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Imran Ghafur: Still in Prison

Ten years ago tomorrow, on January 11, 2010, Imran Ghafur Masih was sentenced to life in prison in Pakistan.

From Prisoneralert.com
VOM encourages you to send a letter to Imran, letting him know you are praying for him. Also pray for his persecutors. Tell your friends about Christians suffering in Pakistan, and encourage them to pray for Imran and to write to him as well. Your letters make a difference; they can result in shorter prison sentences for those accused. Please write to Imran and encourage our Pakistani brother.

To Do
Go to prisoneralert.com to read more about Imran, and follow the instructions to send him a note of encouragement.


Preparing for the New Year

One Hundred Ways Poster

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2020? Have you included remembering persecuted Christians in your New Year’s plans?

Go to the Downloads section of this site and download the “One Hundred Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted Church” poster in the “Other” category. Share ideas from the poster with others in your family, church, or class. Make plans to carry out the tasks, and ask others to help you with your plans.


Thank You Note Day

December 26 is National Thank You Note Day. On that day, many people write thank you notes to friends and relatives who gave them Christmas presents.

Read below some suggestions for writing additional thank you notes.

  1. Go to www.PrisonerAlert.com and find out how to write a note to a Christian in prison for their faith. Thank them for encouraging other Christians to serve God no matter what the cost.
  2. Is there someone in your community who faces obstacles as they tirelessly serve God and others? Send them a note thanking them for their service.
  3. Thank someone who has helped you grow in your faith and in your desire to be a strong witness for Jesus.

Be Bold and Wise

Brother Jeff, a recent guest on VOM Radio, is a Christian worker in Muslim countries. He offered suggestions about sharing the gospel with people in other places — or even in your own hometown! Read some of his suggestions below.

1. Be bold [and wise] in sharing the gospel, even in hard places.

2. If you go with just blind boldness, you are not going to reach your neighbor, you are just going to offend them.

3. To find a balance between wise and bold, we really need to listen to the Holy Spirit in our lives.

4. Pray for boldness and wisdom.

5. Build friendships, but be bold in your friendships, saying, “This is who Jesus is in my life. I’d like to introduce you if you are interested.”

6. When you see a Muslim, don’t be afraid to go up and say hi. [Always ask a mature Christian adult to go with you when you talk to someone you don’t know.]

7. Muslims usually don’t mind you praying for them. When I go into a Middle Eastern restaurant where most likely the staff are Muslims, I will say, “Hey, we are about to pray for our meal. How can I pray for you?” Often they will tell you something that you can pray for. I pray with them about whatever need they are sharing.

8. Ask people, “What is your story?” [Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “More souls are won by listening to people than by speaking to them.”]

9. Keep growing in your own faith.

10. Pray that we won’t be distracted by all the many other things that are great opportunities, but are not what God has for us if we are going to be effective in reaching people.

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)


Malaysia: Pastor’s Whereabouts Still Unknown

Pastor Raymond Koh of Malaysia began taking his daily devotional time very seriously. “He was going for prayer walks early in the morning for like three hours,” said his wife, Susanna. “Also he was memorizing large chunks of the Bible, and he would tell me, ‘Oh, I just finished memorizing 1 Corinthians 15.’ I was thinking he was really a great example to follow.”

Perhaps Pastor Koh sensed that a time was coming when he would need great spiritual strength and a close walk with the Lord. That time came in February 2017 when three SUVs forced his car to the side of the road, removed him from the car, and kidnapped him. His family has not seen him or his car since that day.

The pastor’s family is having a difficult time dealing with not knowing where he is. “It’s been a terrifying journey,” said his daughter, Elisabeth. Her younger sister Esther and their brother Jonathan also miss their father. They believe he was kidnapped because he told others about his faith in Christ.

Security cameras filmed the kidnapping, which was carried out expertly in less than one minute. The Kohs later found out that the police had taken part in the kidnapping.

You Can Help
The Kohs would like Christians around the world to help them find out where Pastor Koh is. “Pray, pray, and pray for Raymond’s release as soon as possible,” Susanna said. “Secondly… be a voice [for Raymond] and speak out.” Click here to see how you can send a letter of encouragement to the Kohs, and a letter or email to the Malaysian embassy. Please read the suggestions about writing to government officials here.

(Sources include vomradio.net)

Photo: The Koh family before Pastor Koh disappeared. Photo credit:FB/Everybody Loves Raymond Koh