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Christians Attacked for Praying on Christmas

India

The following report from a Christian in India told what happened on Christmas last year at a house church.

A widow and her daughter organized a Christmas prayer meeting at their house at 7:30 p.m. on December 25, 2013. A pastor and other believers gathered to honor Jesus.

Most of the people in their village and in all the nearby villages were Hindus. As the Christians started to worship, about 20 radical Hindus rushed into the house. They shouted at the Christians and scolded everyone in bad language. They said the Christians were spoiling the Hindu culture.

They snatched Bibles from the Christians’ hands and tore them in pieces. Then they called the police and falsely reported that the Christians were forcing Hindus to become Christians. The police came and took the pastor and five Christians to jail.

A lawyer helped them get released the next morning.

Pray for peace for Christians in India and around the world this Christmas.

To Think About

  • In what ways will you celebrate Christmas this year?
  • Will any of your celebrations put you in danger?
  • How can you use your freedom in ways that honor Jesus?

Activities Story

More Can Lid Christmas Crafts

Can Lid Christmas Crafts

The previous post describes a “Christmas tree” decorated with photos of persecuted Christians glued to frozen juice can lids. VOM volunteers also made prayer reminder tree ornaments out of can lids. (See the photo.)

The volunteers provided the following instructions.

  1. Cut photos photocopied from VOM publications or websites to fit lids from frozen juice cans. Glue them on with glue or decoupage medium.
  2. With adult help, punch a hole near the top of the lids.
  3. Decorate with yarn, beads, or other items.
  4. Thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through the hole so the ornament can be hung on a Christmas tree.

Activities Story

Can Lid Christmas Crafts

Can Lid Christmas Crafts

Volunteers at The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters recently made Christmas crafts using can lids from frozen juice containers and photos from VOM publications and websites. A volunteer glued photos to can lids and glued the lids to a felt “Christmas tree” background. Decorations and a hanger were added. (See the photo.)

Can you design a prayer reminder Christmas tree that will remind you to pray for persecuted Christians at Christmastime?

Read the next post to learn about another can lid Christmas craft.


Spotlight Story

Iran: Christians in Prison at Christmas

Farshid Fathi

In recent years Christians in Iran have had more threats and problems at Christmastime. Last year, police raided an Iranian church on Christmas Eve. They took the Christians’ books, CDs, laptops, and a TV. Then they arrested the Christians.

Fashid Fathi is a Christian who has been in prison for his Christian activities since 2010. He has a wife and two children, Rosana and Bardia.

He wrote the following letter to other Christians in 2013.

Dear brothers and sisters,

We are celebrating Christmas in prison with honor and unexplainable joy in Christ. 2013 is going to end and we are very thankful to the Lord for everything we were given this year. I had called 2013 ‘the year of revelation.’

Now I am very excited because I am calling 2014 ‘the year of God’s presence.’ God calls us to walk before Him and be blameless, as He said to Abraham. So far, walking before Him is very sweet and so exciting. It is filled with great endurance, afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, sleepless nights, hunger, purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech and the power of God.

Thank you so much for remembering me in your prayers.

With blessings in Christ, your brother, Farshid.

Fathi has now spent another year in prison. You can send him an encouraging note through Prisoner Alert.

(Source: www.Persecution.net)


Spotlight Story

Christmas Care 2014

Christmas Care 2014

Every year, The Voice of the Martyrs and Kids of Courage readers sponsor Christmas Care Packs for children in countries where Christians are persecuted. In past years the Christmas Care project has focused on a single nation. This year VOM will be distributing Christmas Care Packs to children throughout some of the more than 60 nations where VOM works.

The packs will be customized for each region. But all will include a backpack, school items, hygiene items like toothbrushes, and Christian books.

To find out how you can sponsor a pack, visit this page on VOM Books.


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