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Schoolchildren in Kenya

Parents and Teachers: The May 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine includes stories about courageous Christians in Somalia and Kenya. To subscribe to the free monthly magazine, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the magazines, 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 magazine

Parents and Teachers: The May 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine includes stories about courageous Christians in Somalia. To subscribe to the free monthly magazine, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the magazines, 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

Facts about Somalia

Somalia

  • The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.
  • Somalia is about the size of Texas.
  • Almost 100 percent of the people are Muslims.
  • There are no public places of worship for non-Muslims.
  • Only about 40 percent of adults can read.
  • Somalis are expected to live (“life expectancy”) until about age 50.
  • “School life expectancy” is 3 years for boys and 2 for girls. (The number of years of schooling children are expected to get is the “school life expectancy.”)
  • Wars and fighting have disturbed the country for many years.
  • A Muslim terrorist group, al-Shabab, persecutes Christians.

To Do: Turn each fact above into a prayer for Somalia. For example, the first fact is, “The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.” You might pray, “Dear God, Please let all the people of Mogadishu learn that you love them. We pray that more and more Somalis will follow you and share your love with others in Africa. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”


“Prayers Saved My Life”

Abdi is a Christian in Somalia. One night when he and his family were asleep, Muslim al-Shabab terrorists searched his neighborhood. They burst into Abdi’s one-room house and began flinging things everywhere as they searched. Abdi’s three children started crying.

The terrorists found pages from a Bible in a bag. They tied Abdi’s hands behind his back, blindfolded him, and put him into the back of a pickup truck. After a long drive, the truck stopped, and the terrorists threw Abdi into an underground cell.

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