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Eritrea: In Trouble for Singing

Eritrea

One Saturday morning, police officers in Eritrea raided a children’s Bible study. The kids, ages 2 to 18, were taken to the police station with their teachers.

At the station the children began to sing a song. The song said, “I am not afraid of persecution, hardships, and even death. Nobody can separate me from the love of Jesus Christ.”

According to some reports, the police told the children to “shut up.” The youngest children were released that day, but the oldest had to stay longer.

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Indonesia: The Man in the White Hat

Indonesia

Radical Muslims caused trouble for a woman named Huta Julu and her church in Indonesia many times.

One night the Muslims nailed boards over the windows and doors so no one could get into the church. So the congregation worshiped in front of the church. Then the Muslims poured mud in front of the church and made it hard to walk there.

Huta Julu said, “We moved into the street to worship and praise God. A Muslim mob brought knives to scare us. We were singing, ‘In the name of Jesus, we have the victory.’ As we sang, many in the mob backed up and tripped, and some fell down….Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

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Eritrea: No More Church for Joseph

Eritrea

“No more church,” said Joseph, an 11-year-old Christian boy in Eritrea. “Now we worship in a secret place hidden from the police.” Members of church groups that are not approved by the Eritrean government can be arrested for meeting together.

Joseph also has problems at school. “Whenever there is talk about Christians, the children insult me and try to bite me sometimes,” said Joseph. “When I pray to God, He gives me strength to handle the situation.

“I found Christ in Sunday school when I was 5,” said Joseph. “My father was always teaching me about my Lord.”

But Joseph never sees his dad anymore. His father was in danger of arrest because of his faith, so he secretly escaped from Eritrea. Joseph and his mother cannot escape. “It is a very dangerous route through the desert,” said a Christian friend of the family. “For a woman and kid, it would be impossible to try.”

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India: Gang Member Learns Forgiveness

India

Narayan Gowda was the leader of a gang in India. His gang had 14 members. Narayan’s gang drank, smoked, used drugs, and attacked people, especially Christians.

The gang was part of a larger group of radical Hindus. The radicals wanted Hindus to have more power in India. They encouraged their members to use violence to reach their goals.

The radical Hindus praised them when they caused trouble, but Narayan wasn’t happy. “I struggled with guilt because of the terrible things I was doing,” he said.

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India: Three Brave Sisters

India

Poonam, age 16, decided to follow Christ. Her older sisters, Kusumam and Kalpana, also became Christians after they were invited to church by their Christian uncle.

Like most of the people in India, the girls grew up in a Hindu family. The only Christian in the family was their uncle.

Hindus are people who follow the religion called Hinduism. Hinduism does not agree with many of the truths in the Bible.

Many Hindus do not like violence. But radical Hindus sometimes try to get more power by threatening Christians. They especially do not like other Hindus to leave Hinduism and become Christians.

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