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 April 30th, 2019
Gwenivere, a 10-year-old girl in Indiana, leads her friends in praying for persecuted Christians and donating money to provide Bibles for people in other countries. She learned about the work of The Voice of the Martyrs when her grandmother, Debra, showed Torchlighters DVDs to the children in her church.
Gwenivere learned some words in the Kru language of Torchlighters hero Samuel Morris from the Torchlighters study guides, and she and Debra visited Morris’ grave in Fort Wayne. “[It was] touching to hear her speak the tribal Kru phrases learned in the lessons, and thanking God for his dedication,” said Debra.
Debra plans to provide Gwenivere with additional opportunities to help VOM as she gets older. “It would be a disservice to keep her ignorant of this ongoing reality and the hands-on ministry that VOM offers these precious saints!” said Debra.
(Photo: Debra and Gwenivere. Used by permission.)
To Think About
*Is there anyone you can encourage to pray for persecuted Christians?
*Have you ever thanked God for the witness of a faithful Christian?
Published on April 29th, 2019
The Chinese government is cracking down on Christians. The Early Rain Covenant Church is one of the targets of their unwanted attention.
About 800 people attend weekly services at Early Rain. The church also operates an elementary school with 40 students.
In February, policemen arrested 44 Christians at two Early Rain services. Eleven kids were among those arrested. The youngest child was about two months old.
The children were given no food, even though they weren’t released from the jail until 2 a.m. the next day. They had to sleep on the floor or on a cold table. The police took away everyone’s cell phones.
It wasn’t the first time officials had given the church a hard time. In December 2018, police arrested 100 people from the church, including the pastor and his wife.
But the Christians continue to meet together and worship God. The church members publish sermons online and evangelize in the streets. Why do you think they keep doing activities that get them arrested? (Hint: Read Hebrews 10:24-25 and Mark 16:15.)
Source: China Aid
Photo: China Aid. Children meeting at Early Rain Covenant Church
Published on April 25th, 2019
- Write a book report on a book about persecuted Christians.
- Plan to pray for Christians in Muslim countries during Muslim holidays.
- Hold a weekly or monthly fast from TV, computer games, or dessert as a prayer reminder.
- Write a letter to the editor of a publication, telling about current persecution.
- Study Bible passages about persecution and share them with someone.
- Send profits from a lemonade stand or garage sale to support VOM projects.
- Offer to show a DVD about persecution to a group or class.
- Hold an “underground church service.” Sing and pray quietly.
- Invite party guests to bring items needed by the persecuted instead of gifts.
- Send a description of your projects to VOM to share with others.
Published on April 24th, 2019
- Make a “Family Prayer Album” using clips from VOM publications.
- Display items about persecution at a history or geography fair.
- Leave a VOM publication in a car mechanic’s waiting room.
- Find the name of leaders of restricted nations in an almanac. Pray for them.
- Serve a dinner featuring food from a restricted country. Share about Christians there. (Find recipes from restricted countries in our Activity section or in the downloadable activity books on this site.)
- Make a parade float about courageous Christians.
- Phone a friend once a week to pray together for persecuted Christians.
- Design Christmas ornaments using photos from VOM publications.
- Hold an overnight lock-in, and spend the time learning about and praying for persecuted Christians.
- Collect spare change in a jar for a year to support a VOM project.
Published on April 23rd, 2019
- Save the fronts of Christmas cards to use as postcards for Christian prisoners.
- Design a poster or mural about Christians who have suffered for their faith.
- Use Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 107:19 as prayers for persecuted Christians.
- Put on a puppet show about today’s heroes of the faith.
- Share about persecuted Christians at family meals or devotions.
- Pray for persecutors to repent and follow Jesus.
- Start a letter-writing club to write to Christian prisoners. (See www.prisoneralert.com.)
- Send VOM resources to a U.S. prison chaplain to share with prisoners.
- Have a car wash to earn funds for a project to help the persecuted.
- Make a list of hymns about persecution for events where persecution is discussed.