Published on October 9th, 2014
Read the previous story about “Peace at School.” The following story from a VOM contact tells more about Peace, a Christian boy who lives in Laos in an area where most people are Buddhists.
When Peace was 5 years old, his parents went on a trip. Peace stayed with his Buddhist grandmother.
Peace’s grandmother took him to a Buddhist temple filled with worshipers. Peace spoke out loudly to his grandmother. “Why do you bow down to this statue? He is not God. Jesus is God!” Peace’s grandmother quickly took him out of the temple.
Every year the Buddhists clean and wash the temple and the idols. On another visit to the temple, Peace asked the Buddhists, “Why do you have to do all these things? See, [the idol] cannot even wash himself. He has eyes but he can’t see, he has legs but he can’t walk, and ears but he can’t listen. He can’t even help himself or take care of himself, so why do you ask him to help you?”
- Read Psalm 115:4–7. How are the verses similar to what Peace said?
- In what ways did Peace show courage at school and in the temple?
Published on October 8th, 2014
The Voice of the Martyrs contacts recently met a Christian in Laos who boldly shares his faith in an area where most people are Buddhists. He has proclaimed the truth about Jesus in Buddhist temples, and has prayed with others as they gave their lives to Jesus. He continues to study the Bible with two new believers who became Christians.
And he is in the first grade.
Published on October 7th, 2014
The Voice of the Martyrs’ helpers recently distributed Bibles among a group of refugees in Nepal. The refugees are from Bhutan. (Bhutan and Nepal are northeast of India. Check a map of Asia to see how close Bhutan is to Nepal.)
This photo shows the outside of a church where the Bibles were distributed. As you can see, the people leave their shoes outside the church when they enter.
Inside the church, the Christians were thankful for VOM supporters who made it possible for them to receive Bibles. “We could see the hunger of the believers to receive the word of God,” said the VOM contact. “One of them said, ‘We never thought there were people who love us.’ They are people who have not been loved because they have nothing.”
Published on October 6th, 2014
Millions of people will observe two events in October this year. Hindus will celebrate Diwali during the third full week of October, and Muslims will gather in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj in early October.
During Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” people enjoy feasts, gift-giving, and fireworks. They tell legends about Hindu gods and goddesses.
Read more about Diwali in the post “Diwali 2013.”
Once every year Muslims from all over the world travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj. Muslims are expected to attend the Hajj at least once in their lifetime if they are able.
Read more about the Hajj in the post “Hajj 2012.”
Christians around the world pray for Hindus and Muslims during Diwali and the Hajj.
A VOM worker who recently visited the largest Hindu temple in a Hindu country said, “This was a reminder of what life is like without Jesus….It was devoid of hope.” (“Devoid” means “completely without.”)
The Festival of Lights is a fun celebration for children and families, but Hindus need the hope for the future that comes from trusting “the light of the world.” (See John 8:12.)
Muslims hope to earn their way to heaven by doing good deeds, including going to the Hajj. Christians do good works to please God, but we do not believe good works can save us. Our hope is in Jesus. (See Ephesians 2:8–9.)
Pray for lasting hope for Muslims and Hindus.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Now we hope for the blessings God has for his children. These blessings, which cannot be destroyed or be spoiled or lose their beauty, are kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3–4, NCV).