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Bold Believers in Syria

Bold Believers in Syria includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where civil war has driven more than 750,000 Christians from the country. The 48-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

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Learning to Love Enemies

Pastor Morris today

The previous posts told about Pastor Morris, a Christian leader in Sudan. Morris continued to forgive his Muslim neighbor for sinning against him. Read below to find out how Morris became a Christian as a child and learned how to forgive.

Morris went to a Muslim school for six years. He and the other students were forced to recite verses from the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) The teachers beat the students if they didn’t recite the verses correctly.

[Learn more about the Quran.]

One day, some Christian friends invited Morris to church. He heard a message about salvation, and he liked it. And he noticed a peace among the Christians that he hadn’t seen among Muslims. He was inspired to follow Jesus.

Trouble at School
The teachers at his Muslim school heard that Morris had decided to become a Christian. They started giving him a hard time.

Then Muslim students stopped being friends with Morris. In fact, they hated him. But he still loved them. And he believed that God wanted him to bring some of them to Jesus.

Even as a boy, Morris learned to love his enemies. Later, his love helped him bring some of his enemies to Christ.

Morris learned to forgive his enemies when he was a child. Read the next two posts to learn how he is teaching his son about forgiveness, and watch a video of Pastor Morris telling how God provided bees to protect His followers!


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Sudan: Pastor Morris, Part 2

Pastor Morris

The previous post told about Pastor Morris, a Christian leader in Sudan. The pastor paid his Muslim neighbor’s fine and got him out of jail after the neighbor’s son attacked Morris’ daughter. Read below what happened after that, as told by Brad Phillips, a Christian worker in Sudan.

Several months later, Pastor Morris came home after a very long day of traveling. His wife came to him, upset about one of the sheep that the family raised for food. “Somebody killed our sheep and threw it in the ditch on the border of our property and the neighbor’s property,” she told Morris.

Morris said, “I’m so tired; I have to go to bed now. I don’t want to know any more of the story right now. Let me sleep.”

He went to bed, but he couldn’t sleep. He prayed, “God, don’t let the neighbor sleep until he comes and confesses and repents.” Then he fell asleep and slept well.

The next morning, he woke up, and there was his neighbor! The man said, “I couldn’t sleep last night at all. I did something really bad and I think maybe God was keeping me from sleeping until I came and confessed to you what I did.”

Morris says, “I know. Tell me what happened.” The man confessed and Morris’ answer was, “You know, I know you have a problem with me, I understand how in a fit of rage someone might do something like this. But why didn’t you just bring this animal to me, and we could have eaten it together?”
(Source: Edited for length and clarity.)

Morris continued to forgive his neighbor for sinning against him. He learned how to forgive enemies even as a child. Read the next post to find out how Morris became a Christian and learned how to forgive.

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Sudan: Pastor Morris

Pastor Morris

Recently, Todd Nettleton of interviewed Brad Phillips, a Christian worker in Sudan. Brad ministers among the people of the Nuba Mountains where Christians and others are often bombed and attacked by enemies. Many ministries have left the dangerous region, but The Voice of the Martyrs is still there, providing health care and encouragement to the people.

Brad told the following story about Pastor Morris, a Christian leader in the area.

Morris, as a Christian leader, has a lot of people who love him, and he has a lot of people who are jealous of him and hate him. He had a lot of problems with one of his neighbors, who is a Muslim.

Morris has seven children. One day he came home and found out that his 18-year-old daughter had been attacked by the neighbor’s son. She was bleeding and bruised.

The neighbor and his son were taken to court and found guilty of assault. Nobody has any money there, but the judge ordered the neighbor to pay a fine. The fine would be about $20 in U.S. money, but to those people, it might as well have been $20,000. If he didn’t pay, he would go to jail until somehow the fine was paid, which might be a long time.

Morris did not delight in the judgement against his neighbor. [See Proverbs 24:17.] Instead, he saw an opportunity to spread the gospel. He talked to his daughter and said, “We have this opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ. I can pay that fine if you will let me.” His daughter agreed, and they paid the fine.
(Source: Edited for length and clarity.)

Do you think the neighbor was grateful to Morris and quit bothering his family? Read the next post to find out.

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Where Are They Now: Pastor Bike

Pastor Bike

In July 1998, Pastor “Bike” cycled 17,000 kilometers across China, sharing the gospel in 24 provinces — that’s how he got his nickname. (A province is like a state.)

Government officials didn’t like Pastor Bike because of his Christian activities. Police often threatened his house church, and he was taken to police stations many times.

In addition to preaching the gospel, Pastor Bike and his wife took care of orphans who had no place to live. You can read about his orphans in a previous post here.

Pastor Bike still ministers throughout China. He often leads two to three people to Christ in one day! He and his wife are planting another church, and they baptized hundreds of new believers this past year. Pastor Bike faces ongoing pressure and persecution, as well as some health problems. Please pray for his health and safety, and for his ministry to continue to bring many to Christ.

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China: No Christmas for Kids

In 2017, officials in the city of Wenzhou in China banned all Christmas activities in schools and kindergartens. A communist group at a Chinese university warned students against being “blindly excited by Western holidays like Christmas.”

Restrictions against Christians are increasing in China. Some adult Christians are concerned that children and youth will not be able to stand firm in their faith in God if the rules against Christianity become even stricter.

Pray for Chinese Christians and their children at Christmastime.

Chinese boy with a Bible