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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 i-am-n.com.)

Activities Story

Bangladesh Pasta Dessert Recipe

Cooking in Bangladesh

Ingredients
2 cups of milk
Handful of angel hair pasta, broken into 3-inch pieces
½ cup of whipping cream
½ cup of raisins
½ stick of butter
2 tablespoons of sugar

1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Lightly brown the pasta in the butter over low heat, stirring frequently.
2. Add milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
3. Reduce heat and add raisins and sugar. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Add whipping cream and cook for 2 more minutes. Refrigerate before serving.

Islam is the official religion of Bangladesh. It is not against the law for Christians to worship, but they face serious persecution, especially if they are Christians who used to be Muslims.

Watch a video of kids in Bangladesh playing.


Spotlight Story

“God Uses Everything”

Mission Aviation Fellowship helps missionaries share the love of Jesus in hard-to-reach areas. MAF pilots transport people into and out of faraway places. They bring them groceries and supplies. Sometimes they take sick people to doctors.

Do you think the pilots ever wonder if running errands for missionaries truly helps to spread the good news of Jesus? Recently a pilot from MAF visited The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters. He told about taking soap to missionaries, and about how God used the soap to teach tribal people in Indonesia about Jesus.

The tribal people covered themselves in pig fat to stay warm on cold days and nights. They kept a fire going in their homes. Soot from the fires stuck to their bodies. Without soap, they could never get completely clean.

A missionary asked MAF to bring him soap, which he used to pay the tribal people who had helped him build an airstrip where planes could land. The people bathed in the river with the soap. “We’ve never been so clean!” they exclaimed.

The missionary answered, “Tonight we can talk about how to be clean on the inside.” And he taught them how Jesus cleanses people from sin like the soap cleaned the pig fat and soot from their skin.

The soap helped the tribal people understand God’s love, and they spread the news to other groups in the area.

“We think some things are not important,” the MAF pilot told VOM workers. “But God uses everything!”

To Try
Soak a cotton ball in cooking oil. Cover your thumb or fingers with oil from the cotton ball. Run water over your thumb or fingers. Did the oil come off? Now try using soap. Did that work better?

A Verse to Learn
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Spotlight Story

Changing Hearts Through Humble Service

Afghan girl with a children’s Bible

John Weaver, an American Christian who has worked in Afghanistan, recently talked with Todd Nettleton at VOMRadio.net about his time serving in Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is a big country,” John said. “It is the size of Texas, and there is no Christian church there at all…zero, absolutely zero….But there are people there that are hungry [for the truth].”

Some Afghans are turning to Christ, but there is often a price to pay for becoming a Christian in Afghanistan. Sometimes new believers are imprisoned for their faith.

John told the story of two Afghan Christian brothers who were put in prison because of their faith. Members of the Taliban were in the same prison.

[The Taliban is a group of radical Muslims in Afghanistan. Taliban means “students” in Arabic. Members of the group think that women should not go to school, and men should grow beards. They do not like TV, music, games, or some sports. Taliban radicals believe in harsh punishment for Muslims who become Christians.]

The Christian brothers began sharing their faith with the people in the prison. John said, “One of the Taliban soldiers had his legs blown off from the war. [One of the Christians] would pick him up and take him every day to use the little latrine, which was not a nice place. The Christian told us, ‘God was with us every day. It began to soften the hearts of these ruthless Taliban guys. They saw we were in prison but we had done nothing wrong — we were followers of Jesus. And here we were serving the ones who would love to kill us.’”

To Talk About
The Taliban soldiers’ hearts began to change after someone humbly served them. Read Luke 22:26-27. What did Jesus say about serving others?

You may not be able to show kindness to someone in Afghanistan, but you can practice serving others humbly at home or at school. What act of service can you do today?

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited from the original for length and clarity.)


Activities Story

Adoniram Judson in Burma

A boy in Burma

(From the Kids of Courage archives)

More than 100 years before Burma’s independence, American missionary Adoniram Judson went to Burma to share the gospel. He translated the Bible into the Burmese language.

The work was difficult. At that time, Burmese had no capital letters or punctuation, and no spaces between words, sentences, and paragraphs.

Read the English sentences below to see if you can read Bible verses with no spaces or punctuation. You may want to photocopy the sentences and draw lines between the words. (The verses are from the New King James Version of the Bible.)

1. thelordismyshepherdishallnotwant Psalm 23:1
2. sowemayboldlysaythelordismyhelperiwillnotfearwhatcanmandotome. Hebrews 13:6
3. thewickedfleewhennoonepursuesbuttherighteousareboldasalion Proverbs 28:1
4. nowlordlookontheirthreatsandgranttoyourservantsthatwithallboldnesstheymayspeakyourword. Acts 4:29

Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma by Janet and Geoff Benge, a missionary biography for children, is available at www.VOMBooks.com.


Spotlight Story

Sunday School Around the World: The Khmu

The Khmu are a tribe of people who live mostly in Southeast Asia. Many Khmu are animists, or spirit worshipers. They do not love the spirits they worship; instead, they fear them. Spirit worshipers try to do things to please the spirits so they won’t have “bad luck.”

Read in the update below about how one Khmu family came to Christ.

Update
A previous post told about Hmong families who were kicked out of their village for their faith in Christ. A report from VOM’s icommittopray.com tells what happened next.

Four Hmong Christian families in Laos who were driven from their village because of their faith continued to share Jesus even while camping in a rice field. In early February, village authorities confronted the Christians, insisting that they renounce their Christian faith. When the families refused, they were expelled from the village.

The group of about 28 men, women and children ended up camping in a rice field, where they were soon visited by a curious Khmu family from a neighboring village. The Hmong Christians eagerly told the Khmu family about the great creator God who is all-powerful over the spirits and who sent his Son for them. The Khmu family came to faith in Christ, even inviting a VOM partner to visit their village and share more about Jesus. Recently, government officials visited the Hmong families and later told local authorities that the families have a right to believe whatever they wish. Pray that these believers will be allowed back into their village.

More Khmu are hearing about Jesus’ love for them and they are coming to Christ, too! The photo above shows Khmu Sunday school children learning more about God. The teacher’s face is hidden to protect her identity from people who do not want tribal groups in Asia to become Christians.


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