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Wenxi Li

China

PrisonerAlert.com is a website of The Voice of the Martyrs. The site tells about Christians who are in prison for their faith in Christ or for their Christian work. You can read stories about the prisoners and find instructions for sending them a message in their own language.

The site tells information about prisoners who have been released. Wenxi Li was a prisoner in China for 729 days until he was released. While he was in prison, PrisonerAlert.com readers sent him 2756 encouraging letters through the site. Read more about him on Prisoner Alert.

Wenxi, who has a wife and two children, was put in prison because of his work helping to set up a Christian bookstore. His wife said that Wenxi’s work is very important to him, and that he will probably want to continue it now that he is out of prison.

Please pray for Wenxi and his family.

To Think About

  • Wenxi’s wife said that he will probably want to continue the kind of work that got him arrested. Why do you think Wenxi wants to do that?
  • How would you feel during Wenxi’s time in prison if you were Wenxi’s children? How do you think they felt when he was released? How do you think they feel about his desire to continue his Christian work? Do you think they are proud of him?

Hidden Missionaries

Nigeria
Mary Slessor and her adopted children

Missionaries are Christians sent on missions, often to other countries, to spread the good news of Jesus among people who don’t yet know Him. Sometimes their work is risky. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted as He was. (See John 15:18–22.)

Find the names of six missionaries in the sentences below. Do some research to find out more about any whose stories you don’t know.

Search for the following names. (If they have a first and last name, search only for the last.)

  • Peter (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Andrew (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Cecil Dye
  • John and Betty Stam
  • Mary Slessor
  • Bruce Olson
  1. James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
  2. Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
  3. Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
  4. In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
  5. Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
  6. In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Name Search Answers

1. Stam
James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
2. Peter
Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
3. Olson
Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
4. Andrew
In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
5. Dye
Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
6. Slessor
In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Bible DVDs for Children

China

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following note from a Christian in China.

“My hometown is located in a remote mountain area, its transportation is poor and people’s income is low, so many young people go to the cities to work. Most members of our church are old people. And the people in the village are either children or old people.

“Without their parents at home, the children are very mischievous and not interested in the gospel; they think the gospel is for the old people. I have been wondering how to share the gospel to them. I am happy when I heard that you have the gospel DVDs. I can share some with the children, so they can start to follow Jesus from their childhood.”

(Edited from the original for clarity.)

The photo above shows Chinese children watching a DVD provided by VOM. How many children can you see in the photo? Pray that they and other Chinese children will learn about Jesus and follow Him.

Download the book Bold Believers in China from the Downloads section of this site.


Ten Things Persecuted Christians Are Thankful For

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving will be celebrated this week in the United States.

To Do and To Discuss

  • List 10 things for which you are thankful.
  • Read below the list of things persecuted Christians have said they are thankful for.
  • How many of the things on their list are available to you?
  • Are there any things on your list and the persecuted Christians’ list that are the same?
  • Can you provide persecuted Christians with anything on their list?

Persecuted Christians Are Thankful For:

The prayers of other Christians
“I knew there were people praying for me. It gave me the spiritual strength I needed to live as a Christian and to trust God.” — A pastor in prison in Asia
Friends who encourage them
“I am thankful that I have many friends here who help me when I’m discouraged.” — A boy who lost his parents in an attack by radical Muslims
Hope in Jesus
“I see people dying, crying, how Jesus gives them hope. This gives me courage. I am convinced there is no better job in the world than to serve God this way.” — Persecuted pastor in Nepal
Encouraging letters
“We have a family of faith that loves us and cares for us. We are not alone! — Maryam Rostampour talking about her feelings when she received letters while in prison in Iran. (Visit Prisoner Alert to learn how to write letters to persecuted Christians in prison.)
God’s Peace
“I started to pray, and I got the peace that is beyond understanding. I felt so close to God at that moment.” — Christian who was arrested in the Middle East
Bibles
“I have longed for this Bible, and now I am thankful.” — Christian in Uganda who received a Bible from The Voice of the Martyrs. VOM provides Bibles through the Bibles to Captive Nations and Bibles Unbound projects.
The conversion of persecutors
“Muslims want to hear the truth. They are just waiting on you and me to share the gospel with them.” — A Christian in Syria
God’s Power
“God is in control, not [the persecutors].” — A Christian in India
Joy in Christ
“I have Christ’s joy in my heart.” — A Chinese Christian prisoner answering another prisoner who said, “I have been watching you; your face is never sad.”
God’s gift of salvation through His Son Jesus
“They can burn down my house, but they can’t burn Jesus from my heart.” — A Christian in Pakistan

A Visit to Prison

A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs visited a woman in China whose husband is in prison for his work in a Christian bookstore. Watch the video below to hear about her visit.

(Learn more about “Rainbow” and her family here.)