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Parents and Teachers
The May 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Christians who “made disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Their disciples then made more disciples in obedience to God’s command.

VOM president Cole Richards says: “Our ultimate example is Christ. But we also benefit from the examples of great men and women of God who have come before us, creating an unbroken chain of faithful witnesses of God’s truth since the beginning of time. They were not great because of their abilities and successes. Rather, their greatness was demonstrated by their service as bold witnesses despite opposition and suffering.”

The issue includes stories and updates from North Korea, Central Asia, and Sudan, as well as information about how you can prepare for the June 29 Day of the Christian Martyr.

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 here.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.


Write a Note to Be Smuggled

The April 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine offers readers an opportunity to write a note to people in North Korea. The note says, “God is real” in Korean.

In North Korea, it is illegal to say “God is real,” because the government leaders want citizens to honor them, not God. VOM uses several ways to get the Word of God into hard-to-reach places. Christian workers launch Scriptures into North Korea inside balloons, and they provide MP3 players containing God’s Word to people returning to North Korea from other countries. VOM also launches Bibles by sea. The Bibles are tracked by GPS to make sure they reach the shores of North Korea.

To find instructions for how you can write a note to be included in the Bibles for North Korea, visit persecution.com/NKBibles.

[Photo above: Preparing to launch a Scripture balloon. Left: “God is real” in Korean.]


Chul: New Christian in Hiding

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”Matthew 6:9–13

It was a special occasion. Chul, a 12-year-old boy from North Korea, had just read the Lord’s Prayer out loud from a Bible. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs worshipped with Chul and other North Korean refugees at a secret hideout in China.

Before he escaped from North Korea, Chul had never been to school. Many families in North Korea are too poor to buy shoes, paper, or pencils so their children can attend school. Also, food has been scarce in North Korea in recent years, and many children are too hungry to learn.

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Double Country Word Find

Print the puzzle below. Hidden in the puzzle are the names of seven countries where Christian activities are limited in some way. Each country’s name is hidden TWICE. Look for the following countries running vertically (up and down), horizontally (across), or diagonally (slanted): Iraq, China, Nigeria, North Korea, India, Vietnam, Algeria.

N O R T H K O R E A
V I E T N A M A Z Y
N I B C C I N D I A
I I E W H T G S H A
G C G T I I W I C L
E X D E N R N R H G
R E V F R A A A I E
I N D I A I M Q N R
A L G E R I A U A I
N O R T H K O R E A

Birthday Prayers

Tomorrow is Kim Jong Un’s birthday. Kim is the leader of North Korea. It is not certain whether he was born on January 8, 1983 or 1984.

Kim rules his country strictly and often with cruelty. Read below what it means to follow Christ in North Korea. Then pray for Kim on his birthday. Ask God to make a way for Kim to follow the truths in the Bible.

Note: The following overview is from VOM’s 2020 Global Prayer Guide. Find out how to get a copy at persecution.com/prayer.

What It Means to Follow Christ in North Korea
Christians are sent to concentration camps, where they are starved, overworked and tortured. North Koreans have a saying: Whenever two or three people are gathered together, one of them is a spy. This is true even in family settings, as children are taught to spy on their parents from a young age. Therefore, North Korean Christians must be extremely careful in what they say, what they do and how they pray; all must be done in secret.

When a Christian is discovered, the government punishes the entire family. Despite the threat of persecution and heavy social pressure, Christians in North Korea hold firmly to their faith. For example, one North Korean defector told VOM that her mother continued to shelter orphans even after they stole from her. Christian and secular analysts estimate that about 30,000 Christians are suffering in prison and labor camps.

Access to Bibles
It is very dangerous to own a Bible in North Korea. Owning even a few pages of a Bible can result in detention in a concentration camp, but there are still secret ways to obtain one. Most North Koreans have found that memorization is the safest way to keep God’s Word.

VOM Work
VOM provides Bibles via balloon launches, broadcasts Christian teaching over a special radio network and ministers to North Koreans wherever they are found.