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Typewriters and Prisoner Alert


Almost 150 years ago on June 23, 1868, an inventor, Christopher Sholes, received a U.S. patent for his manual typewriter. A typewriter is a machine that prints symbols on paper as the typist types them. A manual typewriter is one that does not need electricity to operate.

Things you can do with a manual typewriter that you can’t do with a computer:

  • You will never get a virus on your machine.
  • You can print as you type.
  • You will never need wifi, electricity, or a mouse to operate.
  • You can make an exclamation point by typing an apostrophe, back spacing, then typing a period below the apostrophe.

Things you can do with a computer that you can’t do with a typewriter:

  • William Carey (born 1761; died 1834) was a missionary to India. He spent years translating scriptures into other languages. The work was very difficult. In 1812, a fire destroyed the building where his work was stored. “In one night the labors of years are consumed,” he wrote. Bible translators today can store their work on computers in various locations. A fire would not destroy all their work.
  • You can connect to websites. And on the website, you can translate a Christian phrase into another language to send a message to a Christian who is prison for their Christian activities. You can write a letter to any of the prisoners on the site using the simple online writing process.

Father’s Day Update

Father's Day

Last year, a post on this site encouraged prayer for Phurbu, Lakpa, Sumjung, Christian children in Nepal. Their father, Chhedar Bhote, is in prison. He was arrested for eating beef and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

You can read more about Pastor Chhedar and his situation on The site also explains how you can write an encouraging letter to the pastor.

On Father’s Day again this year, please continue to pray for children who are separated from their fathers because they family follows Jesus.

Kids of Courage Trust God


VOM’s Kids of Courage VBS curriculum includes true stories of children from 5 countries: Egypt, China, North Korea, India, and Nigeria.

Kids learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared (by learning about how Christians in other countries and in the Bible faced difficulties), Forgive Others, Witness Boldly, and Remember Persecuted Christians. They learn that they, too, can be Kids of Courage.

Read below what the curriculum says about trusting God.

If you trust someone, you know what they say is true. How can we find out what God says? We can read the Bible! In the Bible, God says that those who follow his Son Jesus will have trouble sometimes. But he promises to always be with us, in good times and bad. Kids of Courage believe what God says in the Bible and trust him to be there when they need him and when others need him.

Kids of Courage trust God even when they don’t always understand why God allows certain things to happen in their lives or in the lives of others. The Bible says, “Lean not on your own understanding,” which means we can’t always trust our own understanding of situations, though we can trust God.

To Think About: If we are sick, hurt, or having problems, does that mean we can’t trust God to help us? If everything is going right, does that mean we don’t need to trust God because we can handle things ourselves?

(The official VBS website has more information, samples of the curriculum, and feedback from VBS directors.)

Action Pack Blessing

Sudanese children

A previous post told the story of a woman in Sudan who received an Action Pack sponsored by readers of this website and The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.

The testimony below is from another Sudanese Christian who was blessed by one of the Action Packs.

“I am a Christian woman, age 31. I am a single mother with three daughters, and I take care of four of my brother’s children. He died during attacks on our village in 2011.

“I am partly paralyzed and deaf. I cannot hear well unless the person talking is near me. But I still go to church because I believe in God.

“The reason I am in a refugee camp now is because the daily bombings in our area were causing hunger, sickness, and fear. I decided to leave and seek refuge.

“We found a person with a car who helped us get to the camp. As new refugees, we faced a lot of challenges. We had no home to stay in. We were given food, plastic sheeting, and land by the authorities in the camp. We made a small shelter where I settled with my kids.

“I am glad because I received an Action Pack from the church. It had sandals, towels, bed sheets, notebooks, pens, and clothes. When I saw all the things, I cried — not because I was annoyed, but because I did not know that there are people praying and remembering us. I thought we were rejected by the whole world.

“In the pack were things that my children are now using to cover themselves from the cold. They are using the notebooks and pens in school.

“I don’t know how to express my happiness to the people in the U.S. for the gift that has changed the life of my family in many ways.

“I pray for our friends in the U.S. and the entire world that God may be with you, bless you, and guide you with whatever you do. Also remember us and pray for peace so that we can go back to our homes.”

Visit the post Sudan Action Packs, Part 2 to watch a video about two children who received an Action Pack.

(Some of the quotes and stories on this website have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

“I Never Heard Anything Like This”

South Sudan
This family, along with thousands of others, lives among the rocks of the Nuba Mountains to escape daily bombings by the military.

After years of fighting in Sudan, the southern part of the country became a new nation in 2011. The new country was called South Sudan, and it was independent from Sudan.

But the fighting has not stopped.

Christians are driven from their homes in the Nuba Mountain region. They flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many families walk for days to reach refugee camps in South Sudan.

Readers of the website and The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter have sponsored Action Packs to help the Christians. VOM received a message from one of the women who received a pack. You can read her message below.

“I am 27 years old, a widow with five children: three boys and two girls. The oldest is 10 years old, and the youngest is 18 months old. I am a Christian believer.

“When bombing started in our area, I had a newborn baby who was 7 days old. I was sitting in our house with my kids and my mother. I came out of the house. I wanted to run and hide, but I was shot in my leg and fell down.

“After the bombing stopped, I was taken to the hospital where I spent more than two months. I lost my leg because it was badly injured.

“When I went home, I found my mother and children suffering from hunger and daily bombings. They could not do farming like we used to do when there was peace. We decided to go to a refugee camp.

“[My family found help at the camp]. Then a Christian gave us a home in the camp. But life became difficult to me. I was not the same as when I had two legs. I couldn’t walk to my neighbor’s or do any activities like other people.

“With all that has happened, I still trust God. Last month I was sitting in my house, and someone brought me an Action Pack from the church. He said, “It is a gift from our Christian brothers and sisters in the U.S. who are praying for us.

“This really touched my heart. I never heard anything like this in my life. In the pack I found shoes, clothes for the kids, towels, soap, a bed sheet, and many other items. I used the towels and the sheet to cover my children because they had nothing. I gave one slipper to my mother and the other one to myself. Although I have one leg, I am using it.

“I thank God for the gift that He provided us through VOM. I pray that God be with you and provide to you more abundantly as you continue the good work of supporting the needy in the camp.”