April 27, 2012
A man in a heavily Muslim region of East Africa recently kidnapped his grandchildren upon discovering that their father -- his son -- was teaching them about Christianity, Mission Network News reports. The grandfather, "Demissie," found his grandson reading a Bible one day, and when he asked what it was, the boy said it belonged to his father. Demissie confronted his son, "Beniam," telling him: "When you die, I'm not coming to your funeral. You are no longer my son. You are dead to me." Demissie said he wouldn't allow his grandchildren to be raised by an "infidel," then forced the children away from Beniam and took them away. Beniam hasn't seen any of his kids since that day three months ago, but he says he is still dedicated to following the Lord and sharing the gospel. "I know what is true, and once you know what is true, you can't go back," he said. "[My wife and I] have chosen to walk the road of Jesus, and we're not going back even if our family says we must. Even though they've taken my children away and even though they've said I'm dead to them, I'm still telling other people about Jesus. I'm still giving Bibles to those who want to read."