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Pastor Attacked in Uganda

Umar with bandages

Christianity is growing in Uganda. Radical Muslims want the growth to stop.

Umar is a pastor in Uganda. He and his wife have six children.

On Christmas Eve in 2011, Pastor Umar was attacked on his way to church. The attackers threw some acid at the pastor, and it burned his face.

Seven months later, someone threw a note into Pastor Umar’s church. The note threatened Umar’s family with further harm.

But the pastor was not at the church. He was in another country getting treatment for his burn scars.

In February 2013, attackers again came to the church. They brought more acid with them. But they spilled they acid on the church veranda, and no one was injured.

Ask God to continue to protect Pastor Umar, his wife, and their six children. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping support and encourage the family.

Kids of Courage VBS Curriculum Available


After some minor editing changes, the Kids of Courage VBS curriculum is again available. To order, visit VOM Books.

The curriculum includes true stories of children from 5 countries: Egypt, China, North Korea, India, and Nigeria.

Kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared (by learning about how Christians in other countries and in the Bible faced difficulties), Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Children will discover that persecuted Christians may experience joy and victory in times of struggle, and they learn about obedience to God and perseverance in tough situations. They also learn about forgiving and praying for enemies.

The VBS is being used in small and large churches, and is quite affordable for all groups. Some children’s workers are finding that the curriculum includes so much information, they can also use it in Sunday school and other settings after their VBS is over. Several groups have said they plan to use it for two years.

The curriculum includes opportunities to share and explain the gospel to children who have not yet trusted in Christ as their Savior. Directors who have used the curriculum report that children have come to Christ during the VBS.

Each kit includes:

  • Five teachers’ guides, one for each country
  • Director’s guide
  • Skits and plays book
  • Games, snacks, and activities book
  • Craft and classroom activities book
  • Photo CD; Music CD
  • Resource and project guide
  • VOM prayer map

The official VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.



Many Christians in Egypt are poor. Sometimes Muslims promise teenage Christian girls money if they convert to Islam. Muslim boys even offer to marry Christian girls if the girls will leave their family and their faith.

After they leave their families, the girls often get homesick. But many are ashamed to go back home. In addition, they often find out that the promises made by the Muslim boys are not true.

Some radical Muslims go to great lengths to force Christians to follow Islam instead of Christ. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Most Muslims in Egypt would never think of kidnapping anyone. But some extreme Muslims kidnap Christian girls and try to make them become Muslims.

VOM sources say that at least 24 Egyptian Christian girls have been kidnapped recently. Sarah, age 14, was kidnapped in September 2011. Sarah’s father filed a missing person report with the police. In October, radical Muslims said that Sarah had become a Muslim and had willingly married a Muslim man.

But Christians know that the kidnapped girls are often forced to marry Muslims. A VOM worker who travels to Egypt recently shared stories from girls who escaped from radical Muslims. The girls told how the kidnappers had tried to force them to become Muslims.

Pray for Sarah and all the girls who are separated from their families.

Egyptian Boys Arrested

Egyptian children
Egyptian children playing in the garbage

Two boys in Egypt were arrested recently for “blaspheming the Quran.” The boys, Nabil Nagy Rizk, age 10, and Mina Nady Faraq, age 9, are from Christian families.

“Blasphemy” means a word or deed that dishonors something holy. The Quran is the Muslim holy book.

A Muslim leader in the boys’ village said that the boys had torn up pages of a Quran. The father of one of the children said that the boys cannot read and did not know what the pages said. He said they found the pages among garbage in the street.

Thankfully, the boys were later released, and their case was closed.

Enterblasphemy” in the search box on this site to read other stories about Christians who have been accused of dishonoring Islam in Muslim countries. Pray for Christians in those countries.

Egypt Twins: Update


A 2008 story on this site told about Mario and Andrew, Christian twins in Egypt who refused to take a test at school about Muslim teachings.

The twins’ father had divorced their mother and had become a Muslim. He changed Mario and Andrew’s identity cards and had them registered as Muslims. At school, they were treated as Muslims.

Recently a court decision said that Mario and Andrew can have new ID cards that say they are Christians.

Pray that they will finish their education. Ask God to help Christians in Egypt stay strong in their faith even when they are treated unfairly.