Published on February 9th, 2015
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?