Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.
Published on February 22nd, 2019
On Election Day in the United States, citizens vote for candidates running for president and other public offices.
In recent years, a church in Uzbekistan held an unusual election. Two choices appeared on the ballot:
- Will we follow the instructions of the police?
- Will we follow the Bible?
The police said that the Christians were not allowed to meet together to worship God because their church was not registered with the government. However, the government would not register the church.
The congregation decided to follow the Bible. No one voted for the other choice, even though they knew they would be persecuted for their decision. After the vote, the police constantly gave the congregation a hard time. Once they arrested everyone at a youth group meeting and burned their Bibles. Later, officials kicked the pastor and his family out of the country.
Christians in many countries continue to trust God even when it is risky to follow him.
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” (See Joshua 24:15.)
What You Can Do Story
Published on February 21st, 2019
It’s not too late to begin the habit of praying for persecuted Christians in 2019.
Read about the coloring book prayer calendar made by Canadian kids here. Pray for persecuted Christians like you would want someone to pray for you if you were in a difficult situation.
You can download the calendar here.
Published on February 20th, 2019
Message from a VOM Supporter
“When I talk with parents about persecution, a common concern they share is their hesitation to share this with their children. Many parents are afraid it might confuse or frighten their children. They worry that knowing about persecution might discourage their child’s young faith from growing.
“But what I have experienced is the complete opposite. If presented properly, it does not upset children, but builds up their faith. It triggers a loving response in them because they feel a connection with other Christians and want to reach out to them. This builds up their understanding of unity.
“The message of the persecuted church is not a message of hopelessness and fear, but of Christ empowering his followers with overcoming faith and strength.
“Read 2 Timothy 1:8. What an awesome way to impart to our children the fellowship of the body, and not just teach it to our children, but to live it with our children. What a tremendous opportunity we have to build up the next generation of believers!”
Published on February 19th, 2019
Previous posts have told about China’s new stricter laws for churches. Some churches have been forced to replace their crosses with the state flag and a photo of China’s president.
Late last year, officials in one of China’s provinces dropped by a church to search and inspect it. One officer stopped at the pulpit where the Ten Commandments were displayed. He demanded that the first commandment be removed, then he crossed it out.
Officials told everyone who complained, “The president opposes this statement.”
To Talk About
*What is the first of the Ten Commandments? (See Exodus 20:3.)
*King Darius had Daniel thrown into a lions’ den because Daniel put God before the king. Read what Darius said in Daniel 6:25-26. Can you think of other situations in which someone replaced false beliefs with the truth about God?
*Do some research and find out the name of the president of China. What will you pray for him?
Published on February 18th, 2019
Violence and war in Syria have forced both Muslims and Christians to leave their homes and live as refugees in other countries. Many of the refugees now live in Lebanon. They find shelter in tents, broken down buildings, and in fields. Their lives are difficult.
Churches in Lebanon try to help the refugees. Each month, Christians in a city in Lebanon teach Bible lessons to about 70 Syrian refugee children and their parents in a Bible club.
Recently, the Christians taught the children Luke 2:40 while their parents were learning the same verse in a parents’ meeting. The children’s Muslim parents know they are studying the Bible, but they don’t mind. In fact, the parents are impressed with the things they are learning from Scripture.
The staff meet regularly for prayer and discipleship with a group of eight boys and five girls after each study. “We would like to thank the Lord for the ministry in the difficult area of our country where we are serving,” said the Bible ministry team leader.
To Talk About
*Read Luke 2:40. Who is the verse telling about?
*Read about Syria here. What does it say about Muslims leaving their religion to become Christians? Do you think it takes courage for a Syrian Muslim to go to a Christian Bible study?
*What does the team leader say about his ministry? Do you think it takes courage for the Bible club leaders to teach Muslims about the Bible? Is there anyone with whom you might be reluctant to share the gospel?