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Vietnam: New Roommates

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The previous post told about some of the ways non-Christians in Vietnam try to discourage Christians from spreading the gospel. The following report from VOM Australia tells how policemen found new ways to disturb Binh and Uriah, a Vietnamese couple.

Binh and Uriah witnessed for Christ in their community and many local villagers were saved. Then a new trial was imposed on the family. Three policemen arrived at their door, saying they were going to live with them, right in their house! The police had orders not to leave until the family stopped their Christian activities.

Binh and Uriah were stunned. But the policemen told them, “We are in no hurry to go home.” The police warned everyone in the community not to talk to Binh and Uriah.

The couple’s children said to the policemen, “Why are you doing this? Our parents have done nothing wrong and we will still keep on our path.”

A policeman answered, “If you were 18 years old we would be within our rights to beat you, so be glad you are still small.”

Binh had a Bible and a hymnbook hidden, and the police have not found them. The family takes any opportunities they can to read the Bible and silently worship the Lord without the police finding out.

Other believers also have police in their homes trying to force them to deny Christ.

(Source: VOM Australia)

To Think About
If you were part of Binh and Uriah’s family, what are five things you would like Christians in other countries to pray on your behalf? Will you pray about those things this week?


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Vietnam: Rotten Eggs and Dead Ducks

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“A new wave of persecution is rampant through northern parts of Vietnam today.” — VOM Australia

A Bible school in Vietnam has suffered through many attacks over the last 10 years. The school trains youth to spread the gospel among their people.

But many local leaders do not want the good news of Jesus to spread in their communities. They would rather the Christians worship idols. “Renounce your faith and put your idols back up in your house,” a government official told a family who had decided to follow Jesus.

Enemies have tried different ways to discourage the students and teachers at the Bible school. The Christians stood firm in their faith even when attackers took them to the police station and hit them with sticks.

Recently a gang of youth came to the school with cameras. They pretended they were youth reporters. But the principal knew they were planning to cause trouble. “Please go away,” he told the gang.

Later that night, the gang returned. They threw rotten eggs and dead ducks all over the outside of the school building and tossed stones on the roof. The principal told them, “We have the right to defend ourselves. But let me tell you this very clearly: we are ready to be martyrs. We will not surrender.”

Ask God to keep Christians in Vietnam strong no matter how enemies try to distract them.

(Source: VOM Australia)

Read about another way Christians in Vietnam are persecuted in the next post.


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2015 Global Report

2015 Global Report

The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2015 Global Report includes facts about more than 50 countries. The report tells the following about each country.

  • The main religion and percentage of Christians
  • The leader’s name
  • Persecution facts
  • Description and overview

The report is a good resource for school reports, prayer guidance, missions conferences, and classroom reference materials.

Order a free copy from VOM Books. (Additional copies are available for purchase.)


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“Adopt” a Worker for a Year

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The Voice of the Martyrs helps more than 30,000 Christian workers in countries where Christian activities are often risky and dangerous. These workers are needed to carry out the following tasks.

  • Preaching among people who don’t like Christians.
  • Passing out Bibles and Christian DVDs.
  • Giving clothing and other items to the needy.
  • Helping families of Christian workers who are in jail for their faith.
  • Training other workers to share the gospel.

Many Christians are needed to pray for these workers. Can you commit to praying for a worker for a year? If so, ask an adult to help you sign up for VOM’s “Adopt a Front-Line Worker” program at www.VOMBooks.com/adopt.

You can share your prayer plans with others in your family or class so they can pray for your worker, too. You will especially want to include others if you are not sure you can stick to the task for an entire year by yourself. The workers depend on our prayers!

After you sign up to adopt a worker, VOM will send you the name and photo of one of the workers. The sign-up site also offers the opportunity to send financial gifts to front-line workers, but you can sign up to pray without sending gifts of money.

(Source: January 2105 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.)


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Changes in Chiapas

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In recent years, Christian children in Chiapas, Mexico have been expelled from school even though they broke no rules. (Chiapas is a state in Mexico.) Some Christian families are treated badly and even kicked out of their homes and villages by people who do not follow the Bible’s teachings. (Enter “Chiapas” in the Search box to find stories and video clips about Christians in Chiapas.)

The Voice of the Martyrs has helped Christians in Chiapas by providing food, household supplies, and Christian books and materials. But Christians aren’t the only ones bringing aid to poor people in Chiapas.

Several years ago, Muslims from Europe arrived in Chiapas. They set up stores and businesses, and they offered people jobs if they would become Muslims. Hundreds of poor people accepted their offer.

“Now there are three mosques in San Cristobal,” said a VOM contact in Mexico. (San Cristobal is a city in Chiapas. Mosques are buildings where Muslims worship.) “They are supported by Muslims from other countries,” said the VOM contact.

Muslims from the United States have taken “mission trips” to San Cristobal. They have repaired a mosque, distributed food and school supplies, and provided activities for children.

Sadly, some Christians have left Christianity to become Muslims. Please pray that people in Chiapas will know God’s truth and follow it.

To find more prayer needs of people in Chiapas, download Bold Believers in Chiapas from the Downloads section. (Page 46 lists prayer needs.)

Learn more about Islam from the book Learning About Islam, also available from the Downloads section.


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