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 19th, 2018
You can make a prayer reminder for yourself or another Christian.
Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs made prayer reminders from paper tags and chalkboard tags. If you would like to make some for yourself or another Christian, cut chalkboard tags into desired shapes, then glue them to paper tags. (See the photo.) Write the names of countries where Christians are persecuted, or write other prayer reminders with chalk on the chalkboard tags.
Paint or decorate a clothespin, then attach a piece of peel and magnetic tape on one side. Fasten the tags with the clothespins, and display the reminders on a magnetic surface.
Published on October 17th, 2018
A previous post told about Dalo, an 8-year-old Nigerian boy who is praying for his persecutors after he was injured in an attack. Dalo wasn’t the only child who was hurt in the June attacks on Christian villages by Muslim Fulani attackers. VOM workers have visited others in Nigerian hospitals.
*When the workers visited the hospital, 2-year-old Melody was improving and starting to drink liquids.
*Two-year-old Sylvia received injuries on the neck, hand, and stomach. But she was smiling and playing when Christian workers visited her.
*Gift, age 10, still has pain from a gunshot wound. “But she is a strong and brave girl,” a VOM worker reported.
It is good news that the children are healing. And there is more good news. Over the past 15 years, thousands of Fulani have decided to begin new lives as Christians. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping many Fulani Christians who are now persecuted for their faith. “There are Fulani persecutors, but there are also faithful Fulani followers of Christ who are themselves being persecuted,” said a VOM worker. “Pray that they will find encouragement in the Lord.”
Published on October 16th, 2018
One day, a traveling team of Christians visited a carnival in Pakistan. The Christians hoped to share the good news of Jesus with the citizens of the town. Most of the people in Pakistan are Muslims.
As the team drove toward the carnival, they noticed a boy crying. Then they saw why he was so sad. His cow was stuck deep in mud. At first the cow struggled to get loose, but soon it grew tired and gave up.
The people in the area make their living by raising cattle and growing crops. The loss of a cow can be a serious problem for a family. But it looked like the boy would not be able to free his family’s cow.
So the Christians used their vehicle to pull the cow out of the mire. The boy was very happy and so grateful to the Christians!
“Why Did You Help?”
A Muslim leader had watched everything that happened with the boy and his cow. The Muslim said to the Christians, “There are other people here with vehicles, but no one tried to help the poor boy and his cow. But you seemed to care. Why did you help him?”
The Christians told the Muslim about the love of Jesus Christ. They explained that God cares about our burdens when we come to Him (1 Peter 5:7).
“It was the first time he had heard the truth about Jesus,” one of the Christians said later.
To Think About
The Christians didn’t plan to help a boy save a cow that day. They hoped just to share the gospel with people at the carnival. But God provided a way for them to explain the love of Jesus to Muslims in a practical way. Can you think of any practical ways you can serve others and talk to them about God’s love for the world (John 3:16)?
Published on October 15th, 2018
The people in the photo above are evangelists in Myanmar (Burma). Do you notice anything about them? If you said they all have shaved heads, you are correct
In the area where the evangelists serve the Lord, officials have warned Christians not to meet. They have closed churches and removed crosses from the buildings. Many pastors, evangelists and church members have been arrested, and others are missing.
The 14 evangelists in the photo were among the Christians who were arrested. The authorities shaved their heads so people would know who they are. Then they released them.
“We’re praying and trying to fight against fear,” a VOM contact said. “But it’s very difficult to do.” Pray for strength for the believers and Christian leaders in the region.
To learn more about Christians in Myanmar (Burma), download Bold Believers in Burma here.
Published on October 12th, 2018
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be observed on November 4th this year.
Parents and Teachers
You can help your children “remember them that are in bonds” (Hebrews 13:3) on IDOP Sunday and throughout the year. Order a free DVD about Pakistani Christians here to preview and show, if appropriate, to your children.
Christians in Pakistan are routinely threatened and persecuted. They are often relegated to the lowest paying jobs and even to a form of slavery working for Muslim brick-kiln owners. However, they continue to serve and faithfully witness for Christ. The DVD will challenge viewers to pray for our Pakistani family and other persecuted believers.