The Ice Cream Man
Daniel, age 13, lived with his brother, sister, mom, and dad in Karnataka, a state in India. His dad, Pushparaj, was an ice cream man. He sold ice cream from a small ice cream cart.
When Pushparaj sold ice cream to his customers, he also gave them a Christian pamphlet. The pamphlet explained how Jesus saves people from sin.
Because of his Christian witness, radical Hindus beat him up several times. “Jesus was beaten, too,” said Pushparaj. “My beatings were just little ones.”
Daniel and his family were kicked out of their home and rejected by neighbors. But they gained new friends among those who decided to become Christians
Source: Kids of Courage archives
Pastor Gowda, a VOM worker, distributes Bibles in Karnataka, where Daniel and his family live. Last year he supervised the delivery of 10,000 Bibles in a region of Karnataka where Christians are persecuted by radical Hindus.
Who received the Bibles? Here is a list of some of the kinds of people who received them.
- Some Christians had never owned a Bible and were too poor to buy one.
- Twelve families were sharing one Bible. Each family got a new Bible.
- Radical Hindus destroyed many Bibles. The Bibles were replaced.
- Some who received Bibles had been fasting and praying for a Bible for two or three years.
Before the Bibles were delivered, workers prayed for each Bible and for the pastors who would help distribute them. They asked God to use His word to bring light to the hearts of those who persecute Christians.
Source: July 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter