Published on April 11th, 2018
Some Christians in Syria had a problem. Many Muslims in their area were leaving their religion, Islam, and following Jesus. But that wasn’t the problem; that was wonderful news! The problem was that the new believers did not have Bibles to help them learn more about their new faith. Bibles were hard to get in their country.
So the Christians texted someone in a nearby country where it was easier to find Bibles. “Can you get us more Bibles?” they texted.
“How many?” the man asked. “We need 200 Bibles,” they replied.
The handler loaded his donkey with the 200 Bibles and walked to the border between his country and Syria. But armed guards refused to let them cross the border. The handler led the donkey to another place along the border where the guards could not see them. The donkey knew the path into Syria. On its last trip across the border with its handler, it had been rewarded with a candy bar for making the trip successfully.
So the handler decided to risk letting the donkey cross the border alone. Donkeys were often used as pack animals in the area, so no one would be suspicious of a lone donkey. The handler prayed that the donkey would stay on the mile-long path.
Soon he got another text message. The donkey had made it safely to the Christians! Now more than 200 additional Christians and their families can read God’s Word.
“It’s the most unique Bible smuggling story I’ve heard,” a VOM worker said.
(Source: VOM workers and contacts. Edited for length, clarity, reading level, and security.)
Note: Christians residing in restricted nations are often denied access to Bibles. VOM’s “Bibles to Captive Nations” fund helps print and smuggle Bibles to believers—in their own language—who would otherwise live their lives without ever reading the word of God.
To Talk About
*How many Bibles are in your house? Where did they come from? Was it dangerous to get them to your house?
*Do you think the new Christians in the story read their Bibles often? Do you suppose the Bibles are more special to them because they were difficult to get?