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Julie

Julie

Learning About Jesus
Like many people in North Korea, Julie and her parents were often hungry. They moved from place to place searching for food.

Sometimes Julie’s parents traveled to China to look for ways to make money or to get food. During one of these trips, Julie’s mother learned about Jesus! And her father gave his life to Jesus a year later while he was in China. When he got back home, the family began to worship God secretly. They prayed before going to bed at night and when they got up at dawn.

Soon, Julie’s parents decided to send her to China to learn more about the Bible from Chinese Christians. While there, Julie gave her life to Christ.

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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.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

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.)


Danjuma

Danjuma

Parents and Teachers: The August 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about persecuted Christians in Nigeria. 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.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Before an attack on his village, 13-year-old Danjuma was a lot like other Nigerian boys. He enjoyed playing with his friends and going on fishing trips with fishermen from his village.

After one of the fishing trips, more than 1,000 radical Muslims came to his village at 6:00 in the morning and began burning houses and attacking Christian villagers. Danjuma ran very fast to try to escape the attackers, but they struck him several time with a machete. (A machete is a long, heavy knife.) Danjuma passed out, so he doesn’t remember much about the attack.

Other villagers thought Danjuma was dead, and they even began digging a grave for him! But Danjuma woke up and shouted to them. The villagers took him and others who were wounded to a hospital.

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Like a Butterfly: Elizabeth Update

Kenya
Elizabeth (in the green scarf) and her grandchildren

Parents and Teachers: The following story is adapted from the June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs. The issue features stories about bold believers who gave their lives for Jesus. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Please preview the stories before sharing them with children. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share age-appropriate stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

A previous post told about Elizabeth, a Christian grandmother who saved her five grandchildren from her burning home in Kenya. Radical Muslims had set her house on fire after she refused to become a Muslim.

“I have nothing left, except a Bible,” Elizabeth said. “I lost everything that I had, but I’m grateful I have life….They wanted me to change my faith from Christianity to Islam, which I couldn’t. I still feel like I can’t.”

Since the fire, Elizabeth has been praying for inner peace. She admits she’s having a hard time.

“If you have money, you rent,” Elizabeth said. “If you don’t, you sleep here today; tomorrow you sleep there. You become like a butterfly. We just wait for almighty God to remember us.”

Elizabeth prays for those who caused her so much trouble. “Islam has a different god,” she said. “The Bible says, ‘Don’t kill.’ So I feel like asking the Lord to remember [the Muslim attackers], to change them.

“When you pray, remember me. I’m asking that you pray for peace in my heart and that I won’t lose faith, but stand firm. And that I may have land and some property. I believe it is not God’s will for me to have nothing and be doing nothing.”

(Source: June 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

Look at the photo above of Elizabeth and her grandchildren. Decide what you will pray for each of the children individually and for Elizabeth.


Saving the Auca

Tiffany P., 12-year-old daughter of a VOM worker, wrote the following post about Nate Saint, a missionary to Ecuador. Part of the post tells about Tiffany’s interview with Dory P., a VOM worker who grew up in Ecuador.

Nate
Nate Saint lived for God. He gave his all to open the door for Ecuador missions. Sadly, on January 8, 1956, Auca Indians killed this great missionary. Most of us know this tragic story, but what happened afterward?

I interviewed Dory P., who lived on the same base as Nate Saint, and she shared how the death of one man affected many lost people. Nate did succeed in his mission.

Dory’s Family
Shell Oil Company built an airstrip in Ecuador hoping to find oil in the jungle. Nate looked at this as a way to reach the unreached people group known as the Auca. Funded by the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Nate built a house right next to the airstrip. Over the years, other MAF missionaries build houses and joined Nate and his family.

One of these missionary families who moved in was Dory’s grandparents and their adopted son, who later became Dory’s father. Dory’s father was 2 when Nate was murdered. For the next 16 years, he and his parents lived on the base, working with the Auca people.

Dory’s father later lived in the United States, where he and his wife were called to be missionaries. When they contacted MAF, they were informed that missionaries were needed in Ecuador. Dory’s father was overjoyed, since he had once lived in Ecuador.

After prayer, they accepted the job. Dory lived in Nate’s house for two years of her early life. For the rest of her childhood, she lived twenty feet away in a neighboring house. During her childhood, Dory saw how the impact of Nate Saint’s life had melted the hearts of the Auca, or as Dory says, “the Waodani.”

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