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Where Are They Now? Danjuma

Danjuma still smiles

Read a previous post about Danjuma here.

Danjuma was a young boy when terrorists launched an early morning attack on his Christian village. He was so badly injured by a machete that villagers dug him a grave. To their surprise, Danjuma survived and recovered, though he was left blind and with severe injuries. During his recovery, nurses often remarked on his joyful smile.

A year ago, Danjuma enrolled in a school for the blind, and he is now in his second year there. According to the director, he is a fast learner and very intelligent. She also said he still walks around with that joyful smile on his face.

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magszine. Edited for length and clarity.)


India: “We Are Not Going to Lose Our Faith”

Pastor Kabir’s family

Pastor Kabir, the leader of a Christian congregation in India, was kidnapped and attacked by a youth group — a violent Hindu youth group. The attackers dragged the pastor off a bus, kidnapped him, and took him to an empty building. They planned to force him to deny Jesus while they took a video to post online.

But no matter what the Hindu gang did to Pastor Kabir, he refused to deny his Lord. “I am not going to worship idols,” he insisted. “I am going to serve Jesus.”

After hitting Pastor Kabir on the head and kicking him, the attackers took him a mile away and left him. “God has spared my life, so I will forgive them,” Pastor Kabir thought. “I will not go to [the police] station. [But] I am going to do double the work for the Lord.” He called a friend to drive him home.

Still Faithful
Pastor Kabir’s wife and daughters were alarmed when they saw his injuries. The next day he went to the hospital. The attack had damaged his ears, and he now needs a hearing aid.

The Hindu group posted the video of Pastor Kabir on Facebook, but they edited it to make it look like he had denied Jesus and accepted Hinduism. (Learn more about Hindu beliefs here.)

But Pastor Kabir and his family remain strong in their faith. “Whatever happens, God is there. He will protect us,” said the pastor’s 15-year-old daughter, Vanya. His daughter Myra, 13, said, “I am happy with my father’s faith. I want my father to do more [Christian] work. We are not going to lose our faith. We are going to serve the Lord in the future.” (The photo shows Pastor Kabir and his family. Vanya and Myra’s faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them.)

Pastor Kabir has kept his promise and has doubled his outreach work. The Voice of the Martyrs provided him with a bicycle to help him keep up with his growing ministry. He requests prayer for:

*His family
*Continued healing
*His attackers
*The people in the area where he ministers

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)


Sleeping on the Roof

Abdul (right) and his mentors

Late at night, after most people in Pakistan were asleep, Adbul secretly approached a house in his village and climbed up to the roof, where he slept until about 5 a.m. He woke up when the sun rose, climbed down, and walked quietly away.

The house belonged to Abdul’s parents, who had kicked him out of their Muslim family when he became a Christian. Abdul had no place to live, so he spent every night for six years on the roof of his former home. “It was easy in the summertime, but very hard during the wintertime,” Abdul said. “I always kept a matchbook in my pocket to make a fire to make myself warm.”

When Abdul felt lonely or discouraged, he prayed, “Thank you, God. This is all about You and for You.”

Abdul’s relatives finally allowed him to stay in a separate room added to their house, but they continued to verbally abuse him and give him a hard time. Abdul prays for them. Abdul plans to marry a Christian girl he met in another part of Pakistan. His family will not attend the wedding. Abdul accepts persecution as part of being a Christian.

“I know that I have to die,” he said. “But before I die, I want to share the good news that people can go to heaven.”

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)

Read another story about a Christian who had to sleep in an unusual place here.