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Published on June 30th, 2015
Jody N. and her husband attended a recent VOM conference in Kentucky with their daughter, Hannah. Jody wrote to VOM, “As a by-product of attending, our family has made a commitment to write letters to someone imprisoned for their faith on a weekly basis. So that made three letters weekly.
“But in addition, my husband’s aunt and uncle have moved in with us. We got Uncle Jerry (age 82), to write one weekly as well.
“We ordered letter writing kits for our church, and my husband, Tom, [the pastor] offered to buy stamps and mail any letters that are written. So some folks write them at home and bring them to church for him to mail.
“So that has been a blessing in our family.”
Published on June 30th, 2015
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.
Published on June 29th, 2015
The previous post told about the kidnapping of a boy in the Netherlands (Holland). Read the rest of the story below.
I asked the men, “What are you doing this?”
Suddenly it was very bright all around me.
“Wake up! You’re having a nightmare!” My mom had turned on the light. I jumped up from the bed.
“It was so real!” I told my mom. She was wondering if I had read something scary.
Then I knew. The van came out of the exciting book series I was reading. The shooting came out of the story of David’s dad.
After my dream, I thought I would not dare to say I was a Christian like David’s dad had done. I told my mom what I was thinking, and she said, “You can’t know what you’ll do when the time comes. What we do know is that at that moment the Holy Spirit will give you the right words if you just trust Him. Shall we pray for that right now?”
Ever since then, I’ve thought a lot about David’s dad and other persecuted Christians.
I take my hat off to them.
(Source: SDOK. Translated and edited.)
Read a story about God giving a persecuted Christian unexpected strength.
Published on June 26th, 2015
The following story comes from Stef, the children’s magazine of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. It is told from the viewpoint of a boy in the Netherlands who read the story of David in Nigeria.
I was walking to the library on a Wednesday afternoon. I’m reading a very exciting series of books. Every two weeks I pick up the next book in the series.
At first, I didn’t notice that a black van was parked on the sidewalk. There was only room on the sidewalk for me to squeeze myself past the van.
Suddenly the van door opened. A man jumped out wearing a ski mask. He put a bag over my head and grabbed me. I kicked my legs, but it didn’t help. Before I knew it I was lying in the van. Then I was tied with ropes, and the van drove away.
My heart pounded. Why was I being taken? After a short drive, I was taken from the van. The bag was removed from my head, and I saw we were in an abandoned factory. Four guys stood in a circle around me. They had guns in their hands.
One of the men said, “You horrible curious little man, we know about you. You always want to read stories about Christians who are persecuted. Maybe you’ll be curious about your own story.” He pointed his gun at me and demanded, “Say that Jesus doesn’t exist, or I’ll shoot!”
I started to sweat. “This can’t be true!” I thought. “Kidnapped out of the blue? Because I’m a Christian? In Holland? During the day?
I hoped someone saw the kidnapping and called the police. Did I hear a siren?
Read the rest of the story in the next post.
Published on June 25th, 2015
The previous post told about David, a boy from a Christian family in Nigeria. His story was in Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. Read more about him and his family below, as told by David.
My dad was a leader in a church. Strict Muslims in our country want to make our country Muslim. Unfortunately they do a lot of really bad things.
One evening I was awakened by a very hard pounding on the door. What happened afterwards still doesn’t seem real. Men came in with guns, and they asked my dad if he wanted to become a Muslim.
My dad said no. One man said to him, “So you want to die as a Christian?”
“I want to,” said my dad. Then the man shot my dad in the head. I thought for sure he was killed but miraculously he could still talk.
My mom tried to get help after the man left, and I sat the whole night next to my dad. That’s all I want to say about it.
Fireworks Are Stupid
Thankfully my dad did not die.
Last year during Christmas somebody lit some fireworks. I heard loud bangs, and I thought fighting had broken out. I was very scared. Only the next day did I realize my fear wasn’t necessary.
Now I can laugh at it, but then I thought fireworks were really stupid.
I want to talk about something nice — about my teacher, Hassan. I think he is really cool because he knows so much. Later I want to become a professor or a teacher because I love learning so much.
(Source: SDOK, translated and edited)
To Talk About
- Why did David’s family move?
- Why are radical Muslims attacking Christians in Nigeria?
- Why was David scared of the fireworks?
- What can you pray for David?