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Freedom in a South Sudan Refugee Camp

Sudanese Woman
A Sudanese woman with her new Bible

Parents and Teachers: The April issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of Bible distribution in nations hostile to Christ. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share similar stories from this site with your children. Then pray together with your children for the people in the stories.

Onnab, her husband, and their six children were Muslims. They lived in the Nuba Mountains where the Sudanese Air Force bombs the people.

Onnab wanted to learn more about Christianity. She visited a church and talked to some Christians. But her search for the truth angered her husband. He hit her when she went to church. Then he left her and their children.

One day, when some of the children were fetching water to bring home and others were in school, a bomb fell near their house. “It burned our food and clothes and destroyed all that we had,” said Onnab. She and her children decided to move to a refugee camp.

At first they found a ride in a truck. But the truck broke down, and they were stranded for three days with little food and no water. “I prayed to God, the truck was repaired, and we continued on the trip,” Onnab said.

At the camp, “I found freedom of worship,” she said. She placed her faith in Jesus and gave her life to Him. Onnab also received a Bible in Arabic. “This Bible had great impact in my life as a new believer,” she said. “This is what I am using as my weapon to ask God on a daily basis to bring peace in the entire country of Sudan. I give thanks to the well-wishers who provided the Word of God to us ….I will continue praying for them and also I ask them to continue praying for us.”

Source: April 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. 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.


Spotlight Story

Update on Pastor from Uganda

Pastor Umar
Pastor Umar had to wear bandages on his face after his surgeries

Two previous posts (Pastor Attacked in Uganda and Family Still Separated) told about Pastor Umar from Uganda who was attacked on his way to church in 2011.

VOM recently received another update from the pastor who is still separated from his family.

“Thank you for prayers for me and the whole family. We take 2014 as a year of great victory from the Lord.

“My health is improving. It required patience as I had a skin implant and transplant. The skin was so heavy on my face and hard like a wall. Now it’s beginning to become normal. Praise God!

“Another surgery is necessary to re-open my ear that had been closed.

“We really thank VOM for prayers and support. The children had emotional challenges [after the attack on their father] that had affected their education, but they have now had great improvement.

“We continue to believe God for quick recovery and family reunion in Jesus’ name. May the good Lord continue to encourage you in His service.”

Another Update from Pastor Umar

Pastor Umar has sent the following message to The Voice of the Martyrs:

“We very much thank The Voice of the Martyrs and all those that have been praying for and supporting [us]… I have undergone pains that I had never imagined in life and even if I try to explain it, I feel that it’s so hard for me to help another person really understand it all. But in all, I am glad to see that I have managed to overcome the trauma with courage to endure suffering.

“Surgery — I am happy that it was successful, I am healing well, Doctors reconstructed the ear & saved my hearing too! My doctor’s recent report indicates that I am healed, I am healthy & free to resume my activities. I feel strong & happy!”


Readers Talk to Us Story

Kids Help at VOM

Two kids recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters in Oklahoma, and shared with us their thoughts about their experience.

Jonathan M:

“I am from New York [and] I am 12 years old. I knew about the Underground Church before I arrived at VOM. I am volunteering by stuffing and organizing envelopes and putting address stickers on packages.

“I saw the movie produced by VOM called ‘Underground Reality: Vietnam.’ The next day I met Daniel from the movie. He is now a dad to a baby girl and he’s a police officer in Oklahoma.

“I also saw Russell Stendal’s plane called “The Pink Panther.” He is an amazing man who flies over Colombia and throws out parachutes with Spanish Bibles. I hope to be brave like him.

“My trip was a blast!”

Isabelle M:

“I am 10 years old. I live in New York. I knew about The Voice of the Martyrs for five years and how they help Christians in dangerous regions throughout the world. They give Bibles secretly.

“Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a great Christian and the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. He was tortured in a communist prison in Romania for 14 years. Pastor Wurmbrand encouraged Christians to pray for their brothers and sisters who are persecuted throughout the world.”

For information about how you can serve the persecuted church, download the “100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church” poster in the Downloads section.


Spotlight Story

Christian Children Return to School

Africa

Violent Muslims have targeted Christians in attacks at many places in Africa. VOM projects help children who lost one or both parents in some of the attacks. The projects provide children with what they need to attend school.

The photo in this post shows two of the children at a school in Africa. Their faces are covered to protect them from people who still may want to harm the children or their families.

In what ways is the school in the photo like your school? In what ways is it different?



Spotlight Story

Christians’ House Burned

South Asia
What was left of the family’s house

The Voice of the Martyrs recently received a report about two little girls who lived with their parents in a small house in South Asia. One day, the family lost their house and everything in it: clothes, furniture, dishes, and all their possessions.

Radical Hindus burned down the house because they were angry at the girls’ father. (See what was left of the house in the photo included in this post.)

Read below what VOM sources said about their father.

“He visited other believers’ houses and encouraged them from the Word of God. He led many people to Christ. Other people in the village got mad at him. Three or four times they threatened to harm him and his family.

“In the beginning, he thought they would not really attack him. Then he went to a house fellowship with his wife. The Hindus set fire to his house and told him it was just a warning. ‘If you preach the gospel anymore, we may harm you and your family,’ they told him again.”

Read the following verses:

  • So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mark 10:29–30)
  • You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:34–35)

What do the verses promise to the family in South Asia?

(Some of the quotes and stories on this website have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


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