Vanita’s father struggled with alcoholism, an addiction that led him to spend all of the family’s money. This forced Vanita to drop out of school because her family could no longer afford her school fees.
Vanita stayed at home, helping her mom with household chores. One day, as she was washing clothes outside, Vanita met a children’s Bible club leader. The leader invited her to attend the local club.
Vanita begged her mom to let her attend … and she got permission! Vanita finished all her chores early and ran to the Bible club. She loved doing the motions to the songs, hearing stories and playing games.
Vanita told her parents about the fun she had at the Bible club. But when she mentioned Jesus, her dad got very angry. He slapped her face and then beat her so badly she was covered in bruises.
He warned Vanita never to attend the Bible club again. Vanita was heartbroken. But she and her mother prayed. They asked Jesus to transform Vanita’s father. And, miraculously, Vanita’s dad gave up alcohol.
Vanita is back in school now. Not only her dad, but she and her whole family have received Jesus as their Saviour!
There are many children like Vanita. It’s important to remember that it’s not just adults suffering for their faith — it’s children like Vanita, too. Please join us in praying for those around the world who are persecuted for following Jesus.