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 December 5th, 2018
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Published on December 4th, 2018
Late at night, after most people in Pakistan were asleep, Adbul secretly approached a house in his village and climbed up to the roof, where he slept until about 5 a.m. He woke up when the sun rose, climbed down, and walked quietly away.
The house belonged to Abdul’s parents, who had kicked him out of their Muslim family when he became a Christian. Abdul had no place to live, so he spent every night for six years on the roof of his former home. “It was easy in the summertime, but very hard during the wintertime,” Abdul said. “I always kept a matchbook in my pocket to make a fire to make myself warm.”
When Abdul felt lonely or discouraged, he prayed, “Thank you, God. This is all about You and for You.”
Abdul’s relatives finally allowed him to stay in a separate room added to their house, but they continued to verbally abuse him and give him a hard time. Abdul prays for them. Abdul plans to marry a Christian girl he met in another part of Pakistan. His family will not attend the wedding. Abdul accepts persecution as part of being a Christian.
“I know that I have to die,” he said. “But before I die, I want to share the good news that people can go to heaven.”
(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)
Read another story about a Christian who had to sleep in an unusual place here.
Published on December 3rd, 2018
Parents and Teachers
The December 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories of courageous evangelists who spread the good news of Jesus in places where they risk their lives to evangelize. Abdul in Pakistan, Kebir in India, and Baris in Turkey witness boldly even though they are in danger daily.
The issue includes updates on 11 Christians featured in past magazines, and a story about VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand’s thoughts on spending Christmas in prison. You can share stories from this site about some of the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.
Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
Additional resources about the featured countries
*Restricted Nations: India, available at vombooks.com.
*Restricted Nations: Pakistan, available at vombooks.com.
*Bold Believers in India activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
* Bold Believers in Pakistan activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*Bold Believers in Turkey activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*India lesson plan.
*Turkey lesson plan.
Published on November 30th, 2018
Todd Nettleton at VOM Radio recently talked with Ali, a Christian who spreads the gospel in Iran. Ali is at risk of persecution every day, because it is against the law for Muslims in Iran to become Christians.
Todd asked Ali, “What do you think about the risk of persecution? How do you think about it on a day-to-day basis and as you make plans for what you’re going to do next week and next year?”
Ali answered, “First, persecution keeps you clean. You are not going to sin for a long time if you are being persecuted, because you want the hand of God upon you. You don’t want His hand to be lifted from you.
“It’s not that He loves me less or that I have to be holy for Him to love me — no. It’s about discipline. The enemy is looking for a door. He is like a roaring lion circling around us looking for ways to attack. [See 1 Peter 5:8.] We don’t want to open doors for him. So persecution keeps you clean.
The second thing — persecution has forced me to learn the power of prayer and fasting and sticking to the Word. Because if I’m not in a relationship with God, if I’m not talking to God, and I’m not hearing from God, I could make a risky mistake.”
(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
To Talk About
*How does Ali say persecution keeps him clean?
*If Ali could move to the United States and spread the gospel without risking so much, should he do so?
Published on November 29th, 2018
*A sheet of foam board about 15 inches by 20 inches
*48 multicolored labels
*Push pins or tacks
*Fine tip marker
*Small photos of children from countries where Christians are persecuted from VOM publications or websites. (Or print and cut out the photos here.)
*Cut off the tops of 24 labels, and glue a photo on each one, labeling them with the names of the countries where the children live, if desired. (Variation: Glue flags of countries where Christians are persecuted on the labels. Find flags in the Countries section of this site.) Let dry.
*Glue the 24 labels to the foam board. (See photo.)
*Number additional labels from 1 to 24. Use tacks or push pins to attach the numbered labels to the foam board on top of the photo labels.
*In some places, persecution of Christians increases during the season when followers of Christ celebrate His birth. Starting on December 1st, pray for the children pictured on the calendar.
Pray that God will protect Christians during the Christmas season.
Pray that non-Christians will learn about Jesus and decide to follow Him.
Ask God to comfort families of Christian prisoners who are separated from their loved ones during this season.
You can also enter the name of a country in the Search box on this site to find stories and prayer needs for that country.