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Turkey: Miriam Hopes to Go to Jail

Turkey

Miriam was sad. Her father had died and she missed him.

A reporter wrote about her father’s funeral. “Throughout most of the ceremony, only the smallest girl, Miriam, broke down in tears,” said the reporter.

Miriam, age 8, lived in Turkey with her parents, her 13-year-old sister Michal Janina, and her 10-year-old brother Lucas. Her father, Tillman, and her mother, Susanne, had come to Turkey from Germany in the 1990s. They hoped to live as followers of Christ among Muslims who did not know Him. (See the photo of the family above.)

Tillman was helping other Christians prepare a new Turkish Bible for Turkish people to read. The children attended school in Turkey. They spoke German, Turkish, and some English.

On Easter in 2007, some young Turkish men came to the worship service that Miriam and her family attended. They pretended to be interested in learning more about Jesus. Later, still pretending, they visited Tillman and two other Christians.

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Vietnam: Rachen Learns to Trust God

Vietnam
Rachen

Rachen Attacks a Policeman
Rachen is the daughter of a pastor in Vietnam. Her father has lost count of the times the police have come to question him. He preaches the gospel at every opportunity. Government officials wish he would keep his faith to himself.

The police have arrested Rachen’s father and put him in several different prisons. One day when the police came, they gathered all the church’s hymn books to take away. Then they arrested Rachen’s father.

Rachen was upset. As they were taking her father away, she bit one of the policemen! “I was about 8 years old,” she said. “I bit him very hard on the back of the leg.”

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Pakistan: Youth Sunday School Teacher Shares With Muslims

Pakistan

Esther Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, told the following story to workers from The Voice of the Martyrs who visited her in Pakistan.

“My family and I work at a brick kiln making bricks. We live in a colony of brick kiln workers. All the families live in small brick huts near the kiln. We cook outside in the courtyard.

“About two-thirds of the families are Muslim and the rest are Christian. Brick kiln workers have a very hard life.

“I am the oldest of six children. My parents are very poor. For many years they worked 14 hours a day so we could go to school. When I was in the sixth grade, I was very sick. My father’s daily routine while I was sick was to pray for me the whole night. He encouraged me with his prayers. Praise the Lord, I was healed! This taught me to pray for sick people.

“After I finished 10th grade, I started a house church for 10 Christian families from the brick kiln colony. A pastor came to lead a biblical teaching, and I taught Sunday school. Muslims began to attend. They were very interested in learning about the miracles of Jesus and the stories of people from the Bible.

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Morocco: A Bully Finds a Better Way

Morocco

Aaron was a Muslim teenager from a large family in Morocco. Sometimes he was a bully to his sisters and cousins. He called them names and started arguments with them for little or no reason.

Many young people from Morocco leave their country and get jobs in another country. Two of Aaron’s older cousins, Esther and John, did just that. In his new home, John met some Christians who shared with him the truth about Jesus.

When Aaron heard that John had become a Christian, he was upset. The Muslim holy book, the Koran, says that Muslims who convert to other religions are “losers” (Koran Sura 3:85). Then Aaron found out that Esther had also decided to give her life to Jesus.

Aaron began e-mailing John to ask him questions. “Why did you and Esther become Christians?” he asked. “Is it because you are around other Christians and you wanted to follow their customs? Is it just a new habit you started?”

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A Pencil Gets Courage

North Korea

Pencil was scared. His three friends, Eraser, Paper Clip, and Pen, had just been arrested. Pencil and his friends were Christians in North Korea. The North Korean government has harsh rules to control the activities of believers. The three Christians were arrested for sharing the gospel.

Pencil was a Christian too, but he was too shy and scared to share his faith. When he tried, his mouth became dry, his hands shook, and he couldn’t make the words come out of his mouth. He was even more fearful after his friends were arrested.

Pencil and his friends had learned about Jesus from a Chinese Christian worker. The Christian encouraged them to use nicknames to make it harder for the police to know who they really were. So the friends had chosen the names of school supplies for their nicknames.

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