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Learning About Islam

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What do Muslims believe?
Are the God of the Bible and Allah of the Quran the same?
What is Shariah law?
How should we react to terrorism?
How can we witness to Muslims?
How do Christian beliefs about women differ from Muslim beliefs?
How are Christians treated in Muslim countries?

VOM offers Learning About Islam to help parents and teachers share the truth about Islam with students. The 60-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

Feature Story

Ada’s Mission

Ada's Mission
A Christian youth group in Nepal

In the snowy mountains of Tibet, “Ada” helped people called “nomads” grow food gardens. Nomads live in tents and move from place to place each season. They wear clothes made of sheep’s wool or yak hair from the animals they raise.

One day, police showed up at Ada’s house and took her to prison. They told her to write a paper that said she had broken the law. But Ada was doing God’s work. She had not done the bad things they wanted her to write. “What should I do?” Ada wondered. She prayed for God’s help, and Jesus told her to write only the truth.

Instead of saying that she did the bad things, Ada wrote about the good things Jesus has done for her. This made the police angry. They snatched up Ada’s paper and ripped it to pieces. Then they shoved another blank paper toward her and told her to write what they wanted. Ada only wrote about Jesus. The police became so mad they beat her.

Ada was afraid she would not be strong when she was in prison, but Jesus was with her, just like He promised. Jesus worked through her to tell her persecutors that He loved them and wanted to forgive them. Ada prayed for the men who hurt her and told them, “Jesus loves you.”

When the police realized Ada would not write what they wanted, they let her go. They said, “Leave our country and don’t come back.” They didn’t want her to tell anyone else about Jesus.

Not only did Jesus help Ada through her suffering, but He also helped her love those who hurt her. Ada loved the people of Tibet so much that she cried when she had to leave. She still wanted to share Jesus’s love with them.

But God had a plan for Ada. Tibetan nomads also live in a nearby country called Nepal. And that’s where God sent her next. Now Ada shows God’s love to the nomads in Nepal.

J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, was a college intern at The Voice of the Martyrs in the summer of 2016.


Activities Story

Date Treat Recipe

Date

Melt ½ cup of butter in a medium-sized saucepan over low to medium heat.
Add 1 cup of flour and stir continuously until the mixture becomes a paste.
Continue stirring until the paste is golden brown. Add 2 cups of chopped dates and stir well.
Continue stirring over the heat while adding ¼ cup of honey, 1 tsp. vanilla, and ½ tsp. cinnamon.

Stir until the mixture becomes difficult to stir, but still looks like a paste.
Remove from the heat. Let the mixture sit until it is cool enough to handle, but still warm.
Stir and mix well again; then shape into balls a little smaller than golf balls.
Roll in sesame seeds, almond pieces, pistachio pieces, or another garnish.

Source: Bold Believers in Iraq, available free in the Downloads section.

To Do: Enter “Iraq” in the search box of this site to find stories of Iraqi Christians.


Videos Story

Exile Nights

In northern Iraq, radical Muslims (ISIS) spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or “N,” on the homes and businesses of Christians. The property owners were publicly identified as Christ-followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, leave or die. The courageous believers refused to deny their faith, and more than 100,000 fled with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Youth groups all across the United States are experiencing a small part of what displaced believers face every day through Exile Night events. The students eat what the refugees eat, sleep how they sleep, and are inspired by their courageous faith.

Watch the video to see what leaders and students at one church said about their Exile Night experience. Learn more about Exile Nights on i-am-n.com.


Spotlight Story

Evelyn: Still a “Princess”

Nigeria
Mary, another Nigerian Christian who uses a prosthetic leg

Evelyn, age 16, was kidnapped by Muslim terrorists in Nigeria. She was prepared to die for her faith in Christ. “I told God that He is the one that brought me to this world, and if He decides to let me go at that time, I have nothing to say. I am ready to die at the time God has set for me.”

Thankfully, Evelyn survived and escaped from the terrorists. But a bomb injured her leg during a terrorist battle. Now she has to use a prosthetic leg. (Prosthesis are artificial, man-made body parts.) A VOM clinic in Nigeria made the new leg for her.

A VOM worker from the U.S. visited Evelyn in Nigeria. She told the worker, “I thank God and believe He kept me [alive] because He has a purpose for my life. I am ready and willing to work for God.

“As a student, I will need prayers for my academics so that I will excel more and in my life as I grow. I want to live a life of a blameless Christian. I want Christians to also pray for my parents who have been so loving and caring. God gave them the hearts to continue to love me. My parents did not desert me, and they look at me as their princess.”

(Source: VOM contacts. Edited from the original for length and clarity.)


Feature Story

Wise as Serpents

The September 2016 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about bold Christians in Nigeria. Please preview the stories before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share stories from this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories. Note: To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, visit the subscription signup page.

Nigeria
Lion in Nigeria

A pastor from Nigeria recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs to talk about persecution in his country.

“Northeastern Nigeria is not a safe place for Christians,” he said. It is like living in the midst of lions. Yes, the best way to explain the situation is like that of a goat living in the midst of lions. Every Christian in the northeast fits into this description. It’s only the grace of God that is sustaining me and other Christians there.”

The pastor has been the target of persecutors. His house was burned down, and some of his teeth were broken in an attack by radical Muslims.

The pastor knows he could be attacked again at any time. He follows Jesus’ instructions to “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). When he suspects that enemies are searching for him, he parks his car near his house as if he were at home. Then he quietly and secretly slips away from his house on foot. Christians in other locations let him stay at their home for a while.

Pray for the pastor’s protection.


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