In Laos, families keep “family books.” They use the books like people in the United States use birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s licenses, and other forms of identification.
After seven Christian families started a church in a village in Laos, the village leaders took away their family books. The leaders told the families that they would get their books back if they stopped being Christians.
Without their family books, the children could not go to school, and they will not be able to get jobs when they grow up. The families also cannot buy or sell anything.
The families looked for a year and finally found a town where the children would be allowed to go to school. Their pastor’s 26-year-old son moved to the town with his wife and child to take care of the children.
The children sleep in the pastor’s son’s hut during the school week. Then they make the 2-hour walk back to their village to spend weekends with their parents.
Although the children can attend classes, they will not be allowed to graduate unless their families deny Christ, and they get their family’s books back. Ask God to help them stay strong in their faith.
(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs October 2013 newsletter)
To Think About
What would a week at your house be like if you could not buy or sell anything?