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Blind to the Truth

Sundar Singh was a Christian from India who died many years ago. He once told the following story.

“Suppose you are walking down the street and you see a blind man coming toward you. It is your responsibility to move to one side so you won’t run into each other. It is not the blind man’s responsibility. He does not know you are nearby, because he can’t see you. If you and the blind man accidentally bump into each other, you would say, ‘Excuse me.’ Then you would help him on his way. It would not make sense to get angry with the blind man for the accident.

“In the same way, if a person who is blind to the truth persecutes us because we follow Jesus, we must not get angry. We should forgive him. We must love and pray for him. Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’ (Matthew 5:44).”

[Photo: Varanasi, a Hindu stronghold in India]


India: Savithri

Savithri

Each year The Voice of the Martyrs works through its global network of staff and partners to reach the children of persecuted Christians in restricted nations and hostile areas with a special Christmas Care Pack. The contents are tailored to the needs of children in each region.

Savithri, one of the children in India who received a Christmas Care Pack, sent VOM the following message.

Savithri said:

“I was a 6 months old baby. My elder sister was 2 years old. Terrible jaundice related to cancer took away my father from this world. My mother became a widow, and I and my sister became fatherless. My mother is not educated. To survive and to take care of us, she is working as a servant in rich families. She wash vessels, clothes and clean the houses.

“We will be waiting for our mother to come from their houses, because she will bring leftover food from their houses. Sometimes she brings old clothes also. Whatever the food she brings, we eat. Whatever the clothes she brings, we wear. My sister and me like Sunday school very much, because we learn about our heavenly Father there.

“The backpack is so nice. I am so happy. Thank you for towel, bedsheet, torch [flashlight] and so many other things that you gave me. I needed a torch, because here very dark in the night. Sometimes snakes and scorpions will be going here and there. Now I am 9 years old. I am in 4th grade. Please pray for me.”

Watch The Voice of the Martyrs magazine and future posts on this site for upcoming information about how to participate in this year’s Christmas Care project.


Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary

By Elise Wixtrom, Kids of Courage Student Reviewer

Among the twelve disciples, you may have heard of Doubting Thomas, the one who did not believe that Jesus had risen again to life on the third day. In The Voice of the Martyrs’ book, Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary, Thomas’ story is not left at the moment where he doubts – the book instead expands upon Thomas’ storyline after Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

Thomas went across the known world, bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth. His knowledge of Christ’s death and resurrection spurred him on to go ever farther, to the foreign nation of India. The Indians did not know the gospel, in fact they followed a different religion, called Hinduism, which involved the worship of many different gods

While in India, the book says, through Thomas God performed many miracles to stun and prove His sovereignty to the people who had never before known of the one true God, whose existence disproved their religion of many deities. As Thomas performed miracles, the Hindu priests became enraged with Thomas disproving their religion and conspired to kill him. They carried out their plan, and Thomas was killed with spears and became a martyr.

The Voice of the Martyrs’ book focuses more on Thomas’ faith than his doubt. The story leaves one with the message that even though you may doubt at first, perhaps even if you are skeptical, God can do great works through you and bring the good news to those who are lost. Thomas’ lack of faith at first did not hinder God’s plan for his life. In fact, it made him more fervent in the carrying out the call that God had placed on his once-doubting heart.

Learn more about Thomas in Thomas: God’s Courageous Missionary, a book in The Voice of the Martyrs’ Courageous Series for kids, available at vombooks.com.


This Month

The September 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories about godly marriages and families that glorify God and advance His eternal kingdom. “We find these inspiring families when we look for those who sacrificially serve, and even suffer, quietly and faithfully together,” said VOM president, Cole Richards.

Readers are introduced to:
*Pastor Morris and Cabina, who serve the Lord in Sudan’s Nuba Mountain war zone.
*Susanna and her children, who have not seen their husband and father since the Malaysian authorities kidnapped him in 2017.
*Aurelio and Ruth, who serve persecuted Christians and strengthen believers in Latin America.
*Arjun and Radha, who share the gospel and plant churches in India.
*Other faithful believers in hostile areas.

You can share stories of the Christians from the magazine and this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Related Resources
*To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*Watch a video of Pastor Morris telling about a miraculous escape here.
*Bold Believers activity books about several of the featured countries are available in the Downloads section.
*Click here to learn how to send an Action Pack to persecuted Christians in need.
*The Torchlighters DVD, The Amy Carmichael Story, tells about Amy’s work in India. Learn more about Torchlighters DVDs here.


Amy Carmichael’s “Scraps”

Amy Carmichael freed many children from captivity in Hindu temples during her time as a missionary in India. You can read more about her life in India here.

Before she moved from her home in Ireland to a continent across the world, Amy helped care for her six younger siblings. One of her projects was a family magazine called Scraps. Amy and the other kids wrote and illustrated the magazine.

(Source: On Asking God Why by Elisabeth Elliot)

VOM volunteer Ashley L. created a “Scraps” booklet with the theme of prayer. You can use or adapt the following instructions to make your own magazine or book.

Needed
*Sturdy paper, and thinner paper for tracing
*Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper
*Photos from The Voice of the Martyrs publications or other sources, or drawings you create
*Scissors
*Tape and a glue stick
*Markers or crayons, or watercolor paint
*Stapler
*Stickers, buttons, ribbon, missionary prayer cards, stamps, or other items for decoration

Instructions and Suggestions
1. Cut out four or more pages, measuring about 5 inches by 7 inches, from sturdy paper.
2. Glue words and photos from VOM publications to one or more pages.


3. Ask an adult to search online for a map of a country where Christians are persecuted. Place thin paper on the phone screen or computer. Gently and lightly trace the outline of the country on the paper with a pencil. Color in the outline with markers, crayons, or watercolor paint.


4. Write prayer points for the country on one page of the booklet. (Enter the country’s name in the search box of this site to find ideas for prayers.)
5. Write a prayer for persecuted Christians on separate paper and tape it to another page.
6. Add additional pages if desired. Choose a theme and title for your book, and write it on the cover with markers or crayons. Staple the pages together along the left side of the booklet.
7. Share the booklet with family and friends.