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Obedience: The Muslim Boy

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A Muslim boy

“Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also” (Matthew 5:39).

One day a Muslim boy heard a Christian boy talking about Jesus. “Jesus teaches that we must love our enemies. He says we should ‘turn the other cheek’ when we are struck,” the Christian explained.

“I will test this teaching,” thought the Muslim boy.

He slapped the Christian boy.

The Christian began weeping. “I am weeping for you,” he told the Muslim.

The Muslim was amazed. “Where does this teaching come from?” he asked the Christian. The Christian boy showed him Chapter 5 of the Book of Matthew. The Muslim boy read the whole chapter. He decided he would try to live by the teachings he found in the chapter.

But he could not. He had habit of saying bad words, and he couldn’t break the habit. And he couldn’t understand why it would be “blessed” to mourn (Matthew 5:4).

The Muslim boy asked a wise Christian for advice. The Christian said, “No one can follow such teachings by himself. Only one life has been perfect — the life of Jesus Himself. Ask Him to come into your heart and He will change you.”

The Muslim boy took the Christian’s advice, and he became a new person. The Christian boy’s obedience to the teachings of Jesus had opened his eyes to a new way of life.

Source: From the Lips of Children by Richard Wurmbrand

To Think About
A persecuted Christian in Sudan said, “I hated Muslims. Then I asked God to help me change. I asked others to pray for me, too. I learned that God can change your heart. Before, when I hated Muslims, I had no peace. But now I do.”

Sometimes it’s not easy to love. God’s plan is for us to love others, and to need His help to do it, every step of the way.


Standing with the Christians in Iraq

I-Am-N

Do you remember the story of Jonah and the big fish? Jonah was running from God, who wanted him to warn the evil people of Ninevah that they would be destroyed. After Jonah’s adventure in the sea, he obeyed God and warned the people. They repented of their sins and were not destroyed at that time.

The biblical city of Ninevah is in ruins today. But nearby is the city of Mosul, Iraq. Earlier this year radical Muslims warned all the Christians in Mosul to either leave the city or to become Muslims. “I am confused and sad,” said an Iraqi Christian. Thousands of Christians fled their homes in Mosul.

The radical Muslims marked the homes of Christians with a “nun” symbol. Nun, pronounced “noon,” is a letter in the Arabic alphabet. The Muslims use the symbol to stand for “Nazarenes,” an Arabic term used to insult Christians.

Christians around the world began using the symbol not as an insult, but to show that they supported the Mosul Christians in their struggle.

Hebrew 13:3 says, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” How will you remember persecuted Christians this week?

(Find information about The Voice of the Martyrs’ “I-Am-N” T-shirt at www.i-am-n.com)


We Are Pen and Ink

Ink
Out of ink by Jonathunder (CC-BY-SA)

A student in China sent the following testimony to The Voice of the Martyrs. The student received a Bible from VOM’s Bibles Unbound program.

No Direction
I was born into a Christian family. Both my parents served the Lord heartily. We had church meetings in our home. When I was very young, my parents made an agreement with God to dedicate me to Him.

After middle school, I had no direction and purpose. I did not know what to do. But a story changed my life. [Chinese students may choose to go to high school and prepare for college exams, or go to a school to prepare for work.]

Pen and Ink
One day I was reading a book at home, and a fable in the book touched my heart. The story said that a music composer had a quill pen and some ink. When the composer was not at home, the pen and ink started to boast.

The pen said, “Without me, how could the composer write any melodies?”

The ink said, “I am better than you. With just a little ink, the composer can write many melodies.”

I was thinking, “The pen and ink are silly. If the composer did not use them, they would be worthless.

Suddenly I realized that we are all silly if we think we have accomplished things. We are like the pen and ink, and God is like the composer.

That night, I cried bitterly before God. I prayed that I would serve Him. I asked Him to use me.

Miraculously, the next day the church leader called me and asked if I wanted to go study the Bible. I said yes without any hesitation. But the night before I left to go to Bible school, my brother broke his arm. We had to use our money to help him, so I was not able to go to school. I had to go to work.

I did not complain, and God helped me grow closer to Him at work and to depend on Him firmly. The next August He opened a way for me to go to Bible school.

I am convinced that God has a wonderful will and good plan for me. The Lord died for us. His heart is to save lost people. I am willing to witness His glories.

Some of the quotes and stories on this website have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.


Emmanuel

Nigeria
Emmanuel

“Five-year-old Emmanuel went to sleep on April 26, 2014, with expectations of joining his friends to play football the following morning when he found himself in a terrible situation,” said a VOM-Nigeria worker. [Soccer is called football in Nigeria.]

Emmanuel did not know it, but radical Muslims had come to attack his village. Emmanuel’s mother knew. She woke Emmanuel up to prepare him in case the family had to flee.

Emmanuel thought his mother woke him so he could go to the bathroom outside the room where he slept. On his way back from the bathroom, one of the attackers found him and cut his shoulder with a big knife.

In the fleeing and confusion that followed, no one could find Emmanuel. He lay alone until the next morning. He has received treatment for his wounds and is healing.

Please ask God to grant peace and healing to survivors of the attacks in Nigeria.


India Current Events

India
Sanskrit

August 15th is a national holiday in India. Their Independence Day honors India’s independence from Britain in 1947. Citizens hold parades and celebrations throughout the country.

Recently voters in India elected Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of the country. Modi has had connections to groups that strongly oppose Hindus who leave their religion to become Christians. Some Indian Christians are concerned that persecution might increase while Modi is in charge.

Some Hindus hope that Modi will be in favor of promoting the use of Sanskrit, an ancient language used in some Hindu religious ceremonies. (See the sample above of Sanskrit in the Devanagari alphabet.)

It is not always safe to speak out about leaders in India. Four college students were arrested after they put a picture of Modi in a photo collection they called “Negative Faces” in their student newspaper.

Indian Christians are trusting God to help them through the coming days. “God is in control,” one Christian told a VOM worker. He knows that persecution might come, but he also said, “Persecution will bring unity to our churches.”

Source: August 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter

Photo credit: Shivz Photography / Wikipedia / Flickr


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