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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See i-am-n.com.)

Spotlight Story

Trusting God: “The Best Opportunity”

Steve Saint
Nate Saint, a missionary pilot, flew the plane that helped Jim Elliot and three other missionaries reach the Waorani people. (Read more about the missionaries here.) After Nate’s death, his son Steve grew up in Ecuador and spent school vacations with his Aunt Rachel, who served God among the Waorani tribe. Later Steve also served as a missionary among the tribe.

A Flying Car
Steve started a company in the United States that invents machines to help people spread the gospel in hard-to-reach areas. One of the machines is a flying car! One day when Steve was testing one of the company’s machines, he had an accident that left him partly paralyzed. His condition has improved, but he still has physical challenges.

Christians and Pain
Steve has experienced sadness and pain in his life. His dad died about three weeks before his fifth birthday. Now Steve experiences physical pain from his accident. Jesus said that His followers would have challenges in their lives. “In this world you will have trouble,” He said. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (See John 16:33.) How should Christians deal with pain when it comes? Should they smile and pretend they have no pain? Should they blame God for their troubles?

Steve Saint told what he has learned through painful times in his life:
I have learned that life is painful for everyone. Trusting God to take away pain is admirable. But trusting God’s will and His love when He doesn’t take the pain away is yours and my greatest opportunity to demonstrate our faith.

How does Steve say we can best demonstrate faith?

Trusting God’s love when things aren’t going well is a powerful way to show others that God’s promises to care for us are real. Job in the Bible suffered through many trials, but still trusted God. (See Job 13:15.) David said: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4, ESV).

Steve Saint, Job, and David didn’t say, “Everything is fine!” Instead they say, “Even when everything is not fine, I know God is good and that He cares for me.


Activities Story

Time to Pray: Five Suggestions

November 5 is The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). It is also the day when people set their clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends. Can you get up an hour “early” and donate your extra hour to persecuted Christians? Below are five suggestions about how you might plan ahead to use the hour.

1. Five common needs of persecuted Christians are: Bibles and Christian materials, school for their children, a way to worship, transportation to places to share Jesus, and physical healing. Pray for their needs.

2. Choose one country to pray for every day from now until Christmas. Begin praying for that country.

3. Jeremiah was persecuted for telling the truth. Read the story in Jeremiah 38:1–13. Pray for someone who has been mistreated for standing up for the truth.

4. Make a bookmark for your Bible that reminds you of the prayer needs of five countries often in the news, such as Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Israel, and China. Go to the Countries section or enter the country names in the search box for more information about the countries.

5. Make a plan to share what you know about the prayer needs of persecuted Christians with Christians in your church, Sunday school class, school class, or family. Practice telling a story about persecuted Christians and describing the prayer needs of persecuted Christians so you will be ready to share.


Spotlight Story

Islam in Uganda and Hassan’s School

Hassan’s school

The previous post told about Hassan, a Muslim in Uganda who tried to disrupt Christian meetings — until he met Jesus. The majority of the people in Uganda are Christians. But Islam is growing, and parts of the country have more Muslims than Christians. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Why is Islam Growing?
*Besides attacking Christian meetings, Hassan and other Muslims studied how to use technology and media to make Muslim beliefs seem more appealing.

*Muslims worship in buildings called “mosques,” and their holy book is the Quran. But Muslim media specialists may call a mosque a “Muslim church” and the Quran the “Muslim Bible.” They hope Christians will think, “Muslims are a lot like us!” (Check the Beliefs section to find several charts comparing differences between Islam and biblical Christianity.)

*A Muslim businessman may come to a town in Uganda and say, “I’m going to open a factory and hire 1,000 people to work for me. But everyone I hire has to be a Muslim.”

*Christian students are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.

After Hassan became a Christian, he started a school for children of persecuted Christians who were not welcome in their local schools. One of the things the school teaches the children is how to share their faith with Muslims.

The photo above shows the children in the school. Hassan is in the back wearing a red shirt.

To Think About
After reading this post, can you list five things to pray about for Uganda and the Christians there?


Spotlight Story

Uganda: “Go and Get Saved!”

Pastor in Uganda

Hassan had a job to do. His job was to organize a Muslim mob to break up a Christian revival meeting in Uganda. The mob gathered clubs and stones as they had done several times before, and they started toward the meeting, ready to fight. When they got to the meeting, Hassan heard a voice say, “You go and get saved!”

“Hassan kind of freaked out,” said a VOM worker who talked to Hassan later. “His heart started beating rapidly, and he felt like he couldn’t breathe.”

Hassan felt so strange, he thought he might die. “I’m going to die unless a Christian prays for me,” Hassan thought. He walked around at the meeting asking Christians to pray for him. But the Christians thought he was setting them up. They believed that praying for him might be a signal to the mob to start their violence. So they wouldn’t pray.

Hassan shut himself in a van and said, “I’m not leaving this van until someone prays for me.” But the Christians thought he planned to blow himself up, along with the van, if anyone opened the door.

Finally a pastor said, “I’m going in there. If I die, I go to heaven. But if this man is really seeking Christ and we don’t help him, how can we live?” He entered the van and prayed for Hassan, who then trusted Christ as his Savior.

After word spread that Hassan had become a Christian, his Muslim wife left him and Muslims burned down his house.

Read more about Uganda and Hassan in the next post.


Parents & Educators Story

This Month

Parents and Teachers

The November 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about bold believers in Nigeria, Laos, Uganda, Cuba, Algeria, and India.

VOM’s president, Jim Dau, wrote in the issue, “As we prepare to gather with family and friends this month to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am again overwhelmed by thoughts of our global family in Christ. I am grateful for the resilient faith of Christians who suffer great loss as Christ’s witnesses.”

As you share stories from this site about Christians from the countries featured in the issue with your children, thank God with your children for Christians who remind us of God’s faithfulness in all circumstances.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.
Find downloadable resources featuring the highlighted countries in the Downloads section.


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