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“By the Grace of God”

Nigeria

In 2004, radical Muslims attacked Christian homes and businesses in Kano, Nigeria. The Muslims ordered a Christian man, Mr. Mathias, to recite the Muslim statement, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhhamad is his prophet.” Mathias refused, and the Muslims attacked him. Sadly, he died of his injuries. It was hard for his wife support their family without him. So their four children, Joseph, Monday, Alheri, and Deborah went to a Christian boarding school called the Stephen Centre, which is a ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs in Nigeria.

This year, Joseph graduated from the Stephen Centre school. “My coming to the Stephen Centre was not by accident; it was by the grace of God,” said Joseph. It was a great opportunity in my life. I learned many things and achieved many there. The Stephens Centre taught me how to be strong in Christ and how to achieve my goals.”


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Refusing to Accuse

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The Voice of the Martyrs received the following report about a Christian man named John who lives in a Muslim country.

One day, as John was driving down the road, two youth crashed a motorcycle into his car on purpose to make it look like John had run into them. When John got out of the car, he saw that the motorcyclist’s face was bleeding. The injured cyclist’s brother then beat John up and left him unconscious. A Christian friend of John’s drove by, saw what happened, and took John to the hospital. The police came and asked John about the “accident.” They asked John if he wanted to accuse the youth of a crime.

If John did not bring charges against the youth, they could say the accident was John’s fault, and he could go to jail. But John said he would not charge them. He said he wanted to have a forgiving attitude like Jesus. The youth and the policemen were curious about John’s behavior and began to ask him questions. Some non-Christians who heard about the incident even started going to church with John to learn more about Jesus! Praise God for their change of heart, and pray that they will decide to give their lives to Jesus.


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News from Iran

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Former Muslims who want to have Christian weddings often must marry in secret.

Early Marriage

During six months of this year, there were about 11,000 marriages in the Iranian province of Golestan. Fourteen of the grooms were less than 15 years old, 414 girls were under 14, and two children were under 10.

Truth from Satellites

Satellite dishes are banned in Iran. But officials enforce the rules at times, and at times they do not. One official said recently that more than 50 percent of Iran’s citizens watch satellite TV daily.

(Source: Mohabat News)


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Bold Orphans

Laos

VOM recently received a report about an orphan in Laos who became a Christian after attending a church service. The child shared the gospel with others at the orphanage, and 10 more orphans trusted in Christ and began attending church!

The director of the orphanage sternly warned the children to stop attending church. Seven of the orphans agreed to quit going to church, but did not deny Jesus. The remaining four orphans still attend church. If they continue in their boldness, they could become homeless. Please pray for all the orphans.


Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: Getting Prepared, Part 2

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Q: What else can kids do to prepare?

A: I think being friends with people from other cultures is good. That’s not what comes naturally. We’re friends with the people who it’s easy to be friends with.

It’s also good to know what some people have to endure as Christians. Just because you’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean everything is going to be great, but it’s definitely worth it.

We need to be thankful, too, but not just for material things. We are very blessed in America. Because of that, we need to be on guard and keep our faith in God at the front.

Also, just keep praying. That’s the most important thing.