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A New Plan

The church van
The church van

In an Asian country where Christians are persecuted, some Christians have a plan. Church members often can’t meet safely in a building, because government officials might disturb their meeting. Spies may watch them if they try to meet together in homes. Many Christians are even afraid to be seen walking to a meeting.

So the Christians plan to pick up five or six other Christians in a van and drive around the town with them. The group will sing hymns and pray, and one of the Christians will preach a sermon. “After two hours, I will leave them at their house and pick up other brothers and sisters,” said one of the Christians.

What do you think of the Christians’ plan?


New TV Shows in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Afghanistan

New TV shows are causing disagreements in some Muslim countries.

Very strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of music, movies, or TV. They are trying to stop a new reality talent show, Afghanistan’s Got Talent from airing on TV in Afghanistan. The show is scheduled to start this month.

“I am going to start a jihad* against those kinds of shows and programs on our television channels,” said one Afghan leader.

In Pakistan, a new cartoon show, Burka Avenger, features a superhero who wears a burka when she fights crime. (A burka is a tent-like robe that covers the body and face, or everything but the eyes.)

The Burka Avenger fights against evil using books and pens as weapons. In one episode, she fights villains who try to close schools.

In real life in Pakistan, strict Muslims in some areas have closed schools and try to keep girls from getting an education.

(Sources include Mohabat News)

Muslims in some countries do not agree with the rules of stricter Muslims. Some of them are looking the Christianity for answers. If they decide to follow Jesus, they will face persecution from Muslims who do not yet know him.

* Not all Muslims agree on the meaning of “jihad.” In this case, it is clear that the leader will work against the TV program based on his Muslim beliefs.


Ask a VOM Worker: What I Have Learned

VOM

A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs who has traveled to more than 25 countries shared the following remarks with Kids of Courage.

Question: What would you like kids in America to know about persecuted Christians?

VOM Worker: Persecuted Christians around the world are just like us; they have hopes and dreams, and enjoy having fun. They happen to live in difficult circumstances, but they worship the same God we do, and they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Some day you may be able to visit these countries, but until then, you can most certainly pray for them! The one request I receive most often from persecuted believers in my region is for prayer. I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked, “Brother, will you pray for me? Can you ask believers in the West to pray for me and my church?” This is the number one need of our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Q: What have you learned from persecuted Christians?

A: I have learned that our God is awesome! In the midst of the most difficult circumstances, God shows up in powerful ways, promising to walk with us through every circumstance we may encounter. Persecuted believers have taught me the importance of daily prayer and the need to surrender our lives to Him on a daily basis.

Q: What is the best part of your job and what is the hardest part?

A: The best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to travel to the various countries in my region and meet with persecuted/underground believers and to hear all that the Lord is teaching them. It is a very humbling thing to sit in a room on the other side of the world with our brothers and sisters in Christ who have often been through very difficult situations and hear all that the Lord is teaching them. The most difficult part of my job is leaving my wife and children behind as I travel.

Q: What countries would you like Christians in America to especially pray for?

A: I would ask you to pray for the Maldives and Bhutan.

Note: Visit the Persecution.com Restricted Nations page and the Kids of Courage country page to learn more about Bhutan and Maldives.