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Thinking of Quitting

Burned church
A church destroyed in Nepal

The Voice of the Martyrs hears many stories about the courage of persecuted Christians. But “persecuted Christians are not super Christians,” said a VOM worker. “They are ordinary people who through God’s grace and power have been enabled to do extraordinary things. We serve the same God and have access to the same grace and power.”

Like other people, persecuted Christians sometimes get discouraged. VOM-USA workers recently talked with a worker from Nepal who helps persecuted Christians in his country. Read below what he said about times when he has been discouraged.

A couple of years ago I thought of quitting VOM and moving to another country to settle down. But my wife reminded me what would happen [to the persecuted Christians] if we left.

Even though we have lots of trouble and problems and discouragement….I feel like I should do more. Everybody calls The Voice of the Martyrs “a Christian ambulance” because we help people.

Many times I have felt tired and wanted to quit, but Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

My wife is my right hand. Sometimes I feel pressure to do [wrong things to enemies]. She said, “No, don’t do that. I have never read in the Bible about any Christian raising a hand toward the enemy.” So I stopped saying that.

Please pray that God will give me another 20 years to my life so we can do double what we have been doing. Many people are targeting me. Maybe they will find me alone and maybe I will lose my life. So pray for me.

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

To Talk About

  • Why do Christians in Nepal call The Voice of the Martyrs “the Christian ambulance?”
  • What does he mean when he says his wife is his “right hand?”
  • Why does he want 20 more years added to his life?
  • Who helps you when you are discouraged?
  • How can you help other Christians who are discouraged?

Julie

Julie

Learning About Jesus
Like many people in North Korea, Julie and her parents were often hungry. They moved from place to place searching for food.

Sometimes Julie’s parents traveled to China to look for ways to make money or to get food. During one of these trips, Julie’s mother learned about Jesus! And her father gave his life to Jesus a year later while he was in China. When he got back home, the family began to worship God secretly. They prayed before going to bed at night and when they got up at dawn.

Soon, Julie’s parents decided to send her to China to learn more about the Bible from Chinese Christians. While there, Julie gave her life to Christ.

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Pastor Suta: Bringing an Enemy to Christ

Suta

Parents and Teachers: The September 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold believers who have forgiven their enemies.

Some of the stories may not be suitable for children. Please preview them before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Pastor Suta knew that the Bible says, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). The pastor wanted the Hindus who lived near his village in India to know about Jesus. Pastor Suta had grown up in a Hindu family, and he understood how much Hindus need Christ.

So the pastor continued to share the love of Jesus with the Hindus, even though they threatened to hurt him. You can read the story of what happened to Pastor Suta in an earlier post.

As the story reveals, Pastor Suta brought one of his enemies to Christ! See the photo for this post of Pastor Suta (on the right) and his former enemy Raji.

(Suta’s face is covered to protect his identity. Read more about how VOM decides whose faces to cover in this post.)

All over the world, Christians offer the hope of Jesus to people who may persecute them for their faith. Jesus told His disciples that this would happen. (See John 15:20.)

Now Raji knows that he, too, may be persecuted. He believes the risk is worth it. “I am happy in the presence of the Lord,” he said.

(Source: The September 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited and adapted from the original. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)


Danjuma

Danjuma

Parents and Teachers: The August 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about persecuted Christians in Nigeria. Some of the stories may not be suitable for children. Please preview them before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Before an attack on his village, 13-year-old Danjuma was a lot like other Nigerian boys. He enjoyed playing with his friends and going on fishing trips with fishermen from his village.

After one of the fishing trips, more than 1,000 radical Muslims came to his village at 6:00 in the morning and began burning houses and attacking Christian villagers. Danjuma ran very fast to try to escape the attackers, but they struck him several time with a machete. (A machete is a long, heavy knife.) Danjuma passed out, so he doesn’t remember much about the attack.

Other villagers thought Danjuma was dead, and they even began digging a grave for him! But Danjuma woke up and shouted to them. The villagers took him and others who were wounded to a hospital.

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Like a Butterfly: Elizabeth Update

Kenya
Elizabeth (in the green scarf) and her grandchildren

Parents and Teachers: The following story is adapted from the June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs. The issue features stories about bold believers who gave their lives for Jesus. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Please preview the stories before sharing them with children. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share age-appropriate stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

A previous post told about Elizabeth, a Christian grandmother who saved her five grandchildren from her burning home in Kenya. Radical Muslims had set her house on fire after she refused to become a Muslim.

“I have nothing left, except a Bible,” Elizabeth said. “I lost everything that I had, but I’m grateful I have life….They wanted me to change my faith from Christianity to Islam, which I couldn’t. I still feel like I can’t.”

Since the fire, Elizabeth has been praying for inner peace. She admits she’s having a hard time.

“If you have money, you rent,” Elizabeth said. “If you don’t, you sleep here today; tomorrow you sleep there. You become like a butterfly. We just wait for almighty God to remember us.”

Elizabeth prays for those who caused her so much trouble. “Islam has a different god,” she said. “The Bible says, ‘Don’t kill.’ So I feel like asking the Lord to remember [the Muslim attackers], to change them.

“When you pray, remember me. I’m asking that you pray for peace in my heart and that I won’t lose faith, but stand firm. And that I may have land and some property. I believe it is not God’s will for me to have nothing and be doing nothing.”

(Source: June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

Look at the photo above of Elizabeth and her grandchildren. Decide what you will pray for each of the children individually and for Elizabeth.


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