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India: Christian Visitors and a Sick Terrorist

Each year The Voice of the Martyrs works through its global network of staff and partners to reach the children of persecuted Christians in restricted nations and hostile areas with a special Christmas Care Pack. The contents are tailored to the needs of children in each region. (See the photo above of a boy in India with his Christmas Care Pack.) Sometimes Christians share the packs with non-Christian neighbors.

One of the people in India whose village received clothes, candy, and other items from Christmas Care Packs sent VOM the following message.

At Christmastime, a group of Christians arrived in our village. They sang Christmas songs, distributed clothes, and passed out candy to everyone. It was strange thing for me because I was a non-Christian. “These are not our people, but they love us!” I thought. “What must be the reason?”

I went to a church and asked the pastor. He told me about Jesus and gave me a Bible to read.

Expelled and Threatened
We didn’t have peace in my family. We prayed to our gods to solve the problems, but our problems were increasing. “Why should I not pray to Jesus?” I asked myself. I started praying to Jesus about our problems. All our problems solved one by one.

My parents thought that all our problems got solved by themselves. So I had to tell them that I was praying to Jesus about our problems. In just a few days, they too accepted Jesus. Then the pastor baptized us in the church.

Our tribal leaders found out about our decision to follow Christ, and they became furious. They kicked us out of our tribe. We lost all our privileges. People stopped talking to us. Later terrorists came to our church and ordered us not to have a gospel meeting.

A week after that, one of the terrorists came to me and said, “On the same evening that we warned you not to have a gospel meeting, our leader got sick. We gave him medicine, we prayed to our gods, but he is not getting healed. We believe that this sickness has come because we threatened you to stop Jesus’ work. Please pray for our leader.”

What do you think the Christian did? Do you think he was afraid of what might happen if the terrorist leader was not healed? Read more below.

“Jesus, you are all powerful,” I said in my heart, and then I prayed for that leader. In a few hours he got healed completely. “Go ahead, conduct the meeting for Jesus,” the terrorists said.

All the believers in our church rejoiced in the Lord. There was no one to stop the gospel meeting, because the Lord had brought the terrorists to our side. By this miracle of Jesus, many came to know Him.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited for length and clarity.)

Check The Voice of the Martyrs magazine or visit christmascare.com for information about how to participate in this year’s Christmas Care project.


Indonesia: Pastor Abraham

Abraham Ben Moses was born into a large Muslim family in Indonesia. When he grew up, he began teaching at a Muslim school.

Then Abraham decided to study the Bible to find the mistakes in it. Instead he realized that God’s Word is true, and he became a Christian!

Soon, Abraham began talking about the Good News of Jesus with anyone who would listen. He posted comments about Christianity on the Internet, he had debates with Muslim, and he shared his faith with a Muslim taxi driver. A video of his conversation with the taxi driver was spread widely among many people.

As a result, Abraham was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison. During his time in prison, he led almost 80 Muslims to Christ!

Abraham’s Muslim wife left him, and Abraham married a Christian woman. Their daughter was born while Abraham was in prison. (See the photo.)

In April of this year, Pastor Abraham was released from prison early. He is back home with his family, but he has to report weekly to the police station.

Read more about Pastor Abraham and learn how to write letters of encouragement to current prisoners at prisoneralert.com.


Iran: Faithful Witness Brings Hope

(Source: VOM Australia)

“Lord, if You are real, You need to tell me today,” said the young woman on the bus. “Otherwise I will walk in front of the bus and let it run over me.”

The woman, who lived in Iran, was going to have a baby. But she was not married and she saw no hope for her future.

New Life
A young man was on the same bus that day. He was reading a Bible, but he kept it covered so no one could see what he was reading. He feared he could be arrested for owning the Bible.

The man felt that the Lord was moving in his heart to talk to the young woman, even though he knew nothing about her. He wasn’t sure he would obey the Lord’s leading. But after a while, he took the cover off the Bible and went over to her. “The Lord loves you,” he told her. “I would like to share a Bible with you.”

The woman cried so loudly that she drew the attention of the other people on the bus. After talking to the man, she prayed with him and gave her life to the Lord, and then he gave her his Bible. Praise God for the man’s obedience to the Lord’s guidance!

[Photo: Iranian Christians at a secret worship service in a believer’s home.]


Window on the World

Are you too young to be a mission worker in another country? Maybe not! A VOM worker said, “You can be an international missions worker without ever leaving your knees. A Christian leader in Vietnam told me, ‘When you pray in America, you are working in Vietnam.’”

Window on the World is a book that can help you pray for people in other countries.

Students, Parents, and Teachers
Do You Know?
*The word “tattoo” came from Samoa.
*Russia has 11 time zones.
*Christian visitors to Bhutan are not allowed to ask people to follow Jesus.
*Adult male pygmies are usually less than 5 feet tall.
*In 1989, there were possibly only four Christians in Mongolia.
(Source: Window on the World)

Window on the World is a valuable resource to guide children in praying for families around the world. Updated in 2018, the book uses maps, colorful photos, and stories to introduce kids to more than 90 cultures and people groups.

The introduction explains how and why we pray, and the end of the book includes descriptions of other religions and how they differ from biblical Christianity. Families, Sunday school classes, homeschool co-ops, and individuals can enjoy learning interesting facts along with prayer points for Christians and those in need of Christ.

The book is available from major book distributors.


Indonesia: Clarissa

Clarissa was at church in Indonesia with her mother, father, and grandfather when bombs exploded in a black minivan outside the church. The van belonged to Muslim terrorists. Flames from the blast spread across the front of the church.

“I was not near the fire, but when I was walking it hurt so bad,” said Clarissa, who was 8 years old at the time. “I felt the heat on my skin…. My grandma splashed water on my face. I was feeling so scared, so worried about my mom.”

Clarissa’s mom, Fenny, received serious burns from the blast. Clarissa had burns on her forehead, stomach, and hands. Thankfully, she is nearly pain free today. She wants to be a doctor someday to help people who suffer.

More than a year after the attack, Fenny is having a more difficult recovery. The worst part, Fenny says, is that she can no longer hug Clarissa because of her fragile skin. But when people ask her about her burns, she eagerly tells them about Jesus. She wants Him to use her story for the advancement of His kingdom.

Their pastor, Pastor Yonathan, encouraged his congregation to continue gathering for worship. More than 1,000 people attended church the Sunday after the attack. “We wanted to show that we love God, and when we love God, the less afraid we are of persecution.”

Pastor Yonathan continued, “Our Muslim neighbors said, ‘When Christians have problems like this, they are not afraid; they are still faithful to God.’

“I am sure that God is still good,” said Pastor Yonathan. “The main point is that we forgive the people who did what happened. We pray for others like them, that God can give them grace to repent.”

(Source: The November 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)