Published on August 29th, 2012
The Voice of the Martyrs received the following testimony from a man in Indonesia.
My name is Kusno. I had been taught to hate Christians since I was a child. When I grew up and had sons, I sent them to a Muslim school.
One day something happened in our village. The villagers destroyed a house, and the family that lived in the house fled to another town. They were forbidden to come back because they had become Christians. I agreed with this decision.
Son Becomes a Christian
Later we moved to a different town. We lived near my wife’s brother, Didi. He and his family are followers of Jesus. I warned my sons not to make friends with their family. I watched my sons carefully when they talked to them.
But my older son, Heri, became close to Didi’s family. When Heri was 17, he became a Christian and was baptized. I was mad at myself for being so careless to let that happen. I had spent a lot of money for him to go to a Muslim school.
I noticed that Heri had changed. He became obedient, stopped rebelling, and talked less. I wondered what had happened to him.
New Thoughts About Christians
One day there was a free medical clinic in our village. I went there to check my health. I was surprised that the event was held by Christians. I had heard about the pastor from my son, and I wanted to meet him. I hated him before we finally met. After we talked, I started to think about Christians who care about others and help us.
My second boy, Edi, is 10 years old. He came home one day with a school bag and some snacks. I smelled the snacks. “This smells like Christian food,” I said. I rebuked him for accepting it. There was still hatred in my mind.
He Lived Among Us
That night I looked through Edi’s school bag and found some books. I read the book He Lived Among Us. It was midnight before I finished it completely. The next day, I read it again. It told how Jesus sacrificed himself. Many of his teachings were about love, and he did many miracles. It was the opposite of what my Muslim teachers had told me.
Didi’s family members have peace and love others, just like what I read from He Lived Among Us. Because of this book, I made the decision to follow Jesus. His teaching is so good and gives us hope. I’m looking forward to getting baptized. I’m eager to join the big family of the heavenly kingdom.
Source: VOM contacts, edited from the original source for clarity
Note: The Voice of the Martyrs distributes children’s Bible storybooks, called He Lived Among Us in many restricted nations.