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Ramadan and Muslims Coming to Christ

30 Days

From June 18 through July 17 this year, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. During this month, called “Ramadan” on the Muslim calendar, they will turn their thoughts to the teachings of Islam, their religion.

The following information comes from “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World,” a guide to help Christians pray for Muslims during Ramadan.

Since Muhammad founded Islam in 622, millions of Christians have been swept into Islam. But what about the opposite? Have very large groups of Muslims come to Christ?

Not until recently.

In the last two decades of the 20th century, the tide began to turn. Movements of at least 1,000 people away from Islam broke out in Algeria, Soviet Central Asia, Bangladesh, and Iran.

In the first 14 years of the 21st century, new Muslim movements to Christ have erupted across the Muslim world. In our day, we are seeing the greatest and most wide-reaching turning of Muslims to Christ in history.

The current wave of Muslim movements to Christ has happened at the same time as an increase in prayer for the Muslim world.

Source: “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World.”

You can order the prayer guide at www.vombooks.com/May2015 or by calling 800-747-0085.
To find a children’s version of the booklet, visit www.30daysprayer.com.
To find more information about Islam for kids, download Learning About Islam from the free Downloads section of this site.

Will you join Christians around the world in praying for Muslims during Ramadan?


Shot by Terrorists

Niger

Brent and Shelley Teague are missionaries in West Africa. Recently he shared with The Voice of the Martyrs the story of when he was shot by radical Muslim al-Qaida terrorists in Niger. (Read more about Niger on VOM’s online prayer map here.

The story below is from an interview with Brent on VOMRadio.net. (Edited from the original for length and clarity.)

Brent: I really shouldn’t be alive. I was going up to a village 90 miles north of the capital city of Niamey in Niger. And I had a couple of Bible students with me and their families, and we had three children in the car.

And these al-Qaida operatives were in another vehicle that came alongside our vehicle in broad daylight and opened fire with a machine gun through the driver’s door. So the first bullet went through my knee, and the second bullet went through the shin of my leg. It just missed the main artery by about a millimeter, but I was in pretty bad shape.

Then they [took control of] our vehicle and followed it in theirs. They took us off road and robbed us. I ended up in the middle of the desert, and I honestly had no hope for survival. They discussed finishing us off, but the commander decided not to waste the ammunition; they thought I was going to die anyway.

I was praying. At first I was really questioning God, why He permitted me to be in the situation I was in, and then I realized I’m going to be seeing Jesus soon. I need to have a better attitude. So then I just started worshipping the Lord and thanking Him for saving me and for all he’s done in my life. And thanking Him for the privilege of serving Him, and then is when I started praying for Shelley and my two daughters.

But God did a miracle. I should be dead. I was laying in the desert praying, getting ready to go to heaven when the Lord spoke to me and told me that my mission wasn’t over on earth. And the miracle is that there was an anonymous phone call to the federal troopers office ….in the capital city telling them that I’d been shot, that I was critically wounded, giving them the location where I’d been dumped in the desert. The miracle is that phone call came 30 minutes before I was even attacked. Otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten to me on time. I don’t know how God did that, but it happened.

There were 12 other attacks that same year in that same area. I’m the only driver that survived the attacks.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity)


A Muslim Chooses a Bible

USA
U.S. family packing Action Packs for Christians overseas

Hagar is a 25-year-old Muslim. She and her four children lived in an area where war put them in danger. They ran away from the fighting and ended up in a refugee camp. The fighting separated Hagar from her husband, and she doesn’t know where he is.

People in the camp often arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a few household goods. The Voice of the Martyrs provides Action Packs to Christians and other refugees in Hagar’s camp. The packs contain items like soap, clothes, blankets, and other things the refugees need. VOM also provides Bibles for these refugees.

But one day, there were not enough Bibles and Actions Packs left. The Christian worker asked Hagar, “Would you like a Bible or an Action Pack?”

The Action Pack would have been useful to Hagar and her family. But Hagar chose a Bible. She said she had a strong urge to read the Bible and that she knows she needs to choose between the Bible and the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) A Christian worker helped put Hagar in touch with another Christian who can explain more about the Bible to her.

Please pray that Hagar will find the truth she seeks. Pray that they will know what has happened to Hagar’s husband, and that if he is alive, he will trust Jesus as his Savior.

Learn more about Action Packs here.


Safe in Jesus

Kenya
Pakistani girl with a Bible storybook

Previous posts have told about children in Pakistan who received booklets about the life of Jesus. Watch a video clip of some of the children here.

Razia, a 9-year-old girl in Pakistan, told what she learned from the booklet she received. Her story is below.

My grandfather died last month. So I was very sad. My Sunday school teacher visited me and gave me a storybook of Jesus. She told me, “Your grandfather was a believer. He is in heaven with Jesus. You can find this good news in this book.”

So happily I read the book and found this fact that Jesus is always with His people in heaven and on earth. And He is coming back to take His loving people.

I shared this good news with my grandmother. She said, “Yes, this good news is for those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior.”

Now I believe my life is safe in Jesus.

To Talk About

  • Have you ever visited someone who is sad and tried to comfort them? Ask a Christian adult to give you some ideas about things to say to help someone who is sad.
  • Razia went to Sunday school, but had not read the Bible. She did not understand the good news of Jesus’ salvation. Do you know how to tell someone how they can be saved?
  • Do you have a daily Bible reading plan so you can learn Bible truths to help others understand them?

Muslim Boy Learns About Jesus

Pakistan

Previous posts told about children in Pakistan who received booklets about Jesus that changed their lives. Read another testimony below from a Pakistani Muslim boy who is learning about Jesus from the book and from his friend.

My name is Rehman, and I belong to a poor family. Most of my friends are Christians, but we live together [peacefully].

One day I went to my friend’s home. Some friends at the home were reading books. I heard them talking about the book The Story of Jesus. They were talking about salvation. They said Jesus heals sick people.

I took the book home and read it, but I kept it secret from my family. After I read the book, I knew about the miracles of Jesus.

My older brother had been sick for many years. I asked my friend to ask Jesus to heal my brother. My friend asked me to come to Sunday school with him and we can both pray for Jesus. I went, and all the children prayed with me for my brother.

I kept going to Sunday school and learned more about Jesus. My brother is much better, and I share the stories of Jesus with him.

To Think About

  • What did Rehman see and hear when he went to his friend’s house?
  • What books do your friends see when they visit your house? Do they ever hear people sharing with each other what they have learned about Jesus?
  • Some people think it is not polite to talk with non-Christians about Christian beliefs. What do you think?

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