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Anee

Anee turned 11 years old on June 18, 2011. She is a Christian in Pakistan. Her village was attacked by radical Muslims a few years ago. Many Christians’ houses were destroyed. Read below what Anee told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs.

“Our house was safe and sound during the attack by the grace of God. My father is a painter. He was working in a shop with very radical Muslims, and after the attack, they fired him. Mentally and financially our family was very disturbed about the situation. Every day we cried out to God. Soon God answered our prayers, and my father found a job in another shop. The shopkeeper is a Muslim, but he is not a radical.

“We still pray together as a family. Our faith has become very strong. We know God can do anything, and he doesn’t leave his children alone.”


Spotlight Story

Boy Saves Church

After the government closed a church in Cuba, the congregation began meeting in a cluster of trees on a beach. A group of American Christians recently visited the church and were told the following story.

“One day, a construction crew was digging on the beach. As they got closer to the trees where the church met, a young boy bravely told them, ‘Don’t dig there! A church meets there!’ The man operating the digging equipment dug right up to the trees and stopped. God used the boy to keep the church from being destroyed again!

(Source: Vision Beyond Borders)

Note: Cuban Christians have had more freedom in recent years than in the past, but the government still tries to control their activities.


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Blind to the Truth

Sundar Singh was a Christian from India who died many years ago. He once told the following story.

“Suppose you are walking down the street and you see a blind man coming toward you. It is your responsibility to move to one side so you won’t run into each other. It is not the blind man’s responsibility. He does not know you are nearby, because he can’t see you. If you and the blind man accidentally bump into each other, you would say, ‘Excuse me.’ Then you would help him on his way. It would not make sense to get angry with the blind man for the accident.

“In the same way, if a person who is blind to the truth persecutes us because we follow Jesus, we must not get angry. We should forgive him. We must love and pray for him. Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’ (Matthew 5:44).”


Feature Story

India: Preena and the Lady of Light

India

The following story is featured on the children’s DVD “The Torchlighters: The Amy Carmichael Story,” available at www.vombooks.com. Check www.torghlighters.org for related study guides and coloring pages.

A Big Sacrifice
Preena was a Hindu girl who lived many years ago in India. She loved her family, but after her father died, the family was very poor.

Hindu temples honor many false gods. Hindus do not believe that faith in Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with the one true God.

Preena’s mother wanted to please the Hindu gods. She thought her family would be blessed if she gave the gods a big sacrifice.

So she gave Preena to the gods.

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Ice Cream

Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand
Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was in prison for a total of 14 years for sharing the gospel in Romania, which was a communist country. After he was released, he came to the United States and started The Voice of the Martyrs to help persecuted Christians. Pastor Wurmbrand told the following story.

“A child was urged to eat carrots and peas because they contained vitamins. He said, ‘Why didn’t God put the vitamins in candy and ice cream?’ My answer would have been, ‘Because it’s important for children not only to have vitamins, but also to learn to swallow what may be unpleasant to the taste.’ We all need to learn from the good and the unpleasant. A Christian must welcome unpleasant things sometimes, because they are part of the ‘all things’ that God is working together for our good.”

To Think About: Read Romans 8:28. What kinds of “unpleasant things” do persecuted Christians face?