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Sunday School Around the World: The Khmu

The Khmu are a tribe of people who live mostly in Southeast Asia. Many Khmu are animists, or spirit worshipers. They do not love the spirits they worship; instead, they fear them. Spirit worshipers try to do things to please the spirits so they won’t have “bad luck.”

Read in the update below about how one Khmu family came to Christ.

Update
A previous post told about Hmong families who were kicked out of their village for their faith in Christ. A report from VOM’s icommittopray.com tells what happened next.

Four Hmong Christian families in Laos who were driven from their village because of their faith continued to share Jesus even while camping in a rice field. In early February, village authorities confronted the Christians, insisting that they renounce their Christian faith. When the families refused, they were expelled from the village.

The group of about 28 men, women and children ended up camping in a rice field, where they were soon visited by a curious Khmu family from a neighboring village. The Hmong Christians eagerly told the Khmu family about the great creator God who is all-powerful over the spirits and who sent his Son for them. The Khmu family came to faith in Christ, even inviting a VOM partner to visit their village and share more about Jesus. Recently, government officials visited the Hmong families and later told local authorities that the families have a right to believe whatever they wish. Pray that these believers will be allowed back into their village.

More Khmu are hearing about Jesus’ love for them and they are coming to Christ, too! The photo above shows Khmu Sunday school children learning more about God. The teacher’s face is hidden to protect her identity from people who do not want tribal groups in Asia to become Christians.


The Cranky Neighbor and the Chief of Police

In some countries where followers of Jesus are persecuted, Christians often worship in house churches. They gather to pray, sing, and learn in the home of a member or a pastor instead of in a church building.

Neighbors who are not Christians sometimes try to give house-church Christians a hard time. They may interrupt or disturb their worship services. In one town in a country where The Voice of the Martyrs works, a neighbor complained to the police that the house-church Christians were singing too loud.

The chief of police called the pastor of the house church and told him to come to the police station for questioning. “We have had a complaint that your meetings are too loud,” the officer told the pastor at the station.

“Maybe the complaint is not true,” the pastor said. “Why don’t you visit us and find out?”

The policeman agreed, and he came to a house church service. He heard the singing and praying, and he listened to the teaching. And he became a Christian, too!

The chief of police was so happy to be a follower of Jesus that he wanted to share his faith with others. So he went to the pastor’s neighbor’s house and invited him to church. The neighbor visited the house church, decided to follow Jesus, and repented before the church for his complaints to the police.

(Source: Vision Beyond Borders)

To Talk About
What do you think of the pastor’s decision to invite the chief of police to church? What if the chief had been angry instead of visiting the church? He could have caused many problems for the Christians. Should the pastor have risked his safety to witness to him?


Sunday School Around the World: The Hmong

 

Hmong
The Hmong are a group of people from Southeast Asia. Large numbers of Hmong live in Laos, Vietnam, China, and Thailand, and some live in Burma (Myanmar).

Religion: Many Hmong practice animism, which is the belief that bad luck comes to those who do not honor and please numerous spirits that are everywhere. But many Hmong in Asia are becoming Christians!

Persecution: Sometimes the authorities in countries where Hmong live allow them to worship God, but sometimes the authorities try to stamp out Christianity. Hmong Christians have been attacked, arrested, and imprisoned for their faith. Their houses have been burned down, and they have been kicked out of their villages for refusing to deny Christ. New Christians have
been fired from their jobs. Non-Christian neighbors and relatives of Hmong Christians often persecute them, too.

The Hmong children in the photo are learning more about Jesus in their Sunday school class.

Read about some Hmong Christians families who were kicked out of their village here.

Learn more about Hmong Christians in Bold Believers of the Hmong People, available free in the Downloads section.


Sunday School Around the World: Tanzania

 

Persecution
Tanzania is on the coast of East Africa. Radical Islam is spreading from northern Africa into Tanzania. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar where most of the people are Muslims, Christians have faced persecution for a long time. People who leave Islam to follow Jesus sometimes have to flee their homes when family members kick them out.

But in recent times, Christians on the mainland of Tanzania have started having the same kinds of problems. Riots have broken out in some places, and churches have been burned.

Tanzania

Fact: Click Languages
Hadza and Sandawe are two of the many click languages of Africa. The languages use click sounds as consonants. Click noises can sound like the “tsk tsk” used by English to say, “What a shame,” or “I don’t approve of that.” Other click noises are like the clip clop sound made to sound like a horse trotting. Fewer and fewer people in Africa are speaking click languages, and some of the languages are already extinct.

Bibles
The Bible has not yet been translated into the languages of some Tanzanian tribes. The Tanzanian Sunday school children in the photo are looking at a children’s Bible in their language provided by The Voice of the Martyrs.


Nazeera and Her Children

House in a village in Yemen

Nazeera is a mother from Yemen. In Yemen, they are not allowed to convert to a different religion. The government wants everyone to be a Muslim.

Yet Nazeera still became a Christian. Her family got angry and took her kids away from her. They said Nazeera would not be allowed to see them unless she became a Muslim again.

Mother, son, and sheep in Yemen

Please pray for Christian parents in Muslim countries who are separated from their children. Pray that they experience God’s faithfulness and comfort.

(Source: Stef. Translated and edited from the original.)


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