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 June 16th, 2020
Meron Gebreselasie was a pastor in the port city of Massawa, Eritrea. He also worked as an anesthetist at a hospital. (If you don’t know, find out what an anesthetist does.)
After he visited in his home with another pastor, the police arrested both men. The government of Eritrea had started a crackdown on evangelical churches a few years earlier.
Pastor Meron has been in prison for a long time. When he was first arrested in June 2004, George W. Bush was president of the United States, and Facebook was new. He is not married, his parents have died, and his sister lives in Canada.
You can write an encouraging letter to Pastor Meron by following the instructions on prisoneralert.com. Click here to find a fact sheet about a Pastor Meron to share.
How to Start
*Go to prisoneralert.com.
*Click on “prisoners.”
*Click on “Eritrea.”
*Select Meron Gebreselasie.
*Click on “Write a Letter,” and follow the instructions.
Published on June 15th, 2020
Islam, the religion of Muslims, is very strong in North Africa. Sometimes Christians are scared to talk to Muslims about Jesus, because it could be dangerous. So, one Christian teacher has an interesting way to teach his Christian students how to witness for Jesus.
The teacher takes the students to a city seven hours away by train. The students sit in the back of the train car to watch and learn. Then the teacher plays his guitar and sings Christian music. When Muslim passengers start to complain, he tells them why he is singing and what God has done for him in his life. The passengers become interested and ask him questions. By the time the train ride ends, the teacher has witnessed to many Muslims and the student has a desire to share the gospel, too!
Published on June 15th, 2020
Officials in one province in China have banned pastors from putting their sermons online. Many churches had switched to livestreaming their sermons because the government is closing churches.
The leader of China, President Xi Jinping is trying to increase his control over all religions. On June 15, President Xi will turn 67. Will you pray for him and his country on his birthday?
*Pray that President Xi will think about his relationship to God and be drawn to salvation through His Son Jesus.
*Pray that members of closed churches will stay strong in their faith.
*Pray that all people in China will have the opportunity to learn the truth about Jesus and His love for them.
Find more prayer suggestions in the book Bold Believers in China, available in the free Downloads section.
Click here to find out about Christian persecution in China and how to pray.
Published on June 12th, 2020
A post on The Voice of the Martyrs’ icommittopray.com website last year told about a group of women in Sierra Leone. (Sierra Leone is a country on the west side of Africa.) After the women gave their lives to Christ, their families kicked them out of their homes. The women had nowhere to live and were not able to provide for their children.
VOM is helping the women through a program that teaches them to sew. After graduating from the program, the women start businesses as tailors.
Serving the Community
Communities are thankful for their new tailors. Read below what a Christian friend of VOM said about one of the women. (From VOM sources, edited for length and clarity.)
“I visited one of the women who graduated from the sewing center to see how she was doing. She shared her testimony with me that she is able to take care of her two children despite the outbreak of the coronavirus. She is the only one sewing face masks for the five villages around her.
“The chief in the village told me that she is not only making clothes for them, but contributing in saving their lives through the provision of face masks. They didn’t have access to masks as there are no health centers around them.”
To Talk About
The women are earning the respect of their neighbors through their sewing skills. In what ways might this help in the spreading of the gospel?
Published on June 11th, 2020
You can find coloring pages that depict the lives of Christian heroes featured in Torchlighters DVDs here . Additional activities are available on Torchlighters.org, in the Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, and in the Downloads section of this site.