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Emmanuel

Nigeria
Emmanuel

“Five-year-old Emmanuel went to sleep on April 26, 2014, with expectations of joining his friends to play football the following morning when he found himself in a terrible situation,” said a VOM-Nigeria worker. [Soccer is called football in Nigeria.]

Emmanuel did not know it, but radical Muslims had come to attack his village. Emmanuel’s mother knew. She woke Emmanuel up to prepare him in case the family had to flee.

Emmanuel thought his mother woke him so he could go to the bathroom outside the room where he slept. On his way back from the bathroom, one of the attackers found him and cut his shoulder with a big knife.

In the fleeing and confusion that followed, no one could find Emmanuel. He lay alone until the next morning. He has received treatment for his wounds and is healing.

Please ask God to grant peace and healing to survivors of the attacks in Nigeria.


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India Current Events

India
Sanskrit

  • August 15th is a national holiday in India. Their Independence Day honors India’s independence from Britain in 1947. Citizens hold parades and celebrations throughout the country.
  • Recently voters in India elected Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of the country. Modi has had connections to groups that strongly oppose Hindus who leave their religion to become Christians. Some Indian Christians are concerned that persecution might increase while Modi is in charge.
  • Some Hindus hope that Modi will be in favor of promoting the use of Sanskrit, an ancient language used in some Hindu religious ceremonies. (See the sample above of Sanskrit in the Devanagari alphabet.)
  • It is not always safe to speak out about leaders in India. Four college students were arrested after they put a picture of Modi in a photo collection they called “Negative Faces” in their student newspaper.
  • Indian Christians are trusting God to help them through the coming days. “God is in control,” one Christian told a VOM worker. He knows that persecution might come, but he also said, “Persecution will bring unity to our churches.”

Source: August 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter

Photo credit: Shivz Photography / Wikipedia / Flickr


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Five Facts About Comoros

Comoros
The president of Comoros

Comoros is an island nation located off the east coast of Africa. Read five facts about the country below.

  1. About 98 percent of the people are Muslims. Almost all the children between the ages of 4 and 7 attend private schools to learn to read and recite the Quran. The Quran is the Muslim holy book. Source: The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report
  2. “Turtle Day” was observed in Comoros on May 28, 2014. Green turtles lay 100 to 200 eggs at a time on beaches in Comoros and cover them with sand. The babies hatch in about two months, then race to the ocean. Adult green turtles weigh up to 700 pounds.
  3. The main language of Comoros is Comorian. Many citizens also speak French.
  4. Encouraging Muslims to become Christians is against the law.
  5. Ikililou Dhoinine is the president of Comoros. He was born on August 14, 1962. On his birthday, pray he will rule his country fairly.

Photo credit: ITU—International Telecommunication Union / Wikipedia


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Anna’s Testimony

China
Mother and child in China

This story comes from a testimony sent to The Voice of the Martyrs by a student in China.

Bullied
Anna’s family had serious problems. Her mother was sick, and her father was disabled after an accident at work. The family was very poor.

Anna’s grandmother fell and broke both legs. The family had to sell many of their possessions to pay for operations. Then Grandmother died in an earthquake. Anna was sad and miserable.

Anna did not like to study for school, and because of her family’s problems, she had few friends. Her classmates began to bully her and even to hit her.

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Beorn’s Bible Project

Children
Happy Indonesian children with new Bibles

Beorn lives in Indiana where he attends the New Castle First Baptist Church. Beorn loves Jesus! Last December, at the age of 7, he was baptized. At his baptism, he said, “I want to give myself as a gift to Jesus for Christmas.”

Beorn volunteers at Special Olympics and enjoys helping special needs children. He is active in gymnastics, and he especially likes to play with Legos. He saved money for a long time to buy a Star Wars Lego toy.

Every night before bed, Beorn and his family have a worship time. They read from the Bible and pray, and Beorn works on Bible memory verses for his church’s AWANA program. Beorn understands the importance of studying and learning God’s Word.

April 2014
Christians in some places around the world also understand the importance of learning God’s Word, but they don’t have Bibles to study. Beorn and his family learned about these Christians from the April 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter Special Bible Issue. VOM offered the opportunity for readers to purchase Bibles for persecuted Christians who had requested Bibles.

Beorn’s parents asked if he wanted to help VOM provide Bibles for Christians who don’t have them. They told him they would double the amount he gave. After thinking and praying, Beorn offered enough money from his Lego fund to pay for five Bibles. His parents doubled his offering and sent money for 15 Bibles to VOM.
Total: 15 Bibles

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