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Meili: Set Free in China

A girl in China

Meili had never heard the name of Jesus. No one in her Chinese village was a Christian.

New Hope
Then one day, an old woman from a village far away gave Meili a booklet called “The Gospel.” Meili read it and realized that she was a sinner. She confessed her sins to God and trusted in Jesus as her Savior.

Confused
But Meili had no Bible and no one to teach her more about Christianity. So she was happy when two missionaries visited her home and said they were “Christians.” The visitors gave her a different booklet, but not a Bible. They told her what she needed to do to be part of their group.

1.    They said, “You must be healthy and have plenty of money to prove that God likes you.”
2.    The visitors also said, “You must confess your sins to us every day.”
3.    And they said, “If you donate money to us, we will pray for you.”

Meili no longer felt happy; she felt confused and uncomfortable. She didn’t know that the visitors were not really Christians. They belonged to a group that did not follow the Bible.

Hope Returns
Not long after the visitors left, a friend of The Voice of the Martyrs found out about the fake Christians. He gave Bibles to people in Meili’s village. Meili read her new Bible eagerly and was filled with peace. The truth that she read set her free from her confusion.

(Source: VOM-Australia)

Learn more about VOM’s Bible projects at vombibles.com.


Ramadan Media

TV stations in Muslim countries broadcast new shows during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Viewers can watch dramas, comedies, and quiz shows that are on TV only during Ramadan. On one quiz show from Muslim Bahrain, the host visited neighborhoods, businesses, and mosques to ask questions of the public.

Recent news reports say that Facebook users in the Middle East and North Africa spend an extra 57.6 million hours on Facebook during Ramadan.

To Do: Pray that Muslims who watch more TV and access more social media during Ramadan will find Christian programs and information that will lead them to Jesus.


What Happens During Ramadan?

A Ramadan feast

New clothes, gifts, late-night family feasts, sports and games, times of prayer, and special TV shows — Muslim children look forward to all these things during Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month on the Muslim calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims believe that older children and adults should fast from food and drink during daylight hours.

The Muslim calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar. (The Gregorian calendar is used for most purposes in the U.S. and around the world.) According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan starts about 11 days earlier each year. This year it starts in late May.

It can be difficult to avoid eating and drinking when Ramadan falls during the hot summer months. Muslims eagerly wait for sunset when their daily fast ends.

In some countries, Muslims are less friendly toward Christians during Ramadan. Pray for Christians in Muslim countries during the days of Ramadan this year.

Enter “Ramadan” in the search box to find more facts and stories about Ramadan.

Learn more about Islam from Learning About Islam, available for free download on this site.


Remember Imprisoned Fathers on Father’s Day: Part 2

Pray for prisoners

The previous post told about a family of eight children whose father was in prison for his Christian faith. Read the rest of the story below, then pray for persecuted Christian families whose fathers will be in prison on Father’s Day.

That evening, Mikhail and Olga oldest brother, Sergei, told them everything that had happened in the courtroom. “We can try again tomorrow,” Sergei told his brother and sister. “Maybe they’ll let you in then.”

The next morning, the family and their friends gathered at the courthouse. They waited and waited. No one came to open the door to the courtroom. Finally a man came and told them, “The trial is over! He was sentenced and taken to prison.”

Mikhail and Olga were disappointed again.

Mother led the children to the judge’s office and asked for a special meeting with her husband. The judge signed an order allowing the whole family 15 minutes with Father. Mikhail and Olga were delighted!

The family hurried to the prison where they gave the judge’s order to a guard. “Only the mother and one older child can go in,” said the guard, ignoring the judge’s order.

Fifteen minutes passed, Mother and Sergei came out of the visitors’ room, and the family returned home in silence. After supper, Mother said, “Children, I know you were very disappointed today. Remember, if we wish to be faithful to Jesus, we will have difficulty in our lives. But we have one sure comfort — an hour will come when the Savior brings us to Himself. Then no one will be able to separate us. In six months, we may be able to visit your Dad. Let’s ask Jesus for that.”

They knelt down and thanked God for His love and asked Him to give them strength. Mikhail and Olga prayed, too, hoping they would see their father soon.

(Source: When Will We See Our Father Again?: A True Story from the U.S.S. R.)


Remember Imprisoned Fathers on Father’s Day

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand started The Voice of the Martyrs in 1967. VOM has helped and encouraged persecuted Christians for 50 years. VOM shared the following story with readers in the mid-20th century.

Many Christian families around the world today have similar struggles. You can read about some of them at www.prisoneralert.com. This Father’s Day, pray for Christian fathers who are in prison for their faith.

The children and their mother were sitting at the lunch table eating soup when a visitor knocked at the door. “The trial is happening right now,” the visitor told the family before hurrying away.

Mikhail and Olga, the youngest of the family’s eight children, were excited. “Can we go into the courtroom?” Olga asked her mother. “Will we really see Dad?” asked Mikhail. It had been five months since their father had been arrested because of his Christian activities. To the children, it seemed like forever.

The family and their church friends reached the courthouse at about the same time. “Nobody may enter!” an official who was guarding the door yelled at them.

“Please let us go in. My husband is on trial,” Mother pleaded. The official thought for a minute. “Okay,” he said. “You and the older children can enter, but not the two little ones. Court is no place for little kids.”

Mikhail and Olga began to cry. They were so disappointed that they could not see their father! Christian friends took care of them while the rest of the family was in the courtroom.

Read the rest of the story in the next post.


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