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Eager to Learn About Jesus

LaosA Christian Student in Laos

Many villagers in Laos are eager to learn more about God and Jesus. The Voice of the Martyrs recently received a report from Christians who went to a village to teach Bible lessons to men, women, and children at a house church in Laos.

The people were very poor. “At the room where the team taught the children, there were more than 100 children an only three or four pairs of sandals were left outside the room,” said one of the teachers. (Villagers in Laos leave their shoes at the door when they enter a house.) The rest of the children had no shoes.

“Each of the children really paid attention to the things the team taught them,” said a teacher. “They were hungry for God’s Word, and asked the teachers not to stop teaching them. The teachers continued until 1 a.m. and did not even have time to take a shower! Then the teachers had to get some rest. The children came again at 5 a.m. with their books and pens waiting for the teachers to get up and teach them again.”

“Thank God that he loves the children and gives them strength to live even though they have few clothes to wear and no sandals for their feet!” said a teacher.

To Discuss: Village Christians in Laos are often persecuted for their faith in Christ. Do you think the persecution might make their faith more precious to them and make them eager to learn more about it?


No School for Christian Kids

LaosChildren in Laos

The Voice of the Martyrs received a report from contacts in Laos.
The report said:

“Now there is a new way of persecuting Christians in Laos. They do not allow Christian children to go to the public school in one village.

“Last year, three families accepted Jesus. When they took their children to school, the teachers said, ‘No, your children cannot be students at this school anymore. The head of the village, the village police, and the communist party members of the village told us not to allow your children back in school.’

“Altogether, the families have three 11-year-old girls, a 12-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy, and a 7-year-old girl. The children have moved to live with Christians in a city so they can attend school.

“Please pray for the children’s understanding of the situation. Pray that their hearts do not break because they are away from their parents, and that they will do well in school.”


Bold Orphans

Laos

VOM recently received a report about an orphan in Laos who became a Christian after attending a church service. The child shared the gospel with others at the orphanage, and 10 more orphans trusted in Christ and began attending church!

The director of the orphanage sternly warned the children to stop attending church. Seven of the orphans agreed to quit going to church, but did not deny Jesus. The remaining four orphans still attend church. If they continue in their boldness, they could become homeless. Please pray for all the orphans.


Update from Laos

Som
Som from Laos

Som is a 12-year-old Khmu Christian who lives in a village in Laos. (The Khmu are a tribal group in Southeast Asia.) One afternoon at school, he began to feel sick. The teacher gave him permission to leave school.

As he walked outside toward his bike to ride home, he noticed a group of boys near the place where students parked their bikes. Som knew who the boys were. A few days earlier, they had gathered around a village hut where Som and about 20 of his Christian friends were singing worship songs.

The boys mocked and teased the Christians, saying, “Your God is not a true God.” They shouted, “If you come out, we will beat you up!”

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Message from Laos

A Christian in Laos recently sent the following testimony to VOM.

When I was 11 years old, my job was taking care of my family’s water buffalos. On the way home one day, someone scared the buffalo I was riding, and it jumped and ran away. I fell off and got injured. I could not walk for a long time, and I had other problems and illnesses.

Later I met a man who knew about Jesus. He helped me ask Jesus into my life! Little by little, I began to heal.

There were only a few Christians in our village, and the other villagers hated us. The non-Christians decided to burn down all the Christians’ houses. After the fire, we were very poor. But we were able to save our family’s rice crop. Even many non-Christians came to us and asked us for some of our rice, and we gave it to them.

Because of our generosity, the villagers hated us less. Some of them became Christians! It was amazing how God brought glory to himself through the tragedy.

To Think About: What might have happened if the Christian family refused to share rice with their enemies?