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Published on February 25th, 2021
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Published on March 3rd, 2021
(Source: Cole Richards, the president of The Voice of the Martyrs, in the March 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and age-appropriateness. Photo: Sharing the gospel. The Christian’s face is covered to protect his identity.)
Mr. Richards’ Comments
Muslim violence against Christians in Nigeria continues, and is increasing in many other African countries.
The Bible teaches that there is righteous anger. But sinful anger makes our souls sick. When we are angry about the wickedness of those who attack Christians, we must work to guard our spiritual health.
For almost 20 years, since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I have spent nearly every day responding to the violence of Muslim attackers. I have done so in the service of our country as a military officer, and in the service of the Lord and persecuted Christians with VOM.
All glory belongs to God alone, and it is a sin for anyone to try to steal it. (See Acts 12:23.) In the same way, God reserves vengeance for Himself. [Vengeance is punishment for harming or offending someone.] God says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay” (Hebrews 10:30). It is a matter of our faith — our trust and confidence in God — that we rest in His promise.
We must never allow anger to turn to hatred. We must love our enemies and work to see them reached with the gospel’s truth (Matthew 5:44).
In VOM stories, you can meet persecuted Christians who have suffered from attacks by terrorists. Yet they have found that God’s grace gives them power to forgive their enemies and reach out to them with God’s love. I pray that each of us will be able to do likewise, inspired by their examples.
Published on March 2nd, 2021
Every morning at 4:45, Daniel and his wife, Victoria, wake up in Nigeria and prepare for another day of training new disciples. Their students are Christian youth who grew up as Muslims. Daniel and Victoria help them become strong disciples for Christ, ready to share the gospel with others. (See two of the students in the photo.)
Read below how the students spend their days.
*Every day starts with group worship and Bible study.
*In morning classes, they learn about health, good character, worldview, and lifestyle. They learn “how a disciple of Jesus Christ should live and behave, react with others, and relate,” said Daniel.
*Afternoon classes focus on literacy and memorizing Bible verses and passages. (“Literacy” is the ability to read or write.) Some of the students never learned to read. As Muslims, they learned only how to memorize the Quran, the Muslim holy book, without reading it.
*The day ends with prayer and devotions at 7:00, except on Fridays, when classes end at 11 a.m. During the rest of the day on Fridays, the students fast together to prepare for an all-night prayer meeting. Friday is the Muslim holy day. The students pray that the Holy Spirit will touch the heart of someone praying in a mosque that day. (Mosques are buildings where Muslims worship.)
(Source: The March 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)
To Talk About
*What are some of the activities the students do to help them grow as Christians?
*What do you do to help you become a mature believer?
Published on March 1st, 2021
Parents and Teachers
The March 2021 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories and photos from Nigeria, where thousands of Christians are affected by Muslim terrorist attacks. The Nigerian Christians have found that God’s grace gives them strength to forgive their enemies and reach out to them with God’s love.
You can share with your children any stories and photos from the magazine that are appropriate for their level of maturity and understanding, then pray with them for the people in the stories. Enter “Nigeria” in the search box of this site to find additional stories of Nigerian Christians.
Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
Learn more about Nigerian Christians in VOM’s Global Prayer Guide.
Published on February 27th, 2021
About 11 years ago, Imran Ghafur Masih was sentenced to life in prison in Pakistan. He had burned trash while cleaning his brother’s shop, and some pages of a Muslim book fell into the trash. Radical Muslims insisted that he be arrested for blasphemy. (Blasphemy means insulting things that are holy.)
Christians learned about Imran on prisoneralert.com. Many prayed for him and sent him encouraging letters. And, praise God, Imran was recently released!
Read more about Imran here.
Can you choose a prisoner from the list on prisoneralert.com and begin praying for them?
Published on February 26th, 2021
China’s Lantern Festival falls on February 26 this year. The festival is observed at the end of the Chinese New Year celebration. People hang lanterns of different sizes and shapes in front of their homes and stores. Red is a common color for the lanterns. Families watch colorful parades and performances during the festival.
China is a big country. The population is about 1.4 billion. Some people believe that as many as 100 million people in China are followers of Christ.
That’s a lot of people! But it means that more than 1 billion people in China do not yet know Jesus.
Make a Chinese Lantern
Fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut slits 1 inch apart from the fold to 1 inch from the edge of the paper. Open the paper and staple the short ends together at the top and bottom of the lantern. Staple a strip of construction paper to the top to make a handle.
Write Bible verses about light on the top and bottom borders if desired, or make a design on the borders. Some possible verses include: “The Lord is my light” (Psalm 27:1); “Let your light so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16); “Your Word is…a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105); “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14); and “The Lord God gives them light” (Revelation 22:5).
Pray that all people in China will hear about Jesus, the light of the world.