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Family Faces Villagers’ Anger

Children in Bangladesh reading a children’s Bible

A worker from VOM’s family of missions told the following story about a Christian family:

We had to fly for 11 hours, drive for 7 hours, take a boat for a half hour, and ride on a motorbike taxi to reach the family we wanted to visit.

Akash is a quiet 12-year-old boy. His sister, Rupa, is 8. They live with their family in between two rice fields. After the harvest, the rainy season comes. Puddles and lakes fill up quickly. During this season, the farmers become fishermen.

Akash and Rupa’s family used to be Muslims. All the other people in their village are Muslims. Not long ago, their lives changed. One day, a young man visited the village. He talked with the people and told Bible stories. Akash and Rupa like that very much. Their parents were also impressed, and they let the young man come back to visit them.

The man was an evangelist who spread the gospel. He told the family that the Lord Jesus Christ wants to forgive our sins. In Islam, the religion of Muslims, there is no one who can take away sins. The whole family trusted Jesus and felt the love of God in the hearts.

Soon the news traveled through the village. The whole village turned against the family because they had become Christians. The family was no longer allowed to get water from the village water pump.

Many kids at school treat Akash and Rupa badly. They are teased and hit. “I don’t fight back,” said Akash. “I don’t dare to. Even my dad was beaten up. He still has a scar on his head.”

The family does not even think about leaving the Lord Jesus. Happily, more villagers have come to faith in Jesus. So they don’t feel so alone anymore.

Please pray that peace will come to the village and more villagers will come to Jesus.

Happy in My Heart

Kids in Bangladesh

The Voice of the Martyrs is part of a group of missions around the world that serve the persecuted church. A worker from another mission in VOM’s family shared the following story after a trip to Bangladesh.

The worker said:

Nine-year-old Abraham lives with his Christian family in a small village in Bangladesh. On Friday afternoon, they join with other Christians and have a church service on a porch. They have to talk quietly during the service in case the neighbors are listening.

The neighbors are Muslims. They are not happy that Abraham’s family is Christian. When Abraham passes by their house, they look at him angrily.

“Since my parents and I believed in Jesus, other people treat us badly,” said Abraham. “Friends won’t play with me anymore, and some kids hit me.

“The teacher says I have to go to a different school. It makes me sad that no one in the village like us. But still, I am happy in my heart because we know and love Jesus.

“I like it when the pastor talks about Noah. I like the story a lot. Noah stayed faithful to God even though many people did not want to listen to him.”

The worker from the VOM mission also said, “If you live in Bangladesh and start following Jesus, a lot of people don’t like it. Some Christians are not allowed to drink from the village water wells or borrow things from neighbors. Sometimes children are picked on at school, just like Abraham.

“Pray that the Christians will be faithful to Jesus, that they will not be teased, and that they can have church services freely.”

Watch a video from Bangladesh here.

Source: SDOK, translated from the original and edited

Christian Woman Helps Her Husband During Attack


The Voice of the Martyrs has received a report about radical Muslims attacking a group of five Christians in Kyrgyzstan earlier this year. The Christians were distributing gifts to children in a village. The gifts were provided by Samaritan’s Purse, a ministry in the United States.

A mullah and about 20 men grabbed two of the Christians and hit them. (A mullah is a Muslim leader.) Some of the Muslims threw rocks.

Narsbek, one of the Christians, was hit in the back of the head and pinned to the ground. Some of the Muslim gang held Narsbek’s arms, and one began choking him.

Narsbek was ready to go to heaven and meet Jesus. But suddenly the attacker’s hands loosened. Narsbek’s wife, Gulnaz, had pushed her way through the gang and grabbed the attacker’s hands. The Muslims were surprised as she struggled to save the life of her husband.

The Christians got in their car and drove away, and the Muslims threw rocks at their vehicles. Some of the gang burned the gifts for the children.

Narsbek is still recovering from his injuries. Praise God for giving Gulnaz the strength and boldness to help her husband.

Note: Kyrgyzstan is a country slightly smaller than South Dakota. It is located west of China and not far from Afghanistan. Most of the people in Kyrgyzstan are Muslims, but many are not serious about their faith. However, most do not want their friends and family members to leave Islam and become Christians. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) They consider Islam a part of their culture. Pray for Christians in Kyrgyzstan.

Youth Spreading God’s Love in the Middle East

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs recently visited countries in the Middle East where the government limits and restricts Christian activities and public worship. One of the workers said the following.

“We came across a house church made up of mostly young believers. Even their pastor was young; he had a burning passion to advance God’s name throughout the region.

“Some of the young people served in leadership roles, such as leading worship. The congregation was not large, but it was certainly growing. In fact, we met believers who had come to faith only in the last year or two. They showed a warmth and love for one another that we found very encouraging.”

Praise God for youth who are willing to share his love in places where they have little human encouragement!

“Take Advantage of Your Time”

Question Mark

Sidney* is 16 years old and has nine brothers and sisters. She and her family have an unusual home. They live in a church! Part of the building is a church, and the Sunday school rooms are their home. Sidney’s father is a pastor.

Sidney and other Christians often go together to public areas to witness about Jesus. Many Muslims live in the area where they witness. Sometimes they hand out Bibles and invite people to church.

One day, someone reported Sidney and her group, and they were ordered to leave the area where they were witnessing. On another day, a woman harshly rebuked Sidney for talking to people about Jesus.

Sidney has some advice for other kids. “Don’t waste your childhood,” she said. “Don’t always play; take advantage of your time.

“You’re never too young to serve God and share the gospel,” said a Christian friend of Sidney’s.

To Think About: The story above sounds like many reports The Voice of the Martyrs receives from various countries. Can you guess the country where Sidney lives? Go to the comments section to find out.

* To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.