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Parents and Teachers

The July 2020 photo issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features dramatic photos of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who daily face obstacles to their peace and their ability to spread God’s Word. They continue to follow Jesus joyfully in difficult circumstances.

You can share with your children photos of:
*Christians in India worshiping God after leaving a life of Hindu idol worship.
*Bible distribution in Colombia’s “Red Zones” that are controlled by guerrilla fighters.
*Christian refugees who choose to love the Muslims who robbed them of all their worldly possessions.

Find stories from the same countries on this site and pray with your children about the Christians in those countries.

Related Resources
* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.

*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.

*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several of the countries here.

*Find information about lesson plans for India and Colombia here.

*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.


India: Obstacles to Christian Kindness

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity)

Photo: Girl in India

The government of India ordered a lockdown throughout the country because of the coronavirus pandemic. “This lockdown had no warning,” said Brother Bennie, a recent guest on VOM Radio who is part of a ministry that spreads the gospel in India. “People were stuck where they are. For example some of our pastors’ kids are in a Christian boarding school. They are stuck at school, and the situation has become very bad.”

The Salvation Army
Christians in India are trying to help those in need around them. “We are seeing believers doing their best,” said Brother Bennie. “When William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, saw homeless people under the London Bridge, he told his son, ‘Do something.’ They came up with the plan to give soup, soap, and salvation. That is how their ministry started. We as a ministry have that desire to help.”

“[Christian believers] are feeding people who are going through town,” said Brother Bennie. “They are helping people who are stranded by giving them groceries and vegetables from their field and things….Believers are trying to reach out to neighbors and their loved ones.”

Opposition
But Indian Christians are facing obstacles to their kindness. Radical Hindus believe that the Christians are using their gifts of food and aid to try to bribe people to become Christians. They want to stop the Christians who are helping the needy.

“There are people who hate to see what we are doing,” Brother Bennie said.”

Brother Bennie requests that Christians “join us in praying for the suffering from this coronavirus, and those who are ill and those who are trying to help those people.”

To Do
Learn more about William Booth and the beginning of the Salvation Army here.

Read about Christians in India in Bold Believers in India, available in the Downloads section.


Double Country Word Find

Print the puzzle below. Hidden in the puzzle are the names of seven countries where Christian activities are limited in some way. Each country’s name is hidden TWICE. Look for the following countries running vertically (up and down), horizontally (across), or diagonally (slanted): Iraq, China, Nigeria, North Korea, India, Vietnam, Algeria.

N O R T H K O R E A
V I E T N A M A Z Y
N I B C C I N D I A
I I E W H T G S H A
G C G T I I W I C L
E X D E N R N R H G
R E V F R A A A I E
I N D I A I M Q N R
A L G E R I A U A I
N O R T H K O R E A

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.

  1. n: 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. 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.

John Chau’s Story

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length, clarity, and appropriateness)

Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently interviewed Dr. Mary Ho, the leader of All Nations, a Christian ministry that sends workers on missions around the world. (See the previous post.) Dr. Ho talked with Todd about John Chau, a 26-year-old missionary who gave his life on earth in November 2018 while trying to take the gospel to an isolated tribe on an Indian island. You can read parts of their conversation below.

Todd: Some people think that John just sort of woke up one morning and decided to go to North Sentinel Island — that he was a thrill seeker and totally unprepared to go.

Dr. Ho: John was actually one of the most prepared missionaries I have ever met.

Since he was 18 years old, he knew that God had called him to share the love of Jesus with the North Sentinelese. He knew it was dangerous.

When he went to college, he majored in health, in sports medicine, because he wanted to prepare himself to go to the North Sentinelese. He got himself trained in wilderness training, emergency medical training. He went to the Summer Institute of Linguistics to get trained in linguistics.

He would read 40 to 60 books a year on anthropology to prepare himself. He worked at a national park so he could physically train. He could climb high mountains and swim in the seas. He did short term mission trips to places like Iraq and South Africa.

One of the reasons he came to All Nations to get training was, first of all, he wanted prayer. We trained him in how to make disciples, how to live among the people, and how to share Jesus in a way that does not impose our culture, but to really live out Jesus among them. We also put him in touch with others who had gone on similar missions in that part of the world.

Todd: John didn’t wait to get involved in missions until he went overseas. Even when he was training in the United States, he wanted to share Christ with people around him. Let’s talk about North Sentinel Island where John went. What is it going to take to get the gospel to the North Sentinelese people?

Dr. Ho: First of all, I think it’s going to take a lot of prayer. Since John passed away, I hear of prayer groups and churches rising up and praying for the North Sentinelese. Also I think it has stirred up many hearts to take the gospel to the North Sentinelese. I believe that John’s life has opened the door to the gospel, and I don’t think it will be very far off before we celebrate there being lovers of Jesus among the North Sentinelese.

To Talk About
*In what ways did John Chau prepare to be a missionary?
*Read posts on this site about how to prepare to serve God. Name five ways suggested in the posts in this section.