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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, crafts, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of their Christian brothers and sisters who face Islamic extremism. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Bold Believers in Syria provides age-appropriate companion material for VOM’s I Am N information and resources. (See

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“I’d Rather Be in Prison”

Rebecca and her family

The Voice of the Martyrs USA is part of a worldwide family of missions that were started through the influence of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. SDOK is VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. Stef is SDOK’s children’s publication and website.

The following story comes from Stef magazine.

Hi. I’m Rebecca. In our country [Iran] are great food and beautiful old buildings. At the same time, there are horrible places. In one horrible place is my dad. His name is Behnam. He is in prison.

I was 9 years old when everything changed. A lot of [Christians] were in our living room. We were singing when the police arrived. They beat [my father] and took him away in their car.

[In prison] they simply mistreated my dad — sometimes so bad he had to go to the hospital. That’s not normal, right? One time we went to visit. My little brother Adriel didn’t even recognize him and called him “Sir.” That made my mother cry a lot.

Recently … the government said he could come home. But then he would no longer be allowed to do Christian things. Do you know what my dad said? He said, “I’d rather be in prison with Jesus in my heart than at home cozy on the couch without Him.”

I so badly want him to come home. I pray a lot for that, and I know a lot of other Christians pray that also. Would you pray along with me that my dad would be released soon?

(Source: SDOK. Translated and edited.)

Update: Praise God! In October 2016, Benham Irani was released from prison! Please continue to pray for his family.

Spotlight Story

Richard Wurmbrand Born 108 Years Ago

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was born on March 24, 1909. He served 14 years in prison for sharing the gospel in communist Romania. After he was freed, he and his wife, Sabina, started The Voice of the Martyrs to help persecuted Christians.  Pastor Wurmbrand died in 2001.

Pastor Wurmbrand told many stories to illustrate Bible truths. One of the stories he told is below.

“A child was urged to eat carrots and peas because they contained vitamins. He said, ‘Why didn’t God put the vitamins in candy and ice cream?’ My answer would have been, ‘Because it’s important for children not only to have vitamins, but also to learn to swallow what may be unpleasant to the taste.’ We all need to learn from the good and the unpleasant. A Christian must welcome unpleasant things sometimes, because they are part of the ‘all things’ that God is working together for our good.”

To Think About: Read Romans 8:28. What kinds of “unpleasant things” do persecuted Christians face?

Spotlight Story

Mary and Jabril

Mary, an American Christian girl, met Jabril at the college she attended in the United States. Jabril came from an Arab country. He spoke English well, and he followed the same customs and wore the same kind of clothes as the American college students.

Mary once saw a photo of Jabril that was taken in his home country. In the photo he wore a long white robe. Mary thought he looked very handsome, and he also seemed polite and kind.

Mary and Jabril began seeing more of each other, and Jabril asked Mary to marry him. He told her that she could continue to practice her Christian faith after they married, even though he was a Muslim. Mary said yes to his proposal.

A Sad Surprise
Mary moved with Jabril to his Arab homeland after their wedding. As soon as they arrived, Jabril changed. He began wearing traditional clothing, and he made Mary wear a long robe. Mary had no freedom. She had to hide her Bible under her pillow and read it when no one was around.

After Mary and Jabril had children, Jabril told their oldest daughter to spy on Mary. She even had to tell her father when Mary talked on the phone and who she talked to. Mary felt trapped in a sad situation.

Saudi Arabian Rules and Honor
In Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, a person is not as important as his family or group. It is most important not to bring dishonor on one’s family. A person brings dishonor on his or her family by breaking the rules of Saudi society.

Jabril did not follow strict Muslim rules outside of his country, so Mary thought it was “safe” to marry him. Saudi and other Arab students who attend school in another country often aren’t as careful about following the rules because there is less chance of bringing dishonor on their families. When they return home, they go back to following the rules.

Thousands of Saudi students come to the United States for college. Many do things they would never do in Saudi Arabia because it would break the rules in their country.

The true story above comes from the revised Bold Believers in Saudi Arabia country book, available in the free Downloads section.

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A Joyful Face


“The world doesn’t need to see another happy face when life is going well. The world needs to see a joyful face when life is falling apart.”

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Talk About
*What does the statement above mean?
*Can you find stories on this website about people who are joyful even though their lives seem difficult?
*What are some of the hardships you have faced in your life? (It can help to share difficulties with a mature Christian.)
*Why can Christians be joyful in hard times?

Danjuma is the boy in the photo above. Read his story here.


Activities Story

Family Prayers for the Persecuted


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.”

VOM volunteers have crafted additional ideas to guide families in their prayers during meals or family devotions.

Place Mat
Trim a VOM prayer map or another world map to the size of a place mat. Laminate the map, or cover the map on both sides with two pieces of clear contact paper trimmed to about ¼-inch larger than the place mat on all four sides. Choose countries from the map to pray for at meals.

Use a discarded DVD or CD to make a prayer-reminder coaster. Tape or glue a photo from a VOM publication or website to a circular piece of paper with a diameter about ½ inch smaller than the DVD. Center the paper on the DVD. Cover the DVD with clear contact paper on both sides, and trim it to the edge of the DVD.

Trim a VOM prayer map or VOM newsletter cover or photo to the size you want the puzzle to be. Laminate the front of the map or photo, and glue the back to poster board. Draw puzzle-piece shapes on the back of the poster board, and then laminate the back. Cut out the pieces. As you assemble the puzzle, pray for the country or person on the map or photo.

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