What do Muslims believe?
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How should we react to terrorism?
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How do Christian beliefs about women differ from Muslim beliefs?
How are Christians treated in Muslim countries?
Published on May 28th, 2015
- About 30 percent of children ages 5 to 14 in Nepal work to earn money.
- The Kumari of Kathmandu lives in a palace and is called “the Living Goddess” by people in Nepal. Hindus and Buddhists honor her at festivals, parades, and ceremonies. Except for such occasions, the Kumari usually stays inside. When she leaves the palace, she is carried so that her feet do not touch the ground. Kumaris are usually younger than 5 when they begin their time as a Kumari. A new Kumari is chosen every few years.
- Nepal has a child bride problem. Even though the legal age for marriage is 18, hundreds of girls younger than 15 are married each year. Some are married willingly; others do not want to get married. Usually the girls are not able to attend school after they marry.
- Nepal has many of the world’s 10 tallest mountains.
- About 30 percent of children under 5 in Nepal do not weigh enough to be considered healthy. (Source: CIA Factbook)
- About 75 percent of the people in Nepal are Hindus, and about 15 percent are Buddhists. Many follow a mixture of the two religions. Those who come to Christ from other religions may be persecuted by their families, neighbors, teachers, bosses, and others.
- Nepal had a king until 2008. Now the people elect a president. The citizens celebrate their new kind of government every year on May 28th, Republic Day.
- Nepal is the only country with a flag that is not a rectangle or a square. Find a Nepal flag to print and color here. Use the flag as a reminder to pray for Nepal on their Republic Day and other days. The facts above can guide you in your prayers.
(Sources include: The CIA Factbook)
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Published on May 27th, 2015
Friends of The Voice of the Martyrs recently took Bibles, children’s Bibles, and other Christian materials to places in southeastern Europe. The girls in the photo have new children’s Bibles in Serbian.
On their trip, the Christians took Bibles to Montenegro, a country near Serbia and Albania. Montenegro is a small country; 161 countries in the world are larger than Montenegro.
One of the Christian workers had been to Montenegro 40 years ago. During that visit long ago, he had shared the Word of God with a man he met. On this visit, he saw the man again. The man was not a Christian, even though the worker had talked to him about Jesus many years before.
But the man’s heart was now open to God. The worker prayed with him, and the man became a follower of Christ!
To Talk About
- If you told someone about Jesus and they refused to become His follower, would you be discouraged? How can the story of the worker in Montenegro encourage you?
- Some say that most unbelievers have to hear the gospel several times before they become Christians. Are you willing to be one of the people who shares the gospel with others even if there are no instant results?
Published on May 26th, 2015
Read the previous post about Lydia, an Indonesian Muslim woman. Lydia came to Christ after she was rescued from a serious accident. Her story continues below.
Lydia was baptized and began to attend church regularly. Her Muslim husband did not want her to be a Christian. He treated her roughly and insulted her with harsh words.
One day, Lydia’s youngest child said to his dad, “Enough, Father! Stop!” The boy was the child Lydia was expecting when the van crashed into their home.
But Lydia’s husband finally kicked her and their children out of his house. They had a difficult time finding a safe place to live. The Voice of the Martyrs provided them with housing and helped Lydia start a small business.
Recently Lydia had a stroke. VOM helped her get medical treatment. She has other medical problems for which she continues to take medication.
Acts 14:22 says, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” We can help Christians near us who are having hard times, and we can pray for those who are far away.
Lydia had serious health problems after she was persecuted. It is possible that harsh treatment helped cause her health problems.
Remember to pray for strength and health for persecuted Christians.
Published on May 25th, 2015
The November 2010 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter told the story of Lydia, a Christian girl in Indonesia. Like most people in Indonesia, Lydia’s family and relatives were Muslims. Her parents enrolled her in a Muslim school. But Lydia quit going to the school when she was 16. Her parents were angry, because they wanted her to be more serious about her Muslim faith and her Muslim schooling.
Later, after Lydia was married and expecting her sixth baby, she was watching TV when a van crashed into her living room. While Lydia was pinned under the van, she saw a man in a shining white robe. He touched her and said, “You are safe. Follow Me.” Lydia felt peace and freedom from pain.
Rescue workers pulled Lydia from under the van, and she looked for the man in the robe. “What are you looking for?” a rescuer asked.
“I want to see the one who saved me,” Lydia replied. “No,” said the rescuers. “We are the ones who helped you.”
Lydia talked to her Christian nephew about what happened. He told her that the man might have been Jesus, and he gave her a Bible. Lydia read in the Book of John that Jesus had said, “Follow Me,” just as the man at the accident had said.
Lydia’s nephew helped her understand what it means to follow Christ, and Lydia became a Christian.
Read in the next post what happened Lydia after she gave her life to Jesus.
Published on May 22nd, 2015
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?