More than a year after being expelled from their village because of their faith, a group of Christians are now sharing the gospel with their new neighbors. While a few families in the original group abandoned their faith for the promise of getting all their possessions back from the villagers, the other families remained strong in faith. Two families moved into homes provided by a local church, while seven others moved onto property owned by a VOM-supported front-line worker. Several of those families have since moved into permanent housing and opened a small grocery store, which provides not only an income but also a means of sharing the gospel in their community. Praise God for those who have been rescued from darkness.
Displaced Families Share the Gospel
Recent Prayer Requests
Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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