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Eva

Eva
Eva

Eva and her mother, Helen, lived in Eritrea. Helen sang beautiful songs with words from the Bible. She put them on a CD so other Christians would be encouraged by them.

One evening when Eva was 9, the police stormed into a house where Helen was teaching Sunday school. “Where’s the singer?” they yelled. They took Helen to a prison where the inmates were kept in shipping containers that were always too hot or too cold, and too wet or too dry. But Helen did not stop singing praises to God, even when she was miserable. “It’s easy to be a Christian when everything is nice,” she said. “But you have to follow Christ when it is difficult, too.”

The guards beat Helen when they caught her writing notes about God to other prisoners. She was injured so badly that she had to go to the hospital. Then she and Eva fled to another country. Helen is not about to walk very well because of her injuries, but she still sings about her Savior, Jesus Christ.

(Source: SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. If you want to see SDOK’s Dutch children’s website, visit http://stefweb.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=59)


Not Enough Shovels

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, was imprisoned for many months in an underground cell because he openly preached the truth about Jesus in Romania. He said, “There are not enough shovels on earth to bury the truth.” What do you think he meant by that?


Father’s Day

Sallie
Sallie

Sallie is a Christian girl in Vietnam. Her father is in jail for his Christian activities.

Sallie said:

There are not many Christians in my school. I have two Christian friends in my class. The kids who aren’t Christians don’t know God. They say God is not real. They don’t understand about sin. They say, “Your church is too small.” Our church is small and crowded, but we love one another. God brought Christians to encourage my mother. He helps her not to feel bad about my father being in prison.

My father has been in prison for more than five years. I have visited him four times. On the way, I vomited a lot, but I was not afraid, only tired. The guards would not let us speak our own tribal language. We had to speak Vietnamese so the guard could understand what we were saying.

My father looked very weak. But we were happy to see each other.

My family is sad when my father is in prison. My mother and I are in a difficult situation. She works in the fields and also clean house for someone. I pray that God will help her find a good job and that my father will come home soon. I had a dream that he was with me. I thank God for always being with me, for giving me food every day, and for taking care of my family.

Pray: On Father’s Day, did you pray for fathers around the world who are in prison for their loyalty to Jesus? Please also remember and pray for their children.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


A Story from Algeria

A Christian woman from Algeria, which is a Muslim country, told VOM contacts the following story.

“After I became a Christian, my family reported me to the police. One morning, the police took me to court. The judge asked, ‘What did you find in Islam that you didn’t like?’ I answered, ‘I was looking for God in Islam and I didn’t find him.’

“The judge then asked, ‘What do Christians say when they pray?’ Maybe he was trying to trap me. I tried to explain, but he still didn’t understand. ‘Where do you pray? What do you pray?’ he asked. I said, ‘We can pray anytime and anywhere.’

“’Can you pray now?’ he asked. I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Okay, pray.’

“I stood before him and raised my hands and started to pray. I knew that my prayer would be an opportunity to give a message of salvation. I began, ‘Thank you, Jesus, because we are sinners and you died for us.’ I took 10 minutes to finish my prayer. I prayed that God would bless the president of Algeria. I prayed for people in the court to see the salvation of Christ. When I said, ‘Amen,’ the officials in the court looked at each other. They were speechless. The judge said to me, ‘This case is dismissed. You can go home.’”

Note: Muslims pray memorized prayers five times a day at certain times. They do not believe that people are saved by the grace of God through faith in his Son Jesus. Instead, they try to earn their way to heaven by doing good works.


Comparing Hinduism and Christianity in America

Hinduism
Christianity
Numbers More than one million Hindus live in North America. Hindu sources list almost 200 Hindu temples in America. Hundreds more are being planned or built. Hollywood stars and many others experiment with Hindu customs. More than 270 million Christians live in North America.
Senate prayers On July 12, 2007, the U.S. Senate opened with a Hindu prayer for the first time in history. The U.S. Senate has opened with prayer since 1789. Most of the prayers have been Christian.
Youth Many Hindu immigrants came to the U.S. years ago. At first, they worked to blend into America, sometimes ignoring their faith. Now they are spending more time passing their faith on to Hindu youth. Youth in America have many temptations and much confusion. “The next generation could be America’s most traumatized ever if there is not a decisive work of God’s Spirit” (Operation World). God is raising up Christians to help youth.
Beliefs and practices Hindus believe in one main god, but Hindu teachings tell of many gods. Salvation for Hindus means freedom from reincarnation (being reborn after death again and again). They believe they become part of their main god when the cycle of birth and death ends. Some of the ways Hindus try to get closer to this “salvation” include: rituals, good works, meditation, yoga, and the worship of gods. Christians believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) and that people die once (Hebrews 9:27). The way to eternal life with God is through faith in His Son Jesus. (See John 14:6.)