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Outside Church

The Voice of the Martyrs’ helpers recently distributed Bibles among a group of refugees in Nepal. The refugees are from Bhutan. (Bhutan and Nepal are northeast of India. Check a map of Asia to see how close Bhutan is to Nepal.)

This photo shows the outside of a church where the Bibles were distributed. As you can see, the people leave their shoes outside the church when they enter.

Inside the church, the Christians were thankful for VOM supporters who made it possible for them to receive Bibles. “We could see the hunger of the believers to receive the word of God,” said the VOM contact. “One of them said, ‘We never thought there were people who love us.’ They are people who have not been loved because they have nothing.”


Ask a VOM Worker: What I Have Learned

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A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs who has traveled to more than 25 countries shared the following remarks with Kids of Courage.

Question: What would you like kids in America to know about persecuted Christians?

VOM Worker: Persecuted Christians around the world are just like us; they have hopes and dreams, and enjoy having fun. They happen to live in difficult circumstances, but they worship the same God we do, and they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Some day you may be able to visit these countries, but until then, you can most certainly pray for them! The one request I receive most often from persecuted believers in my region is for prayer. I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked, “Brother, will you pray for me? Can you ask believers in the West to pray for me and my church?” This is the number one need of our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Q: What have you learned from persecuted Christians?

A: I have learned that our God is awesome! In the midst of the most difficult circumstances, God shows up in powerful ways, promising to walk with us through every circumstance we may encounter. Persecuted believers have taught me the importance of daily prayer and the need to surrender our lives to Him on a daily basis.

Q: What is the best part of your job and what is the hardest part?

A: The best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to travel to the various countries in my region and meet with persecuted/underground believers and to hear all that the Lord is teaching them. It is a very humbling thing to sit in a room on the other side of the world with our brothers and sisters in Christ who have often been through very difficult situations and hear all that the Lord is teaching them. The most difficult part of my job is leaving my wife and children behind as I travel.

Q: What countries would you like Christians in America to especially pray for?

A: I would ask you to pray for the Maldives and Bhutan.

Note: Visit the Persecution.com Restricted Nations page and the Kids of Courage country page to learn more about Bhutan and Maldives.


Hidden Countries

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians and monitors persecution in more than 50 countries. Find 10 of the countries hidden in the sentences below. Search for these countries: Libya, Oman, Iran, India, Mali, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Cuba, and Brunei.

Find out about more countries where VOM works here.

  1. Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

Country Search Answers

  1. Oman: Amy found a mouse in the bedroom and the kitchen.
  2. Nepal: Kings and queens often live in fine palaces.
  3. Mali: A camel is a useful animal in the desert.
  4. Cuba: The mother bear and her cub are hibernating.
  5. Brenei: Members of the runners’ club run eight miles every day.
  6. India: People sometimes write prayers in diaries and journals.
  7. China: The family rode to the beach in a taxi.
  8. Iran: The taxi ran out of gas on the way to the beach.
  9. Libya: The campers ate chili by a campfire.
  10. Bhutan: The workers went to the drab hut and helped the owners paint it.

Buddhists and the Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama

July 6 was the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday. The Dalai Lama is an important spiritual leader among Buddhists who follow Tibetan Buddhism. Some of the countries where Tibetan Buddhists live are Bhutan, Nepal, Mongolia, China, and India. They also live in Tibet, a country taken over by China in the 1950s.

When China took over Tibet, the Dalai Lama fled the country with thousands of his followers. They knew that the communists who ruled China would try to get rid of Buddhists and followers of other religions. Today in Tibet, Christians are trapped between Buddhist and communist oppression.

Go to the Beliefs section of this site to find charts comparing Christianity to Buddhism and other faiths.

The Dalai Lama speaks a lot about peace and tolerance, and has many friends in the U.S. Actors and other famous people are photographed with him when he visits America. Some people in the U.S. are becoming Buddhists because they believe it will make their life better.

Pray for the Dalai Lama this week, and for his followers and those who are considering becoming his followers. Pray that they will understand that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, and the path to true peace.


Not Yet Happy

The Gross National Product and Gross Domestic Product measure the value of things produced in a country. But Bhutan, a country in Asia, measures its “Gross National Happiness.”

Gross National Happiness considers the people’s health, education, use of time, Buddhist practices like meditation, and other factors. About three-fourths of Bhutan’s people are Buddhist.

News reports from Bhutan say that a recent survey showed about half the people in Bhutan are “not yet happy.”

In recent years, a Christian was arrested in Bhutan for showing a Christian film. Pray that everyone in Bhutan will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus, and that they will find true happiness in him.

Check the Beliefs section to find charts that compare Buddhism and Christianity.