When Petr returned home, he learned the reason for his slumber. The people in his church had agreed to stop whatever they were doing every night at 8 p.m. and take time to pray for Petr.
“Just having something that we could call our own – that we could play with and that could take our minds off of what happened during the war – receiving that shoebox was just the beginning of my faith,” Nsengimana said. “It reminded us that someone out there cared for us.”
he originally wrote it to “refute false reports that he was a Mohawk, that Wheelock received large sums for his support, and that he had been converted just before the English tour in order to become a special exhibit …
In Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, authorities are paying Muslims to move into some predominantly Christian areas and building mosques, making Christians a minority in their own villages.
“[Kids] want to be a part of a big story and the way that we tell the ‘Bible often, we cut it up into little pieces and they can never find themselves in the macro story, the big story, of the Bible,” he said.’
Arrests, brutal interrogations, imprisonments, disruption of meetings, beatings, destroying of “unauthorized” Bible and Christian books are increasingly common. In one instance that was shared with me, those owning non-approved Bibles and other resources were hit with “stiff fines and the books earmarked for destruction.
Food and faith have gone together since God formed humans from the soil to enjoy all God made, according to Vanderslice.
“We are a marginalized people,” says one Ndengereko translator. “But you’ve validated our language, and you’ve validated us. Thank you!”