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Erika and Gracia

Erika and Gracia

The Voice of the Martyrs Advance conferences share personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the midst of persecution. Gracia Burnham is a speaker at some of the conferences. Gracia and her husband, Martin, were missionaries in the Philippines. They were kidnapped by a gang of radical Muslims who took them into the jungle. The Burnhams lived with the kidnappers in harsh conditions for about a year.

Erika, a girl who attended a VOM conference and met Gracia, has been telling others what she learned. Read what Erika said below.

My name is Erika and I am 8 years old. I am also in the 2nd grade. On Saturday we went to Georgia and went to the VOM conference. There was a lot of people there. They sang a lot of songs and had a lot of speakers. The last speaker was Ms. Gracia. She was a very good speaker.

She went in the jungle and they laid on rice sacks, and one morning when she woke up there was a snake crawling out of her rice sack. She also found some old boots for her hurt feet, and she found anything she could find to put on her feet because the boots was not comfortable. She got shot in the leg when fighting was going on, and her husband got shot in the chest and died. She and her husband were both missionaries. I learned it is important to pray for those who are missionaries and all people all over the world. I also learned to pray for the persecuted.

(Edited for length and clarity.)

Learn more about VOM Advance conferences here.
Read a story about Gracia here, or in Bold Believers in the Philippines, available in the Download section.


New Bold Believers Country Book!

Bold Believers in the Philippines

Bold Believers in the Philippines features stories, photos, history and culture information, and geography facts that help readers understand the daily lives of families in an area where Christians are persecuted.

The 46-page book includes crafts, recipes, coloring pages, prayer points, and activities for families, classes, or individual children.

You can download Bold Believers in the Philippines here.


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.


Halo Halo

Halo halo is a Philippine treat. You can try one version of the treat using the recipe below.

Ingredients
*Assortment of fresh or canned fruit, diced into small pieces (suggestions: bananas, coconut, melons, mangos, pineapples)
*Gelatin dessert, cubed (optional)
*Plain, vanilla, or flavored yogurt
*Caramel ice cream topping or pancake syrup
*Finely crushed ice
*Milk or cream
*Ice cream

Instructions
1. Fill a tall glass about half full with fruit and gelatin cubes.
2. Top with 2 tbsp. of yogurt.
3. Drizzle with topping or syrup.
4. Add a handful of finely crushed ice.
5. Pour ½ cup of milk or cream into the glass. Poke holes in the mixture with a knife to allow the liquid to filter to the bottom of the fruit.
6. Top with a scoop of ice cream.

Enter “Philippines” in the Search Box to find stories about bold Christians in the Philippines.


Make a Parol

Enter “Philippines” in the Search box to learn about bold Christians in the Philippines and to find ways you can pray for them.

Then learn how to make a Christmas decoration from the Philippines using the instructions below.

A “parol” (pah-rohl) is a star lantern. Families in the Philippines use star lanterns as Christmas ornaments. They hang the lanterns in windows and even decorate their yards with them. Filipino children learn to make star lanterns in school. Some families make their own lanterns; others buy them.

Traditional star lanterns are made by constructing two star-shaped frames out of bamboo sticks, then fastening the frames together. The frames are covered with colorful paper and decorated with tassels hung from one or more points. Candles were placed inside the lanterns in past times, just as candles were used to light Christmas trees in the past. Today electric lights usually light the lanterns.

You can make a star ornament by cutting a 4- or 5-pointed star from colored poster board. Make the star any size you want. Use ribbon, tinsel, crepe paper, or yarn to make short tassels. Glue the tassels to the points of the star, or attach them with thread to holes punched in the points. You may want to draw pictures or glue decorations on the front and back of the star, and hang your star in a window.