Recently a Chinese Christian visited The Voice of the Martyrs. He told VOM workers about a secret church that meets in a pastor’s house. About 35 children sit on the floor in the house to learn about God and the Bible. “The room is about the size of a small VOM office,” said the visitor.
The VOM office is about 11 feet by 15 feet. Measure off a space about 11 feet wide and 15 feet long. How many people could sit on the floor in your space? Do you think you could sit in the space with 34 other kids? Will you pray for Chinese children who attend house churches?
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 in the free Downloads section.
VOM recently received a report about an orphan in Laos who became a Christian after attending a church service. The child shared the gospel with others at the orphanage, and 10 more orphans trusted in Christ and began attending church!
David, age 14, and Steven, age 13, recently smuggled Bibles into China. Before the trip, the American teenagers were coached by an experienced smuggler who was joining them on the trip.
David and Steven packed Bibles in backpacks that they carried on their backs. David made sure to pack some children’s Bibles for Chinese children. The boys carried their travel supplies in other bags. They hoped the officials in China would not search their backpacks, and they prayed for the success of their trip.