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Preschoolers in Jail

Mona and her children in jail

When Christian families in some countries wake up in the morning, they never know what struggles the day might bring. Three children in Sudan, ages 2, 4, and 6, are learning at an early age that, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).

One day, while their father was away, the police came and arrested their mother, Mona Matta. The police took the children to jail with her! No charges were filed against the family, and they were released after several hours.

But their troubles were not over. When the family got home, they discovered that a gang had destroyed all their belongings.

Pray that the family’s daily needs will be met. Pray that they will grow stronger in their faith in Jesus, who said, “Take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

(Photo: Morning Star News)


Sudan: Hiding in Foxholes

The government of Sudan often drops bombs on the Nuba Mountain region of their country. “When we were there, 40 artillery shells landed close enough for us to hear them,” said a VOM worker who visited Christians in the area.

Sometimes the bombs hit churches. In one church that was destroyed, the explosion damaged the pulpit. The congregation fled to the mountains. They took the pulpit with them to remind them that Christ’s church can never be destroyed. Learn more about the “shrapnel pulpit” here.

Hospitals and schools are also attacked. In this video, a hospital worker describes patients scrambling for their safety into foxholes surrounding the hospital. You can see children running for foxholes and hear the sound of a bomber overhead.

Bombing continues in the Nuba Mountains. VOM helps and encourages the Christians who live there. Please ask God to protect those hiding from the bombs.


Make a Tukel

Sudan

Previous posts told about Christians in Sudan.

“Tukels” [TOO-kuhlz], like the one in the photo, are huts with cone-shaped roofs. Many Sudanese families live in tukels.

The roofs are made of neatly layered stalks of grass or grain. Sometimes, the roofs reach almost to the ground.

Sudan

To make a tukel roof, trace around a saucer or small plate on thick paper or cardstock. Cut out the circle. Then cut one slit from the edge of the circle to the center. Slide one edge of the slit under the other and tape or staple the edges together to form a cone. Draw or glue grass or thin sticks on the roof.

To make walls, staple together the ends of a cardboard strip to form a circular shape smaller than the large end of the roof. Cut out a door. Put the roof on top of the walls.


Christians Under Attack Carry a Pulpit Up a Mountain

The government of Sudan often drops bombs on the Nuba Mountain region of their country. “When we were there, 40 artillery shells landed close enough for us to hear them,” said a VOM worker who visited the area recently to encourage the Christians.

Sometimes the bombs hit churches. In one church that was destroyed, the explosion damaged the pulpit. The congregation fled to the mountains. They took the pulpit with them to remind them that Christ’s church can never be destroyed.

The video below tells more about the VOM workers’ trip to Sudan and about the Christians there. One of the Sudanese Christians in the video carries a gun “because there is always a threat of attack,” the VOM worker said.

As you watch the video, look for answers to the following questions.

  1. What kind of animal is the child milking at the first of the video?
  2. How long did it take the people to hike up the mountains?
  3. The Sudanese houses seen in the video are called “tukels.” What shape are their roofs?
  4. Where do the Christians stay at night for safety?


Going to Jail

Sudan

Read the previous post about Morris, a boy in Sudan who made enemies when he left Islam to become a Christian. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Morris is now a pastor in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. Reports say that the government of Sudan has dropped more than 3,700 bombs on the Nuba region since April 2012.

One morning after an attack, Pastor Morris packed some soap, food, shoes, and clothes. He was going to jail. But he had not done anything wrong.

He planned to visit Muslim prisoners of war. The Muslims had been caught after they attacked Pastor Morris’s friends and neighbors. They were the enemy.

Pastor Morris’s son did not understand his father’s actions. “Are not these the people who are bombing us from airplanes and killing our people?” his son asked him as he packed. “Why are you taking them food to help them survive when they are killing us?”

Pastor Morris answered, “My son, this is because Jesus says we have to love our enemies.”

The hearts of some of the Muslim prisoners are starting to change. The prisoners ask Pastor Morris, “Pastor, could you come again and share what you are sharing with us? We have never heard about these things before.” Pastor Morris is willing to help them find the truth, because he learned to love his enemies as a youth.

Pray for Pastor Morris and the Muslims he meets. Pray that his son will also understand Jesus’ command to “love your enemies.”

(Source: The September 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited and adapted from the original.)