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Strength from Daniel


Pastor Rana leads a church in Nepal. He and his wife have three children, ages 10, 7, and 5.

The family lives in a village of about 2,000 people. Their church has 70 baptized members, plus children.

Pastor Rana wanted to help the Sunday school teachers. So he invited three trainers to come teach the teachers for two days. The three teachers came from India, Singapore, and Malaysia.

While the trainers were at the church, someone called the pastor to tell him that a member of his church was sick. Pastor Rana left the church to go pray for the sick person.

While he was gone, seven angry Hindus came to the church. The Hindus were angry because Pastor Rana had been teaching Hindus about Jesus. They did not want any Hindus to become Christians.

The angry men damaged the church building, destroyed a motorbike, and hit one of the trainers. When Pastor Rana returned, he was shocked to find that his guests had been attacked and his family was scared.

Prayer Request
Pastor Rana is also sometimes fearful that the attackers might come back. He gets strength from the Bible book of Daniel.

“When Daniel was given the opportunity, he never bowed down his head to idols,” said Pastor Rana. And they [Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego] were ready to go through fire. When I read this, I don’t feel that the persecution I’m going through is huge compared to those guys in the book of Daniel.”

Pastor Rana asks for prayer for his family to be safe and for his congregation to be strong when persecution comes.

Photo credit: Briton Rivière,

Malaysia: Samrita

Cell phone photo of Samrita and her children

Samrita grew up in a family from a Malaysian tribal group. She was one of 13 children in the family. Her father treated his family harshly.

Samrita married a Muslim man named Uda, hoping marriage would be an escape from her harsh home life. But Uda began using bad drugs, and he also treated Samrita roughly.

Then Samrita’s father found peace and a new life in Christ! Samrita was happy to see how much he changed after Jesus came into his life.

After learning more about Jesus from Christians, Samrita also put her trust in him as her Savior. She kept her new faith secret from her husband.

But one day, Uda discovered her Bible. He kicked her out of the house. She was forced to leave without her two children, 10-year-old Lili and 5-year-old Faiz.

Uda divorced Samrita. He allows her to see their children sometimes, but has warned her not to share her faith with them. Samrita prays every day that she we will be able to live with her children again someday. However, she says, “I’m willing to suffer for Christ.”

Note: Samrita could be sentenced to a Muslim “rehabilitation center” to convince her to leave Christianity.

Pray: What are some of the things you could ask God on behalf of Lili and Faiz? In what ways could you pray for Samrita? Uda?

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

How to Make a Malaysian Spinning Top

Top spinning is popular in Malaysia, a country where The Voice of the Martyrs works. The video is from the website of SDOK, a member of VOM’s family of missions in the Netherlands. It shows how to make a paper top. Can you follow the instructions just by watching the video even if you don’t understand Dutch?

U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report


This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at for further information about selected countries.

Malaysian/Indonesian Recipe: Chicken Satay



Chicken satay is a favorite food in Malaysia and Indonesia. Slice 2 pounds of chicken into strips 1 inch wide and about 4 inches long. Mix 2 tablespoons curry powder, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon honey.

Coat the chicken strips with the mixture, and let them set in it for at least 30 minutes. Thread the strips onto skewers, 2 to 4 pieces per skewer. Bake the skewered meat in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. (They can be grilled if desired.)

If you want sauce for dipping the cooked meat, combine 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, 1½ tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ cup of soy sauce, ¼ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and ¼ teaspoon of chili sauce. Mix until smooth.