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Action Pack Blessing

Sudan
Sudanese children

A previous post told the story of a woman in Sudan who received an Action Pack sponsored by readers of this website and The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.

The testimony below is from another Sudanese Christian who was blessed by one of the Action Packs.

“I am a Christian woman, age 31. I am a single mother with three daughters, and I take care of four of my brother’s children. He died during attacks on our village in 2011.

“I am partly paralyzed and deaf. I cannot hear well unless the person talking is near me. But I still go to church because I believe in God.

“The reason I am in a refugee camp now is because the daily bombings in our area were causing hunger, sickness, and fear. I decided to leave and seek refuge.

“We found a person with a car who helped us get to the camp. As new refugees, we faced a lot of challenges. We had no home to stay in. We were given food, plastic sheeting, and land by the authorities in the camp. We made a small shelter where I settled with my kids.

“I am glad because I received an Action Pack from the church. It had sandals, towels, bed sheets, notebooks, pens, and clothes. When I saw all the things, I cried — not because I was annoyed, but because I did not know that there are people praying and remembering us. I thought we were rejected by the whole world.

“In the pack were things that my children are now using to cover themselves from the cold. They are using the notebooks and pens in school.

“I don’t know how to express my happiness to the people in the U.S. for the gift that has changed the life of my family in many ways.

“I pray for our friends in the U.S. and the entire world that God may be with you, bless you, and guide you with whatever you do. Also remember us and pray for peace so that we can go back to our homes.”

Visit the post Sudan Action Packs, Part 2 to watch a video about two children who received an Action Pack.

(Some of the quotes and stories on this website have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Feature Story

Laos Khmu Widows

Khmu children
Khmu children with Bible coloring pages

The Khmu are a tribe of people who live mostly in Southeast Asia. Traditionally the Khmu people are spirit worshipers, but many are becoming followers of Christ. Officials in some parts of Laos try to stop the spread of the gospel among the Khmu.

VOM received the following report from a Khmu Christian who shares the love of Jesus with other Khmu people in Laos.

“Many Khmu men become strong drinkers and heavy smokers before they trust in Jesus, which causes them a lot of health damage. That is why there are lots of Khmu men who die early and leave their wives and children.

“So there are many widows in the Khmu house churches. They are very strong believers and are trying to take care of themselves and their children.

“Many of them cannot send their children to school because they are so poor. But even though they are so poor, they are at the church services before anyone else with their children, even if their stomach may not have enough food.

“In one village there are more than six widows. They have only one radio. Every time a Khmu Christian program is on the radio, they all come together and really pay attention.

“When the speaker on the program says that he loves the widows, and that pastors should take care of widows according to the Bible, the women shout, ‘Hallelujah,’ and ‘Praise God!’”

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Activities Story

Learn Two Verses and a Song

God Remembers
Listen to
God Remembers

Hebrews 13:3 (NKJV): Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NKJV): If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

The Bible verses above remind us to remember and pray for Christians who are suffering. The following song (sung to the tune of Jesus Loves Me) includes thoughts from the verses. Which words are about Hebrews 13:3? Which ones are thoughts from 1 Corinthians 12:26?

God Remembers

Think of those who are not free.
Don’t forget your family
Persecuted for the Lamb
Just as if you’re chained with them.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.

When one member suffers loss,
Every member bears the cost.
If it’s him or if it’s you,
All the members suffer, too.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.

Yes, God remembers,
Always remembers.
Yes, God remembers,
We must remember, too.


Spotlight Story

James Chalmers: Missionary Martyr

James Chalmers
James Chalmers

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known…” (Romans 15:20).

James Chalmers was a youth in Scotland when his pastor spoke in his Sunday school class. The pastor talked about a missionary and mission work.

“I wonder if there is a boy here who will by-and-by bring the gospel to the cannibals?” the pastor asked. James silently thought that he would like to take on that challenge for God.

About 10 years later, after James had gotten married, he and his wife began mission work on the island of Rarotonga in the South Pacific. But James really wanted to work among tribal people in New Guinea who had a reputation for violence, and after a while, God gave him the opportunity to do so.

James was a good example among the natives in New Guinea, and many gave up their violent ways. But he also had grief and sadness during his time with them. His wife died of an illness, and after he remarried, his second wife also got sick and died. He dealt with his grief by working even harder for Christ.

In 1901, James and another missionary sailed to an island that they had not yet visited. The next day, April 8th, the men left the boat, and a group of natives met them on shore. The missionaries were never seen again.

Upon hearing about James Chalmers, other missionaries were inspired to go to New Guinea to carry on his work.

To Talk About

  • On April 8th, the day of his disappearance, how do you think James Chalmers would like to be remembered?
  • Why do you think other missionaries wanted to carry on Chalmers’ work in such a dangerous place?
  • Read Romans 15:20. Who was saying the words in the verse?

Sources include: 70 Great Christians by Geoffrey Hanks, and From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker.
Image credit: Horne, C. Sylvester (1904) The Story of the L.M.S., London: London Missionary Society / Wikipedia


Spotlight Story

One Way to Peace

Bosnia and Serbia

“Muslims who come to Christ in Bosnia are subject to persecution,” a VOM source said recently.

“Some Christians get disowned by their families. There is a lot of unemployment in Bosnia, so people depend on their relatives for support. That gets cut off when they become Christians. Jesus’ story is the only thing that will bring peace to the area.”

The Voice of the Martyrs supports the distribution of Bibles in Bosnia and in Serbia, a country east of Bosnia. The photo above shows children who received one of the Bibles.

Find out more about religious freedom issues in Bosnia and Serbia from the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom reports at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/.


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