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India: “We Are Not Going to Lose Our Faith”

Pastor Kabir’s family

Pastor Kabir, the leader of a Christian congregation in India, was kidnapped and attacked by a youth group — a violent Hindu youth group. The attackers dragged the pastor off a bus, kidnapped him, and took him to an empty building. They planned to force him to deny Jesus while they took a video to post online.

But no matter what the Hindu gang did to Pastor Kabir, he refused to deny his Lord. “I am not going to worship idols,” he insisted. “I am going to serve Jesus.”

After hitting Pastor Kabir on the head and kicking him, the attackers took him a mile away and left him. “God has spared my life, so I will forgive them,” Pastor Kabir thought. “I will not go to [the police] station. [But] I am going to do double the work for the Lord.” He called a friend to drive him home.

Still Faithful
Pastor Kabir’s wife and daughters were alarmed when they saw his injuries. The next day he went to the hospital. The attack had damaged his ears, and he now needs a hearing aid.

The Hindu group posted the video of Pastor Kabir on Facebook, but they edited it to make it look like he had denied Jesus and accepted Hinduism. (Learn more about Hindu beliefs here.)

But Pastor Kabir and his family remain strong in their faith. “Whatever happens, God is there. He will protect us,” said the pastor’s 15-year-old daughter, Vanya. His daughter Myra, 13, said, “I am happy with my father’s faith. I want my father to do more [Christian] work. We are not going to lose our faith. We are going to serve the Lord in the future.” (The photo shows Pastor Kabir and his family. Vanya and Myra’s faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them.)

Pastor Kabir has kept his promise and has doubled his outreach work. The Voice of the Martyrs provided him with a bicycle to help him keep up with his growing ministry. He requests prayer for:

*His family
*Continued healing
*His attackers
*The people in the area where he ministers

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and clarity.)


This Month

December VOM newsletter

Parents and Teachers
The December 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of courageous evangelists who spread the good news of Jesus in places where they risk their lives to evangelize. Abdul in Pakistan, Kebir in India, and Baris in Turkey witness boldly even though they are in danger daily.

The issue includes updates on 11 Christians featured in past newsletters, and a story about VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand’s thoughts on spending Christmas in prison. You can share stories from this site about some of the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional resources about the featured countries
*Restricted Nations: India, available at vombooks.com.
*Restricted Nations: Pakistan, available at vombooks.com.
*Bold Believers in India activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
* Bold Believers in Pakistan activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*Bold Believers in Turkey activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*India lesson plan.
*Turkey lesson plan.


Amy Carmichael: Fascinating Facts

The previous post told about missionary Amy Carmichael and her work in India. Read more facts about Amy below.

(Source: The Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book, available at VOMBooks.com. The book includes 144 pages of stories, devotionals, coloring pages, dot-to-dots, crafts, and activities related to the heroes featured on Torchlighters DVDs.)

“If Only You Knew”
Amy Carmichael grew up in a well-to-do Irish family with six younger siblings. She often got in trouble for her behavior. Once when someone told her she was naughty, she thought to herself, “If only you knew how much naughtier I could be, you wouldn’t think I was naughty at all!”

Serving God at Home
As a teenager, Amy totally gave her life and future to God. Her father died when she was 18, and Amy spent the next 10 years helping care for her younger siblings.

Learning Kindness
One day after church, Amy and her brother saw an old beggar woman with torn clothes and only rags to cover her feet. They helped the woman, but Amy was embarrassed to be seen with the pitiful beggar. Then the Lord reminded her of the things that would be important in eternity. (Read 1 Corinthians 3:12-14.) She was no longer embarrassed, and she
promised God to do things that pleased Him.

No Furloughs
Most missionaries take furloughs — breaks to rest and return to their home country and families — but Amy served in India for 55 years without a furlough.

Castes
Traditional Hinduism teaches that people are born into castes. A caste is a social class. Priests belong to the highest caste, soldiers to the next, businessmen and farmers to the
next, and servants and workers to the next. Lowest of all are the “untouchables,” now called Dalits. As a foreigner, Amy would have been seen as an “untouchable.” Today the
government of India has laws against the caste system. But Dalits are still scorned in parts of India.

Amy’s Prayer
The morning before an accident that broke her leg and made her an invalid, Amy prayed, “Do with me as Thou wilt. Do anything that will fit me to serve Thee and help my
beloveds.” During this time, Amy wrote many books and thousands of letters encouraging believers to take up their cross and follow Jesus.


The Amy Carmichael Story

Elise Wixtrom has grown up learning about persecuted Christians and reading VOM resources. Currently she writes reviews of VOM resources for readers of kidsofcourage.com. Enter “Elise” in the search box to read about Elise and to find more of her reviews.

Amy Carmichael
1901. India. Amy Carmichael, an Irishwoman by birth, sailed across the ocean to a land she had never been to before. When Amy Carmichael was younger, she had dreamed of having beautiful blue eyes instead of boring brown ones. Every night when she went to bed, she prayed she’d wake up and her eyes would change. Every morning, she looked in the mirror and was disappointed. But little Amy Carmichael would later find that her “boring” brown eyes were going to help her in the future.

Amy Carmichael rode around the Indian countryside, bringing the gospel to small villages with her band of friends. They called themselves “The Starry Cluster,” a name taken from the Bible verse, “Those who bring righteousness to many shall shine like the stars” (Daniel 12:3). The group of friends, mostly women, taught in marketplaces and sometimes in the streets. They held Bible studies that young children attended to hear the gospel of Christ. Soon, though, a young girl came to Carmichael and begged for her help to escape temple servitude. The missionary woman took the girl, named Preena, into her home and gave her shelter from the temple.

The VOM Torchlighters episode, The Amy Carmichael Story, focuses on the story of Preena and how her path crossed Amy’s in her search for freedom. Over the years that Amy Carmichael stayed in India, she adopted many other children. Some of the children had also run away from the temple, others left their families because they were being abused for being Christians. In order to sneak into the temple to rescue children, Carmichael had to dye her skin with coffee. If her eyes were blue, she wouldn’t have been able to do that.

In fact, Amy Carmichael made the best of all situations, overcoming all odds with her optimism and unrelenting faith in the Word of God. She believed that God could set all slaves free, whether they were old or young. Her belief in a loving and caring Father brought many children to safety. It gave hope to the hopeless and a home to the abandoned. It gave a family to the orphans and the outcasts, and her legacy in India changed an entire culture of slavery for the better.

Watch a trailer for The Amy Carmichael Story here.

 


What Can You Do? More Countries to Pray for

The previous post included suggested prayers for Christian children around the world. Below are three more prayers provided by Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom. Can you choose one to pray for today?

Dear Father God,
Please protect Christian children and their families in India who are attacked and hurt badly because they love You. Help them to find people who will look after them and be kind to them. By Your great power, heal Your children and families who are still hurting. Amen.

Dear Jesus,
Please be very close to Your children and their families in North Korea who are sent to prison for loving You. Many are killed or hurt badly. They have very little food to eat. Hold them tightly in Your arms of love. Shine the light of Your love in their hearts. Let them know how much You love them. Let them know You are with them every second of every day and every night. Fill the hearts of the prison officers with Your love and truth so they will believe in Jesus, too. Amen.

Dear Father God,
Please heal the children who have been hurt in attacks in Egypt. Some have been bombed in churches or attacked on their way home or on buses. Protect the girls who are being kidnapped and taken away from their families. Bless their hearts with Your love as they miss each other so much. Act in Your almighty power and bring them home. Show Your love to the people who kidnap the girls. Help them to follow Jesus, too, and to know that You are the only God. Amen.

(Source: Release International, Edited)

Read more about Christians in India, North Korea, and Egypt in Bold Believers books in the Downloads section.