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Happy in the Lord

Richard WurmbrandEven after years in prison, Pastor Wurmbrand had joy in Jesus.

The following is story told by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs.

In a communist country, a man named Ketchik had very little money. He decided to follow Jesus late in his life. His wife did not share his Christian faith. One day the police discovered Ketchik at a secret prayer meeting. He was ordered to pay two months’ income as a fine.He came back from the meeting happy, and he told his wife, “Now you see that I was right in telling you the great value of prayer. You did not believe me. But look at my fine! The communists know the value of prayer. Even in their eyes, a prayer has the value of two months’ income. Prayer has such a high value that from now on I will never miss a prayer meeting!”

Ketchik was fined three times during one year. He lost his income for half a year. But he remained happy in the Lord.

Kids of Courage Get Prepared


In the Bible, God says that those who follow his Son Jesus will have trouble sometimes. Kids of Courage trust God to help them in hard times. Kids of Courage get prepared so they will be ready when hard times come.

One way to get prepared is to pray every day. If you have a habit of praying about what’s going on in your life, prayer will come naturally to you in times of trouble. Another way to get prepared is to read the Bible to find out what men and women of God do when they have problems. You can also read stories about missionaries and others who follow God even when life is difficult.

Kids of Courage can get prepared by memorizing Bible verses. Many Christians are comforted by reciting verses when they are sick, lonely, can’t sleep at night, or are even when they are in prison. I Corinthians 16:13 is a verse that encourages people to stay strong in their faith.

VOM in Action: Report from Asia

Houses in Asia

Has your family ever moved to a different house? Moving is a lot of work! You have to look for another house, talk to the owner about buying or renting it, find a time to move, pack up all your stuff and find a truck to move it in, drive to the new place, and unpack everything.

A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs recently returned from a trip to Asia, and he told a story about moving. The worker and some friends from the country met with a Christian who is often persecuted for following Christ. While they visited, the Christian got a phone call. The caller threatened to harm his because of his faith.

The VOM worker and his friends helped the man move to a different house where the caller could not find him as easily. The man had already moved seven times because of threats! Possibly his eighth move will not be his last if his enemies find him again.

Is Suffering Good or Bad?

The following Chinese legend illustrates how events that seem “bad” or “good” might not turn out that way.

One day, a poor farmer’s horse got loose and ran into the hills near the farm. The farmer depended on the horse to do work. His family and neighbors said, “Oh, that’s so sad. What a terrible thing to happen!” The next week the horse came home, leading a herd of wild horses to the farm. Instead of one horse, the farmer now had many!

The farmer’s son began to train the wild horses to do farm work. But while he was taming them, he broke his leg. He could no longer help his father with the work. “What a terrible thing to happen!” everyone said.

A few days later, the army came and took away every healthy male youth to fight with them. The farmer’s son was not allowed to go because of his broken leg. He was able to help his father on the farm when he healed.


North Korea

As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, remember the Christians in the following story from a Thanksgiving in North Korea two years ago.

Elizabeth, a North Korean Christian, joined with a few other believers for a worship service. She noticed one child in the group whose shoe was torn open. His foot was frozen. His family did not have enough money to buy new shoes.

The house had no heat. Sometimes the family skipped meals for many days in a row because they had no money for food. “The food problem is worse this year,” a North Korean Christian said. “And it was really bad last year.” Bad weather has destroyed food crops in North Korea. Also, government leaders do a poor job of getting food to those who need it. Many people are poor, hungry, and sick.

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