Uzbekistan: Child Questioned by Police
Fact: Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country. A country is landlocked if it is not next to a sea or ocean. Doubly landlocked countries are landlocked countries surrounded by other landlocked countries. (The Caspian and Aral Seas in the region are actually big lakes.)
Fact: Some Christians in Uzbekistan don’t want a Bible because it is risky to own one. Even if they are caught with a digital Bible on their smartphone, they can get in trouble with the police.
Even kids in Uzbekistan may have a hard time because of their faith. Earlier this year, the police shut a Christian mother and her children in their bathroom while they searched their house. The kids’ dad was not at home. When they left, the police took the family’s Bible and computer with them.
Two days later, officials took the family’s 8-year-old son out of school and questioned him. They let him go home, but then called him and his mother back again. They threatened the family with fines and jail time if the boy’s father continued to attend church. Officials in Uzbekistan pressure people of all faiths to keep their children away from meetings for worship.
(Source: Forum 18 News Service)
What Would You Say
What would you say if someone questioned you about your faith in Christ? Let someone act as a questioner, and role play answering the questions below.
*Are you a Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian? What rules do you have to follow?
*What does Jesus mean to you?
*What does the Bible teach?
*How does someone become a Christian? How did you become a Christian?