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Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs

Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs includes stories, history, culture facts, and activities that help children understand the daily lives of the Uygur people, who live mainly in northwest China. The 52-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

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IDOP Will Be on November 1st

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) will be observed on November 1st this year. You can make plans now to join other Christians across the country in praying for persecuted Christians.

How can you prepare?

*Let your parents, teacher, or children’s/youth pastor know about IDOP, and ask if you can help them prepare to observe it with your class or group.

*Make a list of five to 10 countries where Christians are persecuted. Enter the name of each country in the Search box on this site to find information about some of the struggles faced by Christians in those countries. Or, make a list of persecuted Christians from stories on this site or on List two or three prayer points for each country or Christian.

*Plan to start praying about the prayer points on November 1st and to continue praying after IDOP. Read below about a way that one family prays for persecuted Christians.

Tamara S. commented on VOM’s Facebook page about how her family prays for persecuted Christians at mealtime: “We have Popsicle sticks in a vase with the names of hostile and restricted nations on them, and some of them have names of imprisoned [Christians] on them,” she said. “We try to draw one every meal at which we sit down together.”

*Tell an adult about IDOP resources for adults available here. Teachers and parents can also find lesson plans for children and youth in the Downloads section of this site.

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Torchlighters in 18 Languages

The Torchlighters animated series invites children to “follow the adventures of the Torchlighters heroes of the faith and see how God works through those who dedicate their lives to serving them.” —

The episodes teach kids about: Patrick, George Müller, Harriet Tubman, Adoniram and Ann Judson, Martin Luther, Robert Jermain Thomas, John Wesley, Corrie ten Boom, Augustine, Samuel Morris, William Booth, Amy Carmichael, Perpetua, Richard Wurmbrand, Gladys Aylward, Eric Liddell, John Bunyan, William Tyndale, and Jim Elliot.

And now Torchlighters includes episodes in the following languages at English, Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, Farsi, Georgian, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Turkish.

Watch the trailer for an Arabic Torchlighters story here.

(Click on the down arrow on the “Season 1” button at to see the language options.)

The Torchlighters series is the most watched series on, and you can access the episodes free on that site. Do you have a friend who speaks another language? Can you invite them to watch a story with you in your language and theirs?

Related Resources
*The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book.

*Leader and student guides free to download here and here.

*Additional free resources for home and classroom use (including activities and ministry ideas).

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The VOM Pray Today App

What can we do about persecution? The first thing we can do is pray. The VOM prayer app will get you started. Pray powerful, specific prayers for your brothers and sisters under persecution. The app provides one new prayer request every day and can be set with a daily reminder.

Comments About the App

“My family and I started using this app about a month ago and my boys love to pray for these each day.”

“This app has really given my prayer time for the persecuted church more focus, direction, and passion. It has helped equip me to be better aware of the broader Church and not just be passionate about it for a season.”

“This is my favorite app!”

Learn more here.

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Leila: An Egyptian Kid of Courage


Leila was the oldest of four sisters in an Egyptian family. Her father was a strict Muslim who went to the mosque to pray five times every day. Her mother was a Muslim, too, but was not as strict in following Muslim practices.

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John, a Living Sacrifice

When Peter saw [John], he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” John 21:21-23

A false rumor spread among the followers of Jesus that Jesus’ disciple John would never die.
According to tradition, enemies tried to kill John on more than one occasion, but he survived by the grace of God. The Roman Emperor Domitian then sent him to Patmos, an island where Roman leaders sent people who had beliefs that didn’t agree with the main Roman religion.

After Domitian died, John returned to Ephesus, where he lived until his death two years later. John did die more peacefully than Jesus’ other disciples. But he didn’t live a peaceful life. His life was a “living sacrifice.”

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God….Romans 12:1

Why are Christians a living sacrifice?
Christians give their lives completely to God because He saved us from sin and death. (See John 3:16.)
How can we be a living sacrifice?
We are living sacrifices when we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
How do we follow in the footsteps of Jesus?
We follow in the footsteps of Jesus when we obey His teachings and seek to be like Him.

Parents and Teachers
The Witnesses Trilogy includes three animated, feature-length films that cover the time from the birth of Jesus through the birth of the early church, told from the viewpoint of John. Following in Christ’s footsteps, early Christians spread God’s message to the ends of the earth while facing pressures and persecution from every side.

Learn more here.

Find a Following His Footsteps craft here.