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Banished for Listening to a Radio

North Korea
North Koreans praying

The North Korean government makes it difficult for people in their country to learn about Jesus. The rulers want citizens to trust in government leaders, not in God.

Christians use creative ways to reach North Koreans with the gospel. The Voice of the Martyrs sponsors projects to float balloons carrying Scriptures into North Korea from outside the country.

Believers outside of North Korea also broadcast radio programs into the country. “We pray that North Korean citizens who listen to the radio can realize the love of Jesus and accept Jesus as their true leader,” said one of the Christians.

But the North Korean government does not want anyone to hear news from outside the country or to listen to Christian programs. A North Korean woman who left the country told the following story about her neighbor in North Korea.

The neighbor’s father was the principal of an elementary school. During a visit to China, the father listened to a radio. After the father returned to North Korea, he was kicked out of his hometown and banished to a rural area as punishment. He was charged with “listening to a forbidden radio program.”

Christians who are trying to share the truth with North Koreans understand the problems and challenges. But they continue to do their best to obey the biblical commandment to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).

(For more information, download Bold Believers in North Korea from the Downloads section.)


Feature Story

Philippines: “God Has Called Us Here”

Philippines
Christians in the Philippines make tents out of whatever is available

Parents and Teachers: The March 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features bold Christians in the Philippines, Syria, and China. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Attack
Ruth and Armando are Christians in Mindanao, an area of the Philippines where many people are Muslims. They moved to Mindanao to start a church. Ruth and Armando have three daughters.

One night, the family heard bombing and fighting near their house. They got out of bed and ran behind the house, looking for a place to hide.

A small wooden bridge crossed a dirty canal near their house. Ruth, Armando, and the girls hid under the bridge. Snakes lived in the canal water. But the family chose the danger of the snakes over the risk of attack by the Muslim rebels who had come to the village.

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Spotlight Story

Current Events in Crimea

Ukraine
Crimean Tatar children’s Bible

Crimea, a part of the country of Ukraine, has been in the news recently. Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled the country after protesters and opponents demanded that he be removed from office. Then Russian soldiers moved into Crimea.

Ukraine and Russia used to be part of the Soviet Union until the Soviet Union broke up into smaller countries in the early 1990s. Many Ukrainians speak Russian.

But thousands of Crimean Tatars, who are mostly Muslims, also live in Crimea. The Voice of the Martyrs is printing a children’s Bible in the Crimean Tatar language. The printing is expected to be complete in April.

“Please be in prayer that the book can be safely shipped into the Crimea given the current political turmoil there,” said a VOM contact in the region. ” And of course, pray … that many little hearts will be changed through this book.”


Spotlight Story

Li Min and Her Dad

Vietnam
Children in Vietnam

The following story comes from The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. You can see their children’s site at http://stefweb.nl. The story is translated and edited from the original source.

This post is part of the #liminfamily series of posts of Li Min’s Vietnamese family.

Eleven-year-old Li Min lives in Vietnam with her Christian parents and younger sister. It’s not easy to be a Christian in their country. Li Min and her sister, Hanh, have been through a lot. But happily, they have a cheerful dad.

This is Li Min’s story as she tells it.

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Spotlight Story

Time Zones, China, and Uygurs

Uygur children
Uygur children

At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it is 8 p.m. in China. This week, people in the U.S. will set their clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time. So at 7 a.m. U.S. Central Time, it will be 8 p.m. in China. China does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

China covers enough territory to have many time zones. But the government wants everyone to officially use Beijing time. In Kashgar, a city in western China, the sun can rise after 10 a.m. in the winter, according to Beijing time. Sunset can be after 10 p.m. in the summer.

Uygurs are a people group in northwest China. They have different ancestors than the Han Chinese people who are the main people group in China. Most Uygurs are Muslims, and most Han Chinese are not.

Sometimes Uygurs and Han Chinese people do not get along. Some Uygurs even use their own time system instead of following Beijing time.

But more Uygurs and Han Chinese are becoming brothers and sisters in Christ. However, government officials in China are often suspicious of Muslims or Christians who take their faith seriously. Sometimes workers have to hide their faith if they want to keep their jobs.

Read about a Uygur who is in prison here and read updates at www.prisoneralert.com.

Learn more about Chinese Christians and Uygur Christians in Bold Believers in China and Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs in the Downloads section.


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