VOM’s Courageous Series books highlight the lives of faithful Christians throughout history, including the stories of biblical heroes Stephen, Thomas and Paul as well as three additional stories of well-known Christians Nicholas, Patrick and Valentine, whose faith informed their actions. Learn more here.
Ask a VOM Worker Story
Published on February 25th, 2021
A VOM worker who has traveled to 13 countries shared the following advice for kids.
Question: What can children do now to prepare to serve the Lord as adults?
Answer: I think that learning how to wield the power of prayer is very important, even for young kids. They shouldn’t just rely on their parents to pray. Kids should be praying themselves, for their parents, friends, classmates, etc.
I believe that one’s effectiveness in serving the Lord is dependent on that person’s communication with the Lord. The more attuned one is with God, the better that person will know how to serve.
I have one son. He is 3. I want him to realize at an early age how blessed he is to live in America, which is still a relatively free country. I want him to have the burden of praying for Christians in other nations who do not have those same freedoms.
Published on February 24th, 2021
Gladys Aylward was born 119 years ago on February 24, 1902. The story below is from the Torchlighters leader’s guide for The Gladys Aylward Story DVD. You can find student and leader’s guides for Torchlighters DVDs in the Downloads section of this site and at Torchlighters.org. Learn more about the DVDs here.
Gladys Aylward may be small, but she serves a big God! She’s seen Him lead through countless trials and challenges. But now, after eight years of service in China, Gladys is facing a crucial decision. Her village is under attack by the Japanese, and the children in her care are in danger. Desperate to get the one hundred children out of harm’s way, the wounded Gladys awakens them in the night and begins a one hundred mile journey to safety. She is the only adult. There is no vehicle and no pack animal. They must carry what they need. It is a journey that can only be attempted with God at the lead.
As expected, the physical and emotional challenges of such a journey prove to be immense. Gladys must struggle through her own hunger, fatigue, injury, and illness in order to help the children persevere over the mountain. All the while they know enemy soldiers could attack. When they tire of singing songs, Gladys urges the children along with stories of God – sharing the many ways He has worked throughout her life.
Just when Gladys has given her all and seems unable to face one more roadblock, we find the tables have turned. The children whom she has protected, nourished, and led now offer hope back to her. They have learned well from their beloved role model and now remind her that God is still God and He will see them through. And indeed, He does.
Gladys Aylward’s faith and courage are strong examples for us. As a young Christian, Gladys faced immense obstacles. She had few means, was a poor student, and was told she should not become a missionary. Yet, Gladys decided that if God asked her to do something, she would do it. No barriers or roadblocks would stop her as she trusted in His plan and provision. The road was often uncertain and difficult, but Gladys persevered with her Savior by her side. The small woman with a big God left a legacy of faith in her adopted land of China. Her story encourages each of us to follow as God leads and trust in His provision.
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Published on February 23rd, 2021
Parents and Teachers
The Voice of the Martyrs, with help from LifeWay, is hosting a FREE virtual event on Friday, March 5 that will feature three inspiring speakers: Petr Jasek, Andrew Brunson and Dan Baumann. In addition to individual testimonies from the former prisoners for Christ, the event will include a panel discussion and worship music from Dove Award-winning artist Natalie Grant.
If your kids are youth or especially mature older children, you may want to consider watching the event with them. To register or for more information, visit persecution.com/event.
Published on February 22nd, 2021
A group of people, mostly Muslims, have taken over part of a church’s property in Lebanon. They plant food crops on the land, care for the crops, pick them, and distribute them among their friends and neighbors. How do you think the pastor of the church feels about their activities? Actually, the pastor offered them the property to use as a garden, and he welcomes them!
The families who plant the crops are refugees who fled from Syria to escape a war. (Photo above: Syrian refugee children) Many have been stranded in Lebanon for five to 10 years with no way to go home.
The Voice of the Martyrs provides food to another pastor in Lebanon, who then takes the food to refugee families in their homes. The project gives the pastor the opportunity to visit refugees and share the gospel with them as God leads him.
Learn more about what’s going on in Lebanon here.
To Talk About
Do you think it’s wise for the pastor to let Muslims plant crops on his land? Why or why not?
Published on February 19th, 2021
What were the first words you learned as a baby? “Mama” or “Dada” are the first words of many babies.
“But that’s not really good in North Korea,” said Dr. Eric Foley, the president of VOM-Korea.
The government of North Korea expects people to follow the teachings of Juche (JOO-chay). Juche teaches that human beings are the masters of everything. (Learn more about Juche here.)
Citizens of North Korea must honor:
*Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s first leader, who died in 1994
*Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Sung’s son, who died in 2011
*And Kim Jong Un, Kim Il Sung’s grandson, who now leads the country.
According to Dr. Foley, 43,000 centers across North Korea teach Juche beliefs. And 100 percent of the people must be involved in honoring the leaders. Following Christ is not allowed.
So, if a North Korean baby’s first words are something like mama or dada, the baby’s parents might keep it secret. They don’t want government officials to think their family members are more important to them than the Kim family. If friends ask about the baby’s first words, the parents will often not tell the truth. They will say, instead, that the baby’s words were words from Juche teachings.
Pray that North Korean babies will learn that Jesus loves them.