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Purnima’s Christmas

Purnima was 13 years old in 1993 when she was taken with more than 30 other Christians to the police station at a town in Bhutan. Bhutan is a Buddhist country. “Who gave you permission to celebrate Christmas?” an officer asked her. “This is Bhutan. You are not allowed to celebrate Christmas here! This is your last chance. Either return to Buddhism, or leave Bhutan.”

“I will not deny Christ,” Purnima answered. “I do not wish to leave my country, and I will not leave Christ. He is the only one who can save me, or you.”

Purnima and the other Christians were given five days to pack and travel from Bhutan to Nepal. Her parents had already kicked her out of their house when she became a Christian; now she was being kicked out of her country.

Purnima and her friends were later arrested for sharing about the love of Jesus in a marketplace in Nepal! They continued spreading the gospel after they were put in prison for witnessing to non-Christians.

Some of the prisoners appreciated Purnima’s words of hope. Others mocked and despised her.

All the prisoners were given a small amount of money. Every week, an old man came and collected the money and bought food at the market. The guards provided the prisoners with cooking equipment. But Purnima never gave the man any money. Instead she saved it and ate only the two meals a day of rice or potatoes that the guards gave her.

At Christmastime, she gave the man all her money and whispered to him what she wanted through the bars of the cell. Later that day, the man returned, and Purnima began cooking and making preparations. When she finished, she announced to the other prisoners, “Since I have been here, God has put it on my heart to save my prison allowance. I used the money to buy the best food in the market. And now I have cooked it all for you!

The prisoners were amazed. Why would Purnima cook the best prison food they had ever eaten when they had mocked her? Purnima explained to them the meaning of Christmas, and later some of the prisoners gave their lives to Christ.

Purnima continued to share the gospel after she was released from prison.

(Source: Hearts of Fire by The Voice of the Martyrs)


5 Responses to Purnima’s Christmas

  1. Corinne Manning | May 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM | Reply

    She has been given a great burden for the lost and great courage. I pray for her safety and ask the Lord to bless her greatly and keep her safe under His wings.

  2. “The blood of JESUS” stand firm he will be returning soon to vindicate his children…. Blessings unto you, in JESUS MIGHTY NAME!

  3. Wow! What a touching story, the courage this little girl has and the struggles she has been facing, I thank the Lord for her life, her story encourages me.
    May our Lord Jesus Christ continue giving her the strength and protection she needs.


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