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Prayer Request

Vietnam

The Voice of the Martyrs has received a prayer request from Vietnam. Two families in a Vietnamese village decided to give their lives to Christ. The other villagers do not worship the one true God; instead, they worship relatives who have died.

The local officials say that anyone who becomes a Christian must move out of the village. So the two Christian families had to start their lives over in a different village. Their new village does not have enough land for farming. The Christians are used to farming to provide for their needs.

A Christian told VOM, “But as long as they are allowed to worship God they are happy, and that is good enough for them. Please pray for them.”


“No One Will Help You”

Laos

The Voice of the Martyrs receives many reports about Christians who are kicked out of their villages in Laos. But this month, VOM learned about a different kind of persecution in the villages.

Policemen began watching seven Christian families and their activities in one village. They watched the Christians for three years.

Then the government built nice new houses in an area outside the village. Officials came in trucks one day and moved all the non-Christians to the new village, leaving the Christians alone in the old village!

People in the new village will be able to have a school, get new roofs from the government when they need them, get government jobs, and receive other government benefits. But the police told the Christians, “You should just clap your hands, sing songs, and praise your God, but no one will help you.

The Christians will not be considered citizens, and they can’t have village meetings or move to another village. Their children will not be allowed to attend school.

“Please pray that the families will remain strong and that the Lord will provide for them,” said a VOM contact in Asia.


“I Love to Serve”

Pakistan
Girls reading children’s Bibles

Najwa is a Christian in Pakistan. She had to quit school after 8th grade because her family was poor. They needed Najwa to go to work to help them buy food.

Najwa found a job cleaning at a hospital. “I was very happy to find this job,” Najwa said.

During her breaks, Najwa read her Bible. One day, a Muslim girl asked her, “What are you reading?” Najwa answered, “I am reading about Jesus.”

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Iran: Internet Pest Finds Jesus

Internet

Amir was not a Christian, and he had a rude hobby. At his computer in Iran, he would get on the Internet and make comments that started arguments. “I was very pleased and happy with myself when I caused trouble and problems,” said Amir.

One day, he found a Christian website where visitors could post comments. “As usual, I started to mess up the discussion by typing silly things and insulting all the other commenters,” he said.

The administrator of the site answered Amir’s insults and replied, “No matter what you say, God still loves you, and there is a reason you are here tonight.”

“I began to listen,” said Amir. “Their love and respect touched my heart. Now I am taking online Christian classes. My life has changed. I practice kindness and gentleness every day.”

Source: Iran Alive Ministries, edited for space and clarity


New Bold Believers Activity Book

Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia

Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia teaches children about the obstacles faced by Christians in North Africa and about how God helps them overcome their struggles. The 56-page book for kids ages 5 to 12 includes many colorful photos and charts, coloring pages for younger children, crafts and activities, and nine feature stories.

Children learn what school is like for Christian kids in Algeria and Tunisia, and about the culture, language, religion, geography and history of the region. Additional features include instruction about how to prepare a testimony, Muslim Fact Cards, a North African animals domino game, and recipes.

The book is available for free download in the Downloads section of this site.