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The International Day of Prayer: Salavat

This video, produced for The Voice of the Martyrs, shows the real stories of Christians in Uzbekistan, who suffer hardship and persecution as believers in Jesus Christ.

This video was produced for the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) in 2010. To learn more about the International Day of Prayer, visit http://www.persecution.com/idop.


A Wise Son

Iran

In Iran, it is against the law to share the message of Jesus with Muslims. But some bold believers go to parks and other public places to tell Muslims how Jesus can save them from sin. They remember that Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).

A man and his wife from a city in Iran often walked up and down streets witnessing to people they saw. After a while, the man wondered if God was calling him to do more. He began praying with his Christian friends, asking God is he should quit his high-paying job to serve him.

The man’s 7-year-old son heard his father’s prayers and came to him. “Abraham was ready to give his son for God,” the boy said to his father. “You are thinking only about a job. It’s just a job.” (The story of Abraham and his son Isaac is in Genesis 22:1–14).

The man quit his job. He and another Christian, witnessing together, brought 30 people to Christ in one month.


Water Gun Arrests

Iran
Schoolgirls in Iran

Several youth were arrested in Iran recently for shooting water guns at each other. A large group of teen boys and girls gathered for fun at a park on a hot day. The girls were dressed in the long, hot gowns required by the strict Muslim government for girls and women. The youth squirted water at each other, smiling and laughing.

The government did not approve of boys and girls playing together because it is against their strict rules. Many youth are tired of the rules. Some are leaving Islam to follow Christ.


Update from Laos

Som
Som from Laos

Som is a 12-year-old Khmu Christian who lives in a village in Laos. (The Khmu are a tribal group in Southeast Asia.) One afternoon at school, he began to feel sick. The teacher gave him permission to leave school.

As he walked outside toward his bike to ride home, he noticed a group of boys near the place where students parked their bikes. Som knew who the boys were. A few days earlier, they had gathered around a village hut where Som and about 20 of his Christian friends were singing worship songs.

The boys mocked and teased the Christians, saying, “Your God is not a true God.” They shouted, “If you come out, we will beat you up!”

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Daniel

Iran
Iranian schoolboys

Daniel is a 13-year-old boy in Iran who used to be a Muslim. “Before my faith in Jesus, I did wrong things,” Daniel said. “I went to my uncle’s house and smoked, and I fought a lot. But now that God is in my heart, things are much better.

“I like school because they teach us and help us to reach our target in the future. If other students hurt me, I act with kindness. If they hurt me badly, I go to the principal. I don’t fight.”

Like many Iranian Christians, Daniel attends a secret house church. “They are all good and kind to each other, and they care,” Daniel said of the church members. “God’s presence is there. We pray that God will tell us what he wants from us.

“My favorite Bible story is when the blind man saw Jesus, and he said, ‘I want to see.’ Because he asked with faith, Jesus told him, ‘Your faith has healed you.’ One night before Iranian New Year, I became very ill and asked my dad to pray. The next day I was totally well, and I understood God’s power.

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