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Kids in Kenya

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 (see one drawing above) 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.


Help from Muslims

Dawn in Kenya

Parents and Teachers: The May 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Somalia and Kenya. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

One day, gunmen attacked churches in Kenya. People suspected that the attackers were member of al-Shabab, a group of violent Muslims from across the border in Somalia.

Some youth in Kenya and their leaders decided to help the police guard churches to stop new attacks. The youth are Muslims! They do not follow Jesus, but they do not like the violent Muslims attacking churches either.

Thank God for sending help to the churches. Pray that Christians in Kenya will be good examples to the Muslims so the Muslims will want to find out more about Jesus. Pray that al-Shabab and other groups like them will give up their violent ways and follow the Prince of Peace.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)


ISIS Helps Woman Become a Christian

May 2017 newsletter

Parents and Teachers: The May 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Somalia. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

A visitor to The Voice of the Martyrs, Julian, told a story to illustrate how God can use something evil to bring about good. The story was about a Muslim woman in Somalia who prayed memorized Muslim prayers every day. She prayed in Arabic, as Muslims do all over the world, even if they don’t know Arabic.

A friend sent the woman a link to a video on the Internet. When the woman clicked on the link, she saw a radical Muslim committing a violent act. The Muslim was reciting verses from the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

She was so shocked, she began praying in her own language, Somali. And she prayed from her heart, not memorized prayers. “God, is this what you want?” she prayed. “Is this who You are?” She wanted to know if the violent Muslims were following God’s will.

That night God answered her prayers. She had a vision of a shining figure in white (Jesus) descending from heaven. A multitude of people on earth worshiped Him. She was one of the worshipers.

She knew that what she saw was right and good. She became a believer, as did her husband. They now serve God in a ministry.

Isis, a radical Muslim group, has become well-known for their part in violence in Syria and Iraq. They have also been called ISIL, IS, Islamic State, and Daesh.

“A lot of us, when we look at what is happening with ISIS, we want to pray against them,” said Julian. “The natural reaction is to pray out of anger against them.

“But these are people who have been deceived. They are lost. They are heading for a Christ-less eternity. We need to pray for them. God is able to turn what the enemy intends for evil into something good.”

(Source: VOMRadio.net.)


International Day of the Bible

The Bible tells about King Josiah, who re-discovered the words of God. He read the words to all the people of the land to turn their hearts back to God. (See 2 Kings 22-23.)

International Bible Week is celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving in the United States. This year, the International Day of the Bible will be observed on November 24. People will read passages of the Bible aloud in public.

Ask a mature Christian to help you discover a story or passage in the Bible that is new to you. Read the passage aloud.

As you learn more about the Bible, remember Christians in the following countries who could be persecuted if they read the Bible aloud in public. (The list is not a complete list.)

  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Qatar

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.