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Thanksgiving in North Korea

North Korea

Few Bibles
The man hiked to a place some distance from his home. He walked as quietly as possible to a secret spot on the ground that he knew well. After looking around to see if any strangers were watching, he knelt down in the dirt. He gently lifted a piece of sod out of a hidden hole in the ground. He brushed away leaves, then carefully removed a sack. Now he could read the Bible inside the sack.

Most Christians around the world do not have to go to so much trouble to have their devotions. But the Christian hiking in the woods lives in North Korea. People who own a Bible in his country can go to jail for years. The government punishes people for following Jesus.

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China: Teenager Mistreated by Police

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Eighteen-year-old Tian Tian, was not surprised when the police arrested her father Pastor Lou around Christmas a few years ago. Pastor Lou worked as a Christian leader in Xinjiang, China.

Interrupting Christmas
Xinjiang is a region in northwest China. Many of the people there are Muslims from the Uygur [WEE-gur] ethnic group. Chinese communist officials are suspicious of Muslims or Christians in Xinjiang who take their faith seriously. They arrest Christians who share the gospel with others.

The police arrested Pastor Lou on December 23, 2006, interrupting Tian Tian family’s Christmas plans. A lot of Christians in China believe the police were trying to discourage them from celebrating the birth of Jesus.

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