Published on January 23rd, 2017
Thirteen-year-old Amber lives in a country where most of the people are Muslims. He works hard helping his dad sweep in the market, cleaning and cooking for his siblings at home, and studying the Bible at church.
Amber would like to tell everyone about Jesus, his Savior, but he thought he couldn’t, because he had to quit school when his mom died. Amber’s friend, Pastor Faisal, reminded him that God can use anybody.
Now Amber serves God with a team that delivers Bibles to Christians who otherwise would not have one. When he first joined the team, he did not know how brave he would have to be.
On a recent trip, Amber helped hand out more than 700 Bibles from The Voice of the Martyrs to people who never had a Bible before. The people were so happy to have their own copies of God’s Word that they cried with joy as they thanked Amber and his friends.
After Amber’s team had finished, they were exhausted and ready to get home so they could rest. The men took a shortcut to save time. The road became very bumpy and made their old van bounce a lot, so the driver slowed down. He thought that would help with the bumpiness.
But when he slowed down, six men with guns surrounded them and demanded they hand over their valuables. The men were a band of professional robbers. Amber and his friends gave the robbers all their money and their phones.
“Give us more!” The robbers demanded.
All they had left were the Bibles.
Amber bravely faced the robbers. Even though the men could have killed him, Amber trusted God to take care of him and his friends. “We have Bibles,” he said and offered them one. “Take a Bible.” The robbers threw the Bible down and yelled mean things at Amber.
God protected the team, and miraculously, the robbers decided to let them all go. Although Amber might think he’s not important, God is using him in a special way to encourage Christians to be courageous followers who trust Jesus no matter what dangers they face.
J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, was a summer college intern at The Voice of the Martyrs