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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.

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Tanzania and Swahili

Tanzania Sunday school

About 46 percent of the people in Tanzania are Christians, and about 37 percent are Muslims. Others follow tribal religions. The Bible has not yet been translated into the languages of some Tanzanian tribes.

Growing Conflict
Some radical Muslims give Christians a hard time. Radical Islam is spreading from northern Africa into Tanzania. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

On the island of Zanzibar where most of the people are Muslims, Christians have faced persecution for a long time. People who leave Islam to follow Jesus sometimes have to flee their homes when family members kick them out.

But in recent times, Christians on the mainland of Tanzania are having the same kinds of problems. Riots have broken out in some places, and churches have been burned.

Swahili, also called Kiswahili, is the main language of Tanzania.

Learn Some Swahili Words
(Pronunciations are approximate.)

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

Hello. Jambo. JAHM-boh
Yes. Ndiyo. Uhn-DEE-yoh
No. Hapana. Hah-PAH-nah
Please. Tafadhali. TAH-fuh-DAH-lee
Thank you very much. Asante sana. Uh-SAHN-teh SAH-nuh

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Tanzania: Andrew’s Temptation

Andrew, a youth in Tanzania, was raised in a Christian family. But he did not really have a strong faith in God. So when a radical Muslim leader told him, “If you come to Islam, you will become super rich,” Andrew foolishly listened to the man.

Andrew began to do more and more evil deeds to please the radical Muslim. He lied to his parents and set their house on fire twice. But when the man told him to attack his parents, Andrew refused, repented, and turned to Christ. Now Muslims in the area want to harm him. (The photo of Andrew above is disguised to hide his identity from enemies.) Pray for Andrew and for other youth in places where they are tempted to join violent groups.

(Source: The January 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and age appropriateness.)

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Cup Sleeve Prayer Reminders

Does your church or family use cup sleeves to protect people’s hands from the heat of hot drinks? You can decorate the sleeves in a way that reminds others to pray for persecuted Christians.

Use: markers, colorful tape, wrapping paper, felt, craft foam, contact paper, or photos from The Voice of the Martyrs’ publications (or find printable ones here) to decorate the sleeves.

Describe to those using the sleeves some of the prayer needs of the people or countries you highlight on the sleeves.

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Uganda: Adam’s Search


Seventeen-year-old Adam was searching for the truth. During his search, he found an online video about Jesus. He watched the video with his Muslim friends, but most of them walked out before it was over. Adam watched the whole movie.

Adam used to live in Somalia, but after radical Muslims killed his father, he escaped to Uganda with thousands of other Somali refugees. Though he was a Muslim, he had bad feelings about Islam after his father’s death. [Islam is the religion of Muslims.]

Adam’s older cousin found out about Adam’s search for the truth. The cousin sent him to a Muslim boarding school to make him a stronger Muslim. When that didn’t work, the cousin took Adam back to Somalia and left him there among Muslims to encourage him to remain a Muslim.

Adam escaped to Uganda again, and this time, he enrolled in a Christian high school. But he still did not want become a Christian. His search for the truth online and among friends continued.

Eleven years after his search began, Adam trusted Christ as his Savior. By that time, he was married and had a son. When his wife found out about his new faith, she said their marriage was over. “I am no longer your wife,” she said. “And you will never speak to your son again.” She later changed her mind, and she now lets Adam talk to his son by phone. But she says she will never accept Adam back, unless he returns to Islam.

Today Adam receives threats from Muslims. “God has my life,” he said. “And if He wants me to live, I will live.”

Do you think some students in Adam’s Christian high school continued to pray for him even after he left the school? If so, they may not know that God answered their prayers. Can you pray for others even if you may not know the results?

How can you pray for the following?
*Adam’s wife
*Adam’s son
*Adam’s persecutors

(Source: The January 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and age appropriateness.)

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This Month

January 2019 VOM magazine

Parents and Teachers
The January 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine includes stories about Muslims in Bangladesh, Somalia, Tanzania, and Iraq. As Muslims, they enjoyed their privileges as valued members of their families and communities. But when they left Islam to follow Christ, all endured persecution from relatives and others in their lives.

You can share stories of Christians from Muslim backgrounds on this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional Related Resources
*Bold Believers in Bangladesh available in the free Downloads section.

*Watch a video about a girl from Iraq here.
*Enter a country name in the Search box on this site to find additional stories and information.