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Big Faith and a Brave Heart

Vietnam

(The following true testimony tells the story of Trinh, a young Vietnamese woman now living in the U.S. Trinh tells what her life was like as a young Christian in Vietnam when she was about the age of the Vietnamese girl in the photo. The testimony is adapted and paraphrased from interviews with Trinh and her mother. Her name and some identifying details have been changed to protect her identity.)

Growing Up In Vietnam
At school in Vietnam, kids questioned me about my faith. There were Buddhists, Hindus, and others. They would say, “There is no difference between Buddhism and Christianity.” I would say, “Yes, there is a difference.” I am still praying for them and believe one day they will be Christians.

I began driving a motorbike at age 13, without a license. It’s not necessary to have a license in Vietnam. It’s different in America. People drive cars and there are rules and regulations. There are no rules in Vietnam. On the motorbike, I helped my pastor and his wife in their ministry.

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Ani: “We Are Not Shocked by Suffering”

Indonesia

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs talked with a Christian girl named Ani in Indonesia. Two years before the interview, Ani’s village was attacked by radical “Laskar Jihad” Muslims. The attackers burned Ani’s home and church. Sadly, Ani’s grandfather died in the attack. Ani and her grandmother escaped into the forest. Here is what Ani told the VOM workers.

VOM: How old are you?
Ani: I am 16.

VOM: Tell me about going to school.
Ani: I am in the first grade of senior high school. I study at school from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. I like all subjects, but I especially hope I can have success in English.

VOM: Where do you and your family live?
Ani: All of my family, including my grandmother, live in a refugee camp. I am not living with them. I’m living with a family in another district, because I have to go to school in this area.

VOM: What does your house look like?
Ani: The walls are made of bamboo, the roof of leaves, and the floor is soil.

VOM: Do you get enough food?
Ani: I get enough food with rice and vegetables, but I never get a balanced diet.

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Salina: Refusing to Deny Christ

(The following story was told to VOM contacts by Salina.)

My name is Salina, and I am 12 years old. I am the oldest of five children. I help my mother around the house, and I often take care of my younger brothers and sisters.

When I was 7, my father Soliman started hearing about Jesus from an evangelist. After asking many questions and thinking about what the evangelist said, my father decided to follow Jesus. He told me, my mother, and my brothers and sisters about Jesus. In a short time, our whole family became Christians!

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Seven-Year-Old Boy Strengthens Iranian Believers

Iran

Christians in Iran have told The Voice of the Martyrs about a 7-year-old Iranian Christian boy. The boy used to be a Muslim. When he was born, his parents gave him the name of a well-known relative of Mohammed. Mohammed was the founder of the Muslim religion.

When Muslims in Iran become Christians, many of them begin to use Christian names instead of the Muslim names they were born with. When the 7-year-old boy decided to follow Christ, he did not change his name. “I want people to know that even someone with my name can be saved!” he said.

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Shanashah: An Afghan Christian Refugee

Shanashah is an Afghan Christian boy. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs talked to him in Pakistan. Shanashah appeared to be about 10 years old, but he was not sure of his age. Many Afghan children have had very difficult lives. They have not been able to keep track of their birthdays.

Like other boys and men in his part of the world, Shanashah often wears a shalwar kamiz, which includes baggy pants and a long shirt. His favorite game is cricket. He likes to eat mutton and apples. In school, his favorite subject is English.

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