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Invite your family, friends, and church group to participate in The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) on November 2, 2014.

A 2014 Kids of Courage Lesson Plan and resources for children and young adults are available for free download in the Downloads section.

Hebrews 13:3
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.


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Wesley P., a 15-year-old VOM volunteer reporter, reports on preparations at The Voice of the Martyrs for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (November 2) and shares his thoughts about the importance of prayer. He ends with a challenge for other kids.

Around The Voice of the Martyrs, life is very busy preparing for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Volunteer drivers are shuttling speakers to the Tulsa International Airport to fly to places all over the United States. VOM staff members say that as of a month ago, more than 150 churches had already requested a speaker.

But in this time of busyness, several VOM employees find peace amid the chaos in prayer. One of VOM’s international workers recently shared at VOM devotions on the importance of prayer.

He began his message with what he knew everyone was thinking: prayer is hard. This VOM worker shared about prayer vigils in Mexico that last from 9PM to 7AM! I don’t know about you, but for me, I have never prayed for more than 30 minutes, let alone ten hours. (And you thought your pastor prayed too long). Furthermore, this worker shared that there were more people in attendance at 3AM than at 9PM when it had started.

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Welcoming Strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19)

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Can your family or class take a welcome gift or a special occasion gift to a student or family from another country?

News reports say that more than 800,000 people from other countries are students in the United States. Many of the students say they do not have friends in the U.S., and they wish they had some.

You might want to include VOM’s Jesus: He Lived Among Us DVD with your gift. The DVD is available in Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, Spanish, and English. For more information, see the offer in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. (The newsletter offers English/Spanish DVDs for 5 for $10 and 20 for $20. DVDs in other languages are available for $2 each.)

To watch a trailer from the DVD and to view photos of how it was produced, visit www.theJesusMovie.com.


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Pastor Wurmbrand’s Letter

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Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania in the mid-20th century. He was imprisoned for 14 years for his Christian activities, and his wife, Sabina, was also arrested and imprisoned. After they were released, they came to the United States and started the ministry that later became The Voice of the Martyrs.

The Wurmbrands suffered for their faith but always trusted in God. When Pastor Wurmbrand got out of prison, he wrote down many of the thoughts that had come to him while he was in prison. The following thoughts were part of a letter to Jesus that he composed.

[Pastor Wurmbrand wrote:] When the Wright brothers made their first airplane flight, a well-known engineer said, “The airplane can even carry mail in special cases, but the load will be small. It can become faster, but it will not be used to carry things for businesses.” A few years after he said that, planes started carrying passengers.

Then a noted astronomer said, “People imagine great flying machines flying over oceans and carrying crowds of people. These ideas are just visions. Even if an airplane could cross the ocean carrying one or two passengers, the cost would be so high that only a millionaire could afford to travel that way.”

[Pastor Wurmbrand continued his letter to Jesus:] If people can’t even predict what humans will be able to do with their abilities, no wonder they do not understand Your abilities. You can do anything because You are God. Also, nothing is impossible for You because as man, You believed wholeheartedly in the Father.

To Think About
Pastor Wurmbrand understood that nothing is impossible with God (see Luke 1:37) even though he was in prison. Can you continue to trust God when you are having a hard time and don’t see any good in your situation?

Source: My Correspondence with Jesus by Richard Wurmbrand, not in print. Paraphrased and edited from the original source for clarity and reading level. Photo source: Library of Congress.


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Witnessing with a Wristband

Syria is experiencing a civil war. Many people have left the country to live in refugee camps in nearby countries.

Most Syrians are Muslims. The struggle in Syria is leading some to seek the truth outside of Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

A Christian who ministers among Syrians shares the good news of Jesus using an interesting wristband. Watch the clip to hear him explaining the symbols on the wristband in Arabic, the main language of Syria.

Note: The down arrow represents Jesus coming to earth. The cross is a symbol of His crucifixion, and the grave shows that He died for our sins. The up arrow illustrates Jesus’ resurrection. The second down arrow shows that one day Jesus will come back.

The Christian shares his wristband with everyone he sees. Can you make a similar wristband and explain the symbols on it to friends?


Videos Story

Stef Learns About Scripture Balloons

Bibles and Christianity are illegal in North Korea. Watch the video to see “Stef” discover how Christians help North Koreans learn about God.

The video was produced by SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands, where Dutch is the main language. English captions have been added.

Video Source: SDOK


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