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Ask a VOM Worker: Scary Driving

Bangladesh

Question for a VOM worker who travels in Asia: What is the scariest situation you have been in while working for VOM?

Answer: I would have to say driving in Bangladesh! I know it’s not persecution-related, but it was just crazy. National Geographic says that the road between Bangladesh and India (there’s only one road) is the most dangerous in the world. It was pretty scary.


Hunger and High Food Prices

Bangladesh

A missionary to Muslim Bangladesh said many Muslims do not observe the Ramadan fast. They want to fast, but most have very hard jobs and are not able to go without food. Also, many are poor and do not get enough to eat anyway. It would be difficult for them to eat even less food during the days of Ramadan. Many eat secretly.

Merchants in Bangladesh know that many Muslims buy lots of food for their night time meals and Ramadan feasts. Sometimes they raise prices of food during the season. This creates even more of a burden for the poor. The government is trying measures to keep prices down this year.

Nevertheless, Bangladeshi Muslims still consider Ramadan to be holy. Sometimes they get angry when Christians who used to be Muslims will not join their celebrations.


Praise the Lord Around the World

Use the chart below to learn how to say “Praise the Lord” in 10 other languages. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song with the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

Country
Language
How To Say It
Iran Farsi KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Pakistan Punjabi RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay
China Chinese tzahn-may joo
Colombia Spanish GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs
Russia, Kazakhstan Russian SLAH-vuh BOH-goo
Many Muslim Countries Arabic MAHG-duh lah rahp
Eritrea Tigrinya gway-tah yeh mess ghen
Malaysia, Brunei Malay Poo-jee TOO-hahn
Nepal Nepali jay muh-SEE
Bangladesh Bangla ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk

Bangladesh: Runa Finds Peace

Bangladesh

Runa’s family had no peace. Her mother was expecting the family’s seventh baby. None of the children in the family had ever been to school because the family was too poor.

They lived together in Bangladesh in a house with walls of dried mud. The roof was made of grass. The entire house was just 10 feet wide and 15 feet long. (Measure off a 10 by 15 foot space to see the size of their house.) Runa’s parents earned one meal of rice and about 75 cents each day for their work in farmers’ fields.

Every Friday, Runa’s father went to the mosque to pray. A mosque is a building where Muslims worship, and Friday is their holy day. Runa and her family tried to be good Muslims.

But they still had no peace.

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Kids of Courage: 2006 Top Ten Bold Believers Stories

Nigeria

Note: To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this Web site and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes are edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.

The following stories are about kids and families who bravely continued to serve the Lord in the face of struggles or danger. As you read the stories, please pray for these Christians and also for thousands of others around the world who face similar struggles.

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