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 4th, 2019
Christians in Nigerian are experiencing numerous attacks by Fulani Muslims attackers and Boko Haram terrorists. At times, Christian children are injured in the attacks.
Some of the kids had lived in the same houses since they were born. They watched as terrorists burned down their homes. Others saw family members attacked.
Do you think that some of the kids were angry and sad? They were. The Voice of the Martyrs sponsored camps for teens who needed help getting through their anger and sadness.
The teens made friends with other kids at the camp who were also sad and angry. Together they worked to understand the Bible’s lessons about forgiving enemies. The camp leaders hoped the teens would also learn that they did not have to see revenge against those who persecuted them.
VOM workers said, “Pray that they will continue to find peace in Christ and share their eternal hope with others in their community.”
Published on October 3rd, 2019
Will you pray for Melody and Marvelous?
Melody is 3 and Marvelous is 7. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping their family with rent, school fees, clothing, and medical care. But they still need prayer.
Last year, Melody had to spend two months in the hospital. She needed surgeries to help her heal after a bullet struck her during an attack on their village in Nigeria. (She is mentioned in the story here.) The militant Muslim attackers also hit Marvelous on the head and knocked her unconscious.
The girls’ father, James, stayed by their side through their recovery. But their mother, Mary, died in the attack. James and the girls were very sad. They lost Mary, and they lost their home. The attackers moved into the Christians’ homes and took the villagers’ land. James and the girls lived in a camp for displaced people for eight months.
A VOM worker is counseling James and other Christians who suffered in the attacks. “I feel like I have people who care for me,” he said. But forgiveness for the attackers will take more time.
James asked for prayer for himself, Melody, and Marvelous. “Pray that God will strengthen us and make us strong in our faith and provide for our desires,” he said.
(Source: The October 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)
Find out how to write a note of encouragement to Nigerian Christians at persecution.com/NotestoNigeria.
Published on October 2nd, 2019
On June 22, 2018, violent Muslims attacked several villages in Nigeria. The attackers burned Christians’ houses and left 7,500 homeless. The displaced Christians included Alice Bulus and her five children.
A Muslim mosque leader let 200 of the people find shelter in his mosque, saving their lives. The Voice of the Martyrs helped Alice and her kids move to another place where they started their lives over again.
It wasn’t the first time they had to start over.
Starting Over the First Time
Nine years ago, violent fighters attacked their home around midnight. Sadly, Alice’s husband, the children’s father, died in the attack. Alice recognized one of the attackers — he was her family’s neighbor.
After her husband died, Alice tried to support her children by continuing to farm their small plot of land.
Starting Over Again
Then the enemies attacked twice more. The family’s home was gone. For a while, they lived in the hallway of an elderly woman’s home. Later, a Christian family offered them a small apartment. Alice began farming again and doing odd jobs to take care of her family.
In 2015, the militants returned and destroyed all her crops.
Starting Over the Third Time
Alice replanted her crops, and VOM helped her family rent a small house where they started their lives over yet again, interrupted by the 2018 attack. With VOM’s help, Alice has saved a little money, and her family is slowly building a home of their own.
“No More Afraid”
Since the attacks, Alice has seen the neighbor who killed her husband. He is not in jail. She gathered the courage to approach him and greet him kindly. “I have never felt anger toward them,” Alice said. “The Bible already said this [persecution] would happen and said we should watch and pray….The Word encourages me all the time because it says the Lord gives and the Lord takes. We are just here for a time. Right now, I am no more afraid.”
(Source: The October 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)
To Think About
*What does Alice mean when she says, “We are just here for a time?”
*Can you think of five things to pray for Alice and her family?
*Try fitting several people in a small hallway. Discuss how you would live in the hallway if you had to stay there for a long time. How would you divide the space? Where would you sleep?
Published on October 1st, 2019
Parents and Teachers
The Voice of the Martyrs’ president, Cole Richards, said, “Let us remember that [Christ] was ‘led like a lamb to the slaughter’ (Isaiah 53:7) for our sake, for the sake of our Nigerian Christian brothers and sisters, and even for the sake of their Islamist attackers whom we call to repentance.”
The October issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Nigerian Christians who have suffered persecution and mistreatment. The issue provides an opportunity to write persecuted Nigerian Christians a note of encouragement. (Younger children can draw a picture for Nigerian kids.) You can also write a note online at persecution.com/NotestoNigeria.
Updates from Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Cuba, and Bangladesh are also included in the issue.
Share stories about the featured countries from this site with your children then pray together for the Christians in those countries.
*To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*Bold Believers activity books about Vietnam and Bangladesh are available in the Downloads section.
*The Voice of the Martyrs Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in most of the featured countries.
*Watch a video clip of children in Bangladesh and a clip of a church in Cuba.
*Restricted Nations: Vietnam is available at vombooks.com.
Published on September 30th, 2019
By Elise Wixtrom, Kids of Courage Student Reviewer
Among the twelve disciples, you may have heard of Doubting Thomas, the one who did not believe that Jesus had risen again to life on the third day. In The Voice of the Martyrs’ book, Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary, Thomas’ story is not left at the moment where he doubts – the book instead expands upon Thomas’ storyline after Jesus’ ascension into heaven.
Thomas went across the known world, bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth. His knowledge of Christ’s death and resurrection spurred him on to go ever farther, to the foreign nation of India. The Indians did not know the gospel, in fact they followed a different religion, called Hinduism, which involved the worship of many different gods
While in India, the book says, through Thomas God performed many miracles to stun and prove His sovereignty to the people who had never before known of the one true God, whose existence disproved their religion of many deities. As Thomas performed miracles, the Hindu priests became enraged with Thomas disproving their religion and conspired to kill him. They carried out their plan, and Thomas was killed with spears and became a martyr.
The Voice of the Martyrs’ book focuses more on Thomas’ faith than his doubt. The story leaves one with the message that even though you may doubt at first, perhaps even if you are skeptical, God can do great works through you and bring the good news to those who are lost. Thomas’ lack of faith at first did not hinder God’s plan for his life. In fact, it made him more fervent in the carrying out the call that God had placed on his once-doubting heart.
Learn more about Thomas in Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary, a book in The Voice of the Martyrs’ Courageous Series for kids, available at vombooks.com.