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Nigerian Children’s Paintings

Nigeria
Lot’s Painting

This post is part of the #ncpaint series.

Lot Jonathan painted the picture in the photo. Here is his description of his painting:

“I am 15 years old. My father was a policeman. During the riot in Kano state in the year 2004, my father hid all of us and went out to save some people. Eventually, my father was attacked by the rioters and there was no way for my father to escape.”

Check the December 2013 VOM newsletter for prayer cards made from the children’s paintings.


Feature Story

Nigerian Children and Their Paintings

Nigeria
Matthew’s Painting

This post is part of the #ncpaint series.

Thirteen-year-old Matthew Davou painted the picture in the photo. Here is his description of his painting:

“During the riot in 2004 in Kano state, we were all home sleeping at night. The rioters came and started to knock on our door asking us to open it; if not, they would set the house on fire.

“The children started crying. We didn’t know what to do; my mother was just praying. When they started pouring petrol [gasoline] and kerosene on our house, we thought we were all going to die.

“Our neighbor asked us to climb the fence and jump into their house. We all did that. Immediately as the last person in our house jumped down, the house caught fire.

“We lost all our belongings.”

Check the December 2013 VOM newsletter for prayer cards made from the children’s paintings.


Spotlight Story

Help Christians in Nepal at Christmas

Nepal

As Shichung returned home after walking her three children to school, she saw almost 200 men surrounding her house and throwing stones. Then men chanted, “You ate our god!”

The mob was looking for her husband, Chhedar Bhote, a village pastor who had led several people to Christ. Villagers accused Chhedar of butchering a free-roaming cow that was found dead. It is illegal to kill a cow in Nepal, where Hindus honor cattle.

But Shichung knew that her husband was sought by the attackers because he had spread the gospel. The police arrested Chhedar and put him in prison, where he could remain for 12 years. The family would like to be together again. But Shichung says she has no anger in her heart toward her husband’s enemies, and that she is not afraid.

This year, Shichung’s children and other children in Nepal will receive The Voice of the Martyrs’ Christmas Care Packs to encourage them. The packs include an illustrated Bible, a backpack, school supplies, a sweater, and socks.

For more information about The Voice of the Martyrs’ Christmas projects, see VOM’s November newsletter, or go to www.vombooks.com/christmascare2013.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Feature Story

Nigerian Children Create Paintings

Nigeria
The children with their paintings

The Stephen Center is a children’s home and school in Nigeria. The center, supported by The Voice of the Martyrs, is a safe place for children whose families have been persecuted during attacks by radical Muslims. The children live at the center during the school year and return home during school vacations.

More than 300 children live at the center. They have lost one or both of their parents in Muslim attacks. Their families are thankful that the Stephen Center provides a home and an education for them.

The children drew pictures in an art class that showed what happened during the attacks. The teachers hoped the pictures would help the children deal with their sadness about the events.

Then the children were asked if they would like to paint the same pictures on large canvasses. Nearly all the children eagerly volunteered to take part. They understood that the large paintings would be sent to the U.S. as a reminder for American Christians to pray for the families of the persecuted in Nigeria.

The Voice of the Martyrs will display the paintings at regional conferences and at The Voice of the Martyrs museum in Oklahoma.

Go to www.vommeetings.com to find out about regional VOM conferences in your area.
Check the December 2013 VOM newsletter for prayer cards made from the children’s paintings.

This post is part of a series. Check for more #ncpaint posts soon.


Spotlight Story

Helping Christians in Nepal at Christmas

Village Outreach Pack

Pastor Abheek was sweeping the gray cement floor at his church in Nepal one afternoon when he heard a large crowd approaching.

He looked through the metal bars covering a church window and saw about 60 villagers coming toward the church. The villagers held shovels, sickles, and axes. “Lord, they are coming to destroy your building,” prayed the pastor. “I put this in your hands.”

Pastor Abheek quickly escaped out the back of the church before the villagers began to pull off sections of the roof and smash through the walls. In just over an hour, the mob had reduced the church to rubble.

The pastor later learned that the mob was angry about seven villagers who had become Christians. Others in the village feared that all 1,000 people in the village might decide to follow Christ.

The Christians in Pastor Abheek’s church are now meeting in a tent, more faithful to Christ than ever before.

This year, Pastor Abheek and other pastors and evangelists in Nepal will receive The Voice of the Martyrs’ Village Outreach Packs to help them share the gospel. The packs contain a Bible dictionary, walking shoes, a coat, and MP3 player, and a blanket. With the items in the pack, pastors can reach out to more people in Nepali villages that are hard to reach because of rough roads.

For more information about The Voice of the Martyrs’ Christmas projects, see VOM’s November newsletter, or go to www.vombooks.com/christmascare2013.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


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