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“Do You Want to See My New Book?”

Nepal

“Our goal is a ‘Bible for Every Believer.’ What is remarkable about this goal is that many of the believers we serve are in the most hostile and restricted places on earth. Places where it is possible to be killed just for possessing contraband — like a Bible.” — a worker in The Voice of the Martyrs’ International Ministries department

A VOM worker told the following story after a recent Bible distribution in Nepal.

“That morning, we also distributed Children’s Bible story books. I was so pleased to see the young girl in this picture sharing her story book with a neighbor. As soon as our meeting was over, she ran out the door where her Hindu neighbor boy was waiting. We smiled at him and then she asked him if he wanted to see her new book. Of course he did! He couldn’t wait to check it out! He began to excitedly flip through the pages, and I have a feeling that he’ll get a chance to read the entire book before long.”

To Think About

  • Learn more about the beliefs Hindu children are taught here. What are some of the differences between Hinduism and Christianity?
  • Have you ever shared a Bible story with someone who had never heard the story before?

Ten Things Persecuted Christians Are Thankful For

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving will be celebrated this week in the United States.

To Do and To Discuss

  • List 10 things for which you are thankful.
  • Read below the list of things persecuted Christians have said they are thankful for.
  • How many of the things on their list are available to you?
  • Are there any things on your list and the persecuted Christians’ list that are the same?
  • Can you provide persecuted Christians with anything on their list?

Persecuted Christians Are Thankful For:

The prayers of other Christians
“I knew there were people praying for me. It gave me the spiritual strength I needed to live as a Christian and to trust God.” — A pastor in prison in Asia
Friends who encourage them
“I am thankful that I have many friends here who help me when I’m discouraged.” — A boy who lost his parents in an attack by radical Muslims
Hope in Jesus
“I see people dying, crying, how Jesus gives them hope. This gives me courage. I am convinced there is no better job in the world than to serve God this way.” — Persecuted pastor in Nepal
Encouraging letters
“We have a family of faith that loves us and cares for us. We are not alone! — Maryam Rostampour talking about her feelings when she received letters while in prison in Iran. (Visit Prisoner Alert to learn how to write letters to persecuted Christians in prison.)
God’s Peace
“I started to pray, and I got the peace that is beyond understanding. I felt so close to God at that moment.” — Christian who was arrested in the Middle East
Bibles
“I have longed for this Bible, and now I am thankful.” — Christian in Uganda who received a Bible from The Voice of the Martyrs. VOM provides Bibles through the Bibles to Captive Nations project.
The conversion of persecutors
“Muslims want to hear the truth. They are just waiting on you and me to share the gospel with them.” — A Christian in Syria
God’s Power
“God is in control, not [the persecutors].” — A Christian in India
Joy in Christ
“I have Christ’s joy in my heart.” — A Chinese Christian prisoner answering another prisoner who said, “I have been watching you; your face is never sad.”
God’s gift of salvation through His Son Jesus
“They can burn down my house, but they can’t burn Jesus from my heart.” — A Christian in Pakistan

Pastor Chhedar Update

Chhedar

Pastor Chhedar has been released from prison! An earlier post told about the pastor’s arrest in Nepal. Hindus in the area accused the pastor of killing a cow, which is against Hindu tradition. His wife and three children missed Pastor Chhedar, and the children were mocked and teased while he was in prison.

Read more about Pastor Cheddar at Prisoner Alert.


Grateful for Bibles and Love

Outside Church

The Voice of the Martyrs’ helpers recently distributed Bibles among a group of refugees in Nepal. The refugees are from Bhutan. (Bhutan and Nepal are northeast of India. Check a map of Asia to see how close Bhutan is to Nepal.)

This photo shows the outside of a church where the Bibles were distributed. As you can see, the people leave their shoes outside the church when they enter.

Inside the church, the Christians were thankful for VOM supporters who made it possible for them to receive Bibles. “We could see the hunger of the believers to receive the word of God,” said the VOM contact. “One of them said, ‘We never thought there were people who love us.’ They are people who have not been loved because they have nothing.”


Father’s Day Update

Father's Day

Last year, a post on this site encouraged prayer for Phurbu, Lakpa, Sumjung, Christian children in Nepal. Their father, Chhedar Bhote, is in prison. He was arrested for eating beef and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

You can read more about Pastor Chhedar and his situation on PrisonerAlert.com. The site also explains how you can write an encouraging letter to the pastor.

On Father’s Day again this year, please continue to pray for children who are separated from their fathers because they family follows Jesus.