It's 'Writing Around the World Wednesday'!
Last night, as a precursor to this activity, we watched a short little video (about 20 min.) titled "Stephen's Test of Faith". In this video, we see a modern day boy (named Stephen) learn what it means to be made fun of and ridiculed for his faith in Jesus. Through a dream, he goes back in time to see the persecution Christians in the past had to endure for their faith. He also dreams about modern day Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith right now. Through this dream, Stephen realizes he too can be bold for Jesus Christ.
Earlier in the week, we learned about 2 Malaysian sisters named Priscilla and Naomi. Their father (Felipe) was born Malay (Malaysian), but their mother (Rose) was not. She is from another country. Even though Felipe is a Christian, Malay law says that ALL Malays are born Muslim and are NOT ALLOWED to be Christians. Christians in Malaysia are mocked and ridiculed for their faith. Malay law will not even recognize the marriage between Rose and Felipe. Because of this, they are not allowed to live together as a family. Can you imagine how hard life must be for these little girls?!?
Despite this, Felipe and Rose are raising their daughters to know and love the Lord. Felipe is teaching other Malays about Jesus even though it is against the law. Jase and Aleeya wrote cards today to encourage Priscilla and Naomi to stay strong in their faith and to let then know they are praying for them.
If you would like to send letters of encouragement to Malaysian children too, the address is...
The Voice of the Martyrs
PO Box 443
Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443
By the way, in case you are wondering, 'puji tuhan' is Malaysian for 'praise the Lord' :)