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Iraqi Children Praying

Many Iraqi kids and their families were forced to leave everything behind when the terrorist group ISIS took over their towns in Iraq. Some now live in Jordan. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing Iraqi refugees in Jordan with food and other needed items.

The video shows children praying at a Christian school in Jordan supported by The Voice of the Martyrs.


Iraqi Kids

Iraqi Kids

A VOM partner has asked that Christians pray for Iraqi refugee children who cannot attend school. Many Iraqi kids and their families were forced to leave everything behind when the terrorist group ISIS took over their towns in Iraq. Some now live in Jordan. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing Iraqi refugees in Jordan with food and other needed items they need.

Two of the children are shown in the photo.

Make a Prayer Card
Print the photo, and tape it to an index card or another card. Write something on the card to help you remember what to pray for the refugee children.


Safe House Sisters

Jordan

Nazli and her sister were Muslims in Jordan, where fewer than five percent of the people are Christians. But Nazli felt that Muslim teachings are unfair to women.

A Christian relative helped Nazli understand God’s love for her. Nazli became a Christian, and she later led her sister to the Lord also! But their brother was not happy with Nazli’s choice. He hit her and threatened to harm her again.

Nazli and her sister ran away from their village. Now they live in a VOM-sponsored safe house, and they are learning more about their new Christian faith. The photo above shows Nazli and her sister with a Christian friend. (The friend is in the center.) Their faces are covered to protect their identity from those who might want to harm them.

(Chapter 4 of Learning About Islam tells about “Women, Honor, and Family Life” in Islam. You can download the book from the Downloads section.)


What If Christianity Were Illegal?

Perpetua

The Voice of the Martyrs’ representatives visited an Arabic church in the United States. Members of the church are from Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq. The representatives showed the children at the church a DVD about Perpetua. [Learn more about Perpetua here.]

“At first, the children were sad that Perpetua and her friends died, but then they wanted to see it again,” said one of the VOM representatives. “They were truly inspired by her courage and faith.

“We asked the kids what they would do if they woke up one day and it was illegal to be a Christian. Their responses were interesting and honest.”

Read below what some of the children answered. As you read their answers, think about what your answer would be. [Read this post about a girl who was not sure if she would be strong enough to face persecution.]

First child’s answer: I would give my life for him [Jesus] because if I die and I believe in Jesus, then once I die, the next second I’ll be living [with Jesus].

Second child’s answer: I would stay a Christian.

Third child’s answer: If we hadn’t watched Perpetua…then I would have said “No, I’m not a Christian.” I would lie. But when I saw them standing up for what they believe in, that made me stronger inside.

Fourth child’s answer: I would say, “Okay, fine, I’m not a Christian anymore.” I’ll just lie, but I really am a Christian. Or I’ll just be a Christian and not tell anybody if I’m a Christian or not a Christian.

Fifth child’s answer: I would say that I am a Christian just because I know that if I die for Jesus, I would go to heaven and have a really happy life.

Sixth child’s answer: I would die for Jesus because if I die for him, my body will still stay here, and my soul will be up there. But it’s okay, because I would be with Jesus and I’d be in the best place in the world.


U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report

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This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at Persecution.com for further information about selected countries.