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Parents and Teachers

The November The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Indonesian Christians who hold fast to their faith in Christ while recovering from bomb attacks on their churches, and others who were imprisoned for spreading the gospel.

The issue also includes updates from Eritrea, and information about how to provide Christmas Care Packs and Village Outreach Kits for Christians in areas where Christianity is restricted.

Some of the featured stories from the magazine have been adapted for children and will be posted in upcoming posts on this site. You can share the stories with your children, then pray together for the Christians in the stories.

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

*Bold Believers activity books about Indonesia and Eritrea are available in the Downloads section.

*Find Restricted Nations: Eritrea and Restricted Nations: Indonesia at vombooks.com

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

*Enter “Indonesia” in the Search box on this site to find stories and video clips about Indonesian Christians.


Back to School

 

(Photo: Two children at a school in Africa. Their faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them or their families.)

This is the time of year when most American kids return to school for the fall semester. But Christian kids in some countries don’t always have the freedom to get a good education in peace.

*Cuba
Christian children are sometimes mocked, bullied, and not promoted to the next grade.

*China
Officials in China closed a Christian school last year, claiming that the children were “brainwashed.”

*Indonesia
Muslim parents warn their children not to play with Christian children or make friends with them.

*Uganda
In parts of Uganda, Christian children are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.

*Mexico
In Chiapas, Mexico, authorities sometimes refuse to let children stay in school if their parents become Christians.

*Egypt
Christian children in Egypt have been forced to sit in the back of the class, and some students are given bad grades just because they are Christians.

*Pakistan
Christians in Pakistan are often hired to do only low-paying jobs. They sometimes can’t afford to send their children to school.

To Talk About
*Will you thank God today for your school assignments and for the opportunity to get an education?
*Ask God to protect and provide for children in each of the countries mentioned above.


Indonesia: Encouraging Friends to Turn to God

Indonesian children

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

One thousand students attended a school in Indonesia, but only three of them were Christians. The rest were Muslims. Merpati was one of the Christians.

“After I became a Christian, I dared to bring my Bible to school,” said Merpati. “My Muslim friends were curious about the book, so I let them read it.

“Some of the Muslims avoided me. They mocked me when I walked by them, saying, ‘Hallelujah,’ or ‘Watch out. Jesus is passing by.’ Sometimes they read verses from the Quran when I passed by.” (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.)

“My teacher and counselor called me to the office and questioned me. ‘Did other Christians persuade you to become one of them by giving you money?’ they asked. I said to them: ‘I believe Jesus because He saved me and loves me. I became a Christian because of my heart instead of for money.’

“Many of my Muslim friends came to me to ask advice about their problems. I told them to pray and ask the living God for help. Some were interested to know about Jesus, and there were a few who listened to my testimony. I realized the consequences of sharing my testimony, but I was not afraid to get expelled from school. I would not stop testifying about God because I wanted all my friends saved.

“I would like to tell students in America: ‘Do not believe in other gods, but believe in Jesus, because Jesus is the only way. He’s the only one who can save us.’”

(Source: VOM contacts. Translated, paraphrased, and edited from original testimonies.)

(Read more about Merpati and other Indonesian Christians in Bold Believers in Indonesia, available in the free Downloads section.)

To Talk About
Which of the following is something you have done or something that has happened to you?

*You took your Bible to school or to another public place.
*You loaned your Bible to someone who had questions about it.
*People mocked or avoided you because you are a Christian.
*Someone has asked you for advice or told you about a problem they had.
*When someone confided in you, you encouraged them to pray to God for help.
*Someone in authority has questioned you about your faith.

Where do you think it would be easier to be a Christian, in America, or at Merpati’s school?
The story tells several ways Merpati shared her faith. What were the ways?
In which of those ways could you share your faith?


“God Uses Everything”

Mission Aviation Fellowship helps missionaries share the love of Jesus in hard-to-reach areas. MAF pilots transport people into and out of faraway places. They bring them groceries and supplies. Sometimes they take sick people to doctors.

Do you think the pilots ever wonder if running errands for missionaries truly helps to spread the good news of Jesus? Recently a pilot from MAF visited The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters. He told about taking soap to missionaries, and about how God used the soap to teach tribal people in Indonesia about Jesus.

The tribal people covered themselves in pig fat to stay warm on cold days and nights. They kept a fire going in their homes. Soot from the fires stuck to their bodies. Without soap, they could never get completely clean.

A missionary asked MAF to bring him soap, which he used to pay the tribal people who had helped him build an airstrip where planes could land. The people bathed in the river with the soap. “We’ve never been so clean!” they exclaimed.

The missionary answered, “Tonight we can talk about how to be clean on the inside.” And he taught them how Jesus cleanses people from sin like the soap cleaned the pig fat and soot from their skin.

The soap helped the tribal people understand God’s love, and they spread the news to other groups in the area.

“We think some things are not important,” the MAF pilot told VOM workers. “But God uses everything!”

To Try
Soak a cotton ball in cooking oil. Cover your thumb or fingers with oil from the cotton ball. Run water over your thumb or fingers. Did the oil come off? Now try using soap. Did that work better?

A Verse to Learn
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Sunday School Around the World: Indonesia

 

Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world. The Voice of the Martyrs takes Bibles to Christians in Indonesia to help them stay strong in their faith in Jesus. The Sunday school children in the photo are reading a children’s Bible.

To watch a video clip about a man with no hands who delivers Bibles to Christians in Indonesia, click here.