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Last November, more than 20 children from the Borana Oromo tribe in northern Kenya pledged to return to Islam after Muslim evangelists brought them lollies, but days later Christian workers arrived with children’s Bibles.

The workers led five donkeys loaded with the Bibles through thick forests and across rivers to reach the village of Uran Lataka, near Kenya’s border with Ethiopia. They then distributed copies of the illustrated Bible to 52 children, including many who had recently turned their backs on the Christian faith.

As the children looked through their new Bibles, they were enthralled and renewed their commitment to Jesus.

“One of the children couldn’t stop looking through the pictures of the Bible when he received it, even after reaching home,” a Voice of the Martyrs worker said.

The Bibles not only strengthened the children already secure in their faith but also re-engaged those less committed. They even proved valuable to Sunday school teachers as a resource for their weekly lessons. After sharing stories from their Bibles, teachers reported higher attendance on Sundays and more enthusiastic and attentive students. Overall, the Bibles have improved the children’s understanding of the Scriptures and enriched their Christian education.

After distributing the Bibles in Lataka, the Christian workers continued their trek up the slopes of Mount Qicha to deliver 63 more copies to children in neighbouring villages.

Parents of the children who received Bibles were overwhelmed with gratitude as most couldn’t afford to purchase one themselves.

“Looking through the pictures of the Bibles engages young minds,” a VOM worker said.

“It opens discussion with children and their family and friends and provides an opportunity for other children and community members who do not know about Jesus and His Word.”

In restricted nations, children are prime targets for those seeking to prevent the spread of Christianity.

To strengthen and prepare children to stand firm in faith throughout their lives, Voice of the Martyrs continues to distribute children’s Bibles in hostile nations.

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