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Update: Prayers for Turkish Children Answered

Turkish girl

A post on this site last year told about Turkish children at a school where most of the students were Muslims. The Muslim students and teachers mocked the children and their beliefs.

The family enrolled the children in a different school, but the problems continued. The children’s father had three prayer requests:

*Pray that our children will show the love of Jesus in a place where He is not known.
*Pray that we will teach our children to be lights in the darkness.
*Pray that we will be good examples for our children.

Update
The Voice of the Martyrs recently heard from the family again. Some children at the school had been misbehaving, but the children from the Christian family continued to be “lights in the darkness.”

Others noticed their behavior and complimented the parents for teaching their children well. The parents were “good examples” for their children.

Some Muslims began to ask the family questions about the Bible and Christianity. The family is now sharing “the love of Jesus in a place where He is not known.”

Thank you to the readers who prayed for the Turkish Christian family.


Children’s Game from Laos

Most of the people in Laos are Buddhists. Many others are spirit worshipers. Learn more about Buddhist beliefs here.  Learn more about spirit worshipers here.

People who follow Jesus are persecuted in some parts of Laos. Youth leaders try to prepare Christian children to be strong in their faith, even in hard times.

“They play games to teach spiritual truths,” said a VOM worker in Laos. “In one game, one person is blindfolded. [Can you find the blindfolded person in the photo?] As music is played, the blindfolded person walks around a circle of children, touching each person as they walk. They keep walking as long as the music is played.

“When the music stops, the last person who was touched by the blindfolded child has to do something in the center of the circle.”

[An adult leader may suggest what the child may do — perhaps sing a verse of a Christian song, recite a Bible verse, tell a Bible story, or share a way that God has helped them.]

The VOM worker continued, “The teaching point is that we don’t always get to choose when we are called by God to do something. Sometimes it may be something we want to do, but sometimes it may be something we don’t want to do. But we always need to follow Him.”

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Comments edited for length and clarity.)

Learn more about bold Christians in Laos in the books Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia and Bold Believers of the Hmong People in the Downloads section.

 


Standing Strong in Laos

“Samuel” lives in Laos with his parents. You can see him in the photo holding his parents’ hands. (Their eyes are covered to protect their identity from people who might want to harm them.) Samuel is standing on a piece of his house.

Samuel’s parents are Christians. They live in a village where most of the people are animist, or spirit worshipers. (Learn more about animism here.) Just a few of the villagers are Christians. There used to be more Christians. But after animist villagers began persecuting the Christians, some Christians left their faith.

Local officials tore down Samuel’s house, hoping his family would leave the village and move somewhere else. But Samuel’s family stayed. They gathered pieces of their torn-down house and built a small hut to live in. Christians from nearby villages came to help, encourage, and support them. Now the officials are saying that Samuel’s family can stay in the village and rebuild their home.

Please pray for Samuel’s family, their persecutors, and for the villagers who stopped being Christians after they were persecuted.

(Source: I Commit to Pray)

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

To Talk About
*What are some of the other ways Samuel’s family could have reacted after officials tore down their house?
*Why do you think the officials changed their minds about Samuel’s family?


Nigeria: Christian Girl Still Captive

Leah (Source: World Watch Monitor)

Leah Sharibu is still in captivity almost four months after Boko Haram kidnapped her and 109 other school girls from their school in Nigeria. (Boko Haram is a Muslim terrorist group.) Most of the girls were allowed to go home after about four weeks. But five had died, and Leah is still being held.

She is believed to be the only Christian among those who were kidnapped. One of the girls who was released said that Leah has not been freed because she refuses to deny Jesus.

Pray that Leah will remain strong in her faith and will stay close to Jesus during her captivity. Also pray that she will be released soon, and that God will strengthen her family members who are waiting for her to come home. Pray that the kidnappers will be inspired by Leah’s faith and will seek to know the God she serves.

(Source: icommittopray.com)


Father’s Day: Baby’s Dad in Prison

Abraham

On Father’s Day, please pray for children who are separated from their fathers because their family follows Jesus.

In January of this year, a baby boy was born into a Christian family in Indonesia. But his dad, Abraham, was not able to welcome his son home. Abraham was in prison for sharing information about Jesus with Muslims. Indonesia has more Muslims than any other country in the world.

Learn more about Abraham at VOM’s prisoneralert.com website.

The site also tells how to write encouraging letters to imprisoned Christians.

Pray for Abraham and his family. Ask God to comfort them when they are separated. Pray that Abraham’s son will become bold in his faith like his dad.

(Source: The June 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)


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