
Click on the “Countries” tab above to find interesting facts and overviews of the history and religion of some of the countries where The Voice of the Martyrs works. Additional facts about more than 20 of the countries are available in the activity book section found by clicking on the “Downloads” tab.
Have a blessed school year!
Published on August 29th, 2019
(Photo: Two children at a school in Africa. Their faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them or their families.)
This is the time of year when most American kids return to school for the fall semester. But Christian kids in some countries don’t always have the freedom to get a good education in peace.
Christian children are sometimes mocked, bullied, and not promoted to the next grade.
Officials in China closed a Christian school last year, claiming that the children were “brainwashed.”
Muslim parents warn their children not to play with Christian children or make friends with them.
In parts of Uganda, Christian children are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.
In Chiapas, Mexico, authorities sometimes refuse to let children stay in school if their parents become Christians.
Christian children in Egypt have been forced to sit in the back of the class, and some students are given bad grades just because they are Christians.
Christians in Pakistan are often hired to do only low-paying jobs. They sometimes can’t afford to send their children to school.
To Talk About
*Will you thank God today for your school assignments and for the opportunity to get an education?
*Ask God to protect and provide for children in each of the countries mentioned above.
Published on August 28th, 2019
Peter and Ruth
The previous post told about Peter and Ruth, Christian workers who spread God’s Word in areas where it can be hard to get a Bible. Do you know how they get the stories of Jesus to hard-to-reach places?
Peter revealed the answer. “It’s inside us!” he said.
Peter and Ruth are part of a “Word by Heart” program, which helps people learn and share Scripture. “In some countries we can’t take the Bible, but if we know [a Bible story] word for word in our heart, in any country we go into, they can’t take it away,” Peter said. “No country can outlaw storytelling,” added Ruth.
Word by Heart workers tell Bible stories while translators share the story with their audience in the local languages. Not everybody they talk to can read or write. “Anybody can listen,” said Peter. And the message spreads quickly. “We can tell the story to 10 or 15 people, and those people can go and share it with more family and friends.”
“If the police come, they won’t find anything,” said Ruth.
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length.)
Gladys Aylward was a missionary to China in the 1900s. She helped an older missionary operate an inn where they shared Bible stories with Chinese merchants and drivers who passed through the area.
The men had never heard the stories of a man named Jesus who “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Yang, the cook at the inn, helped Gladys learn Chinese words to tell the stories.
Enter “Aylward” in the Search box to find more stories about Gladys.
The activity below is from The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book. Learn more about the book here.
Choose a Bible story to learn well enough to present it to others. Read the story in a Bible or Bible storybook several times until you can tell it without looking at the book. Ask your parent or teacher if you can tell your family or class the story during a meal or other break. Share the story. If there is time, ask your listeners questions about it to learn what they remember and understand.
Here are some story suggestions:
*A story from Mark 4–5 or a parable of Jesus
*Daniel and the lion’s den (Daniel 6)
*David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
*Jonah (the Book of Jonah)
*Jeremiah’s rescue (Jeremiah 38:1–13)
*Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:1–20)
*Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24)
*Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1 – 4:17)
*Noah (Genesis 6:9 – 9:17)
*The Story of Creation (Genesis 1:1 – 2:4)
Published on August 27th, 2019
Jesus commanded His followers: “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” He knew that it wouldn’t always be easy to spread the teachings to every country, and He knew it would be illegal to get Bibles into hostile areas. (Read “Comparing Ideas About Bible Smuggling” here.)
Peter and Ruth share God’s Word with people in nations where their message is often not appreciated. “When I was in my teens,” Ruth shared on VOM Radio, “my family started getting The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. I remember …seeing the stories of different Christians all over the world. It started getting me to think outside just my own world.”
Today, she and her husband, Peter, know that sometimes Christians in other countries are imprisoned and attacked for distributing Bibles. They have heard about how VOM spreads the Good News of Jesus through radio broadcasts, Bibles inside balloons, and smuggled Bibles.
But Peter and Ruth share the Bible in hostile countries in a different way.
*They don’t smuggle Bibles inside heavy boxes or suitcases.
*They provide Bible stories to those who can read and those who can’t.
*They can share Bible stories in any language, even languages that don’t have Bible translations on paper.
*No one can steal or burn their Bibles.
*Their Bibles don’t show up on an airport X-ray machine.
*Police who don’t like Christians can’t find Peter and Ruth’s Bibles.
*Young children and elderly people can help them multiply the number of people who learn about Jesus.
*They don’t need an electronic device on which to play and hear their Bibles.
Can you guess how Peter and Ruth get the stories of Jesus into hard-to-reach places? The next post will answer that question and tell you how you can share Bible stories in the same way as Peter and Ruth.
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length.)
Published on August 26th, 2019
The Witnesses Trilogy tells the story of Jesus and the beginning of the Christian church in three animated DVDs. English and Spanish language tracks are included.
God With Us: The Coming of the Savior
Jesus was born in humble obscurity, yet His family had to flee to save Him from a jealous ruler. He forgave sins, healed the sick, and gave hope to the downhearted and oppressed, but He was despised and rejected by many. He spoke the truth even when it was dangerous to do so. He willingly laid down His life and then rose again, conquering the power of death.
The Messengers: The Birth of the Church
Having risen from the dead, Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples. While waiting in prayer as Jesus commanded them, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them. The small band of early Christian believers boldly proclaimed Christ and His message in the face of great opposition.
To Every Nation: Faith that Changed the World
Learn about the church’s miraculous growth and how the first believers took the gospel to every nation.
Find out more about the Trilogy here.