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 13th, 2018
The previous post told about Grace, the daughter of a VOM worker who travels to countries where Christians are persecuted. Grace’s dad has also been persecuted in one of the countries he visits.
Read below Grace’s advice for kids who face struggles in life.
Created for a Purpose
I would like to tell kids who are reading this that whatever is happening — school drama, family issues, anything — God knew it was going to happen. I experience days when I don’t want to think about anything but what I’m going through. As good as that may feel at the moment, it’s not exactly a step in the right direction.
The only way to make the situation any better is by putting it all in God’s hands. I often start my day with a simple prayer that includes me just admitting that I am powerless, and I need God every moment throughout my whole day. I place every problem, every conversation, every blessing, every hurtful word, completely in God’s hands. Now that you [know] this, I encourage you to say a simple prayer when you feel upset, angry, or even blessed. And I bet that eventually you will start affecting people around you!
Two of my favorite quotes:
1. “When you put everything in God’s hands, soon you’ll see God’s hands in everything.”
2. “Either be a thermometer or a thermostat.” This means that either you adjust to the mood around you or you adjust the mood around you. People will notice when your “vibe” is positive, even when the day might not be exactly ideal.
May you truly believe that God has something amazing planned for you, and that you were created for a purpose!
God bless you all.
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Published on June 12th, 2018
Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs travel to more than 60 countries, visiting and encouraging persecuted Christians. Their families help them prepare for their trips, and pray for them while they travel.
Read the comments below from the daughter of a VOM dad. On Father’s Day, remember fathers who travel to difficult places to serve God and persecuted Christians.
Hello, my name is Grace. I am 13 years old. I live with my mom and dad. I go to middle school in Oklahoma. I enjoy running and singing outside of school. I am currently running track for my school.
My family moved here so my dad could work at VOM. He travels to South Asia, Central Asia, and Latin America. My dad really enjoys his job and helping persecuted people. I feel honored that my family has contact with people who have truly given their lives to Christ.
Praying and Helping
We pray a lot before he goes, both for the people he will encounter and the people he will meet and encourage. We do communicate with him while he is gone, about every other night or so. When he is gone, it is just a habit that my mom and I will have to do a little more [work] than usual. But I think it makes us really understand that we don’t have to do a lot living in the U.S.
I have helped at a table at a VOM Advance Conference when my dad preached. I met so many people! I loved telling people about VOM and the persecuted church. People who visited the table were amazed that I was only 13. I simply said that God has amazing [plans] for every person, no matter their age.
In the next post, you can read Grace’s advice for kids about putting everything in God’s hands.
Published on June 11th, 2018
This week, Muslims will end their month-long observance of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Toward the end of Ramadan, Muslims observe “the Night of Power.”
The Quran, the Muslim holy book, says, “The Night of Power is better than a thousand nights” (Quran 97:3-4). Muslims believe that an angel visited their prophet, Muhammad, on that night many centuries ago. They hope that truths will also be revealed to them on the Night of Power.
This week, Christians around the world will pray:
*that through Jesus, Muslims will find the truth they seek
*that Christians will help Muslims understand more of the truth about God and Jesus.
You can learn more about Islam in the book, Learning About Islam, available in the free Downloads section.
Published on June 8th, 2018
The previous post told about the efforts of China’s president, Xi Jinping, to control religious activity in his country.
News reports said that Chinese government officials told Christian villagers in one part of China, “Jesus Christ won’t drag you out of poverty or cure your illnesses, but the Chinese Communist Party will. So take down those pictures of Christ and put up a nice photograph of President Xi Jinping.”
To Discuss with Your Class or Family
Suppose you were a Chinese Christian. How would you answer the government officials? Do you think there might be a way you could witness for Christ in your reply?
Read about the differences between life under communism and in free countries here.
Published on June 7th, 2018
Government officials in some parts of China have been cracking down on Christian activity. (Read an earlier report about government officials ordering crosses to be removed from churches here.)
President Xi Jinping has been trying to increase his control over all religions. On June 15, President Xi will turn 65. Will you pray for him and his country for a week and 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 President Xi will rule with justice and fairness.
* Pray that Chinese Christians will not be afraid to share the gospel.
* Pray that more of China’s leaders will follow Christ.
*Ask God to bless and protect Chinese churches.
* Pray that all Chinese children will learn that Jesus loves them.
Find more prayer suggestions in the book Bold Believers in China, available in the free Downloads section.