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Bold Chinese Believers

A Christian worker from China shared with The Voice of the Martyrs the following testimonies about believers in China, where the government has increased their control over Christian activities.

“This is a very serious situation we are working under today,” the worker said. “Most people have heard about the addition of millions of cameras with face-recognition software. So on a day-to-day basis, we know that any of us can be tracked with every movement we make, every meeting we have. We have to be more cautious not to have anyone arrested and go to prison.

“In the old days, God made blind eyes see. Pray that He will make the seeing eyes [of the cameras] blind, and that much of our work is not seen by the cameras.

Released from Prison Weeping
But many Christians in China have learned to share the love of Jesus wherever they go. “One of my dear friends, a close friend, spent over 16 years in prison,” the Christian worker said. “The last prison sentence he had was seven years.”

The man was not allowed to have his Bible in prison during the entire seven years. Even though he knew the risks and didn’t have a Bible, he planted a church inside the prison! He wept on the day he was released from prison because he was sad to leave his congregation.

Learn more in Bold Believers in China, available in the Downloads section.

To Talk About
What would you do differently if you knew that cameras tracked you whenever you were outside your house?


Global Prayer Guide 2019

The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2019 Global Prayer Guide helps Christians pray for each of the nations where VOM works. It includes information about each country, details about life for Christians there, and facts about whether or not Bibles are available in the country. It’s a great resource for school reports, too!

Check the January 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter or click here  to find out how to order one free copy or to purchase additional copies.


Uganda: Christian Family Struggles

Elizabeth, a Muslim mother of five children, managed a small shop in Uganda. One day while she worked, she heard a voice saying, “Seek Me and find your life.”

Elizabeth’s search for the meaning of the saying led her to a Christian church. She began visiting the church, and after a time, she came to faith in Christ.

But she kept her new faith a secret from her Muslim husband. When he was out of town, Elizabeth attended prayer meetings. But she stayed home when he was in town.

After about a year, Elizabeth realized that she needed to be honest with her husband. But when he found out that she had become a Christian, he left her — pregnant with their sixth child.

Elizabeth has a hard time making ends meet for her family, and others in the community mock her instead of helping her. Please pray that she will stay strong in her faith.

To read prayers from around the world for Elizabeth, visit icommittopray.com.

(Elizabeth’s eyes are covered in the photo above to conceal her identity from those who might want to harm her.)


Uganda: Boy Refuses to Deny Christ

One day, 12-year-old Emmanuel Nyaiti went on an errand for his grandmother. Emmanuel lives in Uganda, where many people are Christians. But radical Muslims persecute Christians in some parts of the country.

No doubt Emmanuel had done chores for his family safely many times. But on this particular day he encountered four Muslim men from his village who stopped him from completing his errand.

The men knew Emmanuel came from a Christian family. Radical Muslims had already sent threatening text messages to Emmanuel’s father (shown in the photo above) telling him to become a Muslim or move out of the village. But on this day, Emmanuel was their target.

The men started by talking to Emmanuel and trying to get him to deny Jesus and become a Muslim. When he bravely refused, one of the men slapped him and tried to choke him. Then they ran away, leaving him unconscious on the ground.

Emmanuel’s father and some neighbors began searching for him when he didn’t return home. Thank God they found him and took him home. Ask God to give Emmanuel and his family wisdom and guidance as they consider how to deal with hostile villagers.

(Sources include Morning Star News)


Indonesia: App Helps Muslims Report “Blasphemy”

News reports are telling readers about a new app that helps people in Indonesia report blasphemy to the government. “Blasphemy” means insulting things that are holy.

Indonesia has more Muslims that any other country in the world. So blasphemy in Indonesia means saying something against Islam or Muslim beliefs. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Some Christians are concerned that the app will lead Muslims to report more Christians to the police and get them arrested.

Users can rate the app and tell how much they like it. So far, thankfully, the app is getting low ratings.

Pray that technology and social media will lead more Indonesians to Christ instead of helping them give Christians a hard time.