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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.

Activities Story

Khmu Food and a Recipe

Khmu Food

Laos is a Communist country. Communist governments often discourage people from any religion at all. But in some parts of Laos, local leaders encourage people to be Buddhists or spirit worshipers, and they try to stamp out Christianity. Christians from minority tribes are often especially picked on by officials.

Christians from the Khmu tribe are sometimes forced out of their homes and villages because of their faith. They lose their crops and have to start all over in a new area planting and growing food.

Khmu families are often poor. They eat food that they hunt or trap in the jungle. Khmu children like to eat squirrels, rats, and birds. Bamboo shoot soup is another favorite of Khmu children. Many learn to cook the soup when they are 10 or younger.

Here is one way to cook bamboo shoot soup that you can try. (The Khmu find bamboo shoots growing outside instead of in cans from a grocery store.)

Stir together a 14½-ounce can of chicken broth, a 14½-ounce can of cream of mushroom soup, and 14½ ounces of water in a soup pan. Add ½ teaspoon of chili powder, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger. Stir with a whisk until well mixed. Drain two 4-ounce cans of mushrooms and two 8-ounce cans of bamboo shoots, and add them to the soup mixture. Simmer over low heat and serve when hot.

To find more stories about Khmu Christian children, read Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia in the free Download section.


Spotlight Story

Update: “Forgiveness Comes from the Lord”

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Rachen reading a VOM newsletter

The story “Vietnam: Rachen Learns to Trust God” told about a girl who bit the policeman who arrested her father! Her dad went to prison for preaching the gospel in Vietnam.

Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs recently visited Vietnam and talked with Rachen. Here is what a worker reported:

“Sadly, Rachen’s mother died in a motorcycle accident a few years ago. Now Rachen is in her 20s and is in charge of the children’s ministry at her church. She trains the teachers. When asked what she would do if she met the policeman she bit when they arrested her father, she said, ‘If I met him again, I would be kind to him. I have forgiven him, but the forgiveness comes from the Lord.’

“In 2010, Rachen’s father did meet the policeman. The officer said he was sorry for arresting him. Rachen’s father is now his friend. The pastor has shared the gospel with the policeman and his family. The officer’s wife and daughter have placed their trust in Christ!

“When Rachen was asked what she had learned during her father’s imprisonment, she answered, ‘I learned many things, but most importantly, be ready and prepared for whatever happens, like suffering. Everything happens under the Lord’s hand.’”

Please pray that many more people in Vietnam will give their lives to Jesus, including the police officer who arrested Rachen’s father.

(Sources include: VOM Canada and VOM Australia)

To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this Web site and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.


Spotlight Story

Teen Kept Away from Church

Laos

Phum, a teenager in Laos, loves the Lord. She learned about Jesus from a friend, and she began attending church. The leader of the church led her to Christ. “She was very on fire for the Lord,” said a Christian friend.

Phum’s parents and older brother were not Christians. They were angry when they learned about Phum’s new faith. Phum’s parents said she could not go to school anymore. Her brother was especially upset. He worked for the Communist Party, and he did not want a Christian in his family.

On Sundays, Phum continued to sneak out of the house and go to church. Her father tried giving her extra chores on Sundays, but she finished the chores quickly and went to church. Her brother stood by the front door of their house with a stick to hit her if she tried to leave, so she went out another door. When Phum wanted to read the Bible, she hid under a blanket and read it with a flashlight.

But one day, Phum’s brother went to her room and burned her Bible and hymn book. Phum asked God to forgive her brother and prayed that he would open his heart to the Lord.

Then Phum’s family assigned her the chore of taking care of the family garden on Sundays. Phum does not like to miss church. She feels that something is missing in her life when she can’t go.

Phum has requested prayer for her situation, and for her parents and brother.

To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this Web site and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.


Spotlight Story

The Buffalo Man Goes Back to Jail

Hmong

Pao is a Christian and a member of the Hmong tribe in Vietnam. The government of Vietnam tries to limit the spread of Christianity among people in tribal areas.

Pao is an evangelist who travels from place to place teaching people about Jesus. He tries not to stay very long in any one place so the police won’t catch him.

But Pao has been caught and jailed several times. During one of his times in jail, the police forced him to crawl on his hands and knees like a water buffalo. He was given the nickname, “the Buffalo Man.”

Last December, when Pao arrived at one village, he was delighted to learn that three families had come to know Jesus. Pao stayed in the village for two days teaching the new Christians how to pray and read the Bible. He also taught hymns to the children.

The police caught Pao and arrested him. They said they were going to kick the three families out of the village. Pao said he would take the Christians to live on his land, but a policeman hit him for speaking up. The police took him to prison, and one policeman threw him down some stairs and hit him with a sandal. The policeman told Pao to bow down to him. But Pao said “I will not bow down to any man. I would only kneel before my Lord, as only he deserves praise and worship.”

Pao was released from prison two days before Christmas. He was happy to find out that the three families had stayed strong in their faith. The Voice of the Martyrs will continue to help Pao as he serves the Lord.

To learn more about Hmong Christians, download Bold Believers of the Hmong People in the Downloads section of this site. (Also available for purchase at www.vombooks.com.)


Spotlight Story

U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report

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This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at Persecution.com for further information about selected countries.