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India: Laxmi Learns to Share her Faith

Laxmi and Sukdev

Something was different in Laxmi’s house. Her father, Sukdev, heard about Jesus and decided to trust Him as his Lord and Savior.

Few Christians lived in their part of India. Sukdev wanted to tell all his neighbors how Jesus can save people from sin.

But Sukdev didn’t know how to read. He did not need to read to do his job as a farm worker.

Laxmi was 12 years old, and she had learned to read at school. So Sukdev took Laxmi with him and they went from house to house in their village. When their neighbors answered the door, Laxmi read to them from a Bible, and Sukdev shared the gospel message that had saved him. Many people believed and were baptized! Several new churches started in homes around them.

Now Sukdev has an audio Bible provided by The Voice of the Martyrs. He can visit homes by himself to spread the Good News of Jesus.

But Laxmi does not stay home while her father talks to people. Something had happened in her heart as she helped her father. She, too, grew in faith and began sharing the gospel with her friends. She even gave a Bible to her teacher, who was not a Christian! Laxmi is becoming a strong church youth leader.

A VOM worker who met Laxmi and Sukdev said, “Praise God for raising up future Christian leaders in a country where they are certainly needed.”


Pastor Suta: Bringing an Enemy to Christ

Suta

Parents and Teachers: The September 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold believers who have forgiven their enemies.

Some of the stories may not be suitable for children. Please preview them before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Pastor Suta knew that the Bible says, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). The pastor wanted the Hindus who lived near his village in India to know about Jesus. Pastor Suta had grown up in a Hindu family, and he understood how much Hindus need Christ.

So the pastor continued to share the love of Jesus with the Hindus, even though they threatened to hurt him. You can read the story of what happened to Pastor Suta in an earlier post.

As the story reveals, Pastor Suta brought one of his enemies to Christ! See the photo for this post of Pastor Suta (on the right) and his former enemy Raji.

(Suta’s face is covered to protect his identity. Read more about how VOM decides whose faces to cover in this post.)

All over the world, Christians offer the hope of Jesus to people who may persecute them for their faith. Jesus told His disciples that this would happen. (See John 15:20.)

Now Raji knows that he, too, may be persecuted. He believes the risk is worth it. “I am happy in the presence of the Lord,” he said.

(Source: The September 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited and adapted from the original. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)


Vani and Her Daughter: A Sad Update

India
Vani and her daughter

A previous post told the story of Vani, a Christian widow in India who went to jail after she shared the good news of Jesus with a teenage girl.

While Vani was in jail for 15 days, she told more than 70 prisoners about Jesus. Fourteen of the women trusted Christ as their Savior!

Vani was released, and she returned home to her daughter. But sadly, Vani recently died of a heart attack, leaving her 8-year-old daughter an orphan. The Voice of the Martyrs plans to help Vani’s daughter. Please pray for her during her time of sadness, and ask God to help her be strong in her faith like her mother.


India Bible Trip

India

Supporters of The Voice of the Martyrs send financial gifts to VOM to purchase Bibles for people in other countries. VOM then distributes the Bibles in places where it is often hard to find or buy a Bible.

But a lot happens between the time when VOM receives the money and someone in another country reads the Bible!

Watch the slide show to see photos of a recent VOM Bible distribution in India. The photos show how the Bibles got to the people, and they show some of the people who received the Bibles.

Read about a missionary to India here.


Amy Carmichael and Preena

Torchlighters

The following story is featured on the children’s DVD “The Torchlighters: The Amy Carmichael Story,” available at www.vombooks.com. Check the Downloads section for related study guides and coloring pages.

A Big Sacrifice
Preena was a Hindu girl who lived many years ago in India. She loved her family, but after her father died, the family was very poor.

Hindu temples honor many false gods. Hindus do not believe that faith in Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with the one true God. Preena’s mother wanted to please the Hindu gods. She thought her family would be blessed if she gave the gods a big sacrifice.

So she gave Preena to the gods.

A Sad Life
Preena was sent to live at a Hindu temple. She was not happy at the temple, and she missed her mother. Another temple girl told her that children who are dedicated to a temple god never go home. Preena tried to run away, but adults from the temple chased her. She ran to a marketplace and bumped into a kind lady. The lady wore a cross on a chain around her neck.
Preena was caught and returned to the temple. But she couldn’t forget the kind lady in the marketplace. “She was all light, like the sun,” Preena told one of the other temple girls.

Amy
The lady of light, Amy Carmichael, was a missionary from Ireland. Her Indian friends told her about the sad lives of the temple children who spent their days serving false gods. Just as Preena could not forget Amy, Amy thought often about Preena and the temple children, and she prayed for them.

Preena again escaped from the temple, and this time, Amy stood up to the temple adults. She refused to let them take Preena back to her dreary life at the temple. Preena was one of many children Amy rescued during her time in India. Amy told people around the world about the evil custom of giving children to temples. Finally, the Indian government made the custom illegal. Preena and many other children rescued by Amy followed and served Jesus for the rest of their lives.

Watch a video clip that shows Preena trying to run away from the temple.