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God Can Help Where Police Do Not

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The Voice of the Martyrs received a report from a Christian in a country where most of the people are not followers of Christ. Some people in the country try to stop Christianity from spreading.

The report said:

Again we have had very bad persecution in one of our villages. A teacher from another religion said that Christians are ruining the country with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So the teacher brought kerosene, paper, and firewood to burn the church. At midnight he set a fire in the Sunday school. It was burned completely.

Other villagers gathered around him to help him finish the job. They gathered all the church instruments and put them in the fire. They told the Christians not to say anything to anyone about the fire. “If you do,” they said, “we will hurt you, too.”

Some Christians informed the police about what happened. The police said, “It is a religious matter. We cannot help.”

Christians from outside the village asked the Christians from the burned church, “How can we help?”

What do you think the Christians answered? They said, “Please pray for us and help us however you can.”

To Think About
In countries where Christians are persecuted, the Christians often ask for prayer before they ask for anything else. Why do you think they ask for prayer first?


Pastor Attacked in Uganda

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Parents and Teachers: The June issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories of Christians in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Egypt. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Christianity is growing in Uganda. Radical Muslims want the growth to stop.

Umar is a pastor in Uganda. He and his wife have six children.

On Christmas Eve in 2011, Pastor Umar was attacked on his way to church. The attackers threw some acid at the pastor, and it burned his face.

Seven months later, someone threw a note into Pastor Umar’s church. The note threatened Umar’s family with further harm.

But the pastor was not at the church. He was in another country getting treatment for his burn scars.

In February 2013, attackers again came to the church. They brought more acid with them. But they spilled they acid on the church veranda, and no one was injured.

Ask God to continue to protect Pastor Umar, his wife, and their six children. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping support and encourage the family.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs June 2013 newsletter


Learn More About Augustine

Augustine thought his mother Monica’s Christian faith was foolish. But she continued to pray for him, even after he left home to start a new life in Rome.Augustine received honor in Rome as a teacher and as “The Voice of the Emperor.” He enjoyed a wealthy lifestyle, but he was not at peace. He began to notice flaws in the thinking and behavior of those around him who were not following Jesus. He realized that the Christians he thought were foolish were actually kind and good.

A stand-off between the Christians and armed soldiers who wanted to take their church forced him to choose which side he wanted to serve, and he, too, became a follower of Jesus.

Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here.

Parents and teachers: Please preview Torchlighters DVDs before showing them to younger children.

(Source: The Torchlighters: The Augustine Story, produced by The Voice of the Martyrs and Christian History Institute)


Happy to Get a Bible

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In countries where most of the citizens are not Christians, people often have a hard time getting Bibles. The Voice of the Martyrs helps print and smuggle Bibles in many languages for believers around the world. The photo shows a Christian woman in Nepal looking at one of the Bibles with her child.


Eritrea Holiday and Mural Bookmarks

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If you have a map in your house that was made before the 1990s, Eritrea will not be on it. Eritrea became a separate country in the early 1990s. The people of Eritrea celebrate their Independence Day on May 24.

But independence does not mean religious freedom for many Eritrean Christians.

“As far as encouraging people to pray, I think Eritrea is [a country that needs prayer],” said a VOM worker.

Men, women, youth, and even young children have been arrested at Christian gatherings.

Pray for Eritrean Christians this week as they celebrate Independence Day.

Mural Bookmarks
Some churches in Eritrea are known for their murals depicting people from the Bible. Find patterns for mural bookmarks to use as prayer reminders here.