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