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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.

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No Singing and Dancing

Officials in Iran are making sure that preschools and daycare centers follow strict Islam. Recently an official said that preschool children should not dance and sing.

The Ministry of Education has announced that preschool boys and girls must not play together or be in the same classes. Strict Muslims separate boys and girls, but usually not until they are older.

In this video, Iranian Christians dance together while chanting the many names of God. The faces have been pixelated to conceal the identity of the Christians involved, as Christians in Iran are in continual risk of persecution by government authorities.

(Source: Mohabat News)


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Halfway Through 2012

What were your New Year’s resolutions this year? Have you kept them?

Midnight between July 1 and July 2 is the halfway point of 2012. What resolutions can you make for the remainder of the year? How can you “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering”? (Hebrews 13:3, NIV.)

For ideas, look in the archives of this site for the posts in January 2012 titled “100 Ways Kids Can Help the Persecuted.”


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Persecuted Christian Prayer Cards

Prayer Cards

VOM enclosed four prayer cards in the July 2012 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Each card displays a photo of a persecuted Christian and includes a specific prayer request.

If you do not receive the newsletter or if you want cards to share with others, you can purchase additional cards in packs of 20 sheets (four cards per sheet) for $2. To order, call 1-800-747-0085, or visit the product page on VOMBooks.com.

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Help from Muslims

Kenya

Last week, gunmen attacked churches in Kenya. People suspect that the attackers were member of al-Shabab, a group of violent Muslims from across the border in Somalia.

Some youth in Kenya and their leaders decided to help the police guard churches to stop new attacks. The youth are Muslims! They do not follow Jesus, but they do not like the violent Muslims attacking churches either.

Thank God for sending help to the churches. Pray that Christians in Kenya will be good examples to the Muslims so the Muslims will want to find out more about Jesus. Pray that al-Shabab and other groups like them will give up their violent ways and follow the Prince of Peace.


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Buddhists and the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama

July 6 was the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday. The Dalai Lama is an important spiritual leader among Buddhists who follow Tibetan Buddhism. Some of the countries where Tibetan Buddhists live are Bhutan, Nepal, Mongolia, China, and India. They also live in Tibet, a country taken over by China in the 1950s.

When China took over Tibet, the Dalai Lama fled the country with thousands of his followers. They knew that the communists who ruled China would try to get rid of Buddhists and followers of other religions. Today in Tibet, Christians are trapped between Buddhist and communist oppression.

Go to the Beliefs section of this site to find charts comparing Christianity to Buddhism and other faiths.

The Dalai Lama speaks a lot about peace and tolerance, and has many friends in the U.S. Actors and other famous people are photographed with him when he visits America. Some people in the U.S. are becoming Buddhists because they believe it will make their life better.

Pray for the Dalai Lama this week, and for his followers and those who are considering becoming his followers. Pray that they will understand that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life, and the path to true peace.