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New Light for Kenya

Kenya

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visited a place in Kenya where Christians have been persecuted. The workers joined with some Kenyan churches to provide special gifts for the Christian children in the area.

Each child received six pencils, a pencil sharpener, a notebook, and a Swahili Bible. (Swahili is a main language of Kenya.) The children also received solar lanterns.

Their families were using kerosene lanterns. The solar lanterns will allow the children to read the Bible more and to spend more time on homework. Can you guess why?

“Families may spend 10 to 25 percent of their monthly income on kerosene,” said a Christian in Kenya. “The poor light quality and noxious fumes of kerosene lanterns hinder the ability of children to study effectively.

“Now the homes will be illuminated with an environmentally friendly light, and most importantly, children’s lives will be illuminated with the Word of God.”

Watch video clips that show other ways solar devices are helping spread the gospel below.


Children’s Day in Turkey

Children
Turkish Children

Zack, Mark, and Paul are brothers who live in Turkey. They and their mother told about Children’s Day, a holiday in Turkey that is observed on April 23rd. Read what they said below.

Children’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the first assembly of Turkey’s parliament in 1920. [A parliament is a group that makes a nation’s laws. Congress is the lawmaking body of the United States.]

The parliament is run by Turkish children on April 23rd. The children play the roles of elected officials. They give speeches and elect a president and present a speech on TV.

It is a time to celebrate with many parades and ceremonies. The largest ceremony is in the capital, Ankara. They decorate schools, parks, and apartment windows with flags and colorful streamers.

There are bright colors and a lot of red everywhere. There is music and happy dancing. The costumes for dancing are nice and bright. One of our favorite parts is that toys are sold for half price at some of the stores.

Turkey’s laws allow “freedom of religion.” But sometimes police give Christians a hard time if they share their faith outside the church. Muslims who become Christians are often persecuted by families, friends, and bosses.

To Think About
What would you do if you were elected president for one day?

  • Watch a video of Christian children in Turkey.

  • Find a Turkey lesson plan here.
  • Learn more about Turkish Christians from Bold Believers in Turkey, available in the Downloads section.
  • Pray for Turkish children.

Pray for the Imam

Sudan
Sudanese man reading a Bible

Soldiers in Sudan often attack villages in the Nuba Mountain region. Churches in the area have been destroyed by bombing. Many Christians have fled to refugee camps away from the fighting.

Muslims in the area have also fled. One of the Muslims is an imam — a Muslim leader. This imam has two wives and 17 children. (Muslims teachings say that Muslim men may have up to four wives.)

The imam is the religious leader for Muslims in his refugee camp. Before he came to the camp, he lost all his possessions when he ran away from his village — his property, animals, and the houses where his large family lived. But he was able to escape with all his children.

People in the refugee camps are very poor. The Voice of the Martyrs brings Action Packs to Christian refugees that are filled with things they need, such as clothes, shoes, blankets, and other items. Christians from churches in the area provided the imam with two Action Packs. He was amazed that Christians would share a gift with a non-Christian.

Christians asked the imam if he had a Bible. When he said he had never read a Bible, they promised to bring him one. The imam said he had been longing for someone to explain what is in the Bible to him. The Christians arranged for him to attend a Bible study group.

The imam is still an imam and a Muslim. But he now has the opportunity to learn about the Bible and about Jesus’ love for him. Pray that the imam and his family will become children of the God who loves them.

Read more about Action Packs on Persecution.com.


Update on Susan

Susan

Susan, a girl in Uganda, was treated harshly and locked in her room by her Muslim family after she became a Christian. Previous posts here and here include a video clip and stories about Susan.

Susan now lives in a safe place with other Christians. The photo above shows her with cooking pots and utensils near her new home. She is leaning on a mortar which is used to grind groundnuts (peanuts).

“Susan is fine and studying well,” said a Christian in Uganda. “She is happy and living a positive life. Her attitude toward school and life in Christ is good, too.

“This has encouraged many Christians [who used to be Muslims] in their walk with the Lord. They are encouraged by Susan’s strength and forgiveness to her father who caused her such pain that she has to walk on crutches. Glory be to God.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited from the original for clarity.)

To Talk About

  • How is Susan a good example to other Christians?
  • Read Proverbs 20:11. In what ways can Christian children encourage other Christians, even Christian adults?

Family Rejects Christian Girl

Uganda

The photo shows Christian children in Uganda learning about Jesus from a picture Bible. Last year, The Voice of the Martyrs distributed 3,000 Bibles in Uganda, where it is not always safe to follow Christ.

VOM received a report about a teenage Ugandan girl, Naigaga Saidha, who was beaten by her Muslim family when she became a Christian. Naigaga confessed her faith in Christ at a Christian event in her village. Her family no longer accepted her, and she had to move in with a Christian family who cares for other children after they are kicked out of their families.

(Sources: April 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and iCommitToPray.com)

Pray for Naigaga and other Christians in Uganda. Ask God to comfort her when she feels lonely and misses her family and village.

To Discuss


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