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The following story comes from Stef, the children’s magazine of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. It is told from the viewpoint of a boy in the Netherlands who read the story of David in Nigeria.

I was walking to the library on a Wednesday afternoon. I’m reading a very exciting series of books. Every two weeks I pick up the next book in the series.

At first, I didn’t notice that a black van was parked on the sidewalk. There was only room on the sidewalk for me to squeeze myself past the van.

Suddenly the van door opened. A man jumped out wearing a ski mask. He put a bag over my head and grabbed me. I kicked my legs, but it didn’t help. Before I knew it I was lying in the van. Then I was tied with ropes, and the van drove away.

My heart pounded. Why was I being taken? After a short drive, I was taken from the van. The bag was removed from my head, and I saw we were in an abandoned factory. Four guys stood in a circle around me. They had guns in their hands.

One of the men said, “You horrible curious little man, we know about you. You always want to read stories about Christians who are persecuted. Maybe you’ll be curious about your own story.” He pointed his gun at me and demanded, “Say that Jesus doesn’t exist, or I’ll shoot!”

I started to sweat. “This can’t be true!” I thought. “Kidnapped out of the blue? Because I’m a Christian? In Holland? During the day?

I hoped someone saw the kidnapping and called the police. Did I hear a siren?

Read the rest of the story in the next post.


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