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Bold Believers in North Korea

Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

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Where Are They Now? Danjuma

Danjuma still smiles

Read a previous post about Danjuma here.

Danjuma was a young boy when terrorists launched an early morning attack on his Christian village. He was so badly injured by a machete that villagers dug him a grave. To their surprise, Danjuma survived and recovered, though he was left blind and with severe injuries. During his recovery, nurses often remarked on his joyful smile.

A year ago, Danjuma enrolled in a school for the blind, and he is now in his second year there. According to the director, he is a fast learner and very intelligent. She also said he still walks around with that joyful smile on his face.

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and clarity.)


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India: “We Are Not Going to Lose Our Faith”

Pastor Kabir’s family

Pastor Kabir, the leader of a Christian congregation in India, was kidnapped and attacked by a youth group — a violent Hindu youth group. The attackers dragged the pastor off a bus, kidnapped him, and took him to an empty building. They planned to force him to deny Jesus while they took a video to post online.

But no matter what the Hindu gang did to Pastor Kabir, he refused to deny his Lord. “I am not going to worship idols,” he insisted. “I am going to serve Jesus.”

After hitting Pastor Kabir on the head and kicking him, the attackers took him a mile away and left him. “God has spared my life, so I will forgive them,” Pastor Kabir thought. “I will not go to [the police] station. [But] I am going to do double the work for the Lord.” He called a friend to drive him home.

Still Faithful
Pastor Kabir’s wife and daughters were alarmed when they saw his injuries. The next day he went to the hospital. The attack had damaged his ears, and he now needs a hearing aid.

The Hindu group posted the video of Pastor Kabir on Facebook, but they edited it to make it look like he had denied Jesus and accepted Hinduism. (Learn more about Hindu beliefs here.)

But Pastor Kabir and his family remain strong in their faith. “Whatever happens, God is there. He will protect us,” said the pastor’s 15-year-old daughter, Vanya. His daughter Myra, 13, said, “I am happy with my father’s faith. I want my father to do more [Christian] work. We are not going to lose our faith. We are going to serve the Lord in the future.” (The photo shows Pastor Kabir and his family. Vanya and Myra’s faces are covered to protect their identity from people who may want to harm them.)

Pastor Kabir has kept his promise and has doubled his outreach work. The Voice of the Martyrs provided him with a bicycle to help him keep up with his growing ministry. He requests prayer for:

*His family
*Continued healing
*His attackers
*The people in the area where he ministers

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and clarity.)


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Christmas Season Prayer Reminder

Needed
Two empty, clean, plastic, frozen juice cans
Scissors
Paper punch
Two bandanas, one red and one green
Two rubber bands
Double-sided tape
3 yards of 2-ply jute twine
Red and green colored craft sticks
Black fine-point felt-tip pen

Instructions
*Cut off about 1 inch from the top of the juice cans.

*Punch three holes near the top of each can at approximately equal intervals.

*Cut a 6.5- by 11-inch piece of cloth from each bandana. Cut another 1-inch by 14-inch piece from each one.

*Fold under the larger pieces to fit the cans, and crease or iron the seams. Wrap the pieces around the cans, attach them with double-sided tape, and hold each in place with a rubber band.

*Cover the rubber bands with the smaller strips of cloth, and tie the strips in place. Tie the green strip on the red-covered can and the red strip on the green-covered one.

*Cut the twine into six 18-inch strands. Thread the pieces through the punched holes in the cans, and knot them inside the cans to hold them in place. Knot the three strands on each can at the top of the strands.

*Choose several craft sticks for one can, and write the name of a country where Christians are persecuted on each one with a felt-tip pen. Select additional craft sticks for the remaining can. Label them with specific prayer points for Christians in those countries. Examples: Bibles, children, families, Christians in prison, peace, strength, daily needs, encouragement, government leaders.

Hang up the cans and every day during the Christmas season at mealtime or another time, draw a stick out of each can. Then pray with your family or class for the country and topic you picked. For example, if the country was China and the topic was Bibles, you can pray that Bibles will be available to everyone in China.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.” — Hebrews 13:3


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Gifts That Inspire

The Voice of the Martyrs offers meaningful Christmas gifts for friends and family on your Christmas list.

Click here to find out how to order:

*2019 VOM Prayer Calendars
*Torchlighters Ultimate Activity Book and 16-episode DVD set
*The Courageous Series six-book children’s set
*The 520-page VOM Graphic Novel Anthology
*The Witnesses Trilogy DVD box set
*The Wurmbrand group study kit

Find more gifts and resources at www.vombooks.com.


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Sleeping on the Roof

Abdul (right) and his mentors

Late at night, after most people in Pakistan were asleep, Adbul secretly approached a house in his village and climbed up to the roof, where he slept until about 5 a.m. He woke up when the sun rose, climbed down, and walked quietly away.

The house belonged to Abdul’s parents, who had kicked him out of their Muslim family when he became a Christian. Abdul had no place to live, so he spent every night for six years on the roof of his former home. “It was easy in the summertime, but very hard during the wintertime,” Abdul said. “I always kept a matchbook in my pocket to make a fire to make myself warm.”

When Abdul felt lonely or discouraged, he prayed, “Thank you, God. This is all about You and for You.”

Abdul’s relatives finally allowed him to stay in a separate room added to their house, but they continued to verbally abuse him and give him a hard time. Abdul prays for them. Abdul plans to marry a Christian girl he met in another part of Pakistan. His family will not attend the wedding. Abdul accepts persecution as part of being a Christian.

“I know that I have to die,” he said. “But before I die, I want to share the good news that people can go to heaven.”

(Source: The December 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for length and clarity.)

Read another story about a Christian who had to sleep in an unusual place here.