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Passing Through Deep Waters

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand of Romania, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, told the following story.

“Two friends took a walk along the shore of a river. One slipped and fell into the water. He began to yell, “Help! Help! I can’t swim!” His friend on shore answered, “You don’t have to shout like that. I don’t know how to swim either, but I don’t make as much noise about it as you do.”

Pastor Wurmbrand went on to say,

“We sometimes judge others harshly for their bad moods or rude behavior. We behave well, but could it be because we do not pass through the same deep waters as those who do not behave well?”

Pastor Wurmbrand practiced what he preached. He loved and prayed for people who invaded his country, police who arrested him for his faith, and guards who treated him rudely in prison. He led some of them to Christ.

To Discuss: What does the story about the man in the water mean? For what behavior was the man on shore judging the man in the water? Can you think of someone who does not behave well to pray for?

(Source: Reaching Toward the Heights, edited and paraphrased)


The Adoniram and Ann Judson Story

Elise

Missionary Adoniram Judson was born on this date, August 9, in 1788.

Elise Wixtrom travels with her family to help bring their music ministry to people who attend The Voice of the Martyrs’ Advance conferences. You can read more about Elise here.

Elise has grown up learning about persecuted Christians and reading VOM resources.

You can read her review of the Torchlighters DVD, The Adoniram and Ann Judson Story, and watch a trailer for the DVD below.

Adoniram and Anne Judson, missionaries to Burma (Myanmar), led very interesting lives. Even though many people told them they couldn’t go to such an unreached and dangerous country, the couple was successful in ministering to the native people of that land. The Torchlighters animated special about their life is equally fascinating.

The missionaries Judson have a calling in Burma, and that is to translate the Bible using the only known English-to-Burmese dictionary. However, along the way, they find much opposition to the message of the Gospel. The local Buddhist priests, especially, are afraid of what the missionaries will do.

Eventually, Adoniram is sent to prison under suspicion of spying for the British, who are enemies of Burma. As the prisoners and their guards, along with Anne Judson and their child, flee the British army, Adoniram loses the Bible translation – however, a recent convert and friend of the missionaries finds the sole copy of the Burmese Bible, wrapped in a pillowcase.

After Adoniram and Anne are released, they continue to translate and grow the Burmese church, even after the deaths of Anne and their child. This is a beautiful story, an example of dedicated missionaries to a lost world. I highly recommend the Torchlighters version of the story of Anne and Adoniram Judson; it is well-written and entertaining.

Find additional resources that include stories about the Judsons and Burma here, here, and here.


Pakistan: Benish

Benish had a problem. A Muslim boy liked her, and he decided he wanted to marry her. Benish and her family are Christians, but they live in Pakistan, where most of the people are Muslims.

On behalf of their son, the Muslim boy’s parents asked Benish’s parents for her hand in marriage. Her parents refused. They knew that Benish would be expected to become a Muslim before the marriage.

The boy was angry, and he didn’t quickly take no for an answer. He continued to pester Benish to marry him. When Benish still said no, he became enraged and pushed her off the second floor of a building!

Benish was taken to the hospital in critical condition. No one knew if she would recover from her injuries. And the police were not helpful. They urged Benish’s parents to drop their case against the boy.

Many Christians around the world prayed for Benish and by God’s grace, she did recover.

Every year, Pakistani Christian girls are pressured into marrying Muslim men they don’t want to marry. Pray that the police and government will take their cases seriously, and that Christian girls will not be mistreated.

(Source: VOM Australia)


Malaysia: Jeremy’s Story

Children in Malaysia

Every Sunday, 11-year-old Jeremy left his home and walked to church. But he didn’t tell his family goodbye and walk boldly out the front door. Instead, he sneaked out of his bedroom window.

A Messy Life
Jeremy’s mother and stepfather drank a lot of alcohol and often came home drunk. He had no birth certificate or identification telling who he was, because his birth father never registered his birth. “My home was always messy, and my family was always fighting and arguing,” said Jeremy. He finally dropped out of school because he couldn’t concentrate on studying.

Finding Joy
Church gave him hope. “I just loved it,” he said. “It was the only thing that brought me joy.” However, after he gave his life to Jesus, he kept his new faith a secret, because his family was Muslim.

But his family discovered his secret and sealed his bedroom window. Jeremy considered running away from home. Instead, he decided to stay and to pray constantly for his family.

After a time, Jeremy moved in with his grandparents who knew he was a Christian. Sadly, his grandfather got sick and died. But, praise God, Jeremy led him to the Lord before his death.

Jeremy knows he still faces struggles in his life, but now he is hopeful for the future. “I want my whole family to come to know the Lord. That’s my longing,” said Jeremy.

(Source: VOM Australia.)

Read more about Christians in Malaysia in Bold Believers in Malaysia, available from the Downloads section.


Netherlands Kids Celebrate Teacher’s Birthday

(The story below comes from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. SDOK is in the Netherlands.)

Some elementary school students and their teacher at a Christian school in the Netherlands celebrated the teacher’s birthday in unique way. First the teacher arranged for someone to give a presentation at the school about persecuted Christians in Pakistan. Then the children raised money to give to SDOK for projects to help Pakistani Christians.

“We received a box to put the money in,” said Anne, one of the students. “I do odd jobs and often walk my dog, Tayla. Then I put the money that I earn in the box.”

What do you think of the class’s idea to honor their teacher by remembering persecuted Christians? (See Hebrews 13:3.)