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Pakistan: Punished for Following Jesus

Pakistan

In many public schools in Pakistan, most of the students are Muslim. Christians in these schools are often forced to eat at separate tables. At one school, a Muslim teacher forced a Christian girl to stand in the hot sun until she fainted. The girl was being punished for wearing a cross necklace to school.

Christian parents can send their children to private Christian schools if they want to. But Christians who are poor are not able to pay for private schools.

Sobia, a teenager in Pakistan, told the story below to friends from The Voice of the Martyrs.

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Mauritania: Not Easy for Christians to Get Married

Mauritania

Ethan and Kalila loved each other and wanted to get married, have children, and teach their children about Jesus. But their parents did not want them to marry each other. Their families went to extremes to keep them apart.

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Iran: Kids Worship in a Secret Church

Iran

In Iran, it is against the law to share the Good News of Jesus with Muslims. But Iranians are secretly becoming Christians anyway! Many of the new Christians meet together secretly in house churches.

At one secret house church, the members learned how to talk about Jesus with Muslims and how to start new churches. They sang, prayed, and studied the Bible and other Christian books. The books were smuggled into Iran from other countries.

But there was something unusual about this church. Most of the members were between the ages of 10 and 13. Some were as young as 5. The leader of the church was 16.

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Azerbaijan: Expelled for Jesus

Azerbaijan

The four children listened to the pastor visiting their home in Azerbaijan. The pastor explained to the children’s father how Jesus saves people from sin.

But the children were not really paying attention, except for the youngest daughter, Sara. Sara was amazed at the pastor’s story of salvation. She did not want to miss a word.

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Vietnam: A Buffalo, Bus Rides, and Beatings for Bibles

Vietnam

Minh could read and write. Few people from his village in Vietnam had gone to school. So the Christians in the village chose Minh to be the leader of their church. Minh was 16 years old.

If you were chosen to lead a new church, what is the first thing you would do?
Minh took his new responsibility seriously. “I know the importance of having the Word of God,” Minh said. “So I traveled to the city to look for Bibles. I brought back 10 New Testaments in Dao and 22 hymnbooks. (Dao is an ethnic group in Vietnam. It is also the language spoken by the group.)

Minh needed money to make the trip to the city of Hanoi. He raised the money by selling his buffalo. Buffalos are used as work animals in Vietnam. They also serve as “savings accounts.” Families can sell a buffalo to raise money for emergencies. Minh sold his buffalo so his church could have the Word of God.

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