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Ten Bold Believers Stories from 2008

Ruth

1. Uzbekistan: Student Prays for Teacher Who Threatened Her
Ruth and her family have been through many years of struggle. People in their town make fun of them for their faith in Christ. “Please pray for me,” Ruth wrote in a 2008 e-mail to a VOM worker. “At school the teacher asked me to tell about the ancient Greek gods. I said, ‘There are no gods. There is only one God.’

“The teacher said to me, ‘Be quiet. And quit telling your fairy tales at school or I will take you to the principal and you will be expelled.’”

Ruth’s e-mail continued, “I feel sorry for the teacher. She is a good person, but she does not know that Jesus loves her. She has her own children. I wish I could tell them stories from the Bible. Please pray for my teacher.”

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India: Gang Member Learns Forgiveness

India

Narayan Gowda was the leader of a gang in India. His gang had 14 members. Narayan’s gang drank, smoked, used drugs, and attacked people, especially Christians.

The gang was part of a larger group of radical Hindus. The radicals wanted Hindus to have more power in India. They encouraged their members to use violence to reach their goals.

The radical Hindus praised them when they caused trouble, but Narayan wasn’t happy. “I struggled with guilt because of the terrible things I was doing,” he said.

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India: Three Brave Sisters

India

Poonam, age 16, decided to follow Christ. Her older sisters, Kusumam and Kalpana, also became Christians after they were invited to church by their Christian uncle.

Like most of the people in India, the girls grew up in a Hindu family. The only Christian in the family was their uncle.

Hindus are people who follow the religion called Hinduism. Hinduism does not agree with many of the truths in the Bible.

Many Hindus do not like violence. But radical Hindus sometimes try to get more power by threatening Christians. They especially do not like other Hindus to leave Hinduism and become Christians.

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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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Nomida and Momota: Banished for Their Faith

India

Nomida was about 11 years old when she decided to follow Jesus. Her friend Momota became a Christian when she was about 14. The girls attended church in a village in India.

Their parents were very disappointed when the girls would not worship Hindu idols. Nomida and Momota went to a Christmas celebration at their church instead.

Their families refused to give them meals, hoping hunger would force them to return to Hinduism. But Christians threw packages of food near their homes so they could eat. Their parents grounded them from church.

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