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Jesus Booklets and Urdu

About 95 percent of the people in Pakistan are Muslims. Children in Muslim lands are not taught that Jesus is the Son of God or that He saves people from sin.

Recently some children in Pakistan received booklets that tell the good news of Jesus. You can see them looking at the booklet in the video.

The music played and the booklets shown in the video are in Urdu, one of the many languages spoken in Pakistan. Unlike English, Urdu is written from right to left instead of left to right.

How to Say Some Urdu Words
(Pronunciations are approximate.)
Praise the Lord: Hoo-DAH-wahnd kee tah-REEF ho
Please: meh-hehr-BAH-nee
Thank you: shoo-kree-yuh


Pakistan: Meerab

Pakistan

The following story came to The Voice of the Martyrs from Pakistan.

I am a 9-year-old Pakistani Christian girl. My name is Meerab George. I am studying in the 5th grade. Although I go to a Christian school, there are many Muslim students studying at the school. Muslim teachers also work here.

In September 2014, my father brought home some small crosses. I like one of the crosses, and I wear it around my neck. When I wear this cross, I pray to the Lord, “Oh Lord, always save me from the devil and please help me in my school situation.” Then I am peaceful.

When I first wore the cross in school, a Muslim classmate asked me, “What is that on your neck?” I said, “This is a cross, the sign of our Christianity.”

The Muslim girl said, “You shouldn’t wear this in the school. You have to remove it from your neck.”

I said, “I will not remove it from my neck.” We were arguing on the issue.

The teacher, who was Muslim, spoke to me with hard words. She told me to remove the cross and not to wear it to school again. But I am strong in my faith. I refused to remove the cross from my neck. The teacher threatened me, “Meerab, if you will not remove this cross I will kick you out of the class.”

I said, “Miss, do whatever you want. You can even kick me out of school, but I will not remove the cross.”

Other teachers came to know what happened, and they settled the issue among them. After this incident, I am stronger in my faith in Jesus; I am still wearing the cross and going to school. I know the Lord is always with me.

Read a story and watch a video clip about another Christian student who wore a cross necklace to school in the post “It’s Okay to Suffer for Christ.”

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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

Lost Cell Phone Brings Trouble in Pakistan

Pakistan

Shafgat and Shaguftah have five children, ages 5 to 13. But they were separated from their children last summer after Shafgat and Shaguftah were arrested.

A Muslim, Muhammad Hussain, reported the couple to the police after he received offensive text messages on his cell phone. Hussain said the messages were “blasphemous,” and that they came from Shaguftah’s cell phone number.

“Blasphemy” refers to words or deeds that dishonor something holy. Pakistan has laws against blaspheming anything or anyone that Muslims think is holy, such as Muhammad, the founder of Islam, or the Quran, the Muslim holy book. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Shaguftah told the police that she had lost her cell phone a month before Muhammad got the text message. But the police put Shafgat and Shaguftah in jail anyway. The officers pressured the parents to name someone else who could have sent the message. But Shafgat and Shaguftah were convicted in court of the charges against them.

Pray for families around the world who are separated because of their faithfulness to Christ.


New TV Shows in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Afghanistan

New TV shows are causing disagreements in some Muslim countries.

Very strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of music, movies, or TV. They are trying to stop a new reality talent show, Afghanistan’s Got Talent from airing on TV in Afghanistan. The show is scheduled to start this month.

“I am going to start a jihad* against those kinds of shows and programs on our television channels,” said one Afghan leader.

In Pakistan, a new cartoon show, Burka Avenger, features a superhero who wears a burka when she fights crime. (A burka is a tent-like robe that covers the body and face, or everything but the eyes.)

The Burka Avenger fights against evil using books and pens as weapons. In one episode, she fights villains who try to close schools.

In real life in Pakistan, strict Muslims in some areas have closed schools and try to keep girls from getting an education.

(Sources include Mohabat News)

Muslims in some countries do not agree with the rules of stricter Muslims. Some of them are looking the Christianity for answers. If they decide to follow Jesus, they will face persecution from Muslims who do not yet know him.

* Not all Muslims agree on the meaning of “jihad.” In this case, it is clear that the leader will work against the TV program based on his Muslim beliefs.