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 19th, 2018
The complete Kids of Courage VBS curriculum includes a director’s guide, crafts, activities, five teachers’ guides, skits, plays, photo and music CDs, games, snacks, The Voice of the Martyrs prayer map, and more. Learn more here.
In the following skit from the VBS curriculum, a Christian prisoner recognizes that he is a link in the chain of faithful Christians from the past who have sacrificed for Christ.
Links in the Chain
Several Links in the Chain
Small table and chair
Paper and pen
Several signs with the name of a Christian martyr on one side and the student’s name on the other (see below)
Optional: strips of construction paper, partially completed paper chain, tape
Old torn clothes for Prisoner
Uniform for Prison Official
(The Prison Official is seated at a table. A pen and paper are on the table. The Prisoner is standing by the table.)
Narrator: Several years ago, police locked a Christian in prison in a country where Christians were persecuted. The prison officials asked the prisoner to sign a statement. The statement accused other Christians of breaking the law. If the prisoner signed the statement, the other Christians would be arrested.
Prison Official: Sign this statement! Things will go easier for you if you just do what I say.
Prisoner: The chain keeps me from signing this.
Prison Official: But you are not in chains!
Prisoner: I am. I am bound by the chain of witnesses who gave their lives for Jesus throughout the centuries. I am a link in this chain. I will not break it.
(Prisoner and Prison Official exit.)
(Optional: Provide background music that includes a song about faithfulness to God.)
(Students, Links in the Chain, enter single file and stand in a line across the stage. As students take their places one by one, they recite the name of someone who sacrificed for Christ, and if desired, a phrase about that person’s sacrifice. Each student may hold up a sign with the name of a Christian on it. Examples include: “Stephen, the first martyr for Christ” and “Paul, who said ‘the word of God is not chained.’” Others can include heroes from Christian history and modern persecuted Christians.)
Narrator: The apostle Paul asked his friends to “remember his chains.” We may not be called to die for our faith. But we can be links in the chain by remembering those who are persecuted and by praying for them. We, too, are bound by the chain of witnesses who gave their lives for Jesus throughout the centuries.
Links in the Chain: (speaking one by one) I am a link in the chain. (As they speak, they may turn their signs over, revealing their own names on the back.)
(Optional: The audience can be allowed to respond by coming forward at the end of the skit, lining up, and saying one at a time when recognized, “I am a link in the chain.” If desired, have available a short paper chain made of construction paper and give students strips of paper for each to add to the chain as they say it. A teacher may help by taping the links as they are added.)
Published on April 18th, 2018
Eggs and Onions
Fry one chopped onion in 1 tbsp. oil. Separately, mix 3 eggs, 1 chopped green onion, and 2 tsp. fish sauce. Add the mixture to the pan with the fried onion and scramble. Serve hot with rice.
Rice and Banana Pudding
Combine and bring to a boil 2 sliced bananas, ½ cup water, 3 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. vanilla, and ½ tsp. cinnamon. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1½ cups of cooked brown rice, 1 15-to 20-ounce can of pineapple tidbits (drained), and 1 cup of coconut milk (or plain milk). Return to a boil, then simmer 5 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
Learn more about life in Vietnam and bold Vietnamese believers from these resources:
Bold Believers in Vietnam, available in the free Downloads section.
Restricted Nations: Vietnam available at VOMBooks.com
Published on April 17th, 2018
When workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visit persecuted Christians in other countries, the Christians have two main requests.
*Please pray for us!
*Please send Bibles!
Christians and those who are seeking the truth often wait years to own a copy of the Bible. After they get a Bible, they may have to keep it a secret so non-Christians don’t take the Bible away or persecute the Christians. But they still continue to request Bibles.
When you picture in your mind Christians delivering Bibles to people in other nations, what does the picture look like? In your imagination, how do the Bibles get from the hands of VOM contacts into the hands of those who need them?
The photo above shows part of the difficult journey for one group of VOM contacts in Vietnam. And the people who receive the Bibles sometimes have to walk for hours to get them. But those who deliver the Bibles and those who receive them know that their struggles are worth it. They understand that learning God’s Word is vital to their lives as Christians.
Published on April 16th, 2018
Leanna Cinquanta, a missionary to India, recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs and shared stories of Indian Christians with VOM workers.
“Every 40 hours, another Christian [in India] is attacked,” Leanna told the workers. “Persecution in India has now become a lifestyle; it’s not an incident….It’s not an event; it’s in the atmosphere.”
But Indian Christian pastors are persevering. They understand that persecution is part of being a Christian. (See 2 Timothy 3:12.) The pastors are persevering under persecution, not complaining.
Needed: Duct tape, scissors, writing instruments (optional)
Cut a piece of duct tape 1 inch longer than necessary to fit around your wrist. Cut off the top half of the strip 1 inch from the right end and the bottom half of the strip 1 inch from the left end. Fold the tape in half lengthwise, sticky sides together. Wrap the tape around your wrist, fastening it by pressing the exposed sticky parts together. (You may want to write a Bible verse on your band.)
Read aloud Philippians 2:14 and 4:4, and James 1:2. Many persecuted Christians talk about how they experienced God’s comfort during their struggles. God’s presence helps them to not complain.
Try praising God instead of complaining when things do not go your way. Keep your wristband on as long as you can. When you complain about something, remove it. You may want to ask family members or classmates to join you in the project and see who can keep their band on the longest, while remembering Christians who rejoice in spite of their trials.
Published on April 13th, 2018
Daniela had a beautiful new book. She brought the book to school, where it got a lot of attention from the other children. Many students asked if they could borrow it.
The book was a children’s Bible, and Daniela had received it from a man who distributes Bibles for The Voice of the Martyrs in Chiapas, Mexico.
(Learn more about Chiapas and the bold Christians who live there in Bold Believers in Chiapas, available for free from the Downloads section.)
Daniela became a one-person library. She made a list of everyone who wanted to borrow the new book, and she checked it out to each child for one day.
“As a mom, I’m very happy to see what my daughter is doing,” said Daniela’s mom. “Many kids in her classroom had no knowledge of the Bible. Some of them had never even see a Bible before.”
The Voice of the Martyrs’ contact in Chiapas will now provide Bibles for all Daniela’s friends who have been borrowing the Bible.
Daniela’s mom said, “Thank the brothers [Christians] who had the idea of printing the Bibles and giving them away. This year has been a blessing for my kids and I’m sure for the many other kids who have received Bibles, too.”