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Preschool Teacher Finds Jesus in Kenya

Kenya

Missionaries at School
Abdi was a preschool teacher at a school in Kenya. He was a Muslim, and he taught the children about Islam, the religion of Muslims.

A few years ago, some Christian missionaries came to the school and began teaching the children about Jesus. The children told their parents, and the parents told the community leaders.

The leaders sent Abdi and other young men to confront the missionaries. Abdi and his friends were confused when the Christians answered them humbly and politely. They did not get angry or fight.

Attacked and Reunited
The men decided to attack the missionaries anyway. They knew that other Christians would soon visit the missionaries. During the visit, the Muslims would attack all the Christians at once.

In the meantime, they followed the Christians and watched them. Abdi attended some of their worship services. Then a surprising thing happened. Abdi liked what he heard, and he became a Christian! The other Muslims started spying on him, too.

Abdi learned from a friend that the Muslims planned to burn down his house. He moved his wife and children to his wife’s father’s house, and he went into hiding at a different village. After two months he came to get his family.

But his wife’s family did not want to let them go with Abdi. They believed that Abdi had forced his wife to become a Christian. But Abdi‘s wife had decided to follow Jesus on her own. So her family allowed her and the children to leave with Abdi.

Pray for Abdi, his wife, and their five children as they continue to deal with persecution in their country.


Spotlight Story

Lost Cell Phone Brings Trouble in Pakistan

Pakistan

Shafgat and Shaguftah have five children, ages 5 to 13. But they were separated from their children last summer after Shafgat and Shaguftah were arrested.

A Muslim, Muhammad Hussain, reported the couple to the police after he received offensive text messages on his cell phone. Hussain said the messages were “blasphemous,” and that they came from Shaguftah’s cell phone number.

“Blasphemy” refers to words or deeds that dishonor something holy. Pakistan has laws against blaspheming anything or anyone that Muslims think is holy, such as Muhammad, the founder of Islam, or the Quran, the Muslim holy book. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Shaguftah told the police that she had lost her cell phone a month before Muhammad got the text message. But the police put Shafgat and Shaguftah in jail anyway. The officers pressured the parents to name someone else who could have sent the message. But Shafgat and Shaguftah were convicted in court of the charges against them.

Pray for families around the world who are separated because of their faithfulness to Christ.


Spotlight Story

Sharing the Good News in Karnataka

Karnataka
Delivering Bibles in Karnataka

The Ice Cream Man
Daniel, age 13, lived with his brother, sister, mom, and dad in Karnataka, a state in India. His dad, Pushparaj, was an ice cream man. He sold ice cream from a small ice cream cart.

When Pushparaj sold ice cream to his customers, he also gave them a Christian pamphlet. The pamphlet explained how Jesus saves people from sin.

Because of his Christian witness, radical Hindus beat him up several times. “Jesus was beaten, too,” said Pushparaj. “My beatings were just little ones.”

Daniel and his family were kicked out of their home and rejected by neighbors. But they gained new friends among those who decided to become Christians

Source: Kids of Courage archives

Pastor Gowda
Pastor Gowda, a VOM worker, distributes Bibles in Karnataka, where Daniel and his family live. Last year he supervised the delivery of 10,000 Bibles in a region of Karnataka where Christians are persecuted by radical Hindus.

Who received the Bibles? Here is a list of some of the kinds of people who received them.

  • Some Christians had never owned a Bible and were too poor to buy one.
  • Twelve families were sharing one Bible. Each family got a new Bible.
  • Radical Hindus destroyed many Bibles. The Bibles were replaced.
  • Some who received Bibles had been fasting and praying for a Bible for two or three years.

Before the Bibles were delivered, workers prayed for each Bible and for the pastors who would help distribute them. They asked God to use His word to bring light to the hearts of those who persecute Christians.

Source: July 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter


Activities Story

Transportation Puzzle

Slideshow
Travel Slideshow

The “travel sideshow” in this post shows unique ways of transportation encountered by VOM workers in their travels.

In the sentences below, find eight ways of transportation VOM contacts use to transport Bibles to places where Bibles are hard to get.

Search for these words: train, camel, ship, bus, donkey, barge, van, and plane.

  1. The sleepy boy came late to school.
  2. The violinist played on key at every concert.
  3. Restaurant cooks plan each meal carefully.
  4. Moses saw a burning bush.
  5. It was not raining when Noah started on his ark.
  6. Jesus said a servant is not above his master.
  7. A candy bar gets soft if you leave it in the sun.
  8. The zookeeper’s hippopotamus didn’t fit in the cage.

Country Search Answers

  1. Camel
  2. Donkey
  3. Plane
  4. Bus
  5. Train
  6. Van
  7. Barge
  8. Ship

Spotlight Story

A Different Kind of Test

Hmong Christians in Vietnam
Hmong Christians in Vietnam

Christian leaders in Vietnam travel to a secret location to attend classes. The classes help them learn more about the Bible and about leading others to Jesus.

The leaders come from tribal areas. Some of Vietnam’s tribal groups are: Hmong, Ede, K’ho, Hre, Jorai, Rade, Khmu, and Stieng. In some of the groups, few people have heard about Jesus. In other groups, many are coming to Christ. The classes are secret because local government leaders in some tribal areas don’t want Christians to spread the gospel.

Halfway through their training, the students take a break for two or three months. If they want to come back to class, they have to share the gospel with at least 30 people during their break.

This “test” can be hard to pass. Students are sometimes beaten up for encouraging people to follow Jesus. At times they are kicked out of villages. Their families may try to stop them from spreading the gospel.

But they continue to share the good news of Christ. The plan is for each student to create a new group of Christians to worship and serve God together.

To Think About

  • Why are the classes secret?
  • Why is the test hard to pass?
  • How does your church or faith group help you grow in Christ? Pray for the new groups in Vietnam, and thank God for the group you attend.

Source: July 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter


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