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Published on June 8th, 2012
The Voice of the Martyrs recently received a letter from a pastor in Nepal who is thankful for the Bibles his church members received from VOM’s Bibles Unbound project.
The pastor’s letter said:
“I have been pastoring among the homeless people. We have 200 believers. I still remember the day we opened the Bibles in our church. It was like receiving the best food in the world. They were so excited to receive the Bibles.
“Our believers never had Bibles and had never read all the books in the Bible. But now they read them and meditate on them. Now I preach and say, ‘Would you please open your Bibles’ to one of the books. They open them [to the right book]in seconds, almost all together, and they have a competition to see who will read first.
“As I see these things happening, I see the real blessing of God’s word has come to us. We as a church would like to thank you.”
(Source: VOM contacts, edited for clarity)
Visit the Bibles Unbound page to find out more about the project.
Published on June 8th, 2012
The Gross National Product and Gross Domestic Product measure the value of things produced in a country. But Bhutan, a country in Asia, measures its “Gross National Happiness.”
Gross National Happiness considers the people’s health, education, use of time, Buddhist practices like meditation, and other factors. About three-fourths of Bhutan’s people are Buddhist.
News reports from Bhutan say that a recent survey showed about half the people in Bhutan are “not yet happy.”
In recent years, a Christian was arrested in Bhutan for showing a Christian film. Pray that everyone in Bhutan will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus, and that they will find true happiness in him.
Published on June 7th, 2012
A recent report told the following story about a team of Bible smugglers who traveled to a country where the government tries to control Christian activity. The report said:
The team had an even more difficult time than usual at the airport. One team got through customs with Christian materials, but they sent agents out of the airport and searched for her. They found her across from the airport and made her come back. Then they took her materials. (Note: “Customs” is the place in an airport where agents check travelers’ suitcases and possessions.)
Customs officials took away 1,800 Christian DVDs and many Bibles from the travelers. The smuggling team was disappointed. But they continued to travel within the country to visit local Christians. They visited homes, churches, and schools.
At one of the schools, they were surprised to meet a Christian who worked in the customs office! He helped them figure out a way to get back the materials that had been taken from them.
“Praise God!” said one of the Christians. “He has his people everywhere! It is incredible to see such a big disappointment in our eyes turn out to be a situation where God receives all the glory for getting these items through customs. He never ceases to amaze us with the many ways he works as we commit to pray and watch his hand at work.”
(Source: Vision Beyond Borders)
To learn more about Bible smuggling, download “Bible Smuggling: Taking the Good News to All Nations” in the Downloads section of this site.
Published on June 6th, 2012
Basmah, a Christian woman in Somalia, was going to have a baby. But her Muslim husband left her because she had become a Christian. She moved in with her family until she had her baby. Then when Basmah’s mother and father found out about her new faith, they would not let her live with them anymore.
Basmah and her baby lived on the street, homeless. “I was praying that God would give me a house where I could sleep,” said Basmah. “He answered my prayer.” A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs met her and offered a place to stay in a “safe house” located in one of the countries in the Horn of Africa.
Basmah is thankful for the care she is receiving at the safe house. But she knows she has received a better gift. “The best gift God gave me was Jesus,” she said. “I now have peace in my heart. Nothing else can compare to Jesus. Even when I am hungry, I have peace.”
Note: The Horn of Africa is a peninsula on the east side of Africa shaped somewhat like an animal’s horn. Countries considered part of the horn are Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. (To help you remember the countries, the first letters of their names spell “SEED.”) Some maps of the Horn of Africa also include Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and other neighbor countries.
Published on June 5th, 2012
- The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.
- Somalia is about the size of Texas.
- Almost 100 percent of the people are Muslims.
- There are no public places of worship for non-Muslims.
- Only about 40 percent of adults can read.
- Somalis are expected to live (“life expectancy”) until about age 50.
- “School life expectancy” is 3 years for boys and 2 for girls. (The number of years of schooling children are expected to get is the “school life expectancy.”)
- Wars and fighting have disturbed the country for many years.
- A Muslim terrorist group, al-Shabab, persecutes Christians.
To Do: Turn each fact above into a prayer for Somalia. For example, the first fact is, “The capital of Somalia is Mogadishu.” You might pray, “Dear God, Please let all the people of Mogadishu learn that you love them. We pray that more and more Somalis will follow you and share your love with others in Africa. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”