Published on November 14th, 2019
(Source: VOM Australia)
A group of 10 thieves in Iran earned a living by taking things that didn’t belong to them. They had worked together for three years, so they were probably pretty good at their sinful activities.
One day, the thieves saw a woman carrying a big bag. Hoping the bag was full of money, they stole it and ran away.
The woman whose bag was stolen was so disappointed. Her bag had no money in it; instead, it was full of Bibles. The Muslim government of Iran makes it very difficult for people to get Bibles and other Christian books. By law, Bibles can’t be printed in the country or imported into the country. But the woman had managed to get 10 Bibles for her Bible study group. Now they were gone.
Better Than Money
Later, someone called the woman and said they had found her bag. “Come and get it,” the mystery caller said.
She really wanted the Bibles, but she was scared. “What if they turn me in to the police?” she thought. So she asked her pastor for advice. He told her he felt peace about her going to get the Bibles.
When she met the people who had her bag, they turned out to be the thieves! After they realized the bag had no money in it, they decided to read the Bibles and wanted to learn more about Jesus.
She answered their questions, and they trusted in Jesus as their Savior. Then they started their own Bible study and promised to pay back all that they had stolen from others. Praise God for our new brothers in Christ in Iran!
To Talk About
*The woman was sad that her Bibles were stolen, but happy that the thieves came to Christ. Can you think of a situation where something “bad” turned out to be good? (See Genesis 50:20.)
*If someone asked you to tell them about Jesus, would you be prepared to give an answer? (See 1 Peter 3:15.)