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Modern Witnesses: Xinjiang


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Do you remember a few weeks ago when I told you what our teacher taught us in Sunday School about the Uyghur people of China? Many of them live in a region called Xinjiang in northwest China. (You say that word like “SHIN-jyang.”) There is another group of Christians who live in Xinjiang who are Han Chinese.

Because of things that have happened in the history of the Xinjiang region, many of the Uyghur people don’t trust the Han Chinese people. They don’t want to get to know them or become their friends. They think the Han Chinese are only interested in controlling the land of Xinjiang.

This makes life for Han Chinese in Xinjiang who are Christians very hard. They know that Jesus loves every person, whether Uyghur, Han Chinese, or any other ethnicity. But when they try to tell the Uyghurs about Him, most Uyghurs won’t listen.

Can you imagine what it would feel like to have people not trust you or want to be your friend just because of what family or group of people you are from? That must make the Han Chinese Christians feel awful.

I’m going to pray today that God would help the Han Chinese Christians keep loving the Uyghur people and sharing the Good News about Jesus with their neighbors. And I’m going to pray for the Uyghur people, too. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, please help every person living in Xinjiang to know You and love You. Help the Han Chinese Christians to keep loving their Uyghur neighbors and showing them how much You love them, even when their neighbors don’t always understand. Help the Uyghur people to hear about how much You love them. Help them to listen to Uyghur Christians and Han Chinese Christians and join the one big family of believers that You are making. Thank You that in Your family it doesn’t matter where a person is from or what their ethnicity is. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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Modern Witnesses: Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Lan-World Watch Monitor 2011-with caption

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This week, our Sunday School teacher taught us more about the country of Vietnam. We learned a little bit about Vietnam a few months ago when she told us about a brave Christian who is serving God even though it is very hard and painful. Her name is Nguyen Thi Lan, and she lives in Vietnam.

Ms. Lan is an evangelist who shares the love of Jesus with everyone she can. She used to be an official in the Communist Party, but in 2010, she accepted Jesus as her Savior. She began telling people about Him and what He was doing in her life. And fifty people decided to believe in Jesus!

This made one of the villagers, a man named Khoan, very angry. On November 13, 2011, Khoan, his son, and a gang attacked Ms. Lan and other Christians who had gathered for a special service for church leaders at her home.

They smashed and destroyed everything they could. They ruined the motorcycles the pastors use for traveling to the other villages. They destroyed a vegetable garden Ms. Lan needed for food. And, they hurt Ms. Lan and the others who were there.

After the terrible attack, she was taken to three different hospitals, along with two other Christians who had been very badly hurt. But, at all three hospitals, the doctors said she and the others were fine and sent them away. Many times, when doctors in Vietnam know someone has been hurt because of their faith, they will not examine them or help them. On November 18, five days after the attack, the staff at one hospital said there would be no examinations until the next Monday, November 21.

The church leaders made the decision to attempt to take Ms. Lan and the others 1,000 miles south to Ho Chi Minh City. They knew the government hospitals still might not help them, but they hoped that even if they wouldn’t, they would find a doctor in a private hospital in the city that would take pity on these hurting people and take care of them.

With God’s help, they did find a doctor who admitted Ms. Lan to the hospital. The doctor also examined the other two Christians and took care of them. They found that Ms. Lan had a very badly broken bone and internal injuries.

Khoan and the others were not arrested. They promised that if they could, they would kill Ms. Lan if she ever went back to her home.

That was the last story the news reported about Ms. Lan. We don’t know what happened to her after she was able to leave the hospital. But, we know that God knows where she is, and we know that He loves her and will help her be strong. There are some verses in Luke 12 that say:

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:6-8 NIV)

I’m going to pray for Ms. Lan and all the Christians in Vietnam. Will you pray with me?

“Dear God, please help the Christians in Vietnam to not be afraid. Help them remember that You never forget them. And, please help us not to forget about them, either. Help them be strong and continue to tell others about Your love. And, please help Ms. Lan to completely heal and go wherever You send her. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

The facts of this story are based on World Watch Monitor news articles published on November 16, 2011, and November 22, 2011. For more information, please see my Parents and Educators page.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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Modern Witnesses: Uyghur

China map

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Today in Sunday School we learned about a group of people who live in China and a few of its neighboring countries. They are the Uyghur people, and only a few of them believe in Jesus. The first thing our teacher taught us about the Uyghurs is how to saw their name. People in different parts of the world say it differently, but the way she said it was “WEE-gur.”

The Uyghur who live in China live mostly in the Xinjiang region in northwest China. (You say that word like “SHIN-jyang.”) The land has many high mountains and a huge desert called the Taklamakan Desert. Many of the Uyghur people grow things like grapes, melons, and other fruits by bringing the water from the mountains down through pipes into the desert.

There used to be many Uyghur Christians in Xinjiang, but a man named Abdullah Khan came in 1933, forced the missionaries to leave, and killed an awful lot of Uyghur Christians.

It is still very dangerous to be a Christian Uyghur in China. You could lose your job if someone finds out about your faith. Your family might throw you out or say terrible things about you. Christian Uyghurs who are old enough to marry and have families have another problem. Because there are so few Christians among them, and they want to marry someone who shares their faith in God, sometimes there isn’t anyone around to meet and marry. Families are ashamed if they have a son or daughter who doesn’t get married, so this can cause even bigger problems for the Christians and their families.

Being a Christian Uyghur can mean something even worse. It can mean being put in jail. The government doesn’t want any of the Uyghurs to be Christian, and they really don’t want anyone preaching to them or telling them about Jesus. In 2008, a man named Alimujiang Yimiti was arrested and charged with telling Uyghurs about Jesus. He has been in prison almost 2,000 days. He misses his wife and his two boys very much. He has been sentenced to serve 15 years in jail. His wife used to be allowed to visit him once a month, but recently the prison officials changed their minds and said she can only see him once every three months.

I can’t imagine how hard it would be to only see my family a few times a year. There are ways we can help Alimujiang, his family, and the other Uyghur Christians in China. We can pray for them every day. And, with a parent’s permission, you could send Alimujiang a letter. The letters encourage Christian prisoners and tell them that people have not forgotten them, that there are people praying for them. You can read more about how to send a letter here.

If you want to learn even more about the Uyghurs, our teacher gave us all a book full of stories and activities to do. She said I could tell you where to find it so you could learn more, too. The book is free from Kids of Courage, part of the Voice of the Martyrs, here.

“Dear God, please help the Uyghurs who believe in Jesus to follow you no matter what. Help them not to feel alone or forgotten. Please take care of Alimujiang and his family. Please let him get to go home to be with them soon. And please help the people in Xinjiang, and all over China, who don’t know You yet to hear how much You love them and trust You as their Savior. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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Threatened: Modern Witnesses


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We’ve been talking about how hard it is for Christians in many countries to worship God the way they want to. Many of them are threatened, attacked, and persecuted because they refuse to stop following Jesus.

This morning, our Sunday School teacher brought a globe to class. We sat down on the floor and looked for all of the countries we’ve been learning about this year. As we remembered the stories we’ve heard and found the countries, we prayed for the Christians and their families. Will you find a map and pray with me?


Bhutan—A Short Story, Norbu’s Journey

Central African Republic

Egypt—Gamal Abdou Massoud

Egypt, Eritrea, and Ethiopia

India—Adivasi Tribal Christians

India—Ganda Christians


Iran—A Short Story, Yasmin’s Silent Song

Iran—Farshid Fathi

Iran—Mehdi Forootan

Iran—Mother Tongue Pastors

Iran—Saaed Abedini

Jesus—Who He Is


Laos—A Short Story, When Jesus Came to Laos


Maldives—Shijo Kokkattu

Nigeria—An Unidentified Woman




Sri Lanka

Uganda—Susan Ithungu

Uzbekistan—Pastor Makset

Vietnam—Nguyen Thi Lan

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Modern Witnesses: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka map

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Have you ever wanted to search for buried treasure? I have! Our Sunday School teacher told us this morning about an island named Sri Lanka where they really do have buried treasure!

Sri Lanka is an island just south of India. When you look at it on a map, you might think it looks like a pearl or a teardrop. We can use both pictures to help us remember how to pray for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka isn’t known for pearls, but it is known for having beautiful gemstones buried underground! There are mines where people can work and find rubies, emeralds, and other valuable treasures.

The country has also had its share of tears. The people who live in Sri Lanka come from many different places. Sadly, they don’t always get along with each other. From 1983 until just a few years ago, there was a terrible civil war. So many people died, and many of them left children behind without a mother or a father. Some parents, especially moms, have to work very far away from home to try to be able to take care of their families. These children miss their parents and worry that they have forgotten about them. Sometimes even the children work in very dangerous places to try to earn enough money to be able to eat and survive.

Missionaries have spent a lot of time in Sri Lanka, and they have helped many people find out about Jesus. But, a lot of Sri Lankans don’t trust people who have moved to their island from other places. Thankfully, God is helping the native Sri Lankan churches, the ones started by and built by people from Sri Lanka, tell many others about Him. The Christians in Sri Lanka have a big job to do, but they know that God is big enough to help them do it!

We need to remember to pray that each person in Sri Lanka will find out about the most valuable treasure of all, Jesus Christ. In the Bible, God even calls the news of God’s love the “pearl of great price.” We also need to remember to pray for the children who are sad and who miss their parents, that God would comfort them and help each of them know that no matter what, He is the perfect Father who will never ever leave them or forget about them.

“Dear God, please help every person in Sri Lanka. Please help them to understand that knowing You is better than finding buried treasure! Help those who are sad or lonely to hear and believe how much You love them. Help them know that they are never alone and never forgotten. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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Scripture from Matthew 13:46 KJV

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Modern Witnesses Rajasthan


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Have you ever heard of a place called Rajasthan? I hadn’t either until Sunday School this morning. Rajasthan is one of the states that make up India. It is on the northwestern side of the country and shares part of its borders with Pakistan. Part of Rajasthan is desert, which means there is a lot of sand in Rajasthan!

Rajasthan isn’t all desert, though. Most of the people there farm. Even though the ground has a lot of sand in the soil, it’s not all a big desert like you think of in the Sahara or someplace like that.

One thing that people in Rajasthan need are camels! Some of the farmers need camels to plow their land so they can plant things like wheat, barley, sugarcane, and corn.

There is something they need even more—God and His Word. They need people to pray for them and tell them about Jesus. Very few of them have ever heard about Jesus and His love.

One of the groups of people who live in Rajasthan are called the Meena. Most of the Meena don’t live close together; they live scattered among the hills. It’s a long walk between Meena houses. That makes it hard for missionaries to reach them and tell them about Jesus. It’s so far to travel on foot, and trucks sink in the sand, so they don’t work very well to get from one place to another. But, do you know what the missionaries need to move around from house to house?

You guessed it—camels! They are specially made for traveling long distances in the heat across the sand. So not only do camels help feed the people physically, God can use camels to help missionaries feed the people spiritually. After all, no matter how much food we eat at one meal, we always have to go back and eat more eventually if we want to stay alive! But Jesus and His Word feeds our hearts, and He gives us the way to stay alive forever with Him.

“Dear God, please help the people of Rajasthan, and please help the Meena people. Please send them people who will tell them about You and how much You love them. Please send them Your Word in a way that they can understand, so they can have the food that gives their hearts life that lasts forever. And please even send them the camels they need! Thank You for creating such special animals that can work hard in deserts, no matter how much sand they have to walk through! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”

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Modern Witnesses: Qatar


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Our Sunday School teacher told us about a country named Qatar today. Did you know it is the only country in the world whose name starts with the letter “Q”? If you look on a map, you can find it stretching out into the Persian Gulf from Saudi Arabia. Some people think it looks kind of like a thumb!

Qatar is almost all desert. The Qatari people are also almost entirely followers of a very strict form of Sunni Islam. Christians who live in Qatar are mostly people from other countries who have jobs in Qatar, working with the huge amounts of natural gas the country has. There are actually more people from other countries living in Qatar than there are people living there who are from Qatar itself.

It is against the law for Christians who live in Qatar to tell the Qatari people about Jesus. If a Qatari does decide to believe in Jesus and follow Him, his family might leave him. He might never get to see his wife or his children again. He might not be allowed to live in Qatar any more. And many people will hate him and treat him terribly.

But, do you know what? The Qataris who have come to believe in Jesus say that everything they suffer is worth it. Nothing in this life, not even their families, can compare with how wonderful it is to know that Jesus loves them and is with them, both now and forever.

There are many Qataris who go to school and work in countries outside Qatar, places where it is not against the law for someone to tell them about Jesus. We need to pray that Qataris, no matter where they live, will hear about Jesus’ love and trust Him.

“Dear God, please help the people of Qatar, the ones who live in the country and the ones who live outside of it. Please help every one of them to hear how much You love them, that You came and lived among us, that You died to pay for our mistakes, and that You defeated death and live forever in Heaven. Help each Qatari to believe in You and know that they can live forever with You in Heaven. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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