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Laos: Kay, a New Christian

A Khmu girl

Kay, a 19-year-old Khmu girl from a village in Laos, moved to the capital city of Vientiane to get a job. In Vientiane, Kay attended a Khmu house church.

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This year, Kay had a very happy first day of the year, because she had trusted in Christ as her Savior on December 31st! But when Kay called her parents in their village and told them the good news, they were not happy. “Quit your job and come home!” they told her. “If you do not stop being a Christian immediately, you are not our daughter anymore.” She told them she had found new life in Jesus, and that she could not deny Him.

Kay’s parents first sent her brother to Vientiane to find out why she was being stubborn. He left disappointed when she would not stop believing in Jesus. Next they sent her 17-year-old sister. Her sister was amazed at the changes in Kay. Now Kay had a good attitude, good character, and she was more mature. She loved her parents, but she loves Jesus, too. Kay invited her sister to the Khmu house church, and her sister also became a Christian!

Please ask God to help the sisters remain strong in their faith. Pray that their parents and brother will come to know Jesus, too.

(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.)


Kazakhstan: Yuri and Yklas

Yuri

Yuri Pak, a teacher and church leader in Kazakhstan, was arrested because someone made a prank call from his cell phone. Yuri’s students attended his trial in his support, his pastor wrote a letter to the court to support him, and experts testified that the voice on the phone call was not Yuri’s. But he went to prison anyway. Apparently officials did not like Yuri’s participation in Christian activities at his church.

Praise God, Yuri was released from prison in June! His wife, Olga, and his children Anna and Daniel are so happy that he was freed. They are thankful for the prayers of Christians during his time in prison.

Yklas

Yklas, another Christian in Kazakhstan, is still in prison. The father of eight children, Yklas boldly shared the gospel with family and friends after he left Islam to follow Christ. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) A court in his city accused him of spreading “religious discord.”

Please pray for Yklas and his family. Click here to learn how to write him an encouraging message.


India: Pastor Mocked and Bullied

Village pastor in India

A Christian pastor was recently mocked and bullied in his home state of Uttar Pradesh in India. A gang of Hindu youth took the pastor from his home, and shaved off his hair, eyebrows, and mustache. Then the mob put the pastor on a donkey and paraded him up and down the city’s streets. They hung a necklace of shoes around the pastor’s neck as a symbol of shame.

The radical youth were angry because the pastor helped other Hindus trust in Jesus as their Savior. You can read more about what Hindus believe here.

Pray for Christian pastors in India who obey Jesus’ command to share their faith (Matthew 28:19), even though people may mock and bully them.

To learn more about Christians in India, download Bold Believers in India from the Download section.


Learning About Islam in Russian and English

“We believe in Jesus as just a prophet. We don’t believe he was crucified. We believe he just went back to heaven.” — Amal, age 14, American Muslim

Muslims believe that God would not allow Jesus to die on a cross. They believe that if Jesus was killed, it meant that He had failed, and His enemies won.

Christians know that Jesus died and rose to life again after His death. We believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection mean victory over sin and death, and that Jesus did not fail. He defeated sin and death, which are even greater enemies than the people who killed Him. Part of the good news of Jesus is that “death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

The information above is from the book Learning About Islam available for free download on this site.

Would you like to see the book in Russian?

Russian-speaking Christians have a children’s website that posts Kids of Courage stories. Learning About Islam is available to download in Russian from the site.


Talking About Jesus on an Airplane

A VOM worker boarded a plane to go to a place where Christians need encouragement. The worker, Jonathan, has served God as a pastor and missionary.

Jonathan sat down next to a lady from China. The government gives Christians a hard time in some parts of China. But thousands of people are turning to Jesus. After you read Jonathan’s story, you may understand how so many people are hearing the gospel.

Before the plane even left the ground, the lady turned to Jonathan and asked, “Do you know Jesus?” Jonathan told her that he did know Jesus, and she asked, “Are you a real Christian?” Then she asked him about his Bible reading habits and his prayer time, and if he shared the gospel with others.

When the lady was finished with Jonathan, she turned to the passenger on the other side of her. After she talked with the man for a few minutes, she said to Jonathan quietly, “You should pray for him because he doesn’t want to hear about Jesus.”

Jonathan realized that the lady’s husband was sitting in another row. “Would you like me to switch seats with your husband so you can sit with him?” Jonathan asked her.

The lady politely refused his offer. Then Jonathan realized that her husband was sharing about Jesus with the passengers around him. If he sat next to his wife, they would have fewer people to talk to.

To Talk About
• China has more than one billion people. About eight percent of them are Christians. Eight percent of a billion is 80,000,000 (80 million). If only 10 percent of 80 million Christians shared the gospel with one person this year, how many people would hear the gospel?

• If everyone in your class or family told one person about Jesus every month for a year, how many people would hear about Jesus during that year?

• The Chinese lady asked Jonathan, “Do you know Jesus?” If Jonathan had said no, what do you think she would have said to him next? What would you say to someone who told you that they did not know Jesus?

• Jonathan said, “I grew up in the church here in the states and for a long time I said no one has ever shared the gospel with me outside of a church building. I have never had anyone come up to me on the street and ask me if I knew Jesus or anything.” Why do you think no one in the United States had witnessed to Jonathan, but someone from China had asked him if he knew Jesus?


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