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Pray with Kids in the United Kingdom

Release International, located in the United Kingdom, is a member of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions. (Read more about VOM’s family of missions around the world here.) Release International encourages kids to pray for Christians in countries where followers of Christ are persecuted. Read some of their recent suggested prayers below, and choose one to pray today.

Pakistani girls

Pakistan
Ask Jesus to be very close to Christian girls in Pakistan who are kidnapped and taken away from their families. They are often forced to marry Muslim men and even become Muslims themselves. Ask God to rescue them and get them back to their families. Pray that the girls will know Jesus’ love with them night and day and to know He is looking after them. Ask God to make their families brave and strong. Pray that teenagers Rimsha and Riffat, who were kidnapped, will know God’s love and peace and return home safely.

 

Afghan girl with a Bible

Afghanistan
Pray for a girl who has been persecuted at a school in Afghanistan. Her family moved to a different city to find a new school for her. However, her old school will not send her reports, so the new school will not allow her to start. Pray that God will give great love and peace to her family. Ask Him to give them hope and strength not to give up. Pray that God will provide a new school where the girl can learn, make new friends, and be happy.

 

 

Leah

Nigeria
Keek praying for Leah Sharibu, the 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Nigeria. Boko Haram, the radical Muslim group that took her away, said they will keep her as a slave because she will not stop loving Jesus. Pray for God to show His love in powerful ways to the kidnappers so they will let her go. Pray that another captive, Alice Ngaddah, and all other women and girls held as prisoners, will also be set free. Ask God to show them and their families His great love and to give them courage and hope.

 

 

Egyptian boy

Egypt
The following is a prayer for a boy in Egypt.
Dear God, thank you for protecting an 11-year-old boy who was nearly kidnapped by two men in Egypt. They wanted to take him away from his Christian parents just because they follow Jesus. Thank you for the person who rescued the boy. Please give the boy, his mom, and his family strength, peace, and healing. Help them trust You to keep them safe. Please look after the children of people who are helping Christians. Thank You. Amen.


Nigeria: Showing Christian Love

Nigerian girl

(The story below comes from The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, a ministry that is part of The Voice of the Martyrs’ family of missions.)

“This past year,” said a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs, “we gathered together with ministry partners from around the world. I asked John, one of the partners from Nigeria “What story does the Lord bring to your mind to keep your heart soft?”

“John told the following story.”

In Nigeria, we are generally very poor. Most of us do not have money for things like shoes. I remember as a child I would look forward to Christmas every year, because that was when I would receive a new pair of flip flops.

When I was growing up, it was common to be beaten as a child. It is so normal that no one bats an eye over it. Violence in crowds is also common. You learn very quickly to keep your head down and fight for whatever is yours. The weaker ones get pushed to the side.

One year I had received my new pair of flip flops, but in no time the strap broke. I was going to throw them away, but one of the timid girls was watching me. She was one who had often been pushed to the side. She was from an extremely poor family. She had no shoes – ever. She asked me what I was going to do with my flip flops. I said they were broken and was going to throw them away. Very shyly she asked if she could have them. I gave them to her without much thought.

She was overjoyed with her treasure! She proudly repaired the strap and wore the flip flops with such joy. Every time that girl looked at me after that, she had such appreciation in her eyes. It was in that look that I realized for the first time what Christian love looks like. As an adult, I often reflect on that story and realize that I had overlooked her, left her helpless and undefended when she was beaten by other kids, unseen for years. The Lord used those flips flops to teach me about Jesus and his love: to look past what seems normal in our culture and live the life that was normal for Christ.

To Think About
How might remembering the story help John in his work serving persecuted Christians?

Read the next post to find out how kids in Mexico used flip flops to help them remember Christians who are overlooked or mistreated.


Where Are They Now? Danjuma

Danjuma still smiles

Read a previous post about Danjuma here.

Danjuma was a young boy when terrorists launched an early morning attack on his Christian village. He was so badly injured by a machete that villagers dug him a grave. To their surprise, Danjuma survived and recovered, though he was left blind and with severe injuries. During his recovery, nurses often remarked on his joyful smile.

A year ago, Danjuma enrolled in a school for the blind, and he is now in his second year there. According to the director, he is a fast learner and very intelligent. She also said he still walks around with that joyful smile on his face.

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magszine. Edited for length and clarity.)


Nigeria: Healing and New Life

Dalo

A previous post told about Dalo, an 8-year-old Nigerian boy who is praying for his persecutors after he was injured in an attack. Dalo wasn’t the only child who was hurt in the June attacks on Christian villages by Muslim Fulani attackers. VOM workers have visited others in Nigerian hospitals.

*When the workers visited the hospital, 2-year-old Melody was improving and starting to drink liquids.
*Two-year-old Sylvia received injuries on the neck, hand, and stomach. But she was smiling and playing when Christian workers visited her.
*Gift, age 10, still has pain from a gunshot wound. “But she is a strong and brave girl,” a VOM worker reported.

It is good news that the children are healing. And there is more good news. Over the past 15 years, thousands of Fulani have decided to begin new lives as Christians. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping many Fulani Christians who are now persecuted for their faith. “There are Fulani persecutors, but there are also faithful Fulani followers of Christ who are themselves being persecuted,” said a VOM worker. “Pray that they will find encouragement in the Lord.”

(Source: vomradio.net)


Nigeria: Abel

Abel with an audio Bible

Abel, a young man in Nigeria, got a phone call one day from a former classmate. The old friend invited Abel to lunch. He said he wanted to find out how Abel was doing.

But the phone call was a set-up. While they were talking at a café, a van drove up. Abel’s brother and two other men jumped out and forced Abel into the van.

The men were angry because Abel had decided to leave Islam and follow Jesus. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) They locked him in a room for two weeks with very little food, then ordered him to return to Islam.

But Abel had seen Jesus in a dream, then studied the Bible and learned about Christianity from a pastor. He had given his life to Christ and trusted Him as his Savior. “I am not going back to Islam, because what I have seen is the truth, and I have made up my mind to stand on that truth,” Abel told his captors. Then the persecutors left him alone in the room.

Abel’s mother heard about his situation and sent her daughter to unlock the door where Abel was held. He was free!

Now Abel distributes audio Bibles and helps other new Christians stand firm in their faith. The new Christians trust him because he has overcome many of the same obstacles they have faced.

(Source: The September 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine)

To Think About
What obstacles have you or our family faced in your lives? Is there someone else facing the same obstacle that you could help in their difficult time?