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Prayers from Uganda

Uganda

The I Commit to Pray website invites Christians to pray for persecuted Christians whose stories are told on the site.

The photo on this post is from Uganda! Christians around the world are joining to pray. The owner of the sign has displayed it in an interesting place. Can you tell where he has put it?

Note: Uganda is in Africa. Check out the Map of Visitors on this site and put your mouse over the dots on Africa to see where recent visitors to their site are located.


Brother K Update

AsiaHouse church meeting in Asia

A previous post told the story of Brother K, a Christian in Asia. The authorities in his village were angry because Brother K held a Christmas celebration without their permission. The Voice of the Martyrs has received the following update about Brother K.

“A Christian in Asia has asked us to pray for Brother K. His family is still the only Christian family in the area.

“Many times he has been threatened by villagers and authorities who tell him to forsake his faith. Brother K disobeys them and teaches the Bible to his family every Sunday.

“We have been told that if Brother K does not give up his faith, the local government will cut off his water and electricity. Brother K is prepared to dig a well to get water for his family.”

To Discuss

  • Talk with your family about what a day at your house would be like with no water or electricity.
  • Luke 14:28 tells us to “count the cost” before we decide to follow Jesus. If someone in Brother K’s village wanted to join his family in trusting Jesus, what might be the cost?

More from the Bitterman Family

Colombia

A previous post shared an account from the daughter of Chet Bitterman, a missionary to Colombia, and his family.

Relatives of Mr. Bitterman shared the following comments with Kids of Courage.

Esther, Chet Bitterman’s daughter

When I was little, I asked, “If God loves us, why did he allow my father to die?” Now I know that pain in the world is the result of sin. God can work good out of it.

The bad things are not the last chapter. It’s not where the story ends. We don’t see the big picture. Things that seem bad at the time can turn out to be good. If you have a flat tire, you will be frustrated. But you might drive down the road and see that you missed being in a landslide because you had to fix the flat tire.

God doesn’t cause bad things. He uses painful things as a building block to redemption.

Mary Bitterman, Chet’s mother

[Chester and Mary Bitterman had eight children: Chet, Curt, Connie, Carol, Craig, Grant, Chris, and Cindy.]
We never had a TV until Chet was kidnapped. We had Christian radio, records, and books. My husband thought they were better than sitting in front of the TV. The children had active fun, like building something.

We had a constant stream of missionaries as guests in and out of our house. One stayed for a month. We read missionary stories and missionary letters.

Message from Mrs. Bitterman for young people

Commit yourself to God for whatever he wants you to do. Be sure you’re committed, because the task is not always easy.

Message from Mrs. Bitterman for parents

Give your children to God and let him decide what’s going to happen to them. Then thank God for whatever ministry he gives them.

(Source: Bold Believers in Colombia, available in the Downloads section of this site.)


Quang

Vietnam

“Keep studying. Listen to your mom. Be a good boy. Help your mom with her work. Go to church,” 15-year-old Quang’s father tells him. Quang get this advice from his father once a month in a letter. His father is in prison.

In Vietnam where Quang’s family lives, the government tries to stop Christianity from spreading in some areas where tribal people live. Quang’s father was a youth pastor, and he led the music program at their church.

Quang writes a letter to his father every two months. Even though is father has been in prison for almost 10 years, Quang has been able to visit him only twice.

Quang is an only child. His mother sells vegetables and sugar cane juice to earn money for them to live. Quang cuts the sugar cane to help his mother.

Quang reads the Bible every day. He goes to church on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and he attends a prayer meeting on Wednesday. In spite of his family’s troubles, Quang feels that God will always be with them.

Read about other Vietnamese children whose fathers are in prison in the posts May: Daughter of a Prisoner and Vietnam: Sarah and Her Brothers.


The Most Unreached Group

Colombia

Chet Bitterman and his wife Brenda were American missionaries to Colombia. Their daughter Anna wrote the following.

“My family and I were in our mission guest house playing games and eating supper. I was about 3 years old. I had no idea what was going to happen that night as I crawled into bed.

“Sometime in the middle of the night, I was awakened. My father picked me up and told me not to talk. We were herded by a man into the living room. He and other men in the room had guns. My mother, my baby sister, Esther, and I were on the couch. My mother kept telling me to say Bible verses in my head, but I said them aloud. A man said to my mother that if I wasn’t quiet, he’d tie me up. I was scared.

“The men took my father away. [The men were guerrillas. Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they are not part of a regular army.] A few days later, I heard that his captors had killed him. My mother later told me that he had made friends with some of the men, and one man had become a Christian, but I was very sad about his death.”

Anna and her sister Esther are now adults. They have heard that other guerrillas have become Christians because of Chet’s witness to them. “My father’s big goal in life was to go to an unreached people group,” said Esther. “How much more unreached can you get than a group of terrorists?” (In “unreached” groups, few or no people are Christians.)

(Source: Bold Believers in Colombia, available in the Downloads section of this site.)