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The June 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories about bold believers risking their freedom and lives to reach North Koreans with the good news of Jesus. Also included are updates from Sri Lanka, Colombia, Kenya, and Uganda, and information about the upcoming Day of the Christian Martyr (June 29). You can share stories of Christians in those areas from this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Additional Related Resources
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight North Korea, Colombia, and Sri Lanka from the Downloads section.

*Find Restricted Nations books about North Korea and Colombia at vombooks.com.

*Find a Torchlighters DVD and related resources about Robert Jermain Thomas (North Korea) at Torchlighters.org and in the Downloads section.

*Click here to find a lesson plan for Colombia.


Colombia: Prayer Saves a Pastor

“Red zones:” Red zones are areas in Colombia ruled by violent groups who want to control everything that happens in their area.
Guerrillas: Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they aren’t part of a regular army.

Violent groups in Colombia know that Christians do not approve of their violence, drug-selling, and kidnapping. So the groups threaten Christians and sometimes drive them from their homes.

Pastor Fabian ministers in a red zone. Though he knows the risks, he continues to lead his congregation in serving and worshiping the Lord. Guerrilla fighters demanded that he stop holding church services, but he ignored them.

One weekday, the pastor knelt in prayer on the church platform in his empty church. He later told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs that he usually sat in the front pew for his prayer time. But that day, he felt led to kneel on the platform. He happened to kneel behind a banner that had been placed at the front of the church for that week’s service.

As he silently prayed, two guerrillas entered the sanctuary with guns and began looking for him. They searched the room, but didn’t see Pastor Fabian behind the banner. The guerrillas cursed their “bad luck.” Finally they left. The pastor was safe — for the time being.

Pastor Fabian could leave and move to a safer place. “I need to stay and serve my people,” he said. “Besides, I’m old and ready to die if it’s my time.”

Read another story and watch a video about pastors that God rescued from danger in a remarkable way here.


Plantain Chips: Another Colombian Snack

A plantain is a banana-like fruit. Peel some green plantains, and cut them into slices. Ask an adult to help you fry them in hot vegetable oil in a frying pan until crisp. Place them on paper towels on a plate to absorb the oil. Add salt to taste.

Enter “Colombia” in the Search box to find stories about bold Christians in Colombia.

Find a Colombia Lesson Plan here.


Arepas: A Snack from Colombia

Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white corn meal. (Precooked corn meal is best.)
Add 1 tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of salt.


With your hands, form thin, flat tortillas about 3 inches wide.

Cook on a lightly buttered grill or in a frying pan over medium high heat until golden brown. Serve hot, topped with shredded cheese, butter, jam, meat, or other toppings.

Enter “Colombia” in the Search box to find stories about bold Christians in Colombia.

Find a Colombia Lesson Plan here.


Cristo Me Ama

Kids in Colombia

The previous post told about Christians in Colombia and how to make maracas. Use maracas or other instruments while singing “Jesus Loves Me” in Spanish as shown below.

Cristo Me Ama/Jesus Loves Me

The first line in each group below shows the words in Spanish. The second line tells how to pronounce them. The third tells exactly what the words mean in English.

Cristo me ama, bien lo sé
KREES-toh may AH-mah, bee-EHN loh say
Jesus loves me, I know it well.

Su palabra me hace ver
Soo puh-LAH-bruh may AH-say vayr
His word makes me see

Que los niños son de Aquél
Kay lohs NEE-nyohs sohn day ah-KEHL
That children are of him,

Quien es nuestro amigo fiel
Kee-EHN ehs noo-AYS-troh ah-MEE-goh fee-EHL.
Who is our faithful friend.

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

Si, Cristo me ama
See KREES-toh may AH-mah
Yes, Jesus loves me,

La Biblia dice así
Lah BEE-blee-uh DEE-say ah-SEE
The Bible says it is so.