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The “New” Bible Smugglers

Source: persecution.com/bibles

“Armita” clutched her bag as she made her way to a table in the small café. After ordering tea, she carefully placed the bag on the floor between her feet and glanced around the crowded room. She smiled, knowing that what she had placed on the floor was about to change lives, but she also knew that members of her country’s secret police could be among the crowd and arrest her. “Dear Jesus,” she prayed silently, “please use this to draw people to You.”

One by one, the café customers searched their phones for a Wi-Fi connection. When they found one that didn’t require a password, they clicked on it. But instead of a page stating the Wi-Fi’s terms and conditions, an offer for a free digital download of the New Testament appeared on their screens.

After Armita finished her tea and paid her bill, she picked up her bag and went home. She planned to do the same thing the next day in a local park.

The Voice of the Martyrs continues to find creative ways of getting God’s Word into restricted nations and hostile areas. We use everything from underground printing presses to modern technology, such as Wi-Fi hotspots like Armita uses and SD cards that can be shared among house-church members. Standard printing presses are also sometimes used to print Bibles during the presses’ off-hours. VOM smuggles Bibles into countries in large quantities; we smuggled 400,000 Bibles into one Asian country over a 12-year period.

In highly restricted nations, faithful believers find creative ways to share the gospel on a regular basis. Join us in praying for the Armitas, printers and other workers — the “new” smugglers — who risk imprisonment and even death to carry out this essential gospel work.


Ask a VOM Worker: Making Plans

USA

VOM worker “Lena” shared the following advice for young people trying to plan their lives.

“You can’t plan what you’re going to do: A, B, C. You can’t dictate to God. Follow him, and he will provide. Shut doors can mean the timing is not right.

“Serve and love those around you. If you can’t love those who make fun of you, you won’t be able to love those who persecute you worse in the future. Serve the people the Lord puts in your life, and he’ll guide you where to go.”

To Discuss: Lena said, “Shut doors can mean the timing is not right.” What did she mean by that? Read Proverbs 3:5-7. Is Lena’s advice in agreement with these verses?


Vietnam: The Wind and the Police Chief

A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs visited courageous Christians in the Vietnam. The Christians told the visitor a story of God’s protection over them. Read the story below.

Protected Baptism
After a hard day’s work in the fields, several Christian men from Vietnam’s Jorai tribe stopped to take a bath in a creek. They left their clothes on the creek bank.

While they were in the water, they saw the village Chief of Police climbing down the bank. He decided to cool off with them. The chief knew many of the Christians, though he was not a Christian himself. As the villagers talked, a Jorai pastor passed them on a nearby dirt path. The pastor was on his way to a small pool downstream to baptize some new Christians.

Baptisms were not allowed in the area. (See the photo above of a baptism in Vietnam.) The government tries to restrict when and where Christians can tell others about Jesus. Like Peter and the other apostles, many Vietnamese Christians want to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

The Chief of Police had heard about the pastor. He figured out that the pastor was going to an illegal gathering. The chief told one of the Christians, “After my bath is finished, I will go down the hill to the pool and arrest all of them.”

A few minutes after he made his threat, a wind came along and blew his clothes somewhere into the bushes or downstream. The clothes of the other men did not move.

Soon the other men got out of the water and went home. The police chief stayed in the water because he was embarrassed to have no clothes. Finally, when it got dark, he climbed out and went home. The baptism service went on with no interruptions.


Another Corrie ten Boom Story

Do you ever worry about persecution coming to you or your family? A girl named Corrie ten Boom worried about that. She feared that she would never be strong enough to suffer for her faith.

Corrie’s father was a wise man. He told her to think about all the times they had taken a train trip. Then he asked Corrie, “When do I give you the ticket for the trip?” Three weeks before we go?”

“No,” answered Corrie. “You give me the ticket right before we get on the train.” Corrie’s father told her that our wise heavenly Father knows just when we are going to need things, too. “Today you don’t need the strength to suffer for your faith. But as soon as you are called upon for the honor of suffering for Jesus, he will give you the strength you need, just in time.”

Corrie’s father was right. When she grew up, she was sent to prison for following God’s call to help rescue Jews who were chased by Nazis. After she got out of prison, Corrie traveled around the world. She told people how God taught her to forgive those who treated her badly in prison. She had learned how to trust God to help her through hard times.

Learn more about Corrie ten Boom here.

 


Corrie ten Boom

By Elise Wixtrom, Kids of Courage Student Reviewer

[Corrie ten Boom was born on April 15, 1892. She died on her birthday in 1983.]

Corrie ten Boom was a woman who lived in the 1930s in the Netherlands, during Nazi occupation of that country. She was a watchmaker, along with her father and sister. She and her whole family were all devout Christians, and she believed strongly against the ideas of the Nazi Party. The Nazis believed that the only race that was worthy of life and liberty were Europeans, and specifically Germans.

So, once the Nazis started gaining power in Germany and the rest of Europe, they began to hunt out people who were Jewish, Romani, and other races that they thought were “unacceptable”, in order to kill them or send them to special concentration camps. The Jews, specifically, were hunted most frequently. When Corrie ten Boom and her family had to submit to Nazi rule, she realized that she couldn’t let the Jews of the Netherlands go unaided. So she began to hide them in a special room in her house.

Eventually, the Nazis found out about her hiding the Jewish families in her home and arrested her. They sent her to a concentration camp, where she battled illness and starvation. When World War Two ended, however, she was freed and went to America to tell her story. God used her compassion and courage to save a great many Jews from imprisonment and death. He used her to protect innocent lives in a time and under a regime that mistreated those who were different. Corrie’s story shows us that no matter who you are, God can use you to save lives. You don’t have to be a hero or a world leader to make a difference.

Learn More About Corrie ten Boom

*The Story of Corrie ten Boom is an animated DVD produced by Christian History Institute and The Voice of the Martyrs. Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here.

*Watch a trailer for the DVD here.

*Find Corrie ten Boom student and leader guides here.

*Torchlighters.org includes activities related to the DVD and information about buying or streaming the The Story of Corrie ten Boom .

*The image above is a coloring page from The Ultimate Torchlighters Activity Book.