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Encourage Others to Pray

Do you encourage others to pray for persecuted Christians?

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Vani in Jail

India
Vani and her daughter pray together after her recent release from prison.

Vani is a 30-year-old widow in India. She has a 7-year-old daughter. Most people in India are Hindus, but Vani and her daughter are Christians.

In early February, Vani talked about Jesus with a teenaged girl in her town. The girl’s parents were angry, and they reported Vani to the police, falsely claiming Vani had kidnapped their daughter and forced her to become a Christian.

Because of the parents’ false report, Vani spent 15 days in jail. Vani shared the gospel with more than 70 women in jail with her, 14 of whom then began to trust in Jesus as their Savior. The jailer saw a difference in the new Christians and encouraged Vani to continue praying for and sharing the gospel with the other women.

“It sounds like she did more damage to the kingdom of darkness while in prison than she did while free,” said a VOM worker.

Vani has since been released, but she is still interested in prison ministry.


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Youth in North Korea

North Korea
A North Korean youth looks at a map of North and South Korea

The North Korean government is very rough to any citizen who is discovered to be a Christian. Some Christians in North Korea leave the country to places like China or South Korea. VOM contacts talked with Christian youth who escape from North Korea and are now living in South Korea:

Question: Do you have family still in North Korea?

Answer: I have a big brother, but I don’t get to see him anymore. He still lives inside North Korea. People in North Korea and South Korea can’t talk to each other because the countries are separated. If I tried to contact him, the North Korea government would likely put him in prison as a punishment for my “crime” of leaving North Korea.

Question: What is it like to live as a Christian child in North Korea?

Answer:I have a memory from my time as a child in North Korea. I remember praying desperately to the Lord. As I look back in this, I was very happy. My happiness was not because God gave me what I asked for. It was because I knew I could pray to the Lord and He would listen.

I always had a little bit of fear as a Christian. I also felt satisfaction and joy, which are very rare in North Korea. But I knew something that others didn’t know. I knew that God existed, and that He was present right where I was.

I had always thought that being a Christian meant I could be happy, live well, and help other people. But then I realized that I would suffer if I followed Jesus.

If the North Korean government discovers you are a Christian, they will punish you and your family. I think that [Christian children in freer countries] must be very happy because they know God and can go to church freely with their parents. In North Korea we were not able to go to church with our family. Christian families have to worship secretly.

Question: What do people in North Korea eat?

Answer: When I lived in North Korea, many people were starving. The government did not give out food to the people.

There are many dogs in North Korea because people have to protect their homes from thieves. Starving people steal from anyone’s house. There are many orphans who steal things, too.

Question: What games do kids in North Korea like to play?

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Father’s Day Update

Father's Day

Last year, a post on this site encouraged prayer for Phurbu, Lakpa, Sumjung, Christian children in Nepal. Their father, Chhedar Bhote, is in prison. He was arrested for eating beef and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

You can read more about Pastor Chhedar and his situation on PrisonerAlert.com. The site also explains how you can write an encouraging letter to the pastor.

On Father’s Day again this year, please continue to pray for children who are separated from their fathers because they family follows Jesus.


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Quan’s Dad

Vietnam
Boys in Vietnam

Quan was just 2 years old when some people came to his house in Vietnam to visit his father. Quan’s father was an evangelist, and he shared the gospel with the visitors. Some of the visitors decided to trust in Jesus as their Savior!

But the police were not happy about the new believers. Police in some parts of Vietnam try to stop people from becoming Christians.

The police decided to give one of the new Christians a hard time. He had only been a Christian for a short time, and already he was in danger of going to prison. After offering to go to prison in place of the new believer, Quan’s father was sentenced to six years in prison.

The police also arrested Quan’s mother and took her to the police station. Quan’s grandfather took care of him, but Quan cried because his mother was gone. Village policemen called the police station where the police were questioning Quan’s mother. The police made her listen to Quan’s cries over the phone. They hoped she would reveal the names of other Christians so she could return home to Quan.

After six years, Quan’s father was released, but only for five months. Then he was arrested again and sentenced to nine more years in prison. He is still in prison.

Quan doesn’t really know his father because he’s never been around him that much. “Trust in the Lord,” his mother says. “One day your father will be released and we will be united. Don’t be sad, and accept what the Lord has for us.”

On Father’s Day again this year, please continue to pray for children who are separated from their fathers because they family follows Jesus.


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