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Vietnam: Letters of Love

Vietnam

Released!
PrisonerAlert.com is a Web site that helps people send letters of encouragement to Christians in jail for their faith in Christ.

Visitors to the site saw something exciting in the fall of 2005. The word “Released” was printed across the photo of Than Van Truong of Vietnam.

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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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The Christmas-in-Cuba Kids

Cuba

(Note: The events in this story happened in the late 1990s. The photo shows Cuban children looking through the window of a church. Today some churches are permitted by the Cuban officials, but the government still tries to control what Christians do.)

Every morning, the kindergarten class at a Christian school in Florida prayed for nations around the world. They used an alphabetical list of countries in a prayer guide to help them. Soon they got to countries that begin with the letter “C.”

At about the same time, their teacher, Mrs. Carter, began reading aloud to the class from the book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. “In the story,” said Mrs. Carter, “it is always winter, because the evil queen forbade springtime. Most of all, she forbade Christmas.”

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Cuba: Nothing Stops Pedro

Cuba

Free From Sin
Pedro, who lives in Cuba, was a delinquent. (His picture is shown to the left. His face is covered to protect his identity.) A delinquent is someone who does not obey the law. Pedro spent a lot of time in jail because of all the crimes he committed.

Then Pedro learned that Christ can save people from a sinful life, and he gave his life to Jesus! He was free from being a slave to sin! Do you think Pedro quit going to jail? Well, no, he did not.

Pedro was so excited about his new freedom in Christ that he wanted to tell EVERYONE about it. He even began witnessing in parks and preaching on the streets.

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Indonesia: “I Will Keep Loving Jesus Forever”

Indonesia

Merpati is a high school student in the Muslim country of Indonesia. Muslims worship Allah, who they believe is the creator of the world. They do not believe salvation from sin is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. It is against the Indonesian government’s rules to lead a non-Christian to Christ.

One thousand students go to Merpati’s school, but only three of them are Christians. Merpati is one of the three. Her family is Muslim. Here is her story. (The story below is translated, paraphrased, and edited from original testimonies. Merpati’s name has been changed to protect her identity.)

“After I became a Christian, I dared to bring my Bible to school. All my friends, my Muslim friends, are curious about the Book. They also want to read the Bible, so I let them.

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