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 January 30th, 2019
The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2019 Global Prayer Guide helps Christians pray for each of the nations where VOM works. It includes information about each country, details about life for Christians there, and facts about whether or not Bibles are available in the country. It’s a great resource for school reports, too!
Check the January 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine or click here to find out how to order one free copy or to purchase additional copies.
Published on January 29th, 2019
Elizabeth, a Muslim mother of five children, managed a small shop in Uganda. One day while she worked, she heard a voice saying, “Seek Me and find your life.”
Elizabeth’s search for the meaning of the saying led her to a Christian church. She began visiting the church, and after a time, she came to faith in Christ.
But she kept her new faith a secret from her Muslim husband. When he was out of town, Elizabeth attended prayer meetings. But she stayed home when he was in town.
After about a year, Elizabeth realized that she needed to be honest with her husband. But when he found out that she had become a Christian, he left her — pregnant with their sixth child.
Elizabeth has a hard time making ends meet for her family, and others in the community mock her instead of helping her. Please pray that she will stay strong in her faith.
To read prayers from around the world for Elizabeth, visit icommittopray.com.
(Elizabeth’s eyes are covered in the photo above to conceal her identity from those who might want to harm her.)
Published on January 28th, 2019
One day, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti went on an errand for his grandmother. Emmanuel lives in Uganda, where many people are Christians. But radical Muslims persecute Christians in some parts of the country.
No doubt Emmanuel had done chores for his family safely many times. But on this particular day he encountered four Muslim men from his village who stopped him from completing his errand.
The men knew Emmanuel came from a Christian family. Radical Muslims had already sent threatening text messages to Emmanuel’s father (shown in the photo above) telling him to become a Muslim or move out of the village. But on this day, Emmanuel was their target.
The men started by talking to Emmanuel and trying to get him to deny Jesus and become a Muslim. When he bravely refused, one of the men slapped him and tried to choke him. Then they ran away, leaving him unconscious on the ground.
Emmanuel’s father and some neighbors began searching for him when he didn’t return home. Thank God they found him and took him home. Ask God to give Emmanuel and his family wisdom and guidance as they consider how to deal with hostile villagers.
(Sources include Morning Star News)
Published on January 25th, 2019
News reports are telling readers about a new app that helps people in Indonesia report blasphemy to the government. “Blasphemy” means insulting things that are holy.
Indonesia has more Muslims that any other country in the world. So blasphemy in Indonesia means saying something against Islam or Muslim beliefs. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Some Christians are concerned that the app will lead Muslims to report more Christians to the police and get them arrested.
Users can rate the app and tell how much they like it. So far, thankfully, the app is getting low ratings.
Pray that technology and social media will lead more Indonesians to Christ instead of helping them give Christians a hard time.
Published on January 24th, 2019
A previous post told about Helen Berhane, a Christian who was imprisoned in Eritrea for refusing to deny Christ.
Helen endured harsh treatment in prison, and was forced to stay in a hot, metal shipping container most of the time. Twen, another Christian prisoner, cared for Helen. She washed Helen’s wounds, fed her, and even took beatings in her place.
Helen was released more than 10 years ago. But her friend Twen (shown in the photo) is still in prison. Read more about her at prisoneralert.com. You can even send her a note of encouragement by following instructions on the Prisoner Alert site.
Recently Twen sent a message to Christians outside the prison who were asking how to pray for her. Twen had only one prayer request: “Pray for God to be glorified in Eritrea!”
Thank God for Twen’s faithfulness to Him and for her good example to other Christians in and outside of the prison.