Prisoner Sets Others Free

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Lee Chul-ho encountered Jesus Christ in 1998 after defecting from North Korea. Desperate to escape the famine that had ravaged his country for four years, he crossed the Tumen River into China, where he met a South Korean missionary who helped him and shared the gospel with him. Upon hearing the Good News, Chul-ho placed his faith in Christ.

While recovering from malnutrition, Chul-ho consumed God’s Word, reading the Bible several times the first year. For the next three years, he taught other North Korean defectors about Christ and gradually broadened his ministry to include helping North Koreans at the border as they crossed into China. He also got married during that time.

Then, one summer day in 2001, Chinese police arrested Chul-ho and his wife, who was seven months pregnant, as they waited for a group of North Koreans to cross into China’s autonomous Inner Mongolia region. “For the sake of my wife’s survival, I had to tell the police that she was not my wife,” Chul-ho said. “I told them that I did not know her.”

Despite his attempt to protect his wife, both were detained for several days before being transported to Sinuji, North Korea. When Chul-ho entered the North Korean prison, he lost everything. “In Sinuji, my wife was forced to have an abortion,” he said.

He never saw his wife again.

Prison Ministry

Chul-ho was released from the North Korean prison in the fall of that year. Three months later, he crossed the Tumen River for a second time to resume his ministry among North Korean defectors in China. Even though the work had already cost him his wife, he recognized that the need was too great to stop.

In the spring of 2002, Chul-ho was again detained by Chinese border police while ministering to defectors along the border. This time he was charged with “systematically organizing a group and illegally helping them cross the river.” Chinese authorities quickly convicted Chul-ho and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

His life behind bars was intolerable. The three-story prison held 2000 inmates, packing 40 prisoners into each small cell. It was too hot to sleep during the summer and nearly too cold to breathe in the winter. Guards monitored Chul-ho 24 hours a day.

” I was classified as a dangerous prisoner because I was a Christian who would be sent back to North Korea after my prison sentence,” he said. “Basically, they saw me as a person without any hope of living. They thought that I was going to commit suicide.”

Early in his imprisonment, Chul-ho began receiving letters every two months from Christians in the United States. The letters provided essential encouragement and a sense of fellowship with the global church throughout his 10-year sentence.

The encouragement he received from caring Christians helped him sustain him as he endured repeated interrogations and beatings. On one occasion, guards forced him to stand against a wall from 3 am to 9 am, and if he moved, they kicked him or slammed his head against the wall. Through it all, Chul-ho clung to Christ.

“After investigating me in this way, one police officer told me that I had not sinned,” he said. “This officer came to realize that I did a righteous thing and should be recorded in history because I suffered for my people.”

The officer promised that if he was ever promoted, he would save Chul-ho.

As the months and years passed, Chul-ho said he entered a deep depression and had no idea how he could continue living behind bars. Soon, however, God pulled him out of the darkness and gave him a new purpose.

“I believe that it was God who started this work and that He would take me somewhere,” he said. “If I ever made it out of there, I hoped that the 10 years of imprisonment would not have been in vain.”

That’s when Chul-ho decided to make the most of his time in prison. After doing manual labor from 6:30 am to 9 pm every day, he spent a few hours each night reading the Bible and studying Chinese.

As he continued his studies, he also built relationships with other prisoners and soon became known as the “North Korean pastor.” And gradually, other North Korean defectors who had become Christians approached him secretly. “They showed me their cross necklaces,” he said.

Although believers weren’t allowed to hold formal worship services in prison, Chul-ho often read from the Bible and other Christian books he had at the time of his arrest. “I preached, taught, and evangelized people in the prison,” he said. “I was even distributing Bibles and Christian books to those who showed interest in the faith.”

Hope in the Darkness

Of the prison’s 2000 inmates, Chul-ho said 200 were from North Korea. And like him, most had defected to China simply to survive the famine.

One young North Korean with whom Chul-ho shared the gospel made a heartbreaking confession: he had sold his own mother to human traffickers in China in order to help the rest of his family. Still grieving over his unthinkable deed, the mane turned to Jesus. Chul-ho said he is one of many North Koreans who came to know Christ in the Chinese prison.

“One could assume that all the North Korean prisoners I met in prison were all sent to North Korea. They may have died there, but I am sure that some of them went on to be North Korean underground Christians.”

On a Sunday afternoon in 2011, one day before he was to be released from prison, authorities took Chul-ho to another building for interrogation. They then gave him new clothes, put him in a car and drove him to a city on the North Korean border. “They had brought me there to send me back to North Korea,” Chul-ho explained.

On that day, however, North Korea’s border office was closed because the government had just announced the death of its leader, Kim Jong Il. An officer took Chul-ho to China’s foreign affairs department of Chinese Public Security, where the chief of staff happened to be the officer who several years earlier had told Chul-ho that he would save him if ever promoted.

“He really did save me,” Chul-ho said. “I stayed there for three months. After the first intense interrogation, I was treated nicely. They began treating me in a good way. The officer kept his word.”

In early 2012, Chul-ho was released as a “person of unknown nationality.” Since he had other relatives in South Korea, he was able to obtain a passport from the South Korean embassy and was then flown to Incheon, South Korea.

Aboard the plane, Chul-ho looked out the window and watched China’s Yanji airport disappear into the distance. “I felt like God was saying to me, ‘I am doing my work,'” he said. Though hopeful about his future, Chul-ho said the flight to South Korea was both joyous and unsettling.

“I was quite unstable when I was released. But walking on the ground outside of the prison with my own two feet gave me such an ecstatic feeling. There is no word that can describe that feeling. Until the moment I landed at the Incheon airport, I felt like someone was chasing me.”

Looking back on his time in prison, Chul-ho can see how God was working through him. “In the beginning, I was not able to understand why God had put me there, because doing Christian work to save my people was not my own will but God who gave me the heart for it. So in the beginning I had hatred against God. One day in prison, I was even considering committing suicide. But now I can say that it was God who held my hands.”

A New Mission Field

After arriving in South Korea, Chul-ho met Voice of the Martyrs workers who helped him adjust to life.

North Korean defectors struggle with the freedom they experience in South Korea. After years of hoarding what little they have, they find themselves squandering everything they’re given or are able to earn. And in place of the steady stream of government propaganda, they are inundated with pop culture and its surrounding media, such as TV, radio, magazines, and the internet. They also have to learn to trust people after living in an environment of suspicion and the fear of being spied on by neighbors and family members.

Another common issue is the need to correct bad behaviors. Chul-ho explains that many in North Korea are forced to engage in unethical activities just to survive, and some continue those lifestyles after defecting to South Korea and China.

After receiving help from the Voice of the Martyrs, Chul-ho decided to shift his ministry focus to North Koreans who initially defect to Laos, a common defection path. His goal is to introduce them to Christ before they settle in South Korea.

For years, Chul-ho has shown North Koreans in Laos the love of Christ by providing care packages and discipling many of them in the faith. He travels to Laos every month to meet groups of defectors to disciple them in God’s Word.

Chul-ho said he hopes Christians around the world will pray for North Korea and support front-line workers who minister to those who fled the oppressive regime.

Christian’s Son Expelled from School

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Nov. 26, 2020 | Iran
Imprisoned Christian’s Son Expelled from School

An imprisoned Christian is asking for prayer specifically for his son. Ali was arrested for his participation in a house church, and he is being kept in a prison separate from other Christians arrested at the same time. He also says he is often insulted by other prisoners for his faith. Imprisonment is difficult enough, but Ali has an added stress: his son was expelled from school after his father’s arrest, also losing his scholarship. Worrying about his family has overwhelmed Ali at times, but he says he is learning to turn to God in these moments and trust that both his life and his family’s lives are in God’s hands. He told a VOM partner that he is thankful for all the brothers and sisters who are standing alongside him as he endures this trial. Pray for Ali in prison, and pray for his family outside the prison as they navigate challenges without their husband and father.

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Parents Kicked Out Their Christian Daughter

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Nov. 26, 2020 | Laos
Laotian Teenager Kicked Out

A Laotian teenager was kicked out after her mother and stepfather realized she had become a Christian. Monthida, 16, accepted Christ after a friend brought her to church. Whenever Monthida would come home late from school, her mother would quiz her on where she had been and why she was late. When her mother found out Monthida had become a Christian, her stepfather worried he would lose his job if others discovered that someone in his family was a Christian. He and her mother tried many times to get Monthida to give up her faith, but she would not. Finally, her stepfather told Monthida not to come back home unless she was ready to renounce Christ. Monthida is now living with a pastor and his family. “Pray that Monthida will not be discouraged,” a VOM contact in Laos wrote.

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Cuba Demolishes Another Church

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Nov. 26, 2020 | Cuba
Officials Demolish Second Church in Santiago de Cuba

The congregation of an Assemblies of God church stood outside singing and weeping as authorities in Santiago de Cuba demolished their church. The Los Pinos congregation has operated for more than 10 years in this city at Cuba’s southeastern tip, but authorities decided it must be destroyed. They gave pastor Alain Toledano 12 hours to demolish the church building before doing it themselves. The church itself was hardly a building; it was a roof structure with open sides. On Friday, Oct. 30, state security officials showed up to begin demolition. They not only tore down the church shelter but also demolished the pastor’s wooden home, as church members sang hymns and wept. “The wave of persecution has arrived to the church,” wrote one Christian leader. The Assemblies of God, the largest denomination on the island, has been particularly targeted by the government in recent months, in part because of their vocal opposition to laws they view as openly contrary to Scripture. “We need your prayers for God’s intervention in our country,” the executive committee of the Assemblies of God in Cuba wrote.

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Early Rain Elder Twice Banished

Nov. 19, 2020 | China

Elder Li Yingquiang spent time in prison, then exile before returning to Chengdu. He’s been forced out again.

A leading elder from the Early Rain church has been forced out of Chengdu again after intense pressure. Elder Li Yingqiang was arrested in Dec. 2018, a few days after lead pastor Wang Yi had been arrested. Li Yingqiang spent eight months in prison before banishment from the city of Chengdu for one year. After 12 months, Li Yingqiang, his wife, and his two small children returned to Chengdu to rejoin their church body, where they experienced heavy surveillance. Police even constructed a small house in front of his apartment building so they could monitor him 24 hours a day. They regularly visited his home to “investigate complaints,” forced his children to attend public school and did not allow them to travel or attend church. Finally, on Oct. 28, police informed Li Yingqiang that he was not welcome in Chengdu and advised him to leave. The family secured an apartment in Leshan, where they stayed for less than a week before their landlord informed the police he had rescinded their two-year lease agreement. Yingqiang wrote in a public post, “May the Lord provide us a place. May the Lord help us lean on His grace and guidance as we take each step and go to each place so that we can bear witness to his justice and mercy.” Continue to pray for this family and the rest of the Early Rain Church.

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Front-Line Worker Accused of Denigrating Buddhism

Nov. 19, 2020 | Myanmar

A Christian accused of speaking against Buddhism has been told that a verdict will be delivered this fall. Aung Tun Oo was accused by two radical Mahbahtah monks of denigrating Buddhism in 2017. Since the case was registered, Aung Tun Oo has been summoned to the court 54 times. A VOM worker in Myanmar asked for prayers that God would cause the judge in the case to rule justly rather than give in to pressure from the radicals. The Mahbahtah monks are members of the Wirathu sect, which is the most dangerous terrorist group in Myanmar. As Aung Tun Oo has been going through this grueling legal process, he has also suffered physical ailments. Pray for his healing and release.

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Home Cannot Be Used for Church

Nov. 12, 2020 | Indonesia

A Christian in Indonesia has been told by local officials that she cannot renovate her house if she intends to use it for Christian purposes. The local village council of Ngastemi village sent a letter to the believer telling her that her Christian activities had caused unrest in the village. “It is prohibited to hold Christian meetings and/or prayer meetings … in order to create a harmonious atmosphere between people, especially in Karangdami colony,” the letter said. Pray that this woman along with other believers in her village will come to an agreement with authorities about practicing their faith.

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Pastor Jailed

Nov. 12, 2020 | Kazakhstanpastor zhetis jailed

A pastor in Shymkent spent 10 days in prison on a false charge of breaking pandemic quarantine requirements, the latest in a string of harassments. Zhetis Raulov is the pastor of New Life Church in the city of Shymkent and is familiar with how local authorities pressure Christians in this former Soviet Republic. During quarantine in April, Zhetis was summoned to meet representatives of the Religious Affairs at his church building. Aware of the predilections of authorities, Zhetis parked his car outside city limits and took a taxi to the meeting so he could not be accused of breaking quarantine driving restrictions. No one showed up for the meeting, so he returned to his car; minutes later, he was pulled over by a police car for breaking quarantine. After a five-minute trial, Zhetis was sentenced to 10 days in prison, and authorities harassed his family during that t ime. A VOM field worker writes, “Pray that God would give strength, courage and wisdom to Pastor Zhetis and his family in dealing with the local authorities. Pray that the Justice Department and General Prosecutors’ office in the capital would pay attention to the lawlessness being committed against a Christian pastor.”

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VOM Petr Jasek Spends 14 Months in Sudan Prison | Part 1

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When the airport security officer tapped me on the shoulder and motioned for me to follow him, I didn’t think much of it. On December 10, 2015, I was heading home after spending four days in Sudan meeting with Christians and evaluating how Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) could help the church there. I assumed I was merely being given extra security at Khartoum airport with my boarding pass in hand.

Everything seemed routine until the officer spread several photographs before me on a table. I stared in shock at photos taken of me outside my hotel and other pictures of me at a restaurant where I had shared a meal with a Sudanese pastor. Clearly, I had been under surveillance by the Sudanese police ever since entering the country.

I looked nervously at my watch. My plane was about to take off, and I wasn’t going to be on it. Instead, I was being falsely charged with multiple crimes, including espionage and entering Sudan illegally.

Prepared for Suffering

When I was a father handed me a book one day and said simply, “You should read this.” And that was how I got to know Richard Wurmbrand.

The book, Pastor Wurmbrand’s In God’s Underground, had been smuggled into our native Czechoslavakia by Christians providing aid to the underground church. My father had already experienced harassment and arrest as a pastor. My brothers and sisters and I were all harassed at school for refusing to join the Young Pioneers and wear the communist group’s telltale red scarf.

As I read about Pastor Wurmbrand’s suffering, I couldn’t imagine that I would one day meet him and work for the organization he founded in 1967. Nor could I imagine that I would read another of his books in a Sudanese prison almost 40 years later.

When Pastor Wurmbrand launched their ministry called Jesus to the Communist World, I grew up as the son of a pastor in the communist world. Czechoslovakia had become a satellite of the Soviet Union after the Communists seized power in 1948. By the time I was born, in the 1960s, the country was firmly entrenched in the Eastern Bloc.

Pastors and their churches were closely monitored, and authorities pressured families to enroll their children in communist doctrine classes. While my father’s official job was pastoring a state-approved church, he and my mother unofficially trained Christians through a network of underground churches across the country.

I’m ashamed to admit that as a boy, I was embarrassed by my father’s occupation and that it wasn’t honored by our government or culture. By God’s grace, however, I came to know Christ at age 15. Suddenly, I didn’t care what others thought. I spoke openly about my faith, even in the classroom. Teachers called me to their office, sometimes to punish me for speaking out but other times because they wanted to know more about Christ!

Although both my father and mother were, on occasion, detained because of their Christian work, we felt that it was an honor to suffer persecution in the name of Christ (Phil 1:29). Despite the pressure we faced as Christians under a communist government, we always knew that our brothers and sisters in other countries—free countries—were trying to support us. We never lacked for anything.

Years later, it became evident that God prepared me for that tap on Khartoum airport’s shoulder since I was a young boy.

In a Cell with ISIS

After confiscating my camera and laptop, authorities at the Khartoum airport questioned me for almost 24 hours. They wanted to know about every photo and every person I had met in Sudan. Finally, I was taken by car to a building that I later learned was a prison run by the National Intelligence Service of Sudan (NISS). The guards took my picture from the front and side before conducting an entry interview.

I was led to a cell at about 1:30 a.m., and when the guard opened the door, I could see one man on a bed and five more sleeping on the floor. I stepped into the cell, trying not to step on my new neighbors, and turned as the guard pulled shut the cell door. To my amazement, I felt sure I had seen that door before.

More than two years earlier, I had dreamed that I was in prison, which is not that surprising considering my work with persecuted Christians. However, in that dream, I clearly saw my prison cell door and heard the lock click into place. The dream affected me so much when a friend noticed the anguish on my face the next morning at church and asked me what was wrong.

The door in my Sudanese prison cell was the same door I had seen in my dream—it was the same color, it had the same window in the middle of it, and it made the same clicking sound as it locked shut. I realized immediately that my visit to the prison cell in Sudan was not a surprise to the all-knowing God I serve. The dream He had sent me two years earlier was a comforting reminder of His sovereign control over whatever I might face.

The five prisoners on the floor squeezed a little closer together and pointed toward a sliver of empty floor space. I lay down, without a blanket, trying to ignore all the questions racing through my mind: How long will I be here? What is my family thinking? What have they been told?

The next morning I met my cellmates, who immediately asked about news from the outside world. When I told them about the ISIS attack that killed 129 people in Paris, they jumped to their feet and started shouting, “Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!” Their joy at hearing this news shocked and frightened me, so I decided not to share any further information with them.

My cellmates became increasingly demanding, especially during the five times each day when Muslims must pray. At first, they told me to stand behind them while they prayed so their eyes would not have to fall on a Christian. Then they told me I had to stand in the bathroom while they prayed. Finally, they ordered me to face the toilet and not even turn toward them.

They read the Quran aloud throughout most of the day, and I began to wonder how long I could stand the constant droning of Quranic verses without losing my mind.

Although I didn’t have a Bible in those early days of my imprisonment, God was faithful to remind me of verses that I had read or studied in the past. It seemed like every couple of days, He would remind me of a particular passage of Scripture.

The hardest thing was being away from my family and not knowing whether they knew where I was or what had happened to me. I quickly broke down in tears when I thought of them, so I worked hard not to think about them because I didn’t want my cellmates to see me crying.

Holy, Holy, Holy

After a few weeks in that cell, God brought Revelation 4:8 to my mind: “The four living creatures . . . do not rest day or night saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” If those four living creatures could say those words, “Holy, holy, holy,” then I could say them for one minute, or five minutes or an hour.

In my mind, I began to repeat that verse over and over.

As I recited the verse, I began to focus on specific attributes of God. And I would pray for the healing of Christians who had been injured in attacks in Nigeria. Then I prayed for Christians in Eritrea who had been imprisoned for more than a decade. I began to focus on God’s holiness and power instead of my own situation.

Then things in my prison cell changed for the worse.

My cellmates made it very clear that as a Christian, I was an infidel of little value. They called me “filthy rat” or “filthy pig.” At first, I refused to answer. That’s not my name, and I won’t dignify it with a response. But when I didn’t answer, they hit me with a broom handle and forced me to stand in the corner of the cell for hours at a time. Then they began to punch me and kick me.

They also questioned me about the Christian work I was doing in Sudan. If they didn’t like my answer, they hit me. As they slapped and kicked me, I thought of how Jesus was beaten with wooden sticks by the Roman soldiers. One particular beating was so bad that I thought I had a broken rib; a 400-pound guy kicked me with his shoes on, so it was excruciating.

Despite this physical abuse, I realized God was performing a miracle. I had peace! I could even think about my family and pray for them without breaking down in tears. God was with me!

My cellmates soon increased the pressure on me. One of them slowly sharpened the edge of a metal plate while threatening to slit my throat. They also attempted to torture me with “waterboarding” because the Czech Republic had cooperated with the United States in waterboarding Muslims. As they collected water to pour on my face and prepared to tie me up, a guard who had overheard their plans opened the cell door and moved me to another cell. I believe that the guard was sent by the Lord to save my life that day.

Via Voice of the Martyrs

Beaten Body, Bolder Witness

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At 9 p.m. on Feb 7, 2016, Pastor Kabir finished leading a prayer service at Savior’s Church in the heart of one of India’s slums. He then left his congregation of 40 believers and boarded a bus to travel home to his wife, Ishita, and their two daughters, just as he did every other Sunday evening.

This time, however, four men followed the 37-year-old pastor home. The men, all members of a youth militia called Hindu Yuva Vahini, stopped the bus three miles from Kabir’s home, dragged him off the bus and kidnapped him.

They took him to an old, empty building, where they planned to force him to deny Jesus on video. Like other Hindu nationalist groups, such as the prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Hindu Yuva Vahini seeks to forcibly reconvert those who leave Hinduism.

The men surrounded the pastor, brutally kicking and punching him for 15 minutes. One of them repeatedly hit him on the head with the handle of a knife, and with each blow Kabir pleaded with God to spare his life. He pledged to serve Him more zealously if he survived.

As the pastor lay on the floor bleeding and writhing in pain, one of his attackers started recording him with the video camera on his smartphone. Another man ordered Kabir to say that he would no longer follow Jesus and that he would return to Hinduism and worship its idols again.

“I am going to serve the Lord only,” Kabir replied, “I am not going to worship idols. I am going to serve Jesus.”

The men again beat the pastor and demanded that he deny Christ for the video. And again, he refused. The pattern of demands, refusals, and beatings continued for 90 minutes, until the men finally grew tired and frustrated with Kabir’s stubbornness.

“You are [supposed to be] a Hindu!” one of them shouted. “You are converting everybody to Christianity here. Tomorrow, if I see you again holding a Bible and going like this, I will kill you!” They then burned Kabir’s Bible and let him go.

Justice and Grace

One of the attackers put Kabir on his motorcycle, took him about a mile away and told him to get off the bike. Disoriented, bleeding and in severe pain, Kabir called a friend to pick him up and take him home.

“God has spared my life, so I will forgive them,” Kabir thought. “I will not go to [the police] station. I will not get any case on them. What I am doing presently I am going to do double work for the Lord.”

When Kabir returned home around 11:30 p.m., his wife and daughters were shocked to see him bloodied and in pain.

“I was scared,” Ishita admitted. “Our children, both of them, thought, ‘God has saved my father’s life.’ They were grateful to Him.”

Still in pain the next morning, Kabir decided to go to the hospital, where he learned that he had a ruptured eardrum in his left ear, a tear in his right ear and a fractured skull. He would need multiple surgeries.

“I felt like my ears were gone,” he said. “There was no sound and my head was very heavy.”

As Kabir recovered from his injuries, a friend discovered that the attackers had posted video of the incident on a closed Hindu Yuva Vahini Facebook page. The video had been edited to make it appear that Kabir had reconverted to Hinduism.

A pastor’s network that supports Kabir reported the video to authorities, and the four men were eventually arrested. “I am praying for them every day,” Kabir said, “that they should be saved, come to church and accept Christ. If I see them, I will go and tell them, ‘God loves you and I am praying for you. How are you?’”

A New Perspective

Kabir pastored some of India’s poorest Christians for 12 years, and he had never experienced persecution before this attack. Now, having stood boldly for Christ in an attack by radical Hindus, he is ready to do more for God’s kingdom.

“I have grown in my faith and I will do double the work,” he said a month after the attack. “If it happens again in the future, I am not scared. Whatever God wants, let Him do. If I am here, I will keep doing the work. If I die, I go to His kingdom.”

Kabir has been faithful to his word. His church has grown to 60 members, his outreach ministry has doubled and he now ministers in two villages. Earlier this year, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) gave him a bicycle to help him keep up with his growing ministry.

Like Kabir, Ishita knows that God will be with her family if they face more persecution. “There is persecution in Christian life, so I know that God is there with us,” she said. “I am not scared because God has told that He is always with us and He is going to protect us and He is strengthening us.”

The couple’s daughters also have gained a new perspective on their faith since the attack.

“Whatever happens, God is there; He will protect us,” said 15-year-old Vanya. “I am not going to put my faith down. I am happy that dad is safe.”

“I am happy with my father’s faith,” added 13-year-old Myra. “I want my father to do more work. We are not going to lose our faith. We are going to serve the Lord in the future.”

VOM has helped pay for Kabir’s medical care. While surgery helped restored his left ear, doctors were unable to repair the damage to his right ear and he now requires a hearing aid. Kabir asks that readers pray for his family and for the very poor people who live in the area where his church is located.

Kabir is committed to pastoring and serving the poor, following Jesus’s example. And he is grateful for the persecution he has faced because it has deepened his relationship with his Lord.

“In the Christian life there is persecution,” Kabir said. “Now God has allowed me to taste it.”

Via Voice of the Martyrs