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What We Take for Granted

Nina
Nina

Nina F., a 13-year-old American Christian, sent the following poem to The Voice of the Martyrs.

What We Take for Granted

How many times do you mumble a prayer and not think about how many people around the world are getting arrested for doing the same thing you just did?

How many times do you have a time with God in your room and not be thankful that you don’t have to worry about police bursting in any second?

How many times have you sat at church on Sunday and not been thinking of the wonderful opportunity you have to hear God’s word, but of how bored you are?

How many times have you opened your Bible and tried to read it as fast as you could to get it over with, not remembering our persecuted brothers and sisters who don’t have the privilege of owning this precious book?

How many times have you turned on your radio and heard your favorite Christian artist and not been thankful that we have the freedom to make music for God?

How many times have you listened to yet another of your pastor’s sermons and not been glad that radical Muslims aren’t going to come in at any minute to shoot him?

How many times do you talk to people about Jesus and not think about that in other countries it is against the law, penalty of jail time or death, to do that?

And how many times have you forgotten our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, not remembering to pray for them?

Pray! Remember! Not all Christians are as blessed as you are. God has really opened my eyes to how much I have and to be grateful for it. Think about how God has blessed you. Pray for the persecuted Christians who don’t have the freedom to worship God that you do!


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News from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Interesting Fact
Though many Muslim men marry only one wife, Islam permits them to marry as many as four. In Saudi Arabia, a strict Muslim country, one man tried to settle an argument between his two wives by threatening to marry a third wife. The two women attacked him and took off part of his nose. He had to get stitches to get it sewn back on.

Christians in Saudi Arabia
Christians in Saudi Arabia do not have freedom of Religion. No church buildings are allowed, but some Christians meet quietly in homes.


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Eva

Eva
Eva

Eva and her mother, Helen, lived in Eritrea. Helen sang beautiful songs with words from the Bible. She put them on a CD so other Christians would be encouraged by them.

One evening when Eva was 9, the police stormed into a house where Helen was teaching Sunday school. “Where’s the singer?” they yelled. They took Helen to a prison where the inmates were kept in shipping containers that were always too hot or too cold, and too wet or too dry. But Helen did not stop singing praises to God, even when she was miserable. “It’s easy to be a Christian when everything is nice,” she said. “But you have to follow Christ when it is difficult, too.”

The guards beat Helen when they caught her writing notes about God to other prisoners. She was injured so badly that she had to go to the hospital. Then she and Eva fled to another country. Helen is not about to walk very well because of her injuries, but she still sings about her Savior, Jesus Christ.

(Source: SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. If you want to see SDOK’s Dutch children’s website, visit http://stefweb.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=59)


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Unshakeable

A Christian who was persecuted years ago in China recently shared the following thoughts with workers at The Voice of the Martyrs.

“There is a traditional Chinese toy called the ‘unshakeable elder.’ It can’t be knocked down. You can push it over from any side and it pops back up. When I was young, I used to wonder, ‘Is there a little man inside?’ I decided to break it to find out. I found heavy metal, a treasure, in the bottom that kept it stable.

“In 2 Corinthians 4:7–9, Paul says: ‘But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.’ Paul was not destroyed by punching from all sides, just like the toy. Christians have a treasure inside, Jesus, to keep them stable when they are hard-pressed.”


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Not Enough Shovels

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, was imprisoned for many months in an underground cell because he openly preached the truth about Jesus in Romania. He said, “There are not enough shovels on earth to bury the truth.” What do you think he meant by that?