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Meili: Set Free in China

A girl in China

Meili had never heard the name of Jesus. No one in her Chinese village was a Christian.

New Hope
Then one day, an old woman from a village far away gave Meili a booklet called “The Gospel.” Meili read it and realized that she was a sinner. She confessed her sins to God and trusted in Jesus as her Savior.

Confused
But Meili had no Bible and no one to teach her more about Christianity. So she was happy when two missionaries visited her home and said they were “Christians.” The visitors gave her a different booklet, but not a Bible. They told her what she needed to do to be part of their group.

1.    They said, “You must be healthy and have plenty of money to prove that God likes you.”
2.    The visitors also said, “You must confess your sins to us every day.”
3.    And they said, “If you donate money to us, we will pray for you.”

Meili no longer felt happy; she felt confused and uncomfortable. She didn’t know that the visitors were not really Christians. They belonged to a group that did not follow the Bible.

Hope Returns
Not long after the visitors left, a friend of The Voice of the Martyrs found out about the fake Christians. He gave Bibles to people in Meili’s village. Meili read her new Bible eagerly and was filled with peace. The truth that she read set her free from her confusion.

(Source: VOM-Australia)

Learn more about VOM’s Bible projects at vombibles.com.


Facts About Inner Mongolia


 

Mongolia: A country south of Russia and north of China.
Inner Mongolia: A region in China
Fact: Inner Mongolia has hosted the Chinese Ethnic Games. The games included traditional sports from all over China, including running races on stilts, horse archery, swing, bamboo beam boating, and pearl ball.

In swing, teams of two women swing on high swings, trying to touch a row of bells. Whichever team hits the bells the most times in 10 minutes wins.

Pearl ball has some rules like basketball and some like volleyball (without a center net). But the baskets are held by players, and they move around the court. Some players hold rackets to hit the ball away from the baskets.

Christians in Mongolia
Watch the video clip above to learn about a Christian family that serves God in Inner Mongolia, where few people know Jesus.


John and Betty Stam

“Dory” is a VOM worker who visits China to encourage Christians. Dory is related to John and Betty Stam. The story below and the video tell about the Stams and what Dory found out about them. Please preview the video before showing it to children.

John and Betty Stam knew that China could be a dangerous place for missionaries in the 1930s. Chinese communist soldiers were attacking Christians. But John believed that God was calling the couple to share the gospel in the land where “a million [people] a month pass into Christless graves.”

In 1934, a month after John and Betty arrived at a new mission station in China with their baby, Helen Priscilla, communists came to kidnap them. Betty served tea to her kidnappers before she and her family were taken away.

The kidnappers told John to mail a ransom letter from a post office. The postmaster asked John, “Where are you going?”

“We don’t know where they’re going,” John said of the kidnappers. “But we are going to heaven.” He was right, for soon the kidnappers killed him and Betty. Their baby was rescued and brought up by relatives in the United States. Many young people who heard the Stams’ story gave their lives to God’s service as missionaries.

(Sources include By Their Blood, by James and Marti Hefley)


China’s Lantern Festival

China’s Lantern Festival falls on February 11 this year. The festival is observed at the end of the Chinese New Year celebration. People hang lanterns of different sizes and shapes in front of their homes and stores. Red is a common color for the lanterns. Families watch colorful parades and performances during the festival.

China is a big country. The population is 1.3 billion. Some people believe that as many as 100 million people in China are followers of Christ.

That’s a lot of people! But it means that more than 1 billion people in China do not yet know Jesus.

Make a Chinese Lantern
Fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut slits 1 inch apart from the fold to 1 inch from the edge of the paper. Open the paper and staple the short ends together at the top and bottom of the lantern. Staple a strip of construction paper to the top to make a handle.

Write Bible verses about light on the top and bottom borders if desired, or make a design on the borders. Some possible verses include: “The Lord is my light” (Psalm 27:1); “Let your light so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16); “Your Word is…a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105); “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14); and “The Lord God gives them light” (Revelation 22:5).

Pray that all people in China will hear about Jesus, the light of the world.


Ada’s Mission

Ada's Mission
A Christian youth group in Nepal

In the snowy mountains of Tibet, “Ada” helped people called “nomads” grow food gardens. Nomads live in tents and move from place to place each season. They wear clothes made of sheep’s wool or yak hair from the animals they raise.

One day, police showed up at Ada’s house and took her to prison. They told her to write a paper that said she had broken the law. But Ada was doing God’s work. She had not done the bad things they wanted her to write. “What should I do?” Ada wondered. She prayed for God’s help, and Jesus told her to write only the truth.

Instead of saying that she did the bad things, Ada wrote about the good things Jesus has done for her. This made the police angry. They snatched up Ada’s paper and ripped it to pieces. Then they shoved another blank paper toward her and told her to write what they wanted. Ada only wrote about Jesus. The police became so mad they beat her.

Ada was afraid she would not be strong when she was in prison, but Jesus was with her, just like He promised. Jesus worked through her to tell her persecutors that He loved them and wanted to forgive them. Ada prayed for the men who hurt her and told them, “Jesus loves you.”

When the police realized Ada would not write what they wanted, they let her go. They said, “Leave our country and don’t come back.” They didn’t want her to tell anyone else about Jesus.

Not only did Jesus help Ada through her suffering, but He also helped her love those who hurt her. Ada loved the people of Tibet so much that she cried when she had to leave. She still wanted to share Jesus’s love with them.

But God had a plan for Ada. Tibetan nomads also live in a nearby country called Nepal. And that’s where God sent her next. Now Ada shows God’s love to the nomads in Nepal.

J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, was a college intern at The Voice of the Martyrs in the summer of 2016.