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A Sad Day in Pakistan: Update

Mehak

Five years ago this month, radical Muslims attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. You can read more about the attack here.

Mehak, who is now 7 years old, was one of the youngest survivors. She has had constant medical care since the attack. The Voice of the Martyrs posted an urgent request for prayer on Facebook for Mehak, who recently had surgery.

Praise God, the surgery went well! Please continue to pray for Mehak, as she will need many more surgeries in the future.


Family Members Around the World

The previous post’s activity was from Release International, a member of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. Click here to find more about VOM offices around the world, and links to their websites. Can you identify the languages above from the logos on their websites?


A Prayer from Psalms

The following activity comes from Release International, a member of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. Crack the code to find a phrase from Psalm 25:20. Pray the verse on behalf of Christian children whose families are persecuted.


Madeha

Children in Algeria

Madeha was a 13-year-old girl in Algeria. Her older brother, Naser, was a bully. He often kicked Madeha, slapped her face, and spoke rudely to her for no reason. Madeha had never known anyone so mean.

One day, Naser seemed to be playing a new trick on his sister. He came to Madeha and said, “I have accepted Jesus, whom the Christians believe. He has changed my heart and my ways. I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to you. Will you forgive me?”

Madeha did not trust Naser. For one thing, she and her family were Muslims. It is rare, and often dangerous, for an Algerian Muslim to become a Christian. Also, Madeha didn’t believe that anyone as mean as her brother could really change.

After many days, Naser had still not hurt or insulted Madeha. She realized that her brother had really changed. Madeha then began to seek the God who had given her brother a new heart. Naser shared the Good News of Jesus with Madeha, and she trusted Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Trusting God
Madeha knew her Muslim father would never allow her to meet with other Algerian Christians. So she listened to Christian radio programs and sometimes wrote letters to the stations that broadcast the programs. She was able to get a Bible, and she read it whenever she had the opportunity. She continued to follow Jesus, trusting that He knew her circumstances and would help her through them.

Pray for Madeha and other Algerian Christians who love Jesus. Pray that their families will also seek and find the truth.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives. Learn more about Christians in northern Africa in Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia, available in the free Downloads section of this site.)


Talking Too Much

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was imprisoned for a total of 14 years in Romania. After he was released, he and his wife, Sabina, started The Voice of the Martyrs.

Pastor Wurmbrand wrote many books. In the books, he told readers what he learned from God during his time as a Christian in a non-Christian country.

Read below what he said about talking too much.

Pastor Wurmbrand said:

In the underground church, we had to learn to be silent. [The underground church refers to Christians who meet secretly in places where their worship services are illegal.] You have to learn to be silent from the moment you become a Christian. A Christian thinks before he speaks about whether his words can cause harm.

Useless talking in some countries means prison for another Christian. Every unnecessary word you speak can put someone in prison. A visitor [at a church service] could be a spy for the secret police.

A friend of mine, who wrote great Christian songs sung by the underground church, went to prison because Christians had a habit of saying, “How beautiful is this song composed by Brother [the composer’s name].” They praised him, the authorities found out about his work, and for this the composer got 15 years of prison.

(Source: Preparing for the Underground Church, by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited for length, clarity, and reading level.)

To Talk About
*Why did Richard’s friend go to prison?
*Can you think ways that unnecessary talking can cause problems for someone?
*What are some examples of “useless talking?”