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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See

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Table Time with VOM

Read the letter below to learn how three Florida boys study and pray for the needs of persecuted Christians in The Voice of the Martyrs newsletters. The boys are Adam and Andrew, age 12, and their 10-year-old brother, Luke. The letter was written by their mother, Kathy.

We meet once a week at the table. Each boy has his copy of the month’s newsletter. We look at the photos and try to guess where that person or [people group] is from…. We have two maps and the globe to look up locations, so that the boys will have a general knowledge of geography, especially as it relates to people groups.

We then take turns reading out loud, each of the articles. We usually cover one article or title a week, dividing up the magazine for the month. Sometimes, we go to the VOM site to watch and listen to individuals speak about their situations. Lastly, we go around the table and pray for an individual or family that we just read about. That’s how we use your publication. It has been a wonderful way to expose our children to other Christians’ plights and hardships and how they live as a persecuted Christian in their country. — Kathy O.

Spotlight Story

Shredded Journal

A war in Syria is making life dangerous for both Christians and Muslims. The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christian who have fled the country and those who have stayed.

Some Christian workers who visited Syria kept a journal to help them remember their experiences. Then they realized that people who hate Christians might find the journal. The Christians they came to help could get in trouble for their Christian activities.

The photo shows what the workers had to do to their journal before they left Syria.

To learn more about Christians in Syria, download Bold Believers in Syria from the Downloads section.

Feature Story

Ada’s Mission

Ada's Mission
A Christian youth group in Nepal

In the snowy mountains of Tibet, “Ada” helped people called “nomads” grow food gardens. Nomads live in tents and move from place to place each season. They wear clothes made of sheep’s wool or yak hair from the animals they raise.

One day, police showed up at Ada’s house and took her to prison. They told her to write a paper that said she had broken the law. But Ada was doing God’s work. She had not done the bad things they wanted her to write. “What should I do?” Ada wondered. She prayed for God’s help, and Jesus told her to write only the truth.

Instead of saying that she did the bad things, Ada wrote about the good things Jesus has done for her. This made the police angry. They snatched up Ada’s paper and ripped it to pieces. Then they shoved another blank paper toward her and told her to write what they wanted. Ada only wrote about Jesus. The police became so mad they beat her.

Ada was afraid she would not be strong when she was in prison, but Jesus was with her, just like He promised. Jesus worked through her to tell her persecutors that He loved them and wanted to forgive them. Ada prayed for the men who hurt her and told them, “Jesus loves you.”

When the police realized Ada would not write what they wanted, they let her go. They said, “Leave our country and don’t come back.” They didn’t want her to tell anyone else about Jesus.

Not only did Jesus help Ada through her suffering, but He also helped her love those who hurt her. Ada loved the people of Tibet so much that she cried when she had to leave. She still wanted to share Jesus’s love with them.

But God had a plan for Ada. Tibetan nomads also live in a nearby country called Nepal. And that’s where God sent her next. Now Ada shows God’s love to the nomads in Nepal.

J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, was a college intern at The Voice of the Martyrs in the summer of 2016.

Activities Story

Date Treat Recipe


Melt ½ cup of butter in a medium-sized saucepan over low to medium heat.
Add 1 cup of flour and stir continuously until the mixture becomes a paste.
Continue stirring until the paste is golden brown. Add 2 cups of chopped dates and stir well.
Continue stirring over the heat while adding ¼ cup of honey, 1 tsp. vanilla, and ½ tsp. cinnamon.

Stir until the mixture becomes difficult to stir, but still looks like a paste.
Remove from the heat. Let the mixture sit until it is cool enough to handle, but still warm.
Stir and mix well again; then shape into balls a little smaller than golf balls.
Roll in sesame seeds, almond pieces, pistachio pieces, or another garnish.

Source: Bold Believers in Iraq, available free in the Downloads section.

To Do: Enter “Iraq” in the search box of this site to find stories of Iraqi Christians.

Videos Story

Exile Nights

In northern Iraq, radical Muslims (ISIS) spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or “N,” on the homes and businesses of Christians. The property owners were publicly identified as Christ-followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, leave or die. The courageous believers refused to deny their faith, and more than 100,000 fled with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Youth groups all across the United States are experiencing a small part of what displaced believers face every day through Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Watch the video to see what leaders and students at one church said about their Exile Night experience. Learn more about Exile Nights on

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