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Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world. But Christianity is growing! As more hear about the freedom of the gospel, they turn to Christ and surrender their lives. With the growing number of Christians, the need for Bibles is great. The Bible encourages Christians to focus on God in the face of obstacles and persecution. The Voice of the Martyrs distributes Bibles in Indonesia to help meet this need.

The photo shows some children who were very happy to receive the Bibles.


Indonesia: Evelyn

Twelve-year-old Evelyn has visited doctors many times in the past year. She had a broken right wrist and severed nerves in three fingers on her right hand. Because of her injuries, she learned to write with her left hand.

Evelyn also went through three operations to remove shrapnel from her legs and feet. The shrapnel and her injuries came from a bomb blast at her church in Indonesia on May 13, 2018. Muslim terrorists attacked three churches in the area on that day.

Evelyn’s aunt, Wenny, and her cousins, 11-year-old Evan and 6-year-old Nathan were also injured in the attack. Men at the church took them to the hospital, but sadly, Nathan and Evan died of their injuries. Evelyn had lived with her aunt, uncle, and cousins for six years before the attack, and she misses her cousins very much.

Wenny asked her pastors for help in forgiving the attackers. She finds healing in sharing her story. “Some churches and groups invite me to share my testimony with them,” she said. “And I am happy to do that to be a blessing.”

Wenny will also help Evelyn as she continues to heal from her physical and emotional wounds. Will you pray for them?

(Source: The November 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)


This Month

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.

*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?