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Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs

Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs includes stories, history, culture facts, and activities that help children understand the daily lives of the Uygur people, who live mainly in northwest China. The 52-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

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The Adoniram and Ann Judson Story

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Missionary Adoniram Judson was born on August 9 in 1788.

You can read a review of the Torchlighters DVD, The Adoniram and Ann Judson Story by the Kids of Courage student reviewer, Elise Wixtrim, and watch a trailer for the DVD below.

Adoniram and Anne Judson, missionaries to Burma (Myanmar), led very interesting lives. Even though many people told them they couldn’t go to such an unreached and dangerous country, the couple was successful in ministering to the native people of that land. The Torchlighters animated special about their life is equally fascinating.

The missionaries Judson have a calling in Burma, and that is to translate the Bible using the only known English-to-Burmese dictionary. However, along the way, they find much opposition to the message of the Gospel. The local Buddhist priests, especially, are afraid of what the missionaries will do.

Eventually, Adoniram is sent to prison under suspicion of spying for the British, who are enemies of Burma. As the prisoners and their guards, along with Anne Judson and their child, flee the British army, Adoniram loses the Bible translation – however, a recent convert and friend of the missionaries finds the sole copy of the Burmese Bible, wrapped in a pillowcase.

After Adoniram and Anne are released, they continue to translate and grow the Burmese church, even after the deaths of Anne and their child. This is a beautiful story, an example of dedicated missionaries to a lost world. I highly recommend the Torchlighters version of the story of Anne and Adoniram Judson; it is well-written and entertaining.

Find additional resources that include stories about the Judsons and Burma here and here.

To Do
Six years before Adoniram Judson was born, George Liele, a former slave, left the U.S. and traveled to Jamaica, where he started a church and spread the gospel for many years. Do some research to find out more about Mr. Liele’s life and work.

 


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Guess the Unique Gift, Part 2

The previous post told ways The Voice of the Martyrs helps persecuted Christians, families, and workers who spread the gospel in areas where Christianity is restricted.

VOM recently provided a church in Central Asia with a swimming pool! (See the photo. The faces are covered to protect their identity.) The pool is used for baptisms.

“Thank you very much,” the pastor said. “There is hardly ever a chance, and it’s not safe anyway, to administer baptisms in a public place. This blessing from you is very useful to us.” The church can now hold baptisms inside a private property.

(Source: August 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)


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Guess the Unique Gift

The Voice of the Martyrs supporters make it possible for VOM to help persecuted Christians in many ways.

For families who have been affected by persecution, VOM provides:
*Children’s school needs
*Job training
*Moving expenses
*Living expenses
*Legal help

Christians continue to spread the gospel in places where Christianity is discouraged. VOM helps them with:
*Bicycles or other transportation
*Solar powered video projectors
*Horses, camels, or other animals that can carry heavy boxes of Bibles
*Training

In Sudan and other places, VOM provides:
*Medical care
*Action Packs
*Family Med Packs
*Emergency food
*Tarps
*Other help for refugees
*Bibles

But VOM recently provided a unique gift for Christians in Central Asia who cannot have baptisms in public places. Can you guess what the gift was? Hint: The answer is two words. The first word begins with “s,” and the second with “p.”
Read tomorrow’s post to find out the answer.


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India: Pray for Monalisa

[Photo: Christian children in India]

Twelve years ago, angry Hindus in India attacked Christian churches, homes, and families. About 56,000 Christians lost their homes. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visit and encourage Indian Christians who still need help after the attacks.

Pastor Dibya, his wife, Puspanjali, and their 10-year-old daughter, Monalisa, lived in the area that was attacked. “When my husband started work here,” said Puspanjali, “only eight families were Christians. When people were sick, he would pray for them and miracles would take place. Just a couple months later, 28 families had come to the Lord.”

Attacks and More Threats
Sadly, Pastor Dibya was one of the Christians who died in the Hindu attacks. Despite her broken heart, Monalisa clung to her faith. “If they want to attack us like they did Papa, don’t worry, Mama, we’ll also stand for Jesus,” she told Puspanjali.

Violent Hindus continued to threaten Christians. So Monalisa and Puspanjali had to leave their village and move in with Monalisa’s grandparents, who were devout Hindus.

Coming Home
Under the grandparents’ influence, Monalisa and Puspanjali began to drift away from their Christian faith little by little. But then, Puspanjali became seriously ill, and doctors were not able to help her. She cried out to the Lord and asked for His forgiveness.

Puspanjali then moved back to her village. She now carries on Pastor Dibya’s ministry sharing the gospel.

Please Pray
But Monalisa did not go back to the village. She is now 22, has a son, and has not returned to following Christ. Puspanjali sees her from time to time.

Will you say a prayer today for Monalisa? Below are some suggestions for prayer. Can you think of others?

*Pray that Monalisa will understand that she can be forgiven for neglecting her faith and can return to following God’s will for her life.
*Pray that Monalisa will teach her son the truth about Jesus.
*Pray that Monalisa’s grandparents will open their hearts to God’s love for them.
*Pray that government officials and police officers in India will be diligent in protecting Christians from attacks.

(Source: August 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and age-appropriateness.)


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This Month

Parents and Teachers

The August 2020 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells stories of Christians who survived attacks by radical Hindus in India. Some of the stories are too intense for most younger readers. You can find adapted versions of the stories from the magazine in upcoming posts on this site, then pray with your children for the Christians in the stories. The August issue also includes reports from Guinea, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Central Asia.

Related Resources

* To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*The Voice of the Martyrs’ Global Prayer Guide includes information about Christians in the featured countries.
*Download Bold Believers activity books for kids that highlight several countries here.
*Watch video clips about Christians from several of the countries in the Video section of this site.