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 October 9th, 2018
The October 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter tells stories of Christians in Iran who remain faithful to Christ even in times of persecution for their faith. Christian children, as well as adults, can be victims of bullying and persecution. Watch the video below to learn about Amin, a Christian boy in Iran.
Published on October 8th, 2018
Bold Believers in the Philippines features stories, photos, history and culture information, and geography facts that help readers understand the daily lives of families in an area where Christians are persecuted.
The 46-page book includes crafts, recipes, coloring pages, prayer points, and activities for families, classes, or individual children.
You can download Bold Believers in the Philippines here.
Published on October 8th, 2018
Ali and his family follow Christ in a country where most people follow the teachings of Muhammad. (Learn more about the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad here.)
The family used to live in Iran. They started secret Christian house church groups where Iranian Christians could worship God together. But the government doesn’t want Christianity to spread in Iran.
One day, Ali’s wife, Soro, was cooking chickpea patties for their sons, ages 5 and 7. Suddenly the secret police burst in through the front door. The police were dressed all in black with their faces covered. “Mommy, who is that?” the frightened boys asked.
“It’s OK,” Soro answered. “We knew they were coming sometime.”
Soro and Ali were arrested, taken to prison, and separated. “Who is caring for my sons?” Soro wondered. After a while, God took away her fear, and she felt His presence. “I knew it was a privilege to be there with the Lord, so that was sweet,” she said. “But I also wanted to go be with [my children].”
Soro was released, and delighted to go home. But she refused to leave her sons, sleeping between them every night. Later, Ali was also released, but government watchers continued to watch and follow their family.
Several months passed, then the family moved to a nearby country and continued to witness to Muslims. “If we are one,” Soro said about their family, “then God called our kids, He called our family, and the Lord knew what He was doing with our kids.”
Their sons are teenagers now, and they have a younger daughter. Soro knows that God is at work in her children. She is waiting for the time when they will say, “Wow, God let me go through that, and He had a purpose for me, not just for my parents.”
Pray that God will give Ali and Soro’s family peace and unity as they continue to serve Him. Ask God to help their children understand His purpose for their lives.
(Source: October 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
Published on October 5th, 2018
Ten Facts About Emomali Rahmon and His Country
1. Emomali Rahmon is the president of Tajikistan. He has been president since 1992.
2. Rahmon’s birthday is on October 5th. This year he will be 66 years old.
3. More than 90 percent of people in Tajikistan are Muslims.
4. The government is afraid of Muslim terrorists. So officials try to control all religions to make sure no violent group gains power.
5. Earlier this year in Tajikistan, terrorists killed two bicyclists from the United States.
6. It is illegal for children under 18 to attend public religious activities in Tajikistan.
7. Most of Tajikistan’s Christians are Russian Orthodox, but there are also Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, and Korean Protestants.
8. If someone wants to print or distribute Christian materials, they have to get permission from the government.
9. Tajik is the language of Tajikistan. To say “thank you” in Tajik, say, “tah-shah-KOOR.”
10. In recent years, athletes from Tajikistan have won Olympic medals in boxing, judo, and wrestling. Soccer is a popular sport.
Pray for the president of Tajikistan on his birthday. Pray that he will rule his country wisely and fairly, and that his government will not prevent anyone from learning about Jesus.
(Sources include: The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report and The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide.)
Published on October 4th, 2018
Farsi, also called “Persian,” is the official language of Iran. Farsi is written in the same script as Arabic, but it is not the same language as Arabic. This is similar to the way Spanish and English are written using the same letters, but they are different languages.
The government of Iran fears that Muslims who hear the gospel in their own language will become Christians. Christian ethnic groups that speak other languages are not as much of a problem to the government.
“Pastors who preach in Farsi are ordered to give a report to the government,” said an Iranian Christian. “Also, the government sends spies into the Farsi-speaking churches to take pictures and evaluate the activities of the church.”
Farsi is read from right to left instead of left to right like English. Look at the chart below to learn how to pronounce some Farsi words and phrases. (Pronunciations are approximate.)
How to say it in Farsi
|Praise the Lord||KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr|
|Jesus loves you||EE-saw doos-taht DAH-reh|
|Good bye||KHOH-dah hah-fehz|