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Chul: New Christian in Hiding

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”Matthew 6:9–13

It was a special occasion. Chul, a 12-year-old boy from North Korea, had just read the Lord’s Prayer out loud from a Bible. Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs worshipped with Chul and other North Korean refugees at a secret hideout in China.

Before he escaped from North Korea, Chul had never been to school. Many families in North Korea are too poor to buy shoes, paper, or pencils so their children can attend school. Also, food has been scarce in North Korea in recent years, and many children are too hungry to learn.

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Four Nigerian Kids of Courage

Nigeria

Joseph, age 13, and Monday, age 10, are brothers in Nigeria. They have two sisters: Alheri, age 15, and Deborah, age 8. The four came from the Nigerian state of Kano.

In Muslim areas of Nigeria, extremists sometimes persecute Christians. One church has been burned down by radical Muslims four times. In November 2004, five school students were expelled for sharing the gospel. And in Kano, officials have closed more than 120 private Christian schools because the schools refused to teach the students Muslim teachings.

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Grace & Jay: The Cost of Standing Firm

India

(The following story is a true story. The names of the people in the story are not their real names. Three Indian children about their age are shown in the photo.)

Grace, age 10, and Jay, age 7, are a brother and sister in a very large city in India. Their father, Thomas, is a Christian pastor.

Grace and Jay’s family are “Dalits.” In the past, Dalits were called “untouchables.” Untouchables are the lowest class of people in India’s Hindu caste system. The caste system ranks families into social classes. Today the caste system is illegal, but Dalits still often suffer from poor treatment by Hindus in higher castes. A Christian in India said, “Christians have no caste; we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.”

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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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A Boy in Guangzhou

China
Abel

Abel (not his real name) goes to Sunday school and church every week. At Sunday school he learns many songs and Bible verses. Some of the favorite verses of his classmates are John 10:28 and John 3:16. One of the songs they sing regularly is based on Psalm 133. At church Abel and his friends pray and listen to the preacher.

“I have been coming to Sunday school for 10 years,” Abel told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs. “My mother introduced me to Jesus.”

Abel’s story might not sound unusual. Many Christian children around the world could tell similar stories about their Sunday school and church.

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