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Bun and Lao

(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. SDOK is in the Netherlands. Lao, who is not a Christian, tells the story.)

Hi, I’m Lao. My name is similar to the name of my country, Laos. My neighbor’s name is Bun. I think she is super nice. Recently her stepmother asked me if I had seen Bun. I knew Bun had gone to church with someone. But her stepmother looked so angry that I didn’t dare say anything.

Anger
A little later I heard noise at their house. I saw the stepmother pulling Bun’s hair. “Where were you?” she yelled. “I couldn’t find you anywhere!”

“I went to church,” Bun said nervously. Bun recently told me that she knows the Lord Jesus and that she follows Him. And also that her family is not happy with it.

Then her father also began to attack her. “Do you know what others think about Christians?” he shouted. He slapped her. He started to kick her, but her brothers and sisters jumped in between him and Bun.

Go Away!
The last time I saw Bun was when I heard noise in the cabin again. I peeked inside and saw Bun’s father throw all kinds of clothes in a suitcase. He told Bun to go away. He looked really angry. Thankfully, someone came from Bun’s church and helped her leave. That’s the last time I saw her.

Bible School
I have heard that the people of her church took care of Bun and that she was attending a Bible school. I’m quite curious about that. If Bun loves the Lord Jesus so much, then I think He must be very special.

To Talk About
Lao is not a Christian. What did he say that shows that he might be thinking about following Jesus? What led him to wonder more about Jesus and His teachings?


Central Asia: What Would You Do?

Central Asian Christians

Alisher, a teacher at a school in Central Asia, learned about God’s gift of salvation through faith in His Son, Jesus. Alisher happily trusted in Christ as his Savior! He didn’t even try to keep his new faith a secret, but shared the good news with others around him. As a result, Muslim school officials fired him.

But the authorities were not finished with him. The local prosecutor wanted to file charges against him, even though he was not a criminal. The police ordered his former students to sign statements saying that Alisher had done illegal things.

If you were one of the students, would you have signed a false statement about your teacher?

What if the officials said they would fail you in all your classes if you didn’t sign?

What if they said you would not be allowed to participate in sports, music, and other activities?

Suppose they threatened to make your parents pay a big fine?

Just like Alisher’s students, Christians in some countries have to decide to sign untrue statements or face punishment.

Alisher learned that he could possibly go to prison for seven years because of the charges filed against him. Pray for him, for other Christians in Central Asia, and for children who are threatened by officials.

(Source: icommittopray.com)


Complaining

Pastor Wurmbrand
Pastor Wurmbrand in prison for his faith

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, told the following story:

“Two men were walking home together in bad weather. They had a long way to go. The blizzard was fierce, blowing snow and sleet in their faces and chilling them to the bone.

“One man muttered the whole way, “It is terrible! I can’t stand it anymore! Nobody could imagine anything worse than this!”

“The other man replied, “I can. Just imagine walking in such weather with someone who is complaining the entire time.”

Pastor Wurmbrand then compared the complaining man in the story with persecuted Christians who talk about how Christ suffered to save us instead of talking about their own struggles. “Their speech is not about the wounds they have, but about Christ,” Pastor Wurmbrand said.

To remind yourself to not complain, try making a wristband.


Eric Liddell

By Elise Wixtrom, Kids of Courage Student Reviewer

Eric Liddell was raised in China by Scottish parents until the age of six, when he went off to boarding school in England with his younger brother. He attended the school, called Eltham College, until graduation.

Liddell was born to be a runner. His parents knew how fast he was from the time he could walk. After graduation, Liddell trained to race at a world-class level. His reputation grew until he made Great Britain’s Olympic team in 1924. He went to Paris with his colleagues to compete in the 100-meter run. Everyone was excited for him, and Scotland believed that he was a worthy representation of their country’s athletic ability. His event was highly anticipated.

There was just one problem. The 100-meter race was due to take place on a Sunday, and Eric Liddell was a Christian. Though many Christians nowadays play sports on Sunday, at that time devout believers did not work or play on the Sabbath. So Liddell disqualified himself from the event in order to make a point about his faith. Though he felt he was doing the right thing, many people did not. In fact, British newspapers began publishing articles that called him a traitor and a disgrace.

Instead of his running in his usual race, Eric ran in the 200-meter and 400-meter races, which were not on Sunday. They had never been his best events, but they allowed him to both compete and honor God with his time. He surprised the world with a gold medal and a new world record in the 400-meter event, and a bronze medal in the 200. Again he was a national hero.

However, Liddell did not continue racing. Instead, he turned to missionary work.

Liddell returned to China to finish the work that his parents had started so many years before. While he was in China, the Japanese army attacked the compound where he worked and taught. Liddell was captured by the Japanese and forced to go to an internment camp, where he eventually died.

Even though Liddell died before he could see the effect of his actions on the Chinese people, through his legacy, many generations of Chinese Christians have known God. Because Eric Liddell gave up his passion, he was able to advance the gospel in a land that was foreign to him. He felt and followed God’s calling even when it was inconvenient.

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