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Saving a Generation

(Source: persecution.com/bibles)

When 9-year-old Jovia Mulungi opened her Bible for the first time, she knew it would change her life. Even at her age, she understood that God’s Word and the life lessons it contains would set her on the right path.

“I want to learn about making choices because it’s good,” she said. “I do not want to lie. I do not want to fight with my friends. I want to be obedient to my mother and father. Thank you for giving me this book to read about the choices people made. I want to become like Jesus. Pray for me.”

VOM distributes children’s Bibles in rural parts of Uganda, where Islam is spreading rapidly and Bibles are rare even among adults. Parents there are thrilled when their children receive their own Bibles.

“I have read this book as if reading a novel, cover to cover, to find out if there is any fault in it before I can allow my children to use it,” said Bridget Muwanga, the parent of another child who received a Bible. “I realized that I need it first before I can pass it on. It challenges me on the choices I have made. We are now going through it as a family, challenging one another. My husband just loves it.”

As the Bibles were distributed to a group of Christian children, some nearby Muslim children asked if they could have a copy, too. Members of the distribution team happily gave them each a copy of their own.

“We thank God for this ministry and pray that we can touch so many children and families with the love of God through this material,” a member of the distribution team said. “Making the right choices is always a challenge, but when we nurture children through this material we are surely saving a whole generation.”

 


Grandmother Kicks Kids Out of Her Home

(Source: icommittopray.com)

Photo: Penny. Her eyes are covered to protect her identity.

Penny, Elijah, and Charity’s parents are Muslims, and they don’t have a lot of money. When it came time for Penny, the oldest, to start school in their town in Uganda, her parents could not afford to send her.

A teacher in her grandmother’s town agreed to teach all three children. So they moved into their grandmother’s home.

After the children began their schooling, their grandmother noticed the children talking about Jesus and sneaking away on Sunday mornings to attend Sunday school. She didn’t approve of her grandchildren becoming Christians, so she kicked them out of her house and left them on their own! Penny cared for her little brother and sister as well as she could with the help of their teacher.

The children are now 12, 10, and 6 years old. Earlier this year, their teacher asked for help from a VOM front-line worker. The worker agreed to care for the children. Pray that they will remain strong in their faith and that their family members will also open their hearts to Jesus love for them.


A New Family

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life (Mark 10:29-31).

Syamusudini began sharing the Good News of Jesus with his friends at school in Uganda. It might seem strange that he would encourage others to follow Jesus, because Syamusudini’s life had become difficult when he first became a Christian. His Muslim family kicked him out and no longer accepted him as a member of their family. Syamusudini moved in with his pastor and became part of a new family.

Muhindo was a Muslim friend of Syamusudini’s. He listened carefully when Syamusudini shared his faith.

Muslims believe that Arabic is the language of Allah. The majority of Muslims in the world do not speak Arabic as their first language. But it is customary for all Muslims to say their daily prayers in Arabic, even if they do not understand the language well.

Since he didn’t speak Arabic, Muhindo had never understood the Muslim prayer services, but he understood the words of Jesus. He decided that he, too, would follow Christ.

Like his friend Syamusudini, Muhindo was rejected by his family. When his father learned of his Christian faith, he came after Muhindo with a machete. Muhindo fled to his friend, where he, also, was welcomed as part of the pastor’s family. “I am a new creation, and I understand the one I pray to,” he said. Pray for Muhindo and Syamusudini as they mature in faith, and pray that their families will also come to know Christ.

(Source: icommittopray.com. Photo: Muhindo and Syamusudini. Their eyes are covered to protect their identity.)


An Update on Susan in Uganda

Previous posts told the story of Susan, a girl in Uganda whose father locked her in a room after she became a Christian. Neighbors told the police what was happening, and Susan was rescued from the house after several months. But she was sick and weak from the harsh treatment, and she could not even walk and talk. She needed two operations and had to stay in the hospital for a long time.

Thankfully, The Voice of the Martyrs was able to help Susan move to a safer place where Christians care for her and she is able to attend school again. Susan does well in school, but her progress has been interrupted several times for more surgeries. She recently developed an infection and had to return to the hospital. She will have to miss more school during her long recovery.

After a previous surgery, Susan said, “I thank God for everything He’s doing in my life….He is protecting me….I thank God that I’m still alive….I pray that I’m doing school again, and I can use my studies. God knows the right thing for me…“I thank God also for the people who are praying for me …. I think God should bless them SO MUCH!”

Please pray for Susan’s healing and encouragement, for the doctors treating her, and for those providing her care.

[Photo: Susan during recovery from surgery.]


Back to School

 

(Photo: Two children at a school in Africa. Their faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them or their families.)

This is the time of year when most American kids return to school for the fall semester. But Christian kids in some countries don’t always have the freedom to get a good education in peace.

*Cuba
Christian children are sometimes mocked, bullied, and not promoted to the next grade.

*China
Officials in China closed a Christian school last year, claiming that the children were “brainwashed.”

*Indonesia
Muslim parents warn their children not to play with Christian children or make friends with them.

*Uganda
In parts of Uganda, Christian children are not welcome to attend school in Muslim areas.

*Mexico
In Chiapas, Mexico, authorities sometimes refuse to let children stay in school if their parents become Christians.

*Egypt
Christian children in Egypt have been forced to sit in the back of the class, and some students are given bad grades just because they are Christians.

*Pakistan
Christians in Pakistan are often hired to do only low-paying jobs. They sometimes can’t afford to send their children to school.

To Talk About
*Will you thank God today for your school assignments and for the opportunity to get an education?
*Ask God to protect and provide for children in each of the countries mentioned above.