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Persecuted Church Grows in Nepal

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Matthew, a Christian who helps The Voice of the Martyrs in Nepal, recently talked to VOM workers in the United States about his work in his home country. “We always talk about persecution, and about how we will stand when persecution comes,” said Matthew. “We talk about Acts 7 and how when Stephen was persecuted, he said, ‘Father, forgive them.’

“There are very few Christians in Nepal,” Matthew continued. “So nobody listens to our voices. Only God listens to us. So we pray, ‘Please give us more courage to withstand when the persecution comes.’

“We have many, many stories of [Christians forgiving people who have persecuted them],” said Matthew. “A pastor invited me to speak at his church. Then two years ago, six Christians’ houses were burned completely [by persecutors]. When I went back to the church, there were 85 Christians in the church. The first time when I went, there were only 24 Christians.

“I asked, ‘How did the church grow?’ The new members said, ‘These wonderful Christians forgave us after their houses were burned down and we believe in Christ now because of them.’

“One of the reasons the church is growing in Nepal is because of the Christians’ patience toward the persecutors.”

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

To Talk About

  • How many people were in the church before the Christians’ houses burned down? How many attended after the houses were burned?
  • Why did the new members become Christians?
  • What is “patience?”
  • Think of some places where it is common for people to lack patience. (Examples: Waiting in lines, dealing with someone who has treated you badly, etc.) How could a Christian show patience in those situations? How could showing patience encourage someone to want to know more about Christianity?

September 11 and Terrorists

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked two locations in the United States. The 19 terrorists hijacked four planes full of passengers and crashed two of them into New York’s World Trade Center on purpose. They crashed a third plane into the Pentagon, which is the headquarters of the U.S. military in Washington, D.C. A fourth hijacked plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers tried to stop the hijackers. Many died when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.

The terrorists believed they were following the teachings of strict Islam.

The chart below compares terrorists’ beliefs with Christian responses.

Terrorist Beliefs and Christian Responses

Terrorist Beliefs Christian Responses
Terrorists use threats and violence to try to force others to do what they want. Terrorism is often carried out against innocent people who are no threat to the terrorists. Terrorists try to control people by scaring them. “Many look at terrorists with fear, others with hate. Jesus fears and hates no one. Like God who gives sunshine and rain to all, so He loves and desires to forgive and save all” (Richard Wurmbrand, founder of The Voice of the Martyrs)
Power Terrorists believe in using anger, hate, greed, and violence to get power. Richard Wurmbrand shared that the secret of real power is love, mercy, goodness, good character, and being a servant, as Jesus taught. (See Matthew 3:1–14 and Romans 12:21.)
Who is in control? Terrorists believe that there are powerful people or groups who cause all their problems. They think getting rid of those people will fix everything. God has placed Jesus “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion” (Ephesians 1:21, NIV) We can trust in Him. (See Proverbs 3:5.)
Success Terrorists think that conquering people in power will mean success. Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?
Changing the world Terrorists believe the way to get desirable things is to change the world by acts of terrorism. Christians know that only Jesus has the key to eternal peace. His truth is for all places and all times. Fighting for wrong causes can fail. When someone trusts in God, they cannot fail forever.

Find another chart about terrorist beliefs here.

Additional charts comparing Christian truths with other worldviews are in the Beliefs section of this site.

Teaching Bible Stories to Muslims

Tabitha, her sisters, and her parents were Muslims in a mostly-Muslim country. Someone gave Tabitha’s father, Samuel, a Bible. But Samuel put it on a shelf and forgot about it. Many years later, he read the Bible and understood what it said. He decided to follow Christ.

Samuel began praying for his wife and daughters. After a while, they also became Christians.

Muslims in many places, especially children, do not always have the opportunity to learn true Bible stories. They have some false ideas about Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, but they don’t believe He died on a cross. They don’t believe He is the Son of God, or that He came to seek and to save the lost from sin.

After Tabitha trusted in Jesus as her Savior, she wanted to share Bible stories with Muslim children. She looked for creative ways to reach the children. Tabitha began sharing stories with children whose parents sent them to Christian parties, plays, and programs.

At one party, three children were wrapped in toilet paper from head to toe! The children represented Lazarus, whose story is told in John 11. Other children sang a happy song about Lazarus’s resurrection. Then they unwrapped the three “Lazaruses” and set them free.

Pray for Christians in Muslim countries who want to spread the Good News of Jesus among their Muslim neighbors. Ask God to guide you to ways to explain His word to others.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)

Going to Jail


Read the previous post about Morris, a boy in Sudan who made enemies when he left Islam to become a Christian. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Morris is now a pastor in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. Reports say that the government of Sudan has dropped more than 3,700 bombs on the Nuba region since April 2012.

One morning after an attack, Pastor Morris packed some soap, food, shoes, and clothes. He was going to jail. But he had not done anything wrong.

He planned to visit Muslim prisoners of war. The Muslims had been caught after they attacked Pastor Morris’s friends and neighbors. They were the enemy.

Pastor Morris’s son did not understand his father’s actions. “Are not these the people who are bombing us from airplanes and killing our people?” his son asked him as he packed. “Why are you taking them food to help them survive when they are killing us?”

Pastor Morris answered, “My son, this is because Jesus says we have to love our enemies.”

The hearts of some of the Muslim prisoners are starting to change. The prisoners ask Pastor Morris, “Pastor, could you come again and share what you are sharing with us? We have never heard about these things before.” Pastor Morris is willing to help them find the truth, because he learned to love his enemies as a youth.

Pray for Pastor Morris and the Muslims he meets. Pray that his son will also understand Jesus’ command to “love your enemies.”

(Source: The September 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited and adapted from the original.)

Learning to Love Enemies


Morris, a boy in Sudan, went a Muslim school for six years. He and the other students were forced to recite verses from the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) The teachers beat the students if they didn’t recite the verses correctly.

[Learn more about the Quran.]

One day, some Christian friends invited Morris to church. He heard a message about salvation, and he liked it. And he noticed a peace among the Christians that he hadn’t seen among Muslims. He was inspired to follow Jesus.

Trouble at School
The teachers at his Muslim school heard that Morris had decided to become a Christian. They started giving him a hard time.

Then Muslim students stopped being friends with Morris. In fact, they hated him. But he still loved them. And he believed that God wanted him to bring some of them to Jesus.

Even as a boy, Morris learned to love his enemies. Later, his love helped him bring some of his enemies to Christ.

Read about Morris going to jail in the next post.

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