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Nomida and Momota: Banished for Their Faith

India

Nomida was about 11 years old when she decided to follow Jesus. Her friend Momota became a Christian when she was about 14. The girls attended church in a village in India.

Their parents were very disappointed when the girls would not worship Hindu idols. Nomida and Momota went to a Christmas celebration at their church instead.

Their families refused to give them meals, hoping hunger would force them to return to Hinduism. But Christians threw packages of food near their homes so they could eat. Their parents grounded them from church.

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Henan: Brave Daughter of a Courageous Christian

Vietnam

Henan was a 15-year-old Christian girl from the Rade tribe in Vietnam. Her father was a church leader.

Christianity is growing among many of Vietnam’s tribal people, and Vietnamese officials often target tribal Christians for persecution. To humiliate Henan’s father in front of the villagers, the authorities set his beard on fire. Then they put chains on him and dragged him away.

No one knew where they took him. Henan stopped going to school while she searched for him. After eight months, she found him with 68 other Christians in a prison three day’s journey away from her village.

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Vietnam: The Wind and the Hat

Vietnam

A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs recently visited courageous Christians in the communist country of Vietnam. The Christians told the visitor two stories of God’s protection over them. Read the stories below.

Protected Baptism
After a hard day’s work in the fields, several Christian men from Vietnam’s Jorai tribe stopped to take a bath in a creek. They left their clothes on the creek bank.

While they were in the water, they saw the village Chief of Police climbing down the bank. He decided to cool off with them.

The chief knew many of the Christians, though he was not a Christian himself. As the villagers talked, a Jorai pastor passed them on a nearby dirt path. The pastor was on his way to a small pool downstream to baptize some new Christians.

The baptisms were illegal. (See the photo above of a baptism in Vietnam.) Vietnam’s leaders try to control all religious groups and activities by requiring them to register with the government. Many Christians do not register because they do not want their church activities restricted and controlled by the government. The government tries to restrict when and where they can tell others about Jesus. Like Peter and the other apostles, many Vietnamese Christians want to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

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