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American Student Kicked Out of Morocco

MoroccoThe “Medina”, or old part of the city

When Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel,” (Mark 16:15) he knew it would not always be easy or comfortable for his followers to obey him.

Someone in the past had to suffer in order for you to be able to read the Bible and learn about Jesus. Jesus’ disciples and the Apostle Paul were persecuted when they told others what they knew about Jesus. William Tyndale suffered persecution because he translated the Bible into English.

Bold Christians today still take great risks to share God’s Word with those who haven’t heard it. You can read about one of these bold Christians below.

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Ten Bold Believers Stories from 2010

Nigerian children

The following stories tell about kids and families who continue to serve God in the face of dangers and hardship. Please pray for them and for other Christians around the world who face the same kinds of struggles.

1. Nigeria: The Pastor
Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visited a church service in Nigeria. The pastor that day was a 15-year-old boy! He preached from 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says, “In everything give thanks.”

The young pastor has no father. He lives at a boarding school called the Stephen Centre during the school year. Other children at the Stephen Centre are also fatherless. Their fathers died when Muslims attacked homes, churches, and families in their towns. Now kind Christian teachers help them get an education.

The pastor has reasons to be sad, but he has learned to thank God “in everything.” He shares what he has learned with other students at the Stephen Centre when they gather together on Sundays to worship God.

Source: SDOK Netherlands

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Letter from a Teacher


I am a high school teacher and I have kept a recent copy of the VOM newsletter on my desk. Usually the talk about these Christians has led to talk about Christ and salvation. Never has anyone in the public school complained or told me to stop.

I have seen the realization that people are suffering and dying for the sake of Christ take hold of many so-so Christian teens and turn them into fireballs for the Lord. The boldness of the believers in the persecuted church lights a fire under them. I have seen many Bibles brought to school and read between classes and at lunch. Some students have started Bible classes in the library before and after school.

I wish these precious believers in the persecuted church could know the far-reaching effect of their testimonies. I am always amazed at the surprise people have when learning about our brothers and sisters in other countries. I am also amazed at how God can use that knowledge to turn the focus around to what is really important. Thank you, VOM.

Marsha C.

What can YOU do to start a conversation about Jesus?

Iran and the United States: Bita and Tabita


How can kids inform others about persecuted Christians? Send an e-mail, perform a skit, make a bumper sticker, start a scrapbook, design a church bulletin insert, share a Kids of Courage newsletter, pass out prayer reminders, make a poster, or write a poem!

Bita Packs Her Bags
Three-year-old Bita began packing her suitcase. “I’m going to see Daddy,” she said. Bita lives in Iran. She does not understand that her father is in prison for following Jesus and sharing his faith with Muslims. The government of Iran wants Muslims to stay Muslims.

Bita could not visit her father. “Will he come home for my birthday?” she asked her mother. But Bita’s father will probably not be coming home any time soon.

“It breaks my heart that she is missing him so much,” her mother said. “She keeps talking about him and all the stuff they used to do together, like going to the park. Pray that Bita and other Christian children whose parents are in prison will know the love and comfort of their heavenly Father.

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Readers Talk to Us

Question: Some people wonder if young children should learn about persecuted Christians. How would you answer them?

Laura S., a third-grade teacher at a Christian school in Tennessee, replies:

“Jesus was persecuted, as were the apostles. This is our heritage as believers. We cannot ignore it. It is a great calling, and each child born into the household of faith has this calling.

“Should we shield our children from that reality? No. Persecuted Christians are their brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God. I want us to train our children to pray for those in need, and to care for the widows and orphans, especially those in the household of faith.”

What Do You Think?