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Update on Pastor from Uganda

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

Two previous posts (Pastor Attacked in Uganda and Family Still Separated) told about Pastor Umar from Uganda who was attacked on his way to church in 2011.

VOM recently received another update from the pastor who is still separated from his family.

“Thank you for prayers for me and the whole family. We take 2014 as a year of great victory from the Lord.

“My health is improving. It required patience as I had a skin implant and transplant. The skin was so heavy on my face and hard like a wall. Now it’s beginning to become normal. Praise God!

“Another surgery is necessary to re-open my ear that had been closed.

“We really thank VOM for prayers and support. The children had emotional challenges [after the attack on their father] that had affected their education, but they have now had great improvement.

“We continue to believe God for quick recovery and family reunion in Jesus’ name. May the good Lord continue to encourage you in His service.”

Another Update from Pastor Umar

Pastor Umar has sent the following message to The Voice of the Martyrs:

“We very much thank The Voice of the Martyrs and all those that have been praying for and supporting [us]… I have undergone pains that I had never imagined in life and even if I try to explain it, I feel that it’s so hard for me to help another person really understand it all. But in all, I am glad to see that I have managed to overcome the trauma with courage to endure suffering.

“Surgery — I am happy that it was successful, I am healing well, Doctors reconstructed the ear & saved my hearing too! My doctor’s recent report indicates that I am healed, I am healthy & free to resume my activities. I feel strong & happy!”


Christian Children Return to School

Africa

Violent Muslims have targeted Christians in attacks at many places in Africa. VOM projects help children who lost one or both parents in some of the attacks. The projects provide children with what they need to attend school.

The photo in this post shows two of the children at a school in Africa. Their faces are covered to protect them from people who still may want to harm the children or their families.

In what ways is the school in the photo like your school? In what ways is it different?



Christians’ House Burned

South Asia
What was left of the family’s house

The Voice of the Martyrs recently received a report about two little girls who lived with their parents in a small house in South Asia. One day, the family lost their house and everything in it: clothes, furniture, dishes, and all their possessions.

Radical Hindus burned down the house because they were angry at the girls’ father. (See what was left of the house in the photo included in this post.)

Read below what VOM sources said about their father.

“He visited other believers’ houses and encouraged them from the Word of God. He led many people to Christ. Other people in the village got mad at him. Three or four times they threatened to harm him and his family.

“In the beginning, he thought they would not really attack him. Then he went to a house fellowship with his wife. The Hindus set fire to his house and told him it was just a warning. ‘If you preach the gospel anymore, we may harm you and your family,’ they told him again.”

Read the following verses:

  • So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mark 10:29–30)
  • You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. (Hebrews 10:34–35)

What do the verses promise to the family in South Asia?

(Some of the quotes and stories on this website have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Government Threatens Students

Vietnam
Christians Praying in Vietnam

Government officials in some parts of Vietnam give Christians a hard time.

Christian youth at a Bible college in Vietnam face many temptations to give up their Bible studies. While some students were away at the college, policemen came to their parents’ homes and kidnapped their parents. The students were told the following:

  • If you do not stop studying the Bible, your parents will not be released.
  • If you do quit school, your parents will be released, and you will get $2000 and an overseas trip as a gift.
  • If you quit school, your parents will get money from the government to build a new home.

Please ask God to give strength to the students and their parents.

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs-Australia’s newsletter.)


Lost and Found

Asia
New Christians in Asia burning their old idols

Yee, a 14-year-old girl in Asia, came from a poor family. Then a woman offered her a job. The woman said she would pay Yee very well. Yee accepted the job.

But instead of giving her work to do, the woman took Yee to Thailand and sold her! The people who bought her made her work for no money at all. They took away all her possessions, including the cell phone she used to keep in touch with her family. Her parents’ phone number was stored in her phone, but Yee didn’t know it by heart.

For four years, her parents did not know where she was. They cried, and they worried, but they did not pray to God because they were not Christians. They went to Buddhist monks and spirit-worshiping witch doctors for help, but nothing changed.

Finally they visited a Christian pastor. The pastor and the leaders of his church prayed for Yee earnestly for a month.

Going Home
In the meantime, Yee was involved in a bus crash that left her with a broken arm and leg. Then one night, she had a dream. In the dream, a man in white clothing came to her and revealed her mother’s phone number to her. She tried hard to remember it. The next day, she borrowed a cell phone and called the number. It was really her mother’s number!

Yee was able to go home, and because of her amazing return, she and her mother trusted in Christ as their Savior. Yee’s father has not yet decided to follow Christ. Yee said to him, “God has rescued me; why do you not honor Him?”

Yee is thankful for the faithful prayers of the Christians who prayed for her while she was away from home.

(Source: VOM contacts)