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Bold Believers in Syria

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.

Spotlight Story

Jailed Because of a Banana

Many village vendors in Asia sell food from small shops, stands, or carts. Recently a Buddhist vendor in Myanmar (Burma) sold a banana to a Christian customer. Then the authorities took the vendor to jail for three days and made him pay a fine!

The Buddhist village leaders don’t want Christians to live in their village. So they made a law that said no one could sell food or anything else to Christians. Every day they told the Christians, “You can have food if you become Buddhists.”

“This is not a game,” one Christian told the leaders. “We believe in Christ 100 percent, and we will die believing.”

What do you think happened to the banana vendor? He saw that the Buddhists were wrong, and he decided to follow Christ! He has asked another believer to teach him more about the Bible and to baptize him.

Note: The Voice of the Martyrs helps provide food for the Myanmar village Christians.

(Source: VOM sources. Edited for length and clarity)

Learn more about Buddhism here.
Learn more about Christians in Myanmar (Burma) from Bold Believers in Burma, available in the Downloads section.

Activities Story

Count in Filipino

Filipino and English are official languages of the Philippines. Filipino is said to have come from Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. Sometimes people call Filipino “Tagalog.” Filipino may also be referred to as “Pilipino.”

Learn to Count in Filipino
(Pronunciations are approximate.)

The first word in each group below is the English word, and the second is the Filipino word. The third part tells how to pronounce the Filipino word.

One. Isa. ee-SAH
Two. Dalawa. dah-lah-WAH
Three. Tatlo. taht-LOH
Four. Apat. ah-PAHT
Five. Lima. lee-MAH
Six. Anim. AH-neem
Seven. Pito. pee-TOH
Eight. Walo. wah-LOH
Nine. Siyam. shahm
Ten. Sampu. sahm-POO

(Source: Bold Believers in the Philippines. Read or download the book here.)

To Do
Count the number of Filipino children in the photo above using Filipino numbers.

Spotlight Story

The Philippines: A Missionary at School

Bold Believers in the Philippines, the newest book in the Bold Believers series, includes the story below.

Ruth, a 14-year-old Christian in the Philippines, wants to be a missionary someday. But she isn’t waiting until “someday” to share the gospel with others. Ruth already talks about her faith with girls at her school.

One day, Ruth’s father gave her a book about brave Christians who were persecuted for their faith in Christ. “It made me cry,” Ruth said. But it also inspired her. She took the book to school and told her friends about it. Soon other girls borrowed the book and read it.

Ruth and her family prayed that God would use the book to change the hearts of girls who were not following Jesus. God answered their prayers!

“There have been changes in two classrooms,” Ruth’s father said. “In the past, students in some classes were wild and troublesome. There has been a change in the attitude and behavior of many students. It even surprised the teachers. Even the principal says there is a difference.”

Some of the teachers have asked Ruth if they can read her book, too!

Note: In parts of the Philippines, radical Muslims have attacked Christians and their homes. They want to force all Christians to leave the areas.

Share a book or DVD about courageous Christians with others. Pray that the book or DVD will encourage them to serve Him.

Activities Story

A Treat from the Philippines

Bold Believers in the Philippines

Bold Believers in the Philippines, available in the Downloads section, is the newest book in the Bold Believers series.

The champorado recipe below is from the book. Children in the Philippines enjoy champorado for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.

2 cups of freshly cooked rice
½ cup of chocolate chips or a chocolate bar cut in pieces
1 to 2 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
Yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk

1. Add chocolate to hot, freshly cooked rice, and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add sugar if desired.
2. Scoop ½ cup of the mixture into a bowl. Top with yogurt, milk, cream, whipped cream, or coconut milk.

Spotlight Story

The Perpetua Story

Elise Wixtrom writes reviews of VOM resources for readers of Enter “Elise” in the search box to read about Elise and to find more of her reviews. Read below her review of the Torchlighters DVD, The Perpetua Story.

Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here. [Preview is recommended before showing the DVD to younger children.]

Perpetua, a woman who lived in Roman times, just like Augustine,  became a Christian soon after she gave birth to her baby son. She was very young when she accepted Jesus Christ, but she became an active participant in the early church.

At that time, the Romans did not accept Christianity as a true religion. They instead wanted everyone to pledge allegiance to the emperor and to their gods. So they made it illegal to become a Christian. Anyone who professed to love Jesus was fed to wild animals. The Christians were shunned and hunted, as if they were not even people.

Perpetua took a great risk by becoming a Christian in this era. In fact, the danger of becoming a Christian was so great, the believers had to gather in homes under the veil of night. Still, the Roman army would come through the streets and raid the houses, looking for gatherings.
One night, Perpetua and her friend Felicity (who was a slave), were attending church just as usual, when the Roman army raided her pastor’s house. The soldiers arrested everyone who attended, including Perpetua and Felicity. The two women, Felicity’s husband, and Perpetua’s baby son were all thrown in jail. In the morning, they would be asked to burn incense to the emperor as a sign of loyalty.

Perpetua and her friends were afraid of what was going to happen to them in the future, so they prayed without stopping until they fell from exhaustion. As the Christians were sleeping, Christ Jesus came to Perpetua in a dream, where he handed her a cup and told her to drink. “This is a taste of sweet things to come,” he said. Perpetua knew then that she would go to be with the Lord soon.

When morning came, Perpetua told her friends about what had happened in the dream. “We will be delivered and go to the Lord as martyrs,” she explained. And they were all at peace.

When the time came, Perpetua and her friends were thrown to the wild animals because they refused to bow down and worship the emperor above God. Because of their faith and steadfast assurance that God would deliver them (even if that meant death), they became an example for all other Christians to follow. That is, they told the world that they would not back down when choices got hard. They told the Romans that they would not bow down to false gods. And they told the Church that God will not abandon you even if you feel like He has. As followers of Christ, they met their end with grace and love – and entered into a new beginning as bright as the morning sun.

Learn more and watch a clip from The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story here.