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 August 7th, 2015
The August The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter included notecards for Nigerian Christians. Readers can write words of encouragement on the cards and return them to VOM. The cards will be delivered to persecuted Christians by VOM field workers.
If you do not subscribe to the newsletter, you can order packs of 75 cards from VOM for your family or another group. For more information, go to VOM Books.
Published on August 6th, 2015
Before an attack on his village, 13-year-old Danjuma was a lot like other Nigerian boys. He enjoyed playing with his friends and going on fishing trips with fishermen from his village.
After one of the fishing trips, more than 1,000 radical Muslims came to his village at 6:00 in the morning and began burning houses and attacking Christian villagers. Danjuma ran very fast to try to escape the attackers, but they struck him several time with a machete. (A machete is a long, heavy knife.) Danjuma passed out, so he doesn’t remember much about the attack.
Other villagers thought Danjuma was dead, and they even began digging a grave for him! But Danjuma woke up and shouted to them. The villagers took him and others who were wounded to a hospital.
Readers Talk to Us Story
Published on August 5th, 2015
Bill I. is a VOM Community Voice (read more about VOM Voices here). Bill sent the following email to VOM.
“I have been printing up the Kids of Courage coloring books and handing them out to homeschooling moms. And I have been telling them to sign up on the Kids of Courage website. The site is a combination of current events, history, and evangelism.”
How can you share information about persecuted Christians with others?
Published on August 4th, 2015
An officer of the secret police in a Muslim country sent for Pastor Zareef, a Christian preacher. Secret police usually work in countries where citizens don’t have a lot of freedoms. They secretly spy on citizens to see if anyone is doing things the government doesn’t like. Pastor Zareef knew he could end up in jail if he gave answers the officer didn’t like.
The pastor believed the Bible verse, “Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist” (Luke 21:14–15). Trusting in God’s word, he went to the meeting at the policeman’s office.
At the meeting, the officer shook a pamphlet in Pastor Zareef’s face and asked, “Who wrote this?” A friend of Pastor Zareef’s had written the pamphlet to explain the truth about Jesus to Muslims. The pastor knew that his friend might get in big trouble if the police found out who wrote it.
Suddenly, Pastor Zareef began laughing! He surprised even himself!
“Why are you laughing?” the officer growled.
“Because I thought YOU were the secret police, not ME!” answered the pastor. “You are the ones who know secrets, but you are asking me who wrote it?”
“Okay,” said the officer. “I’ll let you go this time.”
After he left the office, Pastor Zareef was amazed at what happened. He had not planned beforehand what he would say, yet God helped him speak.
Praise God for His faithfulness!
Read another story about God helping a Christian speak.
Published on August 3rd, 2015
The Voice of the Martyrs reports about Christians who are persecuted so that Christians in free countries can help them and pray for them. It is often helpful when praying for people if you learn true facts about their lives and their country.
Two Common Mistakes
- Some people believe that persecuted Christians are “super Christians.” As a VOM worker said, “Persecuted Christians are not super Christians, but ordinary people who through God’s grace and power have been enabled to do extraordinary things. We serve the same God and have access to the same grace and power.”
Some people believe that no Christians can ever worship in countries where Christians are persecuted. But in many countries where VOM works, there are Christian churches in large cities.
“Some of them obey laws against witnessing to others,” said a VOM worker. “Those churches are not persecuted because they aren’t doing anything.” They may obey laws against talking about Jesus outside of church, teaching children about Jesus, or allowing non-Christians to visit their church.
But often other Christians in their country are persecuted because they obey God’s command to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). The Indonesian pastor in the photo above preached outside after his church was destroyed by enemies.
- Read John 15:20–21. Why are Christians persecuted?
- How can we pray for churches whose members are persecuted?
- How can we pray for churches whose members love Jesus but are afraid to tell others about Him?
- Are you ever afraid to tell others about your faith?
- If there were a law in your country against talking about Jesus in public, would you ever be arrested?
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