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Kids Grateful for Bibles

China
Chinese girl reading a Bible

VOM provides Bibles to people in countries where access to Bibles is limited, and receives thank-you letters from grateful children who have been given their first Bibles through the program. These children may be the future Christian leaders in their countries.

The following are a few of the translated letters received recently from Chinese children to VOM supporters who provide the Bibles.

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Letters Encourage Prisoner’s Daughter

Lily
Lily

Note: This post is a follow-up to the post Letters Encourage Chinese Prisoner. Read the previous post to learn more about Pastor Shi going to jail.

The following is an interview with Lily, Pastor Shi’s 16-year-old daughter.

VOM: What happened the day your father was arrested?

Lily: I was asleep when the police came into our bedroom. This man was standing in our doorway, and my younger sister yelled at him and told him to get out. We got dressed and went downstairs, and there were policemen everywhere. I was confused because I had always been taught in school that the police were our friends.

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Letters Encourage Chinese Prisoner

Shi Weihan
Pastor Shi and his family looking at their letters after his release

Pastor Shi Weihan lived in China with his wife and two daughters. Very early one morning, their dog’s loud barking woke them up. Pastor Shi wondered why the dog was making so much noise. Usually he barked only when a group of people came to their house.

Pastor Shi looked out the window. He saw 30 police officers and 20 vehicles.

The pastor knew why the police had come for him. He and other Chinese house-church Christians had been printing Bibles to give away free. China’s Amity Press is the only press allowed to print Bibles legally.

The police took Pastor Shi to jail. They put him in a cell that was about 60 square feet in size. (A 10-foot by 6-foot room would be 60 feet square.) More than 30 other prisoners were already stuffed into the small space.

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China Sunday School Lesson Plan

China

Use the following suggestions to teach a Sunday school class or other group a lesson about the persecution of Christians.

Feedback: Tell us what you think about it and share with us other ways you used it. You can include your comments about your experience in the comment section or send a message on the contact page.

Objectives
Students will learn that Christians can praise God even when they are afraid, and that they can trust God in the midst of trials and struggles.

Introduction
Teach the children to say “Jesus loves me” in Chinese (Yeh-soo ai woh; “ai” is pronounced like the word “eye.”) Sing the song “Jesus Loves Me,” substituting the Chinese words for the parts of the song that use those words.

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Children’s Programs Raided

Children

Last month, police raided a summer church camp for elementary-age children in China. The police were joined by several other government officials and even public school principals.

The officials recorded the names of everyone present, and they took a computer and a projector. Three teachers were taken away for questioning. The officials said that children must not become religious believers.

Earlier this month, police in another place in China raided a house church Sunday school. They rounded up 70 children and their teachers for questioning. Seven teachers were locked up in a detention center.

In some areas of China, police ignore Sunday school classes and other Christian programs for children. In other areas, officials try to keep children from learning about God and Jesus.

When you attend church or Sunday school this week, remember to pray for children in China. If you have the opportunity, tell someone about the children’s programs that were raided and ask others to pray also.