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Mina: A Bold Witness

(Source: The January 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Photo: Mina witnesses to Muslims)

“Muslims can buy special watches or computer software to remind them of the exact time for prayer. Or they can arrange to have reminders sent to a cell phone or email address. In countries where many Muslims live, reminders appear on TV. Men also call out the prayer times from mosques, either live or on a recording. (Mosques are buildings where Muslims worship.)” — from Learning About Islam, available in the free downloads section.

As a Christian teenager, Mina felt sad when she heard the Muslim calls to prayer in her home country of Indonesia. She wanted the Muslims around her to know about Jesus’ love for them, so she decided to share the gospel with her Muslim neighbors.

Soon after Mina started witnessing to Muslims, seven women began meeting at her home for Bible study! Mina’s pastor connected her with a missionary who guided her as she continued to reach Muslims with the gospel.

A Big Problem
One day, as Mina shared the gospel with people outside a mosque, an angry Muslim rebuked her for witnessing to Muslims. Following his lead, other Muslims nearby grew angry as well. The man hit Mina in the back so hard that she nearly fell over. “Please pray for me. I am facing a big problem here,” Mina texted her friends.

As her friends prayed, Mina calmly shared her faith with the angry man. Then she called a taxi to take her home. As soon as she got in the car, she started crying. “I was crying because the Holy Spirit really helped me,” she said. “I wasn’t alone, and I knew that.”

She said persecution has increased her faith and that the next time she experiences it, she knows for certain that the Holy Spirit will be with her. “Persecution is something that must happen,” she said, “and I am ready for it.”


This Month

Parents and Teachers
“The power we need to overcome the world’s greatest hardships is from God, not from us.” — Cole Richards, The Voice of the Martyrs’ president

The January 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine includes stories of Christians that God has empowered to be His ambassadors while facing courts, judges, and leaders of false religions.

Readers will learn about:
*Teens in India who boldly shared the gospel in a Muslim community, angering radical Muslims. The students were forced to stay in a Muslim boarding school, some for more than a month.

*A drug addict in Iran who placed his trust in Christ while fighting his addiction. He led others who were recovering to Christ, angering security officials.

*Mina, a Christian who first started sharing the gospel with people in the streets of a city in Indonesia when she was a teen.

You can share photos and stories from the issue and from this site about some of the featured Christians 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.
*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 countries.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.

Indonesian Toy Car

Toy Car

Jeruk bali is a fruit from Indonesia with a thick skin. (The fruit is also known as a pomelo.) In times past, Indonesian children made cars out of the skin of the fruit. They cut wheels and car shapes out of the skin and attached the wheels with small strong sticks about the thickness of toothpicks. A long stick attached to the back or a string tied to the front allowed the child to push or pull the car.

Try making a toy car like the ones in the photo out of the skin of an orange or honeydew melon and toothpicks. (A lime was used for the “driver.”)

Pray that all Indonesian children will learn that Jesus loves them.

Indonesia: Social Distancing Raid

A Christian family in Indonesia were worshiping God at home. They were following their government’s instructions to stay home for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Muslim neighbor heard them as they worshiped. He burst into family’s home and told them they could not hold a Christian meeting at their house. As a neighborhood leader watched from the doorway, one family member began recording the neighbor’s outburst on a cell phone.

The man shook a stick at the family and warned them that he would return with a mob if they didn’t stop worshiping. The family later filed a police report. “We don’t understand why these men were causing problems with us, since we were following our government’s advice to stay home,” they said.

Pray for believers around the globe who are encountering persecution during this unique time. Pray that persecutors will have new opportunities to hear and follow God’s will.


Indonesian Recipes

Crops of Indonesia Treat

Three main crops of Indonesia are rice, cocoa, and peanuts. You can make an American recipe using all of them.

What You Will Need:

  • 6 cups of crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chips
  1. Combine cereal, honey, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
  2. Spread the mixture in a large pan and freeze it.
  3. Cut into squares to eat.

Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas), An Indonesian Treat

What You Will Need:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 6 to 7 bananas
  • Cooking oil
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add coconut milk, water, and egg.
  3. Beat until smooth.
  4. Let the batter sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Cut 6 medium or 7 small bananas in half.
  6. Dip half a banana at a time in the batter to cover it.
  7. With the help of an adult, remove each banana with a fork, and deep fry it in hot oil until brown.
  8. Drain on paper towels and serve.