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LAOS:  No Rice for Christians

LAOS: No Rice for Christians

Seven families from two tribal groups are nearing starvation after village authorities confiscated their farmland because of their faith in Christ.

About 50 people from the Khmu and Hmong tribes form the seven families. “Their faith is strong, and everyone is actively serving one another and the Lord,” wrote a VOM partner.

The families are experiencing severe persecution, however. Authorities have taken their land and do not allow them to farm. When the village experienced a drought earlier this year, the government distributed rice to everyone except Christians. Authorities told them that if they want help, they must renounce their faith. “

Presently, the Christian families are in a dire situation with no food to eat. They have tried to dig up yam and to hunt jungle animals to sell in order to get rice to eat,” the VOM partner wrote.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that the Lord will keep these families strong in their faith and give spiritual strength to each one who calls upon His name.
  • Pray the authorities in Laos come to hear and experience the love of Christ our Saviour.
  • Pray that the families receive food as well as a place for them to hold weekly worship.

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CHINA:  Government Orders Low-Income Families to Abandon their Faith or Lose Financial Aid

CHINA: Government Orders Low-Income Families to Abandon their Faith or Lose Financial Aid

In the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of Christians, poor families are now being told to renounce their faith or lose welfare benefits.

The Chinese economy has been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, especially low-income households struggling to make ends meet.

Now government officials are ordering Christians who receive welfare payments to replace crosses, religious symbols, and images inside their homes with portraits of China’s communist leaders.

“All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images,” a local pastor told Bitter Winter. “The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.”

A church member in one of the villages recalled how authorities entered his home and destroyed a calendar with an image of Jesus on it, then replaced it with a portrait of Mao instead.

“Impoverished religious households can’t receive money from the state for nothing – they must obey the Communist Party for the money they receive,” he explained.

Enforcing the new regulation started several months ago across China.

Earlier this year, the communist regime began removing crosses from churches throughout China and now portraits of Mao and Xi have replaced images of Christ.

Source: Bitter Winter

  • Pray the Holy Spirit will give His children heavenly wisdomand strategies to know what to do in this crisis.
  • Ask God to glorify His Name once again among the people of China.
  • Pray the kingdom of Jesus Christ would be strengthened and would grow even larger as a result of the current anti-Christian campaign.

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KOREA: Accused as Criminals for Bible Distribution

KOREA: Accused as Criminals for Bible Distribution

The Bible remains essential to the church in North Korea today, and The Voice of the Martyrs Korea is determined to continue getting God’s Word into this closed nation through the use of various innovative methods. However, these efforts have recently become a point of contention with leaders of the South Korean government who are seeking to appease demands from the dictatorial government of Kim Jong Un in North Korea.

The co-founders of VOM Korea are presently facing possible criminal charges, as well as a review of the ministry’s status as a registered NGO. 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.” The couple released a fascinating account about the “Bible Christians” of those earlier days and how they connect to the current situation in both North and South Korea.

When missionaries first arrived in Korea in the late 19th century, they discovered that the Gospel message had already preceded them. Koreans who had been assisting with Bible translation in China consequently came to faith in Christ. By smuggling portions of the New Testament into their homeland, they were also able to lead others to Christ. The resulting believers came to be known as “Bible Christians”.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs Korea

  • Please keep VOM Korea and staff covered in prayer as they navigate how to wisely deal with these present challenges while endeavouring to honour God.
  • Pray that the people of North Korea who have received the distributed Bibles will be touched by the Word, resulting in their eternal salvation.
  • Intercede for the governmental leaders of both North and South Korea that they would not only cease opposing the Gospel but also willingly embrace our Heavenly Father’s love to the point of becoming convicted of their need to accept His Son Jesus as their own personal Saviour.

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