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Habila Update

Habila’s family today

The previous post told about Habila, a Nigerian man who was shot by radical Boko Haram Muslims. Thankfully, Habila survived the attack. The bullet went through the side of his mouth and came out the other side.

The update below tells more about what happened next.

A neighbor took Habila to a hospital the next morning. Habila was sent to several different hospitals in an attempt to get him the medical help he needed.

Dr. Jim is a worker with VOMedical, which is VOM’s program that helps persecuted Christians who have urgent health and medical needs. After reading the reports of Habila’s medical care after the shooting, Dr. Jim said, “It is only by the grace of God that he survived.”

Healing and Forgiving
The doctors scheduled an operation to fix Habila’s cheekbone, which was destroyed by the bullet. But before the operation started, the doctors were amazed to see that Habila’s cheekbone had healed! The operation was not needed.

Habila still shares his story and his faith with others. VOM workers asked him some questions about his experiences.

VOM Worker: How do you feel about the people who shot you?

Habila: I pray to God, “God, forgive them.” My prayer is that [they will know the truth and] be saved. I love them …. Even if I have the opportunity to see them, I will hug them, and I will pray for them.

VOM Worker: How can you forgive the men who shot you?

Habila: Because Christ is love. The God I am serving is love….He commands us to love each other….Christ died for us….He loves us. That’s why we must show that love to the people that hate us.

Source: October 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for clarity and age appropriateness.

Feature Story

Christian Father Attacked

Worshiping in attacked church
Nigerian Christians worshiping in their church after it was attacked

Parents and Teachers: The September 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold Christians who serve God in Nigeria. 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.

Christians in northern Nigeria are often threatened by radical Muslims if they refuse to deny Jesus. The threats are serious, and some Christians are afraid. But many Christians continue to boldly proclaim Jesus as their Savior, knowing that they will live forever with him in heaven.

A VOM contact told the following story of how God helped a persecuted family in Nigeria.

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Pastor Chhedar Update


Pastor Chhedar has been released from prison! An earlier post told about the pastor’s arrest in Nepal. Hindus in the area accused the pastor of killing a cow, which is against Hindu tradition. His wife and three children missed Pastor Chhedar, and the children were mocked and teased while he was in prison.

Read more about Pastor Cheddar at Prisoner Alert.

Activities Story

“News Broadcast”: Never Alone

Use the following script to audio tape a “radio broadcast” or videotape a “TV broadcast” about Christians in North Korea.

(Note: Find persecution-related skits and plays in the Downloads section.)

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Peace in the Temple

Peace, his mother, and his little brother

Read the previous story about “Peace at School.” The following story from a VOM contact tells more about Peace, a Christian boy who lives in Laos in an area where most people are Buddhists.

When Peace was 5 years old, his parents went on a trip. Peace stayed with his Buddhist grandmother.

Peace’s grandmother took him to a Buddhist temple filled with worshipers. Peace spoke out loudly to his grandmother. “Why do you bow down to this statue? He is not God. Jesus is God!” Peace’s grandmother quickly took him out of the temple.

Every year the Buddhists clean and wash the temple and the idols. On another visit to the temple, Peace asked the Buddhists, “Why do you have to do all these things? See, [the idol] cannot even wash himself. He has eyes but he can’t see, he has legs but he can’t walk, and ears but he can’t listen. He can’t even help himself or take care of himself, so why do you ask him to help you?”

To Discuss

  • Read Psalm 115:4–7. How are the verses similar to what Peace said?
  • In what ways did Peace show courage at school and in the temple?

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