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An Update on Susan in Uganda

Previous posts told the story of Susan, a girl in Uganda whose father locked her in a room after she became a Christian. Neighbors told the police what was happening, and Susan was rescued from the house after several months. But she was sick and weak from the harsh treatment, and she could not even walk and talk. She needed two operations and had to stay in the hospital for a long time.

Thankfully, The Voice of the Martyrs was able to help Susan move to a safer place where Christians care for her and she is able to attend school again. Susan does well in school, but her progress has been interrupted several times for more surgeries. She recently developed an infection and had to return to the hospital. She will have to miss more school during her long recovery.

After a previous surgery, Susan said, “I thank God for everything He’s doing in my life….He is protecting me….I thank God that I’m still alive….I pray that I’m doing school again, and I can use my studies. God knows the right thing for me…“I thank God also for the people who are praying for me …. I think God should bless them SO MUCH!”

Please pray for Susan’s healing and encouragement, for the doctors treating her, and for those providing her care.

[Photo: Susan during recovery from surgery.]

Another Christmas Without Their Dad

Last year, a post on this site told about Liang and Xun, two brothers in China. Their dad had been in prison for 10 years for sharing his Christian faith with non-Christians. He had five more years left of his 15-year sentence.

At that time, Liang said, “I do not want to go another year without a dad.” But his dad is still in prison. Remember their family this Christmas, and pray for their strength and peace.

[Photo: The boys and their mother several years ago. Source: China Aid.]

*You can read the previous story here.
*Learn more about Uygur believers in Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs, available in the Downloads section.
*Read about their dad’s case and information about other Christians in prison at

Amy Carmichael’s Birthday

Amy Carmichael was born in Ireland 152 years ago on December 16, 1867. During her time as a missionary in India, she freed many children from captivity in Hindu temples. Amy died in 1951, but the children she helped grew up to serve Jesus and to take care of more children in India.

Enter “Carmichael” in the Search box to learn more about Amy’s life. Then click here to read  “Torchlighters Shine On: Amy Carmichael and the Dohnavur Fellowship,” a Torchlighters blog post about the people in India who continue the work she started.

(Photo credit: Dohnavur Fellowship)

A Wise Son


In Iran, it is against the law to share the message of Jesus with Muslims. But some bold believers go to parks and other public places to tell Muslims how Jesus can save them from sin. They remember that Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).

A man and his wife from a city in Iran often walked up and down streets witnessing to people they saw. After a while, the man wondered if God was calling him to do more. He began praying with his Christian friends, asking God if he should quit his high-paying job to serve him.

The man’s 7-year-old son heard his father’s prayers and came to him. “Abraham was ready to give his son for God,” the boy said to his father. “You are thinking only about a job. It’s just a job.” (The story of Abraham and his son Isaac is in Genesis 22:1–14).

The man quit his job. He and another Christian, witnessing together, brought 30 people to Christ in one month.

Torchlighters in Wales

Can you find the country of Wales on a map? Hint: It’s part of the United Kingdom. In the past, a majority of the people in Wales spoke the Welsh language. Then English grew in popularity, and today about 20 percent speak Welsh.

Road sign in Welsh and English

Recently, 150 children from four Welsh-speaking schools gathered to watch the Torchlighters The Corrie ten Boom Story in their own language. The schools are not Christian schools, and most of the students had never heard Corrie’s story. But the schools were able to use the DVD for history and religious education lessons.

Welsh schoolchildren

You can read more about the Welsh version of The Corrie ten Boom Story and find a link to the video here.

Enter “Corrie” in the search box on this site to find stories and an English trailer from the DVD.