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Suffering Is “Worth It”

Central Asia
Jamil and his family

Jamil grew up in a Muslim family in Central Asia. But after Christians shared their faith with him, he gave his life to Jesus! He was happy that he had found the truth, and he began telling Muslims the good news about Jesus’ gift of salvation.

Many Muslims came to Christ. Others were angry that their fellow Muslims were leaving their religion to follow Jesus.

Angry Muslims began coming to the house where Jamil lived with his wife and 6-year-old son. Every time they came, they beat Jamil up. Jamil shared Bible verses with them, and he didn’t fight back.

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“I Know that I Am His Child”

Central Asia
Sumayah sewed to help her family

Parents and Teachers: The September 2014 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features information about bold Christians who serve God in Central Asia. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Sumayah lives in a country in Central Asia where most people are Muslims. She and her husband were also Muslims, and they were not getting along well. They divorced when Sumayah was pregnant with their second child.

Sumayah moved in with her parents. Then she heard the good news of Jesus and trusted in Him as her Savior! But her Muslim parents were angry. “[Let’s] send her away and see how her God feeds her,” they said.

God did take care of her. Sumayah supported herself and her two children by sewing for people.

The Good News Spreads
Sumayah shared her new faith with her ex-husband and he also came to Christ! They got back together and remarried. Their children are now 4 and 2.

But Sumayah’s parents told her, “It’s bad enough that you have become a Christian, but now you are trying to drag others into it!” Now her parents will not even speak to her.

Sumayah is encouraged by John 15:20 in which Jesus says to His followers, “If they persecute Me, they will persecute you.” Sumayah said, “I came to have joy from this because the persecution showed me that I belong to Christ. Now I know that I am His child!”

(Source: The September 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.)

To Talk About
How can Sumayah be joyful even though she has been persecuted by her family?

“In the Beginning”

North Korea

One day Sung-Mi, a 12-year-old girl in North Korea, discovered something scary. It was a book secretly hidden deep in a drawer at her house.

She opened the book to the beginning. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters,” she read.

Sung-Mi was very upset. She had learned at school that there was no God in heaven. People who believed in such a God were often taken away by the police and never heard from again.

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Anna’s Testimony

Mother and child in China

This story comes from a testimony sent to The Voice of the Martyrs by a student in China.

Anna’s family had serious problems. Her mother was sick, and her father was disabled after an accident at work. The family was very poor.

Anna’s grandmother fell and broke both legs. The family had to sell many of their possessions to pay for operations. Then Grandmother died in an earthquake. Anna was sad and miserable.

Anna did not like to study for school, and because of her family’s problems, she had few friends. Her classmates began to bully her and even to hit her.

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Beorn’s Bible Project

Happy Indonesian children with new Bibles

Beorn lives in Indiana where he attends the New Castle First Baptist Church. Beorn loves Jesus! Last December, at the age of 7, he was baptized. At his baptism, he said, “I want to give myself as a gift to Jesus for Christmas.”

Beorn volunteers at Special Olympics and enjoys helping special needs children. He is active in gymnastics, and he especially likes to play with Legos. He saved money for a long time to buy a Star Wars Lego toy.

Every night before bed, Beorn and his family have a worship time. They read from the Bible and pray, and Beorn works on Bible memory verses for his church’s AWANA program. Beorn understands the importance of studying and learning God’s Word.

April 2014
Christians in some places around the world also understand the importance of learning God’s Word, but they don’t have Bibles to study. Beorn and his family learned about these Christians from the April 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter Special Bible Issue. VOM offered the opportunity for readers to purchase Bibles for persecuted Christians who had requested Bibles.

Beorn’s parents asked if he wanted to help VOM provide Bibles for Christians who don’t have them. They told him they would double the amount he gave. After thinking and praying, Beorn offered enough money from his Lego fund to pay for five Bibles. His parents doubled his offering and sent money for 15 Bibles to VOM.
Total: 15 Bibles

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