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Recipes from Vietnam

Rice and banana pudding

Eggs and Onions
Fry one chopped onion in 1 tbsp. oil. Separately, mix 3 eggs, 1 chopped green onion, and 2 tsp. fish sauce. Add the mixture to the pan with the fried onion and scramble. Serve hot with rice.

Rice and Banana Pudding
Combine and bring to a boil 2 sliced bananas, ½ cup water, 3 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. vanilla, and ½ tsp. cinnamon. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1½ cups of cooked brown rice, 1 15-to 20-ounce can of pineapple tidbits (drained), and 1 cup of coconut milk (or plain milk). Return to a boil, then simmer 5 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Learn more about life in Vietnam and bold Vietnamese believers from these resources:
Bold Believers in Vietnam, available in the free Downloads section.

Two Requests

When workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visit persecuted Christians in other countries, the Christians have two main requests.

*Please pray for us!
*Please send Bibles!

Christians and those who are seeking the truth often wait years to own a copy of the Bible. After they get a Bible, they may have to keep it a secret so non-Christians don’t take the Bible away or persecute the Christians. But they still continue to request Bibles.

When you picture in your mind Christians delivering Bibles to people in other nations, what does the picture look like? In your imagination, how do the Bibles get from the hands of VOM contacts into the hands of those who need them?

The photo above shows part of the difficult journey for one group of VOM contacts in Vietnam. And the people who receive the Bibles sometimes have to walk for hours to get them. But those who deliver the Bibles and those who receive them know that their struggles are worth it. They understand that learning God’s Word is vital to their lives as Christians.

No Complaints

Leanna Cinquanta, a missionary to India, recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs and shared stories of Indian Christians with VOM workers.

“Every 40 hours, another Christian [in India] is attacked,” Leanna told the workers. “Persecution in India has now become a lifestyle; it’s not an incident….It’s not an event; it’s in the atmosphere.”

But Indian Christian pastors are persevering. They understand that persecution is part of being a Christian. (See 2 Timothy 3:12.) The pastors are persevering under persecution, not complaining.

Needed: Duct tape, scissors, writing instruments (optional)
Cut a piece of duct tape 1 inch longer than necessary to fit around your wrist. Cut off the top half of the strip 1 inch from the right end and the bottom half of the strip 1 inch from the left end. Fold the tape in half lengthwise, sticky sides together. Wrap the tape around your wrist, fastening it by pressing the exposed sticky parts together. (You may want to write a Bible verse on your band.)

Read aloud Philippians 2:14 and 4:4, and James 1:2. Many persecuted Christians talk about how they experienced God’s comfort during their struggles. God’s presence helps them to not complain.

Try praising God instead of complaining when things do not go your way. Keep your wristband on as long as you can. When you complain about something, remove it. You may want to ask family members or classmates to join you in the project and see who can keep their band on the longest, while remembering Christians who rejoice in spite of their trials.

Chiapas: Daniela and Her New Book

Copying Bible verses in Chiapas

Daniela had a beautiful new book. She brought the book to school, where it got a lot of attention from the other children. Many students asked if they could borrow it.

The book was a children’s Bible, and Daniela had received it from a man who distributes Bibles for The Voice of the Martyrs in Chiapas, Mexico.

(Learn more about Chiapas and the bold Christians who live there in Bold Believers in Chiapas, available for free from the Downloads section.)

Daniela became a one-person library. She made a list of everyone who wanted to borrow the new book, and she checked it out to each child for one day.

“As a mom, I’m very happy to see what my daughter is doing,” said Daniela’s mom. “Many kids in her classroom had no knowledge of the Bible. Some of them had never even see a Bible before.”

The Voice of the Martyrs’ contact in Chiapas will now provide Bibles for all Daniela’s friends who have been borrowing the Bible.

Daniela’s mom said, “Thank the brothers [Christians] who had the idea of printing the Bibles and giving them away. This year has been a blessing for my kids and I’m sure for the many other kids who have received Bibles, too.”

Stuck in a Barn

Todd Nettleton of has interviewed Dale Rhoton from the mission organization Operation Mobilization on several occasions. During one interview, Rhoton told a story about smuggling Bibles in secret compartments in his van. He and the other Christians with him were taking the Bibles into a country where distributing Bibles was against the law.

“We were always looking for secret places where we could unload our vehicles — where the police wouldn’t stumble upon us and find out what we were doing,” said Rhoton. “One of the best locations is a farm way out in the middle of nowhere.”

The smugglers found such a place on a farm owned by Christians. They drove into the barn and unloaded all the Bibles from the secret compartments in the van. Then it was time to drive back out of the barn.

“We couldn’t do it,” said Rhoton. “We had unloaded hundreds of Bibles, so the van set much higher than it did before.” It wouldn’t fit through the barn door.

“We needed to do something. How in the world were we going to get the van out without putting the Bibles back in?” said Rhoton.

[Middle-of-the-story question. What would you do?]

The smugglers went into the farmhouse and told the family, “Before we drive off, we would like for all of us to get together for a time of prayer in the van.”

“Grandmother is not that well,” said a family member. It would be difficult for her to get into the van.”

But the smugglers needed everyone in the van to replace the weight of the Bibles. A smuggler said, “We have a couple of men who can help her.”

The family saw that the smugglers really wanted the grandmother, too. So everyone joined them in the van to pray. As they prayed, the driver backed the van out of the barn.

(Source: Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)