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Ada’s Mission

Ada's Mission
A Christian youth group in Nepal

In the snowy mountains of Tibet, “Ada” helped people called “nomads” grow food gardens. Nomads live in tents and move from place to place each season. They wear clothes made of sheep’s wool or yak hair from the animals they raise.

One day, police showed up at Ada’s house and took her to prison. They told her to write a paper that said she had broken the law. But Ada was doing God’s work. She had not done the bad things they wanted her to write. “What should I do?” Ada wondered. She prayed for God’s help, and Jesus told her to write only the truth.

Instead of saying that she did the bad things, Ada wrote about the good things Jesus has done for her. This made the police angry. They snatched up Ada’s paper and ripped it to pieces. Then they shoved another blank paper toward her and told her to write what they wanted. Ada only wrote about Jesus. The police became so mad they beat her.

Ada was afraid she would not be strong when she was in prison, but Jesus was with her, just like He promised. Jesus worked through her to tell her persecutors that He loved them and wanted to forgive them. Ada prayed for the men who hurt her and told them, “Jesus loves you.”

When the police realized Ada would not write what they wanted, they let her go. They said, “Leave our country and don’t come back.” They didn’t want her to tell anyone else about Jesus.

Not only did Jesus help Ada through her suffering, but He also helped her love those who hurt her. Ada loved the people of Tibet so much that she cried when she had to leave. She still wanted to share Jesus’s love with them.

But God had a plan for Ada. Tibetan nomads also live in a nearby country called Nepal. And that’s where God sent her next. Now Ada shows God’s love to the nomads in Nepal.

J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, was a college intern at The Voice of the Martyrs in the summer of 2016.


Persecuted Church Grows in Nepal

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Child praying in Nepal

Coloring Page
Coloring page to print and color

Matthew, a Christian who helps The Voice of the Martyrs in Nepal, recently talked to VOM workers in the United States about his work in his home country. “We always talk about persecution, and about how we will stand when persecution comes,” said Matthew. “We talk about Acts 7 and how when Stephen was persecuted, he said, ‘Father, forgive them.’

“There are very few Christians in Nepal,” Matthew continued. “So nobody listens to our voices. Only God listens to us. So we pray, ‘Please give us more courage to withstand when the persecution comes.’

“We have many, many stories of [Christians forgiving people who have persecuted them],” said Matthew. “A pastor invited me to speak at his church. Then two years ago, six Christians’ houses were burned completely [by persecutors]. When I went back to the church, there were 85 Christians in the church. The first time when I went, there were only 24 Christians.

“I asked, ‘How did the church grow?’ The new members said, ‘These wonderful Christians forgave us after their houses were burned down and we believe in Christ now because of them.’

“One of the reasons the church is growing in Nepal is because of the Christians’ patience toward the persecutors.”

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)

To Talk About

  • How many people were in the church before the Christians’ houses burned down? How many attended after the houses were burned?
  • Why did the new members become Christians?
  • What is “patience?”
  • Think of some places where it is common for people to lack patience. (Examples: Waiting in lines, dealing with someone who has treated you badly, etc.) How could a Christian show patience in those situations? How could showing patience encourage someone to want to know more about Christianity?

Thinking of Quitting

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A church destroyed in Nepal

The Voice of the Martyrs hears many stories about the courage of persecuted Christians. But “persecuted Christians are not super Christians,” said a VOM worker. “They are ordinary people who through God’s grace and power have been enabled to do extraordinary things. We serve the same God and have access to the same grace and power.”

Like other people, persecuted Christians sometimes get discouraged. VOM-USA workers recently talked with a worker from Nepal who helps persecuted Christians in his country. Read below what he said about times when he has been discouraged.

A couple of years ago I thought of quitting VOM and moving to another country to settle down. But my wife reminded me what would happen [to the persecuted Christians] if we left.

Even though we have lots of trouble and problems and discouragement….I feel like I should do more. Everybody calls The Voice of the Martyrs “a Christian ambulance” because we help people.

Many times I have felt tired and wanted to quit, but Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

My wife is my right hand. Sometimes I feel pressure to do [wrong things to enemies]. She said, “No, don’t do that. I have never read in the Bible about any Christian raising a hand toward the enemy.” So I stopped saying that.

Please pray that God will give me another 20 years to my life so we can do double what we have been doing. Many people are targeting me. Maybe they will find me alone and maybe I will lose my life. So pray for me.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)

To Talk About

  • Why do Christians in Nepal call The Voice of the Martyrs “the Christian ambulance?”
  • What does he mean when he says his wife is his “right hand?”
  • Why does he want 20 more years added to his life?
  • Who helps you when you are discouraged?
  • How can you help other Christians who are discouraged?

Nepal News and Facts

  • About 30 percent of children ages 5 to 14 in Nepal work to earn money.
  • The Kumari of Kathmandu lives in a palace and is called “the Living Goddess” by people in Nepal. Hindus and Buddhists honor her at festivals, parades, and ceremonies. Except for such occasions, the Kumari usually stays inside. When she leaves the palace, she is carried so that her feet do not touch the ground. Kumaris are usually younger than 5 when they begin their time as a Kumari. A new Kumari is chosen every few years.
  • Nepal has a child bride problem. Even though the legal age for marriage is 18, hundreds of girls younger than 15 are married each year. Some are married willingly; others do not want to get married. Usually the girls are not able to attend school after they marry.
  • Nepal has many of the world’s 10 tallest mountains.
  • About 30 percent of children under 5 in Nepal do not weigh enough to be considered healthy. (Source: CIA Factbook)
  • About 75 percent of the people in Nepal are Hindus, and about 15 percent are Buddhists. Many follow a mixture of the two religions. Those who come to Christ from other religions may be persecuted by their families, neighbors, teachers, bosses, and others.
  • Nepal had a king until 2008. Now the people elect a president. The citizens celebrate their new kind of government every year on May 28th, Republic Day.
  • Nepal is the only country with a flag that is not a rectangle or a square. Find a Nepal flag to print and color here. Use the flag as a reminder to pray for Nepal on their Republic Day and other days. The facts above can guide you in your prayers.

(Sources include: The CIA Factbook)

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Secret Bible Distribution

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Youth in Nepal

The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and Kids of Courage readers donate money to provide Bibles for Christians who live in countries where Bibles can be hard to find. Read a story here about a boy who raised money for Bibles.

Do you ever wonder what happens after VOM receives the money and takes the Bibles to Christians in other countries? The story below tells about workers from VOM-Australia handing out Bibles in Nepal.

We had arranged with pastors to meet Christians at a secret location. Our VOM team loaded 4-wheel drive vehicles with Bibles and drove for several hours. Then we left the road and drove across stony river beds with water halfway up the tires.

When we got to the secret location, we saw 600 people dressed in colorful clothing walking toward us. The pastors told us that the believers had walked six hours to get there. We had only 20 minutes to distribute the Bibles to 600 people. Then they had to leave for their own safety.

The people were quickly and quietly divided into groups, and we passed out the Bibles. When they received the Word of God, many of them kissed the cover. Some opened the pages and then kissed them. Some women covered their heads in respect for receiving the Word of God.

The Christians began to pray, thanking God for the precious books. The children looked in amazement at the colorful pictures in the Bible, pointing to them and discussing them with each other.

There was no food given on that day, only Bibles for 600 believers, but we felt that a tremendous feeding of the soul had begun for those who received His precious Word.

Source: VOM-Australia. Edited from the original for clarity and length.