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Myanmar: Orphans Captured

VOM gives gifts to children in Myanmar

A Christian worker’s family in Myanmar (Burma) cares for several orphans in their home. The orphans are learning how to share the love of Jesus with those around them. They visited 18 villages and a festival, passing out gospel pamphlets to the villagers.

The majority of the people in Burma are Buddhists. Some Buddhist monks were opposed to the orphans’ Christian activities at the festival. They tried to shave the orphans’ hair off so they would have shaved heads like the monks.

Young Buddhist monks

The orphans ran away from the monks and ran to the Christian family’s home. But the monks sent villagers and others after the orphans, and four of them were captured. Two of the orphans were able to escape, but two were not. They may be captives in a Buddhist monastery.

Pray:
*that the orphans will be safe
*that they will grow in their faith and lead others to Christ
*for Christians in Myanmar who are caring for orphans

Watch a video clip of children in Myanmar singing a Sunday school song here.
Learn more about Christians in Myanmar in the book Bold Believers in Burma, available in the free Downloads section.


The Adoniram and Ann Judson Story

Elise

Elise Wixtrom travels with her family to help bring their music ministry to people who attend The Voice of the Martyrs’ Advance conferences. You can read more about Elise here.

Elise has grown up learning about persecuted Christians and reading VOM resources. She recently wrote a review of the Torchlighters DVD, The Adoniram and Ann Judson Story.

You can read her review and watch a trailer for the DVD below.

Adoniram and Anne Judson, missionaries to Burma (Myanmar), led very interesting lives. Even though many people told them they couldn’t go to such an unreached and dangerous country, the couple was successful in ministering to the native people of that land. The Torchlighters animated special about their life is equally fascinating.

The missionaries Judson have a calling in Burma, and that is to translate the Bible using the only known English-to-Burmese dictionary. However, along the way, they find much opposition to the message of the Gospel. The local Buddhist priests, especially, are afraid of what the missionaries will do.

Eventually, Adoniram is sent to prison under suspicion of spying for the British, who are enemies of Burma. As the prisoners and their guards, along with Anne Judson and their child, flee the British army, Adoniram loses the Bible translation – however, a recent convert and friend of the missionaries finds the sole copy of the Burmese Bible, wrapped in a pillowcase.

After Adoniram and Anne are released, they continue to translate and grow the Burmese church, even after the deaths of Anne and their child. This is a beautiful story, an example of dedicated missionaries to a lost world. I highly recommend the Torchlighters version of the story of Anne and Adoniram Judson; it is well-written and entertaining.

Find additional resources that include stories about the Judsons and Burma here, here, and here.


Myanmar (Burma): “We Are Not Ashamed”

Young Buddhist monks

The previous post told about a Christian family in Myanmar (Burma) whose house was destroyed by a mob throwing big rocks — while the family was inside!

A VOM worker talked to two girls who were inside during the attack: Memesan, age 12, and Nunuway, age 9.

Read the previous post about the attack, then read below what the girls told the worker.

The Girls’ Story

We were praying. We were very quiet. And then they started throwing the rocks.

When they started to throw the rocks, we went into the inner room. We opened the lid of the clothing box and put our heads in to protect them from the rocks. Our main door was broken, and also the back door was broken. That’s why we went into the inner room.

We heard very loud sounds from the rocks hitting the roof. We heard people cursing us from outside. “Where is your God?” they said. We were afraid, but we did not cry. We prayed. I was with my grandma. The side of the wall near us was suddenly broken, so we ran to the other side of the room with the rest of the family.

Broken parts of the rocks hit our back and our feet, but not our head. The backs of our neck hurt because we stayed too long putting our heads in the box.

The people outside stuck bamboo poles into the house to see if we were still alive. Our youngest brother, 4 years old, was very thirsty, and he asked for water. There was nothing to drink because all the pots that had water in them were broken.

They stopped throwing rocks for a little bit. During that time we peeked out of the holes, and we could see even children standing out there. Even high school students and children-aged [Buddhist] monks were there. Our house was dark because all the lights were broken, but we could see the street where they were standing.

We went to school in that village, but because of this we have to move to a different school. [They are the only Christian children in the school.] In school we are forced to chant Buddhist chants every morning. We do not say anything. We just put our hands together, and we just stand there with everyone and wait until it’s over. At lunchtime or when we pray at school, people look at us like we are very strange. They ask, “What are you saying?”

Many people bully us. Many people make fun of us. They say, “We can’t even see your God.”

We are sad.
We are not ashamed.
We are not afraid.
But we don’t say anything back.

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

The Voice of the Martyrs is helping and encouraging Memesan and Nunuway’s family. Read more about VOM’s Family of Martyrs fund here.


Myanmar (Burma): Nine Truckloads of Rocks

A Christian from Myanmar (Burma) told VOM workers what happened after two girls in his country gave their lives to Christ.

Read his story below.

Two sisters learned about Jesus and they joyfully accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. Then they eagerly shared the gospel with their brothers, other sisters, and parents. After a few months, the whole family became Christians and were baptized!

The Buddhist leaders in the town were not happy. One leader told them, “If you don’t give up following Jesus, we can’t protect you, and your life may be in danger.” The girls’ father replied, “Jesus gave His life for us. We will follow Him whatever the cost.”

Later that day, after the family returned home, a large truck pulled up and dumped a load of big rocks in front of their house. Four times the truck drove away and came back with another load of rocks. Then the driver brought four loads of rocks to the back of the house.

The family didn’t know what was happening. The next day, as they sang quietly and prayed together, a mob of about 200 people came to their home and begin throwing the big rocks at the house. The children lay on the floor, and the parents covered them with their own bodies. The mob threw rocks for about four hours, and the house was destroyed.

The attackers listened closely, but they heard no sound from under the rubble. “Everyone must be dead,” they thought. Then they gathered firewood and gasoline to burn the remains of the house. But neighbors stopped the plan — they were afraid the fire would spread to their houses.

A policeman and the family’s pastor heard what had happened and came to the place where the house had stood. They found everyone in the family alive! God had protected them! But the parents were seriously injured.

The family and several of their relatives now live in their church. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing food and other necessities for them. They are grateful for the help and encouragement they have received.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

To Think About
*Set a timer or alarm for a four-hour period. After the time has passed, think about the family that was inside for that length of time while rocks were hitting their house. Pray for strength for Christians who are being persecuted right now for their faith.

*Why did the girls’ father say he would not deny Jesus?

*What do you think the people in the mob thought when the Christians were found alive?

In the next post, read what two of the children who were inside the house said about the attack.


Suffering Means Blessing

“The suffering of Christians means blessing will result,” a recent visitor to The Voice of the Martyrs told VOM workers. The visitor is from a country where Christians are persecuted. In his struggles, he gets strength from recalling the life of Adoniram Judson, a missionary to Burma in the 1800s.

Judson faced tough challenges and grief in his missionary work. For six long years after he arrived in Burma, no Burmese people came to Christ. But he continued sharing the good news of Jesus with the Burmese people. And he saw the church in Burma grow from zero members to 7,000 members by the time he died.

Edward Judson, Adoniram’s son, later said, “Suffering and success go together. If you are succeeding without suffering, it is because others before you have suffered; if you are suffering without succeeding, it is that others after you may succeed.”

To Talk About
*Can you think of examples of Christians who accomplished great things for God? Did anyone before them suffer so that they could succeed?
*Who suffered so that you could be saved?
*Did anyone suffer so you could read a Bible in English today? Check here to find out.

Read more about Adoniram Judson in the book Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma, available at VOMBooks.com.