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Persevering Christians

Do you know what a backhoe is? (See the photo above.)

Backhoes can:
*Dig a trench
*Plow snow
*Remove brush and trash

Can you think of any other jobs a backhoe can do?

Non-Christian officials in a village in Vietnam had another idea. They used a backhoe to push village Christians’ houses into a river. The Christians became homeless. They moved to another area and set up tents to live in.

The Christians were farmers, but the land where they moved was not suitable for farming. But with hard work and God’s help, the Christians were able to grow crops on the land.

Even though they are in difficult circumstances and must work hard to take care of their families, the Christians still take time to talk to people in the area and tell them about Jesus! A VOM worker said, “Thank God for their perseverance, and pray that He will continue to meet their needs.”

To Talk About
*What is perseverance? How did the Christians in Vietnam show perseverance?
*Have you ever thanked God for the good example provided by faithful persecuted Christians?


Vietnam: Woman Fights Police for her Bible

In the previous post, Bible smuggler Patrick Klein shared about how God leads him when he is taking Bibles into countries where they may not be welcome. In the interview below, Patrick tells VOMRadio’s Todd Nettleton a true story that illustrates how precious the word of God is to people in the countries where he delivers Bibles.

Todd’s introduction: How precious is your Bible to you? A woman in Vietnam was willing to risk her life to own a Bible. Patrick Klein tells the story about an illegal church meeting in Vietnam. The communist authorities raided the meeting and began to confiscate all the Bibles.

Patrick: They came to the pastor’s wife and they tried to take her Bible out of her hand. She loved the Word of God and she was not giving it up. They were trying to pull it out of her hands. Here was this little tribal woman fighting with the police. Now in a communist country you don’t fight with the police.

Todd: That’s a straight way to jail.

Patrick: Or worse. But she treasured the Word of God and she was not going to give it up. So she kept fighting with them over it. She said her arms were sore for a few days after that, but it is just amazing she was fighting for the Word of God. I thought, “What would we do in America if we were told to turn in our Bibles?”

Todd: So what happened? I can picture in my mind her playing tug of war with the Bible with the policeman. What is the end of the story?

Patrick: She kept fighting with them and eventually they let her keep her Bible.

Todd: Wow!

Patrick: You know, even the men who were there said, “She is a hero of the faith.” Her own personal safety, her freedom, could have been lost, and yet she loved the Word of God that much. I thought, “Lord that challenges me.”

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)


Working in Vietnam

Children at a VBS in Vietnam

Are you too young to be a mission worker in another country? Maybe not! Read the quote below from a VOM worker.

“You can be an international missions worker without ever leaving your knees. I remember speaking with a strong leader from Vietnam. He said, “’When you pray in America, you are working in Vietnam.’”

Join missionaries and VOM workers in their work. Pray for persecuted Christians in other countries.


Family Left with Nothing

Hmong Christians in Vietnam
Hmong Christians in Vietnam

Workers in Vietnam recently sent The Voice of the Martyrs a report about a Christian family from the Hmong tribe. The daughters in the family are 12, 6, 5, 4, and 2 years old. The sons are 7 years old and 6 months old.

The people in their village are spirit worshippers. When the children’s mother got sick, the villagers blamed an evil spirit.

Someone shared the Good News of Jesus with the family. They trusted in Jesus as their Savior and gave their hearts and lives to Him. Then they prayed for the mother, and she got well! The family was very happy.

But not everyone was as happy as the new Christians. The father’s relatives and village officials beat him up three times to try to force him to stop being a Christian.

“But I refused to leave my faith,” the father said. “Officials and villagers came back to beat me up the fourth time, and they tied me up like a sinner. I refused to leave my faith again. This time they took away all my belongings, my home, my farm, and everything I own.

“They took away my two pigs that weighed about 60 pounds. The villagers killed one of them for food and took the other one away. They also took away two sewing machines, 50 bags of rice, pots and pans, and my motorcycle.

“Jesus said that believers will not die spiritually and will receive eternal life [John 3:16]. And Jesus also said He is the way, the truth, and the life [John 14:6]. Because of this I can’t leave my faith even though they took everything from me.”

The Voice of the Martyrs is helping the family settle somewhere else away from their village.

To Think About

  • Which child in the family in the story is closest to your age? When the family’s belongings were all taken away, what are some of the things that child might have had to leave behind?
  • Find the story of another Christian family in Asia here What were the children in that story unable to do in their new village?
  • Non-Christians take things away from Christians in Laos, Vietnam, Syria, and other places. What are some of the things that no one can take away from a Christian?

Download the books Bold Believers in Vietnam and Bold Believers of the Hmong People from the Downloads section of this site.


Vietnam: New Roommates

China

Download a Vietnam coloring page, a flag, and a map to color.

The following report from VOM Australia tells how policemen found ways to disturb Binh and Uriah, a Vietnamese couple.

Binh and Uriah witnessed for Christ in their community and many local villagers were saved. Then a new trial was imposed on the family. Three policemen arrived at their door, saying they were going to live with them, right in their house! The police had orders not to leave until the family stopped their Christian activities.

Binh and Uriah were stunned. But the policemen told them, “We are in no hurry to go home.” The police warned everyone in the community not to talk to Binh and Uriah.

The couple’s children said to the policemen, “Why are you doing this? Our parents have done nothing wrong and we will still keep on our path.”

A policeman answered, “If you were 18 years old we would be within our rights to beat you, so be glad you are still small.”

Binh had a Bible and a hymnbook hidden, and the police have not found them. The family takes any opportunities they can to read the Bible and silently worship the Lord without the police finding out.

Other believers also have police in their homes trying to force them to deny Christ.

(Source: VOM Australia)

To Think About
If you were part of Binh and Uriah’s family, what are five things you would like Christians in other countries to pray on your behalf? Will you pray about those things this week?