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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.

Spotlight Story

Islam in the News: Muslims Coming to Christ

Man in Syria
Muslim man in Syria

News reports tell about attacks by radical Muslims around the world. What should Christians do? Should we pretend there is not a problem? Should we be afraid?

Cole Richards, the leader of The Voice of the Martyrs International Ministries department talked about these issues recently on an interview at VOMRadio.net. Read below the third of three posts from the interview.

Most Muslims aren’t acting out violently. But the actions of radical Muslims lead all Muslims to examine their beliefs. That’s always a good process.

Muslims would be offended by this, but as Christians we hold that it is absolutely true that the more you dig into Islam, the more disappointed you are, because you will not find the truth. The truth is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

So this soul searching of the entire Muslim community globally is being used by God in a very healthy way. It gets people talking; it gets them asking questions.

We hear testimony after testimony of Muslims going to their leaders and asking them all these good questions. It leads them to the truth in many cases. And it’s not only moderate Muslims who are coming to faith.

Sometimes the most radical Muslims come to faith in Christ because they’ve pursued the path of Islam as far as it can go. They said, “I’m really going to do this thing. I’m going to do everything the religious leaders are asking of me. I’m going to do it more than anybody.” And at the end of that path, they find that it’s false. Then they find the truth in Christ.

Some of that is happening in the midst of, or you could even say because of, the bad actors among radical Islam. It’s not what you expect to find. But it’s absolutely true that more Muslims are coming to Christ now when Islam is acting out so violently than at any time in the history of missions since the advent of Islam 1400 years ago.

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

Learn more about Islam from Learning About Islam, available in the Downloads section of this site.


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Islam in the News: Hating and Fearing No One

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News reports tell about attacks by radical Muslims around the world. What should Christians do? Should we pretend there is not a problem? Should we be afraid?

Cole Richards, the leader of The Voice of the Martyrs International Ministries department talked about these issues recently on an interview at VOMRadio.net. Read below the second of three posts from the interview. Mr. Richards refers to Richard Wurmbrand, the man who started The Voice of the Martyrs in 1967.

My favorite Richard Wurmbrand quote is “Jesus never hated or feared anyone.” It’s very easy, in our human nature, to hate and fear those who are our enemies. And we have a real enemy with radical Islam. That’s absolutely correct.

Yet we read in Scripture about forgiving our enemies. Christ instructs us to pray for those who persecute us, to bless and not curse them.

I think in the U.S. we have read these passages and applied them in less compelling ways in our lives or wondered what they mean at all. What we find when we go to places where our brothers and sisters are going through the ultimate suffering, we see them applying the Scriptures in new and very powerful ways. They are triumphing over their suffering through the power of Christ in commitment to Him.

We want to capture that. At The Voice of the Martyrs , we want to be their voice. We want to bring the faith and witness of our brothers and sisters back to the U.S. so Christians here can be part of that and learn from it. We want them to be touched by being part of this great family that is the body of Christ.

So our media is aimed at that. It’s not our opinion as American missions leaders; it’s really us capturing their thoughts, the faith, and the voice of our brothers and sisters in these areas.

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


Spotlight Story

Islam in the News: Not Discouraged

Iraq
A girl in Iraq reading a children’s Bible

News reports tell about attacks by radical Muslims around the world. What should Christians do? Should we pretend there is not a problem? Should we be afraid?

Cole Richards, the leader of The Voice of the Martyrs International Ministries department talked about these issues recently on an interview at VOMRadio.net. Read what he said below and in the next two upcoming posts.

Eternal Perspective
People watch the nightly news, and they see all the terrible things that are happening. And that’s true. But it’s only part of the truth. The other part of the truth is what God is doing in the midst of this — things that have eternal value and lasting value compared to the nightly news situations which are really about this temporal world. [“Temporal” means worldly, earthly, and not spiritual.]

What’s exciting is that when we go to these most difficult places where our brothers and sisters are truly suffering, we see what God’s doing through them and in their hearts. When we see this, it keeps us from being discouraged. Our brothers and sisters are not — even in the midst of their deepest suffering — they are not overly discouraged because they have the eternal perspective.

[“Perspective” is a way of thinking about something. Someone who has an eternal perspective thinks of their future in heaven with God forever, not just their earthly life. See 2 Corinthians 4:17–18.]

Northern Iraq
I just got back from northern Iraq. I spent my whole time there working together with believers who have literally lost everything. I’ve been in several situations like that in which people have been driven out of their homes, their homes have been stolen or burned, their church lost, all their possessions lost.

So the big question is: What next? The strong believers in these settings pray. They get with the Lord, and the Lord shows them what really counts. They are automatically focused on what counts for eternity because they have already lost everything that has tied them to this world… This has led them to be more focused in the work of the ministry… And they are joyfully serving Him even though they just lost everything.

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

To Think About

  • Why are some of the believers in difficult situations not discouraged?
  • What is an eternal perspective?
  • Why is it easier for some people who have no earthly possessions to have an eternal perspective?

Spotlight Story

Ask a VOM Worker: Learning Another Language

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A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs’-USA International Ministries Department shared his thoughts about learning other languages. The worker grew up speaking Dutch in Holland. He visits Arabic-speaking countries in his work for VOM. Read below what he said.

I think anyone should learn a second language, but especially if you feel like God is leading you to a certain group who speak a different language.

Children have a great advantage of still being teachable far better than people who are older. It’s just so much easier to start when you’re young. My kids speak English but know some Spanish and Dutch as well.

Some learn [another language] best with a book; others through classes or audio CDs. But I think what is best is to move to where they speak the language and stop speaking in your own language. This is why I speak English.

I’m slowly learning Arabic. It just helps to learn the language of the people you serve. If a missionary from Holland came to the U.S. and always worked through a translator without learning to speak English, I think you would agree with me, that would not be a good idea.

(Edited from the original)

Learn Some Arabic Words

English How to Say It in Arabic
(Pronunciations are approximate.)
Praise the Lord. MAHG-duh lah rahp.
Jesus saves. Yah-SOO-uh yoo KHAH-liss
Yes Nahm
No Lo
Jesus loves you. Yah-SOO-uh yoh HEH-back
Do you know Jesus? Hahl-tah-reef Yah-SOO-uh
My name is _____. IS-mih _____.
Thank you. SHOO-krahn

Try This
Try to have a conversation with someone using the Arabic words above.

Read more Ask a VOM Worker posts in the Archives section.


Readers Talk to Us Story

Summer Activity 3: Martyr Testimonies

Children in North Korea
North Korean children

The previous two posts told about activities led by youth pastor Rusty R. from Illinois. Read about another of the group’s activities below.

Youth leaders rewrote 12 stories from The Voice of the Martyrs resources putting them in the first person.

[For example, one Kids of Courage blog post began, “One day Sung Mi, a 12-year-old girl in North Korea, discovered something scary.” In the first person it would begin, “My name is Sung Mi. I am from North Korea. I was 12 years old when this happened. This is my story.]

Leaders at the camp memorized the stories and recited them aloud to the campers as if they were the person in the story. At the end of each story, the reader would say, “My name is ______. I am honored to be a servant of Jesus.”

The leaders allowed three minutes after each story for the campers to reflect on the story. They read four stories every night for three nights. “It was even more powerful for the adult leaders who portrayed the Christians than for the students,” Rusty reported.

(Edited and adapted from the original for space and age-appropriateness.)


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