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Published on August 3rd, 2012
Phum, a teenager in Laos, loves the Lord. She learned about Jesus from a friend, and she began attending church. The leader of the church led her to Christ. “She was very on fire for the Lord,” said a Christian friend.
Phum’s parents and older brother were not Christians. They were angry when they learned about Phum’s new faith. Phum’s parents said she could not go to school anymore. Her brother was especially upset. He worked for the Communist Party, and he did not want a Christian in his family.
On Sundays, Phum continued to sneak out of the house and go to church. Her father tried giving her extra chores on Sundays, but she finished the chores quickly and went to church. Her brother stood by the front door of their house with a stick to hit her if she tried to leave, so she went out another door. When Phum wanted to read the Bible, she hid under a blanket and read it with a flashlight.
But one day, Phum’s brother went to her room and burned her Bible and hymn book. Phum asked God to forgive her brother and prayed that he would open his heart to the Lord.
Then Phum’s family assigned her the chore of taking care of the family garden on Sundays. Phum does not like to miss church. She feels that something is missing in her life when she can’t go.
Phum has requested prayer for her situation, and for her parents and brother.
To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this Web site and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.
Published on August 2nd, 2012
Pao is a Christian and a member of the Hmong tribe in Vietnam. The government of Vietnam tries to limit the spread of Christianity among people in tribal areas.
Pao is an evangelist who travels from place to place teaching people about Jesus. He tries not to stay very long in any one place so the police won’t catch him.
But Pao has been caught and jailed several times. During one of his times in jail, the police forced him to crawl on his hands and knees like a water buffalo. He was given the nickname, “the Buffalo Man.”
Last December, when Pao arrived at one village, he was delighted to learn that three families had come to know Jesus. Pao stayed in the village for two days teaching the new Christians how to pray and read the Bible. He also taught hymns to the children.
The police caught Pao and arrested him. They said they were going to kick the three families out of the village. Pao said he would take the Christians to live on his land, but a policeman hit him for speaking up. The police took him to prison, and one policeman threw him down some stairs and hit him with a sandal. The policeman told Pao to bow down to him. But Pao said “I will not bow down to any man. I would only kneel before my Lord, as only he deserves praise and worship.”
Pao was released from prison two days before Christmas. He was happy to find out that the three families had stayed strong in their faith. The Voice of the Martyrs will continue to help Pao as he serves the Lord.
Published on August 1st, 2012
This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.
Published on August 1st, 2012
”Boun“ was a government official in Southeast Asia, and he was not a Christian. Christianity is not illegal in Laos. But people who become Christians, and Christians who share their faith, are treated badly in some parts of the country.
Boun knew the risks, but he became a Christian anyway! He was so happy with his new faith that he could not stop sharing the truth with others. The authorities warned him to quit, and finally they sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
Published on July 31st, 2012
The Voice of the Martyrs recently received the following prayer request from a country where Christians are persecuted in some parts of the country:
“I want to let you know that we led one family to Christ. There are still more families that want to come to Christ and we ask you to pray for them. The new official here who just became leader in this country hates Christianity so much and when he became leader, no permission is allowed for a church anymore.”
Please join VOM workers and supporters in praying for the Christians in this country and in other countries where leaders do not like Christians. Pray also for the ones who want to come to Christ but may be concerned about what might happen to them if they do. Pray for non-Christian leaders to open their hearts to God’s love for them.