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LAOS: Village Elder Ostracised by Family for Faith

LAOS: Village Elder Ostracised by Family for Faith

Khampang came to Christ after witnessing God’s goodness and being healed. Only two others in his village were Christians, and both had experienced harsh reactions from their families.

One young man was disowned by his family, and a teenager was kicked out of his family home. As a result, both young men were forced to leave the village.

Community leaders were reluctant to punish Khampang, who is an elder, but they still worked against him, convincing Khampang’s wife that his decision was illegal. She refused to sleep in the same bed as him and gave him small portions of food or nothing at all.

When Khampang recently met with VOM partners, large tears rolled down his cheeks as he shared how his family had rejected him.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that Khampang will be reconciled with his family while staying faithful to Jesus Christ. Ask the Lord to use his faithful witness to soften the hearts of many towards him and the Lord he follows.
  • Pray for Khampang and the two young men who were forced to leave the village, that they will mature in their faith, led by the Holy Spirit, by God’s word and through the encouragement of other believers.
  • Thank the Lord for the growth of the church in Laos and pray for frontline workers who are sharing the Gospel.

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TANZANIA: New Believer Rejected

TANZANIA: New Believer Rejected

Juma met with his pastor secretly after coming to Christ, afraid that his Muslim family would find out about his conversion. When his wife eventually found some of his Christian books, she immediately called his brothers, all radical Muslims. His brothers burned the books, beat Juma and threatened him.

When word spread that he was a Christian, Juma was completely rejected by his relatives, neighbours and friends. He also lost his job. “No one will hire him, as no one is willing to give an apostate work,” a VOM worker said.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray for Juma, that the Lord would minister to him during this season of loss. Pray he will be given the spiritual strength to endure.
  • Ask our Lord to supply Juma with all his needs. Pray for employment opportunities.
  • Ask the Lord to have mercy on Juma’s wife and family members. Ask Him to soften their hearts and impress upon them the need to be reconciled to God through Christ.

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UGANDA: Two Muslim Friends Become Brothers in Christ

UGANDA: Two Muslim Friends Become Brothers in Christ

Syamusudini began sharing the Gospel with friends at school after being rejected by his Muslim family and moving in with a local pastor.

One of his friends, Muhindo, listened carefully and soon decided that he, too, would follow Christ. Since he didn’t speak Arabic, Muhindo had never understood the Muslim prayer services, but he understood the words of Jesus.

Like his friend, Muhindo was rejected by his family. When his father learned of his Christian faith, he came after Muhindo with a machete. Muhindo then fled to his friend, where he was welcomed as part of the family. “I am a new creation, and I understand the one I pray to,” he said.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God for the faithfulness of these two young men. Pray their witness may be powerfully used by God.
  • Thank Him for the love and care they have received since being rejected by their families.
  • Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to Muhindo and Syamusudini’s family members.

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ZAMBIA: Rejected by Family after Becoming a Christian

ZAMBIA: Rejected by Family after Becoming a Christian

‘Azibo’, a young Zambian, placed his faith in Christ early last year after talking with a front line worker about the nightly dreams he’d been having about Jesus.

When he returned home and told his family about his new Christian faith, they gave him one week to change his mind or face expulsion from the family.

Despite the threat, at the end of the week Azibo told his family members that he could not give up his faith in Jesus. Fulfilling their threat, they kicked him out of the family.

Azibo slept in the open air for a week before the front line worker learned what had happened and invited him to a VOM-supported safe house and business-training program. After Azibo completes the training program a year from now, he should be able to support himself.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of Azibo who faced difficult opposition early in his Christian walk. Pray the Lord will continue to grow him in his faith. Thank the Lord for His provision for Azibo.
  • Praise God for the way he reveals Himself in dreams and visions. Praise Him too for the way He equips front line workers to effectively share the Gospel and draw many to Christ.
  • Pray for the church of Zambia; may there be an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit to draw more people into His kingdom.