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Kids Bribed to Become Muslims

Do you know what an evangelist is? Evangelists go from place to place telling people about their faith and encouraging others to believe their preaching.

We usually think of evangelists as people who spread the Good News of Jesus. But non-Christians can also be evangelists.

One day last year, Muslim evangelists arrived at a village in Kenya. The Muslims brought candy and gave it to more than 20 children in the village. In return, the children agreed to follow Islam, the religion of Muslims. The children did not fully understand the Christian faith they were leaving behind or the Muslim faith they accepted in return for candy.

Strength from the Bible
Christian workers wanted to make sure Kenyan children understand God’s free gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. The workers led five donkeys loaded with children’s Bibles through forests and across rivers to the area that the Muslims had visited.

The children loved the Bibles. Their parents said the kids had never received anything so valuable from someone they didn’t know. The stories strengthened children whose faith was secure, and they helped other children understand the truths of Christianity. Most of the children who had been bribed with candy renewed their commitment to Christ.

The Voice of the Martyrs believes it is important to provide children with their own Bible — especially children who live in areas where Christians are persecuted. VOM distributes children’s Bibles in nations where children are prime targets for those trying to prevent the spread of Christianity. God’s Word will prepare and strengthen them to stand firm in their faith throughout their lives.

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

To Talk About
What can you pray for the children who have not yet returned to Christianity after accepting the Muslims’ candy?


Courageous Christians’ Countries

(Source: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom.)

Can you identify each of the countries below by their shapes? If you need help, click on the “Countries” tab above to find locations and shapes of each country.

The countries are a few of the places where Christians are treated badly because they follow Jesus.


Sunday School Around the World: Kenya

 

The Sunday school class in the photo is meeting safely under a huge rock in Kenya. Can you name five ways your Sunday school class is different from the Kenyan class? In what ways do you suppose the class in the photo is like your class?

To Do
Enter “Kenya” in the search box to learn about some of the struggles faced by Christians in Kenya.


Kids in Kenya

VOM helped the children

The previous post told the story of a boy whose family escaped an attack by radical Muslims in Kenya. The Voice of the Martyrs helped Kenyan families after the attack.

Children in the families still clearly remember the attack more than two years later. They drew pictures of the attack  and wrote stories about it for VOM workers. Read part of their stories below.

Mercy’s Story
It was on a Saturday, 5th July, 2014 evening when we were celebrating my happy birthday party. After reaching the middle of the party, we heard some screaming coming towards our house. My father moved out slowly. He saw some smoke in the sky, and after some time we heard some gunshots.

My father took us to the forest. I was shaking like a leaf during the summer. On Monday morning, we packed all our things and prepared ourself, and we vacated that place. The Voice of the Martyrs supported us with food, school bags, solar lamps. God bless the work of their hands. I am happy God will provide what we need. God bless those who supported us. Thank you.

Blessing’s Story
It was on Saturday at night. They came from Somalia. The weared clothes like police uniforms. They hid their face with a piece of cloth. It was the worst day of my life.

Sunday morning the police got the message. Thank God that I am alive.

Mary’s Story
I heard the gunshots that signified that things had gone amiss. I thought it was only the police who used to shoot guns. We saw smoke-looking-like on the air and reddish color. It was the attacking. When my grandfather tried to call on his phone, there was no network.

We slept in the forest for three weeks. To go to school, it was impossible, because of the fear not to be attacked.

I will never forget that day.


Kenyan Boy Tells His Story

Kenyan boy

“It was one Saturday night on the [5th], month of July, when I was watching the World Cup,” the story began.

A boy in Kenya wrote the true story to tell The Voice of the Martyrs about a 2014 attack on his community by radical Muslims. [The World Cup is a soccer tournament.]

“Suddenly I heard gunshots near our home,” the story continued. “I quickly called my father and informed him what happened. He called my mother and my sisters so that we go to the forest to hide ourselves.

“We stayed at the forest within one week. One day a leopard came where we had slept, but it didn’t do us anything. After staying at the forest within one week, we went [to] Eldoret for one month. [Eldoret is a city in Kenya.] My father was about to die, but God was with him. After staying there, we came back here, and then we migrated from rural to urban.”

To Talk About
*If you were watching TV, then suddenly had to leave your house and hide in the forest, what would you take with you?
*How many different places did the boy’s family live during the time the story occurred?
*If you were in the boy’s situation, what would you want people to pray for on your behalf?