Nepal – Woman stoned by neighbour finds the ability to forgive

Miriamu, a Christian since 2014, truly exemplified what it means to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave us (Ephesians 4:32).

She was stoned by a neighbour until she lost consciousness and had to be hospitalised for a week. As a result of the attack, she suffered deep gashes on her face and neck, and internal bleeding. She still has some difficulty speaking but she want to forgive her neighbour and believes that her neighbour will come to know Jesus one day.

Miriamu was attacked because she started a church in her own home. The distance to the nearest church was too great to travel. Miriamu’s church grew steadily and her, non-Christian neighbours became alarmed. One lady claimed that Miriamu’s house & church was on a neighbour’s land even though Miriamu insisted that she has the official paperwork to occupy such land.

We praise God for Miriamu’s faith and obedience to God’s word.

Pray that her neighbours will be touched by her show of love and compassion and they will desire to know Jesus personally. Pray that Miriamu will be empowered to share the gospel effectively and disciple new believers in her hometown and beyond.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOM)

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No Rice for Christians

Seven families from two tribal groups in Laos had their farm land confiscated because of their faith in Christ, and they are not allowed to farm. These seven families, totalling about 50 people from the Khmu and Hmong tribes, have been experiencing severe persecution since they became Christians. However, their faith had been strong and they were active in serving the Lord and one another.

When the village experienced a drought earlier this year, rice was distributed to everyone except Christians. The believers were told that if they wanted help, they must first renounce their faith in Christ. The Christian families are in a dire situation with no food to eat. They have tried to dig up yam and hunt for jungle animals to sell in order to get rice to eat.

Pray that these families will receive sufficient food and basic necessities for survival. Pray that they will be able to continue gathering for worship.

Pray that, through their testimonies, other villagers will be acknowledge believe in the truths of the gospel and receive salvation in Christ.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOM)

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Would You Still Follow Jesus?

If someone you treasured and loved dearly is shot dead, just because he or she believed in Jesus and has been actively and effectively sharing the gospel and leading others to Christ, would you still follow Jesus?

Pastor Munshi Devu Tado was leading a worship service for a small group on his property on July 10th when armed thugs approached him. The thugs first shook hands with Pastor Munshi, then tied his hands behind his back before leading him away on the pretext of wanting to talk to him.  A few minutes later, a gunshot was heard and Pastor Munshi was found dead on the ground and his attackers gone.

According to reports, opposing villagers had been upset about the growth of the church, as people were being converted from their tribal religion to Christianity. It is believed that the disgruntled villagers incited the thugs to kill the pastor.

The family has faced ongoing persecution since they came to faith in Christ seven years ago.  Pastor Vachami, a close associate of the slain minister, spoke favourably about him, “He was a very simple man and a very faithful servant of God.”

Pray for Pastor Munshi’s wife, Jaini, as well as their four young children during this time of tragic loss. Pray that they will find comfort and support from the Lord and from fellow believers. Pray that they will not succumb to fear or be intimated to renounce their faith in Christ.

Pray also for the villagers who have come to trust in Christ through their pastor’s faithful service to God. Pray that the Lord will spur them onward in their walk of faith.

Pray that many others in this community, who have yet to acknowledge Christ as their Saviour (including the attackers) will be touched by the late pastor’s testimony and, through his ongoing legacy, receive God’s mercy, forgiveness and transformative saving grace.

 

(Source and Photo Credit : VOMC)

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Accused as Criminals for Bible Distribution

VOMK have been successfully getting God’s Word into the closed nation of North Korea through the use of various innovative methods, like launching large balloons and bottles containing rice, vitamins and small Bibles.  However, these efforts have recently been questioned and VOMK has been told to cease and desist all further Bible launches.

The Foleys, co-founders of VOMK, are presently facing possible criminal charges and VOMK’s status as a registered Non-Governmental Organisation (“NGO”) is also being reviewed.

In a recently sent email, Rev. Dr. Eric Foley and his wife Dr. Foley wrote, “We stand accused in our own country as criminals, and we do so alongside our North Korean Christian brothers and sisters.”

Please pray for the Foleys and the rest of the VOMK staff as they navigate how to wisely deal with these present challenges while endeavouring to honour God through the distribution of His Word and the provision of humanitarian aid.

Pray that the North Koreans who have received the distributed Bibles will be touched by what they read, resulting in their eternal salvation.

Pray that those opposing the Gospel will willingly embrace our Heavenly Father’s love and become convicted of their need to accept His Son Jesus as their own personal Saviour.

 

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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Hundreds of Crosses Removed

In the early morning of July 7th, more than a hundred people arrived at the Aodi Christian Church and Yinchang Christian Church in Wenzhou with cranes and removed crosses from atop the church buildings. Door locks were also broken and some church property was destroyed.

When church members tried to intervene, they were physically assaulted, resulting in several injuries. The elderly among them were not exempt from mistreatment. An elderly man in his 80s was disrespectfully pushed to the ground.

In the state of Anhui, crosses were removed from at least 250 churches during the first four months of 2020 alone. Similar action is being taken against symbols of other religions as well.

The persecution Christians are currently facing in China has been described as the most intense in decades.

Please continue to lift up China’s Christians in your prayers, asking God to minister His grace, healing, spiritual encouragement and renewed hope in the midst of the many restrictions and the resulting harm it has caused to many.

Pray that God will work in the lives of those who are persecuting Christians. Pray that they too will become keenly aware of the Lord’s presence and recognise His sovereignty. Pray that the continued outreach of churches throughout the country will be mightily used to bring multitudes from all walks of life to a saving faith in Christ.

(Source & Photo Credit : VOMC)

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