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Uganda: Adamu

Adamu and his family

Four-year-old Adamu lived at a “safe house” in Nigeria with his parents. The residents of the safe house used to be Muslims. After they decided to leave Islam and follow Jesus, Muslim friends and family members began to persecute them. The Voice of the Martyrs provides a safe place for them to live while they make plans for their future.

(Islam is the religion of Muslims. You can read more about what Muslims believe here and in the downloadable book, “Learning About Islam” here.)

The new Christians in the safe house have a strong desire to learn more about Jesus and about how to live as a Christian. One day, VOM workers brought audio Bibles on MP3 players to the safe house for the residents. About 40 percent of Nigerians can’t read, and audio Bibles help the non-readers learn God’s Word.

Adamu can’t read yet either. He was excited when he saw the MP3 players. His excitement turned to sadness when he found out that the Bibles were only for adults. But at the end of the Bible distribution, there was an audio Bible left, and a worker gave it to Adamu! “He cannot read or write yet,” a worker said. “So this MP3 player will help him know the Bible just by listening. In his shy little words, he said, ‘I am very happy.’”

(Source: April 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine)

To Think About
A VOM worker said, “It is interesting to note that many of [the safe house residents] cherish this Bible more than Christians who grew up in the faith. For these Bibles, it is the one thing that they cherish most because they have seen the other side and know the cost of living a life without Christ.”

What does “cherish” mean? Why do you think many of the new Christians cherish the Bible more than some Christians who grew up in the faith?