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Boy Reads the Bible for Six Hours

Parents and Teachers: Last year, The Voice of the Martyrs distributed 1 million Bibles in hostile areas and nations that restrict Christianity. More than a quarter of a million of those Bibles were children’s Bibles. The July 2016 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about VOM’s Bible distribution work. Please preview the stories before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share stories from this site, like the one below, with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Uganda
The boy (in the red shirt) who read the Bible for six hours

VOM contacts recently went door-to-door in Uganda to tell people about Jesus. (Enter “Uganda” in the Search box to read about the lives of Christians in Uganda.) At one house, a teenage boy answered the door.

“He had heard about God, but he did not care about God at all,” the workers said later. “He did whatever he wanted to do with no guidance from anyone.

“He admitted he had not been living a good life….He could read, so we gave him a Bible. At first he read from Psalm 1. By the time he got to Verse 3, he realized that his hands were dirty.

“‘I cannot read with dirty hands,’ he said. ‘Let me wash and return.’ He washed his hands then read the whole Psalm.

“We went on to another house, and when we passed by his house two hours later, he was still reading his Bible. After six hours, we stopped by his house on our way out of the village, and he was still reading. ‘I can’t stop reading,’ he said. ‘Every word I read invites me to read more….I pray I come to know more about this God.’ We told him about a Bible teacher and a fellowship that could help him.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)

To Think About

  • Read Psalm 1. Why is it a good Bible passage to show someone who has not been living a godly life?
  • Why do you think Christians in Uganda go door-to-door telling people about Jesus when Christians in some parts of the Uganda are persecuted?
  • Do you know someone who is not a Christian? What do you think their reaction might be if you offered them a Bible? (Discuss any plans to witness to a non-Christian with a mature Christian adult, and ask for their advice and prayers.)
  • Why do you think the boy felt he needed to wash his hands while reading the Bible?

Another Story from Uganda

Girls in Uganda
Girls in Uganda

Recently a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs met with two girls in Uganda whose family is persecuted for their faith. The girls’ father left Islam, the religion of Muslims, and became a Christian. Their mother continued to be a Muslim. She was forced to leave her husband and was given to a Muslim man.

The mother wanted to keep her daughters with her. But they did not want to be Muslims, so they went with their father. They love their mother and they often miss her. But they can’t visit her. Muslims close to her have threatened to harm the girls and their father. The girls are living in a safe place now.

“They are happy to be in school, and they want to be teachers in the future,” said the VOM worker who visited them. “They are young, but they seem to understand what it means to be hated because of coming to Christ.”

Ask God to comfort these Christian girls when they are lonely and miss their mother.


Update on Pastor Umar and His Family

Pastor Umar

Previous posts (Pastor Attacked in Uganda, Family Still Separated, and Update on Pastor from Uganda) told the story of Pastor Umar form Uganda, who was attacked on his way to church in 2011. He is still healing from the attack. The photo in this post shows Pastor Umar with five of his children.

“Until I was attacked, many pastors never believed that persecution was serious,” said Pastor Umar. “Now they know it exists.”

Pastor Umar had to leave his country to get treatment for his injuries. One of his daughters said, “When my dad was attacked, I thought he was not coming back home. Life became very hard, and I was very scared. We cried a lot, especially when we couldn’t see him for a whole year. We are glad that God healed him and brought him back to us.”

Pastor Umar has bodyguards to protect him and his family. “Please pray even for the security I have, because it is God who protects,” said Pastor Umar. “Only He can work through these men to protect us.”

Pastor Umar continues to share his testimony with others.


Update on Susan

Susan

Susan, a girl in Uganda, was treated harshly and locked in her room by her Muslim family after she became a Christian. Previous posts here and here include a video clip and stories about Susan.

Susan now lives in a safe place with other Christians. The photo above shows her with cooking pots and utensils near her new home. She is leaning on a mortar which is used to grind groundnuts (peanuts).

“Susan is fine and studying well,” said a Christian in Uganda. “She is happy and living a positive life. Her attitude toward school and life in Christ is good, too.

“This has encouraged many Christians [who used to be Muslims] in their walk with the Lord. They are encouraged by Susan’s strength and forgiveness to her father who caused her such pain that she has to walk on crutches. Glory be to God.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited from the original for clarity.)

To Talk About

  • How is Susan a good example to other Christians?
  • Read Proverbs 20:11. In what ways can Christian children encourage other Christians, even Christian adults?

Family Rejects Christian Girl

Uganda

The photo shows Christian children in Uganda learning about Jesus from a picture Bible. Last year, The Voice of the Martyrs distributed 3,000 Bibles in Uganda, where it is not always safe to follow Christ.

VOM received a report about a teenage Ugandan girl, Naigaga Saidha, who was beaten by her Muslim family when she became a Christian. Naigaga confessed her faith in Christ at a Christian event in her village. Her family no longer accepted her, and she had to move in with a Christian family who cares for other children after they are kicked out of their families.

(Sources: April 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter and iCommitToPray.com)

Pray for Naigaga and other Christians in Uganda. Ask God to comfort her when she feels lonely and misses her family and village.

To Discuss