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 25th, 2018
Release International is The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom. (Read more about VOM’s sister missions around the world here.) Release International encourages kids to pray for Christians in countries where followers of Christ are persecuted. Read three of their suggested prayers below, and choose one to pray today.
Please bless the children of Alimujiang Yimitri in China. Their dad was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to 15 years in prison because he is a follower of Yours. His sons will be 16 and 12 this year, and they miss their dad very much. At times they have only been allowed to see him for 15 minutes every three months. Please give the boys your special strength, hope, and love. Help them trust You to look after their dad by Your almighty power, and bring him home soon. Amen.
Thank you that Christians in other countries pay for some Christian children to go to school in Sri Lanka. Many more Christian children would love to go to school, but sadly their families can’t afford it. Please work in miraculous ways so that all Christian children can go to school. Amen.
“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Be with all the children who have been sent to prison with their families in Eritrea. Please give them all they need — food, water, and a safe place to sleep. Let them know that You are with them. Let them trust You, and fill their hearts with Your love. Keep them safe, and set them free. Please bless the family of a mom called Fikadu who died in prison. Amen.
(Source: Release International, Edited)
The next post will include Release International prayers for Christians in India, North Korea, and Egypt.
Read more about Christians in China, Sri Lanka, and Eritrea in Bold Believers books in the Downloads section.
Published on June 22nd, 2018
Hudson Taylor served as a missionary to China in the 1800s. Many of his listeners had never heard the gospel, so Taylor used the characters in Chinese writing to teach Bible stories.
Taylor illustrated the story of Christ’s death on the cross with the Chinese character for the word “come.” The character has a cross in the middle. Jesus was crucified between two men. On either side of the cross in “come,” there is a character for the word “man.” Can you see the characters?
Published on June 21st, 2018
A post on this site last year told about Turkish children at a school where most of the students were Muslims. The Muslim students and teachers mocked the children and their beliefs.
The family enrolled the children in a different school, but the problems continued. The children’s father had three prayer requests:
*Pray that our children will show the love of Jesus in a place where He is not known.
*Pray that we will teach our children to be lights in the darkness.
*Pray that we will be good examples for our children.
The Voice of the Martyrs recently heard from the family again. Some children at the school had been misbehaving, but the children from the Christian family continued to be “lights in the darkness.”
Others noticed their behavior and complimented the parents for teaching their children well. The parents were “good examples” for their children.
Some Muslims began to ask the family questions about the Bible and Christianity. The family is now sharing “the love of Jesus in a place where He is not known.”
Thank you to the readers who prayed for the Turkish Christian family.
Published on June 20th, 2018
People who follow Jesus are persecuted in some parts of Laos. Youth leaders try to prepare Christian children to be strong in their faith, even in hard times.
“They play games to teach spiritual truths,” said a VOM worker in Laos. “In one game, one person is blindfolded. [Can you find the blindfolded person in the photo?] As music is played, the blindfolded person walks around a circle of children, touching each person as they walk. They keep walking as long as the music is played.
“When the music stops, the last person who was touched by the blindfolded child has to do something in the center of the circle.”
[An adult leader may suggest what the child may do — perhaps sing a verse of a Christian song, recite a Bible verse, tell a Bible story, or share a way that God has helped them.]
The VOM worker continued, “The teaching point is that we don’t always get to choose when we are called by God to do something. Sometimes it may be something we want to do, but sometimes it may be something we don’t want to do. But we always need to follow Him.”
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Comments edited for length and clarity.)
Published on June 19th, 2018
“Samuel” lives in Laos with his parents. You can see him in the photo holding his parents’ hands. (Their eyes are covered to protect their identity from people who might want to harm them.) Samuel is standing on a piece of his house.
Samuel’s parents are Christians. They live in a village where most of the people are animist, or spirit worshipers. (Learn more about animism here.) Just a few of the villagers are Christians. There used to be more Christians. But after animist villagers began persecuting the Christians, some Christians left their faith.
Local officials tore down Samuel’s house, hoping his family would leave the village and move somewhere else. But Samuel’s family stayed. They gathered pieces of their torn-down house and built a small hut to live in. Christians from nearby villages came to help, encourage, and support them. Now the officials are saying that Samuel’s family can stay in the village and rebuild their home.
Please pray for Samuel’s family, their persecutors, and for the villagers who stopped being Christians after they were persecuted.
(Source: I Commit to Pray)
(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)
To Talk About
*What are some of the other ways Samuel’s family could have reacted after officials tore down their house?
*Why do you think the officials changed their minds about Samuel’s family?