Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on October 18th, 2019
Iran is a Muslim country where Christian activities are strictly controlled by the government. Christians meet secretly in house churches. In one church, the leaders gave every member seven Bibles when they left church on Sunday. They asked the Christians to give one Bible a day to someone who wasn’t a Christian.
But sharing the gospel with non-Christians is against the law in Iran. So the Christians risked getting arrested every time they shared a Bible.
To Think About
If you lived in Iran and your pastor gave you seven Bibles to share, what would you do? Would you want your parents to share Bibles with non-Christians if it meant that they might go to jail?
Bible verse: “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).
Parents and Teachers: You may want to give your children seven Christian pamphlets to share with others.
Published on October 17th, 2019
Each year The Voice of the Martyrs works through its global network of staff and partners to reach the children of persecuted Christians in restricted nations and hostile areas with a special Christmas Care Pack. The contents are tailored to the needs of children in each region.
Savithri, one of the children in India who received a Christmas Care Pack, sent VOM the following message.
“I was a 6 months old baby. My elder sister was 2 years old. Terrible jaundice related to cancer took away my father from this world. My mother became a widow, and I and my sister became fatherless. My mother is not educated. To survive and to take care of us, she is working as a servant in rich families. She wash vessels, clothes and clean the houses.
“We will be waiting for our mother to come from their houses, because she will bring leftover food from their houses. Sometimes she brings old clothes also. Whatever the food she brings, we eat. Whatever the clothes she brings, we wear. My sister and me like Sunday school very much, because we learn about our heavenly Father there.
“The backpack is so nice. I am so happy. Thank you for towel, bedsheet, torch [flashlight] and so many other things that you gave me. I needed a torch, because here very dark in the night. Sometimes snakes and scorpions will be going here and there. Now I am 9 years old. I am in 4th grade. Please pray for me.”
Watch The Voice of the Martyrs magazine and future posts on this site for upcoming information about how to participate in this year’s Christmas Care project.
Published on October 16th, 2019
Hanifa and Nasira are half-sisters in Uganda. Hanifa is 15 and Nasira is 14. (See their photo above.)
The girls’ father is a Muslim. Muslim teachings say that men can have more one wife at the same time. Hanifa and Nasira have different mothers, but both mothers are married to their father.
The girls’ mothers attend a mosque (a building where Muslims worship), but Hanifa and Nasira go to church. When their father found out that they went to a Christian church, he kicked them and their mothers out of the house.
A pastor’s family took the girls into their home. “We are happy to be here where we can freely go to church,” Nasira said. “Pray for us to overcome our fears.”
Although Hanifa and Nasira are thankful for a safe place to live, they don’t know where their mothers have gone. “Pray that we can see our mothers again,” said Nasira.
Published on October 15th, 2019
In February 2017, three SUVs forced Pastor Raymond Koh’s car to the side of the road in Malaysia, removed him from the car, and kidnapped him. His family has not seen him or his car since that day. You can read more about them in this post.
The 2017 abduction wasn’t the first time the pastor had faced persecution because of his faith and service; he had previously received a box of bullets in the mail, warning him to stop his ministry work.
Early in 2019, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission issued a report blaming the kidnapping of Pastor Raymond and others on the “Special Branch” of Malaysia’s police. But to date, no one has been held accountable, and Pastor Raymond’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown.
You and your family can visit ReleaseRaymond.com and sign a petition calling for Pastor Raymond’s release and for the disclosure of all information the government has about his abduction. The petition will be delivered by VOM to Malaysia’s embassy in Washington, D.C.
“I pray that a growing chorus of voices from around the world will lead to Pastor Raymond’s freedom and to a full explanation for his abduction,” said VOM Radio’s Todd Nettleton. “The criminals should be brought to justice, even if they wear police uniforms. And I hope that Susanna and her family will be encouraged by knowing that members of Christ’s body around the world are standing with them.”
Note: For security reasons, the Malaysian government will only receive your first name, last initial and country of residence.
(Photo: The Koh family before Pastor Koh disappeared.)
Published on October 14th, 2019
(From the Kids of Courage archives)
Amir was not a Christian, and he had a rude hobby. At his computer in Iran, he would get on the Internet and make comments that started arguments. “I was very pleased and happy with myself when I caused trouble and problems,” said Amir.
One day, he found a Christian website where visitors could post comments. “As usual, I started to mess up the discussion by typing silly things and insulting all the other commenters,” he said.
The administrator of the site answered Amir’s insults and replied, “No matter what you say, God still loves you, and there is a reason you are here tonight.”
“I began to listen,” said Amir. “Their love and respect touched my heart. Now I am taking online Christian classes. My life has changed. I practice kindness and gentleness every day.”
Source: Iran Alive Ministries, edited for space and clarity