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Laos Khmu Widows

Khmu children
Khmu children with Bible coloring pages

The Khmu are a tribe of people who live mostly in Southeast Asia. Traditionally the Khmu people are spirit worshipers, but many are becoming followers of Christ. Officials in some parts of Laos try to stop the spread of the gospel among the Khmu.

VOM received the following report from a Khmu Christian who shares the love of Jesus with other Khmu people in Laos.

“Many Khmu men become strong drinkers and heavy smokers before they trust in Jesus, which causes them a lot of health damage. That is why there are lots of Khmu men who die early and leave their wives and children.

“So there are many widows in the Khmu house churches. They are very strong believers and are trying to take care of themselves and their children.

“Many of them cannot send their children to school because they are so poor. But even though they are so poor, they are at the church services before anyone else with their children, even if their stomach may not have enough food.

“In one village there are more than six widows. They have only one radio. Every time a Khmu Christian program is on the radio, they all come together and really pay attention.

“When the speaker on the program says that he loves the widows, and that pastors should take care of widows according to the Bible, the women shout, ‘Hallelujah,’ and ‘Praise God!’”

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Freedom in a South Sudan Refugee Camp

Sudanese Woman
A Sudanese woman with her new Bible

Parents and Teachers: The April issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of Bible distribution in nations hostile to Christ. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share similar stories from this site with your children. Then pray together with your children for the people in the stories.

Onnab, her husband, and their six children were Muslims. They lived in the Nuba Mountains where the Sudanese Air Force bombs the people.

Onnab wanted to learn more about Christianity. She visited a church and talked to some Christians. But her search for the truth angered her husband. He hit her when she went to church. Then he left her and their children.

One day, when some of the children were fetching water to bring home and others were in school, a bomb fell near their house. “It burned our food and clothes and destroyed all that we had,” said Onnab. She and her children decided to move to a refugee camp.

At first they found a ride in a truck. But the truck broke down, and they were stranded for three days with little food and no water. “I prayed to God, the truck was repaired, and we continued on the trip,” Onnab said.

At the camp, “I found freedom of worship,” she said. She placed her faith in Jesus and gave her life to Him. Onnab also received a Bible in Arabic. “This Bible had great impact in my life as a new believer,” she said. “This is what I am using as my weapon to ask God on a daily basis to bring peace in the entire country of Sudan. I give thanks to the well-wishers who provided the Word of God to us ….I will continue praying for them and also I ask them to continue praying for us.”

Source: April 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.


More About Li Min

Stef

The following story comes from The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. You can see their children’s site at http://stefweb.nl. (The story is translated and edited from the original source.)

This post is part of the #liminfamily series of posts of Li Min’s Vietnamese family.

Unfair
“I think the government here is often unfair. Do you know why? All the kids in school get money to go to the school except my sister and me. Our lady teacher distributes the money in school.

“The first time, I didn’t understand why all the kids got money except us. It really made me cry.

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Philippines: “God Has Called Us Here”

Philippines
Christians in the Philippines make tents out of whatever is available

Parents and Teachers: The March 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features bold Christians in the Philippines, Syria, and China. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Attack
Ruth and Armando are Christians in Mindanao, an area of the Philippines where many people are Muslims. They moved to Mindanao to start a church. Ruth and Armando have three daughters.

One night, the family heard bombing and fighting near their house. They got out of bed and ran behind the house, looking for a place to hide.

A small wooden bridge crossed a dirty canal near their house. Ruth, Armando, and the girls hid under the bridge. Snakes lived in the canal water. But the family chose the danger of the snakes over the risk of attack by the Muslim rebels who had come to the village.

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Algeria in 2014

Algeria and Tunisia

A President’s Birthday
Abdelaziz Bouteflika is the president of Algeria. In recent years, he has been seriously ill. He was 77 years old on March 2, 2014.

Christians in Algeria
It is against the law in Algeria to encourage a Muslim to become a Christian. “If they find you with Christian materials, they will arrest you immediately,” said an Algerian Christian. “One Bible, you can have. Two Bibles, you cannot have because the second one is clearly not yours. They say you are just trying to give it to someone else.”

A 2006 law required churches to register with the government. But when churches tried to register, the government would not approve their applications. Officials ordered more than 20 churches to close in 2008, and radical Muslims have attacked several churches in the years since the law passed. Many churches now meet in homes or in the countryside.

Algerian Muslims who become Christians are sometimes insulted, threatened, and attacked by Muslims who do not want them to leave Islam.

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