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 June 25th, 2012
Sisters Felicity and Lydia, and their friend Ashley, recently traveled to The Voice of the Martyrs’ headquarters to volunteer in the Operations Center. It was Felicity’s fifth trip to VOM, Lydia’s fourth, and Ashley’s first. During their visits, the girls have packed Action Packs, stuffed envelopes, sorted mail, and shrink wrapped packages. Like other VOM volunteers, they are an important part of VOM’s ministry to the persecuted church.
The girls were homeschooled, and they have been aware of VOM and persecuted Christians for most of their lives. At home, they have participated in VOM projects such as Bibles Unbound and Prisoner Alert. They regularly share the gospel and information about the persecuted church with others.
Ashley said that learning about persecuted Christians has helped her realize that church is different in other places. “We complain all the time,” she said. “We’re not as on fire for Christ. they pray for us!”
Felicity said, “If we meet [Christians who were persecuted] in heaven, are they going to say, ‘You had the opportunity and free speech to witness, but you didn’t!’ You have to deny yourself and go witness.”
Felicity, Lydia, and Ashley are open to God’s leading in their lives. They have some ideas to share with younger kids.
“We took notebooks to church and took notes,” said Lydia. “Pay attention in church, and review what the pastor said.”
“Your life is never on hold,” said Felicity. “You’re not in a waiting period. There is something God wants you to do right now.”
Ashley added, “If following God is scary, not following him is even scarier.”
Learn more about volunteering at The Voice of the Martyrs at www.vomvolunteer.com.
Published on June 22nd, 2012
The Voice of the Martyrs has received a report about radical Muslims attacking a group of five Christians in Kyrgyzstan earlier this year. The Christians were distributing gifts to children in a village. The gifts were provided by Samaritan’s Purse, a ministry in the United States.
A mullah and about 20 men grabbed two of the Christians and hit them. (A mullah is a Muslim leader.) Some of the Muslims threw rocks.
Narsbek, one of the Christians, was hit in the back of the head and pinned to the ground. Some of the Muslim gang held Narsbek’s arms, and one began choking him.
Narsbek was ready to go to heaven and meet Jesus. But suddenly the attacker’s hands loosened. Narsbek’s wife, Gulnaz, had pushed her way through the gang and grabbed the attacker’s hands. The Muslims were surprised as she struggled to save the life of her husband.
The Christians got in their car and drove away, and the Muslims threw rocks at their vehicles. Some of the gang burned the gifts for the children.
Narsbek is still recovering from his injuries. Praise God for giving Gulnaz the strength and boldness to help her husband.
Note: Kyrgyzstan is a country slightly smaller than South Dakota. It is located west of China and not far from Afghanistan. Most of the people in Kyrgyzstan are Muslims, but many are not serious about their faith. However, most do not want their friends and family members to leave Islam and become Christians. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) They consider Islam a part of their culture. Pray for Christians in Kyrgyzstan.
Published on June 22nd, 2012
Workers from The Voice of the Martyrs recently visited countries in the Middle East where the government limits and restricts Christian activities and public worship. One of the workers said the following.
“We came across a house church made up of mostly young believers. Even their pastor was young; he had a burning passion to advance God’s name throughout the region.
“Some of the young people served in leadership roles, such as leading worship. The congregation was not large, but it was certainly growing. In fact, we met believers who had come to faith only in the last year or two. They showed a warmth and love for one another that we found very encouraging.”
Praise God for youth who are willing to share his love in places where they have little human encouragement!
Published on June 21st, 2012
Sidney* is 16 years old and has nine brothers and sisters. She and her family have an unusual home. They live in a church! Part of the building is a church, and the Sunday school rooms are their home. Sidney’s father is a pastor.
Sidney and other Christians often go together to public areas to witness about Jesus. Many Muslims live in the area where they witness. Sometimes they hand out Bibles and invite people to church.
One day, someone reported Sidney and her group, and they were ordered to leave the area where they were witnessing. On another day, a woman harshly rebuked Sidney for talking to people about Jesus.
Sidney has some advice for other kids. “Don’t waste your childhood,” she said. “Don’t always play; take advantage of your time.
“You’re never too young to serve God and share the gospel,” said a Christian friend of Sidney’s.
To Think About: The story above sounds like many reports The Voice of the Martyrs receives from various countries. Can you guess the country where Sidney lives? Go to the comments section to find out.
* To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.
Published on June 20th, 2012
The Voice of the Martyrs recently received the following report.
Abdul is a teacher at a school in a Muslim country. His job is to teach the students about Islam, the religion of Muslims.
Adnan, a Christian boy, was a student in Abdul’s class. Sometimes Christians in Muslim schools are not treated fairly. But Abdul was polite to Adnan. “I never have me a Christian,” Abdul said to Adnan. “I would like to know more. How do Christians pray?”
Adnan replied, “Please meet with my pastor. He can answer your questions.”
The pastor met with Abdul two times. But at first, Abdul would barely talk to him. So the pastor brought some pencils and notebooks and visited the school. He gave the gifts to the Muslim students. After that, Abdul was ready to talk to the pastor, who gave him a Bible.
Abdul asks the pastor many questions about Jesus, and the pastor answered. “Please pray for me,” said the pastor. “Pray that God will protect me when I meet with Abdul. Pray the Holy Spirit will guide me and that Abdul will accept Christ as his Savior.”
To Discuss: Why do you think the teacher was willing to talk to the pastor after the pastor brought gifts? What are other ways Christians can help people be more ready to hear the truth about God?