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Christian Boy Beaten Up by Bad Sport

In Pakistan, Christians are often treated as if they are not as good as other citizens. They may not have a chance to get a good education. And they are often given jobs no one else wants — like making bricks and cleaning sewers.

Several months ago, Vishal, a teenage boy in Pakistan, was reportedly involved in an arm wrestling match with a Muslim boy. Vishal won. The Muslim boy could not accept that a Christian was better than he was at something. “How could a [person] of a dirty community defeat me?” he asked.

They wrestled a few more times, but Vishal won every time. “I will teach him a lesson,” the Muslim boy said.

After the wrestling match, a gang of Muslims caught Vishal and beat him up. After a time, gangs beat him up twice more. But his family was advised to not report the beatings to the police, or they could be in more danger from Muslims who want revenge.

Christians have asked for prayer for Vishal, his family, and churches in Pakistan.

(Sources: VOM Australia and International Christian Concern


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.


Pakistan: Christian Girl Kidnapped

Pakistani girl

Thirteen-year-old Sadaf lives in Pakistan. Her Christian family recently made a video about her. But the video does not tell about a happy family celebration or vacation. It is a plea for help.

A few months ago, three Muslim men kidnapped Sadaf. Her family was able to contact the kidnappers and tell them they wanted their daughter back. The kidnappers said they would return Sadaf to them.

But eight days later, instead of giving Sadaf back to her family, the men gave them a marriage certificate. The certificate falsely said that Sadaf was 18 years old. It said she had converted to Islam, the religion of Muslims, and that she had married a Muslim man.

Christians say that hundreds of girls in Pakistan are kidnapped every year and forced to change their religion and marry Muslims. Sadaf’s family has requested help from the police, and they made a video about her situation in an effort to pressure the authorities to act. But so far the police have ignored their requests.

Read below three prayer requests for Sadaf and her family.

*Ask the Lord to directly intervene to ensure the release of Sadaf and other captives, either through His miraculous hand or through the work of the local authorities. Pray that Sadaf’s case will be taken seriously and that she and her family will be looked upon with compassion.
*Ask the Lord to comfort, protect, and strengthen Sadaf and her family during this very difficult time.
*Pray that the Lord will bring change to the hearts of the captors to bring true repentance.

(Source: VOM Australia)

Read more about Christians in Pakistan in the book Bold Believers in Pakistan, available in the Downloads section.


Sleeping on the Roof

Abdul (right) and his mentors

Late at night, after most people in Pakistan were asleep, Adbul secretly approached a house in his village and climbed up to the roof, where he slept until about 5 a.m. He woke up when the sun rose, climbed down, and walked quietly away.

The house belonged to Abdul’s parents, who had kicked him out of their Muslim family when he became a Christian. Abdul had no place to live, so he spent every night for six years on the roof of his former home. “It was easy in the summertime, but very hard during the wintertime,” Abdul said. “I always kept a matchbook in my pocket to make a fire to make myself warm.”

When Abdul felt lonely or discouraged, he prayed, “Thank you, God. This is all about You and for You.”

Abdul’s relatives finally allowed him to stay in a separate room added to their house, but they continued to verbally abuse him and give him a hard time. Abdul prays for them. Abdul plans to marry a Christian girl he met in another part of Pakistan. His family will not attend the wedding. Abdul accepts persecution as part of being a Christian.

“I know that I have to die,” he said. “But before I die, I want to share the good news that people can go to heaven.”

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

Read another story about a Christian who had to sleep in an unusual place here.


This Month

December VOM newsletter

Parents and Teachers
The December 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories of courageous evangelists who spread the good news of Jesus in places where they risk their lives to evangelize. Abdul in Pakistan, Kebir in India, and Baris in Turkey witness boldly even though they are in danger daily.

The issue includes updates on 11 Christians featured in past newsletters, and a story about VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand’s thoughts on spending Christmas in prison. You can share stories from this site about some of the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Additional resources about the featured countries
*Restricted Nations: India, available at vombooks.com.
*Restricted Nations: Pakistan, available at vombooks.com.
*Bold Believers in India activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
* Bold Believers in Pakistan activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*Bold Believers in Turkey activity book, available in the free Downloads section.
*India lesson plan.
*Turkey lesson plan.