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Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs

Bold Believers Among China’s Uygurs includes stories, history, culture facts, and activities that help children understand the daily lives of the Uygur people, who live mainly in northwest China. The 52-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Feature Story

Pakistan: No Longer Enemies

Pakistan

Ask God to show you how to share His love with others who need a helping hand during a time of struggle.

Seeta and Kamilah were teenage girls from a village in Pakistan. They were students at the village high school and their favorite subject was art. Like many Pakistani girls, they used their artistic talent to draw designs on the backs of their hands with henna dye. Since this was forbidden at school, Seeta and Kamilah drew designs on only one hand and kept that hand hidden in their clothes!

The two friends enjoyed learning languages. They could speak a little English, as well as two Pakistani languages. They also loved to watch television, but they were able to do so only when visiting cousins in a city. Their homes in the village didn’t have television.

One day, an earthquake shook the ground for six minutes in and around their village. When it ended, much of the village was rubble. Seeta and Kamilah could no longer attend school, study art, or learn languages. They didn’t even live in houses anymore; they lived in tents. Life became more of a struggle.

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Spotlight Story

Mauritania: Not Easy for Christians to Get Married

Mauritania

Ethan and Kalila loved each other and wanted to get married, have children, and teach their children about Jesus. But their parents did not want them to marry each other. Their families went to extremes to keep them apart.

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Spotlight Story

Tea Parties in Mauritania

[Photo: A Christian in the desert in Mauritania]

A small group of men sit on a mat outside. Someone heats ingredients for mint tea on a small burner. The tea is poured into small glasses from high above the glasses, but nothing is spilled. Pouring the tea in that way makes it foamy and frothy. According to Mauritanian custom, the tea is poured from glass to glass before it is served in three rounds. The glasses are washed after each round. Preparing and drinking the tea can take an hour or longer.

Mauritanians drink tea every day. No one thinks it is strange to see a group of men or women having tea together. But this group is unusual. Someone listening closely might notice that they are not talking about the weather or their jobs. They are praying and talking softly about Jesus.

Pastor Adam has tea with his Christian friends as often as three times a week. Their “tea parties” are secret Christian meetings. Anyone passing by thinks they are just drinking tea. Other Christians hike across miles of hot sand to worship in secret in the Mauritanian desert

Pastor Adam and his friends sometimes notice people following them. They know that Muslims and government officials are watching what they do. In Mauritania it is against the law to bring a Muslim to Christ. Christians are not allowed to publish or hand out Bibles. Muslims and government officials want to make sure Christians are not spreading the gospel. But Pastor Adam and other Christians in Mauritania want to make sure they are following the Bible’s commands to make disciples for Jesus. (See Matthew 28:19)

From the Kids of Courage archives.

Find more information about Mauritania here and in VOM’s Global Prayer Guide.


Spotlight Story

China: New Ways to Witness

Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently talked to Brother Joel, a Christian worker who distributes Bibles in China on behalf of The Voice of the Martyrs. Joel shared stories of how Christians in China are dealing with current conditions in their country. Read part of the interview below.

Todd: In the last couple of years, more Chinese churches have been torn down, and others have been forced to close…. Right now, one of the first questions I ask international workers is about the coronavirus. How is the virus affecting the church in China? How is the church responding to the pandemic?

Joel: I would say that there has been somewhat of an increase in persecution during the virus. The church thought this would be a time when the government would be so focused on the virus that they wouldn’t have enough energy or time or people to focus on persecution of the church. But apparently that has not been the case.

But the main way I believe the coronavirus has affected the church is their desire to use this pandemic as a way to preach Christ. Even though most of the church members have lost their jobs, and they are sequestered in their homes, they are doing everything they can to start new outreach programs. They are finding families who have had a death or severe sickness, and they are meeting their physical needs. They are trying to get food to them. They are trying to get aid to them as much as they can.

There is also spiritual outreach where they are just talking to people. People around the world are feeling depressed about the virus. They are feeling lonely, and the church is trying to fill that void with Jesus.

People were not permitted to go outside very much. Even if they had only a few masks, when they could get outside, they would stop people on the street and say, “Do you need a mask? I only have 10, but I will give you one, and I would like to tell you about Jesus.” It is just tremendous the way the church has used this for evangelism.

Todd: I think there is a lesson there for American Christians, as well. Every crisis comes with an opportunity for us to reach out and share the gospel.

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity)


Spotlight Story

Brothers Not Welcome in Their Home

The photo above shows a house in Laos. Some of the words painted on the house say, “I do not want to see you at all!”

A teenage boy and his younger brother, Chan and Huang, lived in the house before they began attending a Christian church. But one Sunday when they were in church, their father, who is not a Christian, burst into the church and began yelling at them. He was angry at them because they believe in Jesus. Later he threw them out of the house and painted the message on the outside.

The boys stayed with a Christian friend for a few weeks. But then their father needed help planting his rice crop. So he demanded that they come home and help him.

Pray that the boys and their father will get along, and that the father will open his heart to God’s love for him.

(Source: icommittopray.com)