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?
Published on July 25th, 2016
Syrian boy praying
J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, is a summer intern at The Voice of the Martyrs and a college student.
Imagine being the only Christian at school. That’s the struggle many Christian children in the Middle East face. They have to go to Muslim schools because those are the only schools where they live. If they don’t go to school, they can’t get good jobs and often remain very poor. Their parents teach them about Jesus, but when they go to school, their teachers tell them about being a Muslim and make them say the Islamic prayers and memorize verses from the Quran. This can be confusing for young children trying to learn who God really is.
Christian parents worry about what will happen to the children. They want their children to know about Jesus’s love, but in some places, it’s against the law to be a Christian. Sometimes, Christian children are bullied and beaten up by their classmates because they aren’t Muslims. If they don’t do what their teachers tell them at school, the children get in trouble. When their parents ask the teachers not to force the children to study Islam, the parents may get in trouble. Please pray for Christian children and their parents who are surrounded by people who don’t want them to follow Jesus.
Published on July 12th, 2016
The boy (in the red shirt) who read the Bible for six hours
VOM contacts recently went door-to-door in Uganda to tell people about Jesus. (Enter “Uganda” in the Search box to read about the lives of Christians in Uganda.) At one house, a teenage boy answered the door.
“He had heard about God, but he did not care about God at all,” the workers said later. “He did whatever he wanted to do with no guidance from anyone.
“He admitted he had not been living a good life….He could read, so we gave him a Bible. At first he read from Psalm 1. By the time he got to Verse 3, he realized that his hands were dirty.
“‘I cannot read with dirty hands,’ he said. ‘Let me wash and return.’ He washed his hands then read the whole Psalm.
“We went on to another house, and when we passed by his house two hours later, he was still reading his Bible. After six hours, we stopped by his house on our way out of the village, and he was still reading. ‘I can’t stop reading,’ he said. ‘Every word I read invites me to read more….I pray I come to know more about this God.’ We told him about a Bible teacher and a fellowship that could help him.”
(Source: VOM contacts. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)
To Think About
- Read Psalm 1. Why is it a good Bible passage to show someone who has not been living a godly life?
- Why do you think Christians in Uganda go door-to-door telling people about Jesus when Christians in some parts of the Uganda are persecuted?
- Do you know someone who is not a Christian? What do you think their reaction might be if you offered them a Bible? (Discuss any plans to witness to a non-Christian with a mature Christian adult, and ask for their advice and prayers.)
- Why do you think the boy felt he needed to wash his hands while reading the Bible?
Published on June 16th, 2016
Kenyan children with gifts from VOM
J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, is a VOM summer intern from South Carolina. She will be a senior at North Greenville University studying English and broadcast media.
Getting to school is hard for children like 10-year-old Helen and 14-year-old Joyce in Kenya. It has become even harder since Christians have been targeted for their faith. In June 2014, Helen and Joyce, along with their parents, had to hide when their village was attacked.
Villages like Helen and Joyce’s are spread far apart, separated by dangerous forests where wild animals live. The villages are so far from each other that children must walk a long way in the heat to get to school. Sending school and medical supplies to the villages is difficult because of the dangerous terrain.
Many people, including adults, don’t know how to read. Children often have to drop out of school to help their parents take care of their farms. Some protect the crops from wild animals. Other children help in their homes by taking care of their younger siblings and collecting water for their families. Their hard work doesn’t leave them much time to study for school.
Even when they get to school, Christian children have to watch out for attacks. Their teacher has a special way of warning them. If attackers are coming, the teacher blows a whistle so the children can escape in time.
The girls enjoy Bible stories, and one of Helen’s favorites is the Creation story. Joyce has memorized John 1:1, which says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Helen wants to be a medical doctor when she grows up, and Joyce would like to be a pilot.
Last year, after their village was attacked, Helen and Joyce received a package from The Voice of the Martyrs that contained a Bible and school supplies, including solar lamps. The lamps help the sisters study for school and read the Bible after dark.
Through organizations like The Voice of the Martyrs, the family is reminded that they are not alone. They are part of God’s huge family. Kids in the U.S. can pray for them by asking God to bring peace to Christians in Kenya.
Enter “Kenya” in the search box to find more stories about Christians in Kenya.
Published on June 1st, 2016
Heather Mercer was a prisoner in Afghanistan because of her Christian activities. During a visit to The Voice of the Martyrs, she talked about the meaning of Ramadan to Muslims, and about how Christians can pray for the Muslim world during Ramadan. Ramadan is a month on the Muslim calendar. Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset during the month.
This year, Ramadan will occur from early June through early July.
Published on May 27th, 2016
The video shows children praying at a Christian school in Jordan supported by The Voice of the Martyrs.