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Not Afraid of Persecution

Niet bang voor vervolging!
[Not afraid of persecution!]

In 2015, Petr Jasek was arrested in Sudan because of his work for The Voice of the Martyrs with persecuted Christians. You can read stories about Petr here and here.

Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, interviewed Petr. (SDOK, located in the Netherlands, is part of The Voice of the Martyrs family of missions.) You can find Part 1 of the video interview here. [The title of Part 1 is “Wat moet je doen als iemand gevangen zit?”] The story reminds us to pray for Christians who are in prison for their faith.

In Part 2, Petr talks about dealing with the fear of persecution.

The interviewer is speaking in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. If you don’t speak Dutch, you can fast forward to the part where Petr tells his story in English.


VOM Flashback: Building Blocks Scene

Bricks

The Voice of the Martyrs has worked in the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan for more than 15 years. VOM repairs bombed water wells, provides emergency food supplements for Christians who have fled their homes, and distributes medicine and Family Med Packs.

Some VOM supporters found a unique way to illustrate VOM’s work in Sudan. They used plastic building blocks to show VOM workers delivering goods to Sudanese Christians. (See the photo above. Click to enlarge.)

Read this post to see another interesting way VOM supporters informed others about the needs of persecuted Christians.

Learn here how you can provide Family Med Packs for Christians in Sudan and other countries where Christians are persecuted.

 


Encouraged by Singing

Petr Jasek, the leader of The Voice of the Martyrs’ ministry in Africa, was arrested in Sudan in 2015. Sudan’s government said Petr was a spy. But he really was helping persecuted Christians in Sudan, not spying.

Petr was forced to share a cell with Muslim terrorists who did not like Christians. Conditions were harsh, and his outlook was bleak.

The story below tells about one incident that encouraged Petr during his prison time.

[Parents and Teachers: The story is from Petr’s book, Imprisoned with Isis: Faith in the Face of Evil, available from The Voice of the Martyrs. Please preview the book before sharing with younger children. The excerpt below has been edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness.]

Petr’s Story
After more than eight months in prison, the day of my trial finally arrived. Early in the morning, we rinsed ourselves with a bucket of water. My hair and beard were now long and silver.

Special guards transported us to the prison building. [The trip] took nearly two hours in the back of a cattle truck, and we sat on long metal benches on each side of the truck bed. When we arrived, the guards put the handcuffs on us and moved us to a holding cell, where we waited.

There were dozens of prisoners squeezed into the small room. The floor of the waiting room was dirty, and there was no place to sit, so we roamed an outdoor courtyard. As I paced around the small space, I heard the sound of singing rising from outside the nearby courthouse.

[We] soon realized the source of the singing, and we were overwhelmed. Hundreds of Christians had traveled by bus to show their support. With shields, batons, and tear gas, the Sudanese riot police had prevented them from entering the building. [The Christians] stood outside and sang about David and Goliath. We listened as the Body of Christ raised up a song of encouragement for us. They were risking their own lives by offering support for us. Their bravery astounded me. I wondered how many of them would be arrested.

Read more stories about Petr here, here, and here.

To Talk About
*Why do you think the Christians sang about David and Goliath?
*What can you do today to encourage someone?


What Can You Do?

Wat moet je doen als iemand gevangen zit?
[What should you do if someone is imprisoned?]

In 2015, Petr Jasek was arrested in Sudan because of his work for The Voice of the Martyrs with persecuted Christians. You can read stories about Petr here and here.

Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, interviewed Petr. (SDOK, located in the Netherlands, is part of The Voice of the Martyrs family of missions.) You can find the interview here.

The interviewer is speaking in Dutch, the language of the Netherlands. Petr tells his story in English. The story reminds us to pray for Christians who are in prison for their faith. You can find prisoners to pray for at prisoneralert.com.


Petr’s Encouragement

Petr with another Christian prisoner

Petr Jasek was the leader of The Voice of the Martyrs’ work in Africa. While he was helping persecuted Christians, he was arrested by the police in Sudan. For 445 days, he remained in prison, forced to share a cell with Muslim terrorists part of the time.

After his release, Petr began serving as VOM’s Global Ambassador. He travels around the world, encouraging Christians to help and pray for persecuted believers. His new book, Imprisoned with ISIS, tells about his experiences in Sudan.

Recently, Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio talked with Petr about his imprisonment. Petr compared his time locked up in prison with the situation of people sheltering at home during the coronavirus.

Read some of his comments below. (Edited for length and clarity.)

Petr said:

Now in many countries we are locked down with this quarantine. We have more time to spend with our families, and that is beautiful that we have that time as Christians. But I would like to encourage people to spend even more time with their Lord and His Word.

In one sense it reminds me of the situation that I was in when I was in solitary confinement. I could not do activity that I would normally be doing. But now in the similar situation there are many activities that I would like to do and I can’t do them.

But I have a choice how I want to use my time. Of course I can use it to read the Word of God, pray, or listen to the audio Bible. Or I can get distracted easily by paying attention to the more or less same news about the disease that is spreading around. The difference is that I have the choice now what I want to do in my time.

I would like to encourage [Christians] to really spend more time with our Lord and His Word, so that we could be prepared to better serve our persecuted brothers and sisters, to be better tools for His kingdom. You know, if we will abide in Christ we can certainly bring better fruit. What is the best fruit that we as Christians can bring in this world? This is obvious that we as Christians should multiply ourselves by making disciples.

If we will abide in Christ, abide in His Word, abide in His church and His Body, and abide in the intimate relationship with our Lord, then we don’t need to be worried about future. We don’t need to worry about the bad news around us. And we don’t need to be afraid even about persecution that is increasing. We know that we are in our Lord and He will never allow us to go through anything that He would not prepare us for.

I would say my main intention in writing my book was to show that we serve the great sovereign Lord. If we commit our lives into His hands, we do not need to worry about anything and we can trust the Lord, and He will support us.

(Petr’s book, Imprisoned with ISIS, is available here. Please preview before sharing with younger children.)