As Shichung returned home after walking her three children to school, she saw almost 200 men surrounding her house and throwing stones. Then men chanted, “You ate our god!”
The mob was looking for her husband, Chhedar Bhote, a village pastor who had led several people to Christ. Villagers accused Chhedar of butchering a free-roaming cow that was found dead. It is illegal to kill a cow in Nepal, where Hindus honor cattle.
But Shichung knew that her husband was sought by the attackers because he had spread the gospel. The police arrested Chhedar and put him in prison, where he could remain for 12 years. The family would like to be together again. But Shichung says she has no anger in her heart toward her husband’s enemies, and that she is not afraid.
This year, Shichung’s children and other children in Nepal will receive The Voice of the Martyrs’ Christmas Care Packs to encourage them. The packs include an illustrated Bible, a backpack, school supplies, a sweater, and socks.
For more information about The Voice of the Martyrs’ Christmas projects, see VOM’s November newsletter, or go to www.vombooks.com/christmascare2013.
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