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Update: Glenna

Children reading a Bible storybook

Glenna is a Christian in a country where it is against the law to teach children about Jesus. She invited children to her house to share Bible stories with them.

A post on this site several months told Glenna’s story. Her husband died, leaving her with three small children and a baby on the way. Then her landlord kicked her out of her apartment because she was a Christian. She and her children turned to the Lord in prayer.

The Voice of the Martyrs and other Christians helped Glenna settle in a new apartment where she continued to share Bible stories with children in the area.

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Give Thanks

This year, Thanksgiving is on November 28th. We thank God for all he has provided us. But what do persecuted Christians thank God for?

Read below about Christians who thank God even when they are going through difficult times. (Enter their names in the search box if you want to know their complete stories.)

Andre lost his parents in an attack by radical Muslims. He now lives at a “safe house” for children whose family members have been attacked. Andre said, “I am thankful that I have many friends here who help me when I’m discouraged.”

Yubelina was badly burned as she ran to escape attackers in Indonesia. Some people make fun of the scars on her face. Her daughter, Febiola, said, “My mother tells me to be thankful for all that has happened to us!”

Washal, a 12-year-old Christian in Pakistan, lost his home and all his belongings in a fire set by radical Muslims. Washal said, “I was grieved that I lost my parrot, bicycle, and school bag in the fire. They were all burned. I am thankful that God has provided me with another bicycle and school bag.

“I did not go to church regularly before the incident. Now I go to Sunday school regularly. I am very happy now.”

Danny’s father was in prison in Vietnam for his Christian activities. Danny was treated badly at school because his family was a Christian. Danny said, “God is close to me. He is with me every day. I am thankful for his presence in all of our difficult times, like when my father was arrested. I was scared when the government came and surrounded our house. I prayed and had peace.”

Thank God for granting thankfulness and peace to persecuted Christians around the world.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).

Iran: Amin

Watch the video to learn about Amin, a boy in Iran.

Family Still Separated

Pastor Umar
Pastor Umar had to wear bandages on his face after his surgeries

Umar, a pastor in Uganda with a wife and six children, was attacked on his way to church in 2011. Read a previous story about him here. The attackers threw some acid at the pastor, and it burned his face.

Pastor Umar is still going through treatment for his injuries. The Voice of the Martyrs recently received a note from him. Read what he said below.

“Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thank you for all you are doing for the Kingdom’s sake.

“I am still being treated in Israel. I have had seven surgeries and have two more to come. Acid treatment requires much patience because it takes a long time and involves complicated surgeries. It’s a unique experience for me.

“It seems like a never-ending battle. I am glad I have not let it hold me down. I am so thankful for assistance from The Voice of the Martyrs standing with us in this problem. I request that you continue to pray for me to finish the treatment well.

My children are in a challenging situation, having been separated from me for about 20 months. I can’t imagine the life my children have gone through, but I’m trusting God to keep them in His peace and for us to re-unite someday again.

“Some of our church members [in Uganda] are also constantly threatened; they need your prayer.

“Thank you so much.”

(Edited for clarity and reading level.)

National Bible Week

The week of Thanksgiving is National Bible Week in the United States.

Suggested Group Activities for National Bible Week

In a country where Bibles are hard for some Christians to get, a broadcaster reads parts of the Bible on a radio program. He reads very slowly so listeners can copy the verses by hand. The listeners use the written verses as their “Bible.”

Have someone read Matthew 19:29 out loud very slowly while others in the group write the verse on paper or type it on a computer.

Crossing the Border Game
Guards in some countries also try to keep people from sneaking into their country, especially if they are carrying Bibles. The governments of some countries do not want their citizens to learn about Jesus. Christians in one place found a way to take Bibles into those countries in the winter. Guards near the border looked for footprints in the snow. They sent attack dogs in the direction of the footprints. So the Christians walked backwards in the snow at night to take Bibles into the countries that did not allow Bibles. When border guards looked down at the footprints from their towers in the morning, they sent their search dogs in the wrong direction!

How to Play
Divide into two teams with an equal number of players. Give each team a bag of three or four books. Make a starting line and a finish line several yards apart. Line up the teams behind the starting line. When a leader says, “Go,” the first player on each team walks/runs backwards to the finish line, carrying the bag of books. The player drops the books behind him beyond the finish line. The second player walks/runs backwards to the books, picks them up without turning around, then runs back to the starting line. Play continues until all the players on one team have finished the task. That team wins.

To Discuss
Smuggling Bibles into a country where Christians are persecuted can be risky. Smugglers can be arrested or attacked. They are willing to sacrifice their safety and take the risk. Did anyone have to sacrifice so that you would be able to read the Bible in your language?