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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.

Spotlight Story

The Buffalo Man Goes Back to Jail

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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.


Feature Story

Boun’s Bibles

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Boun gathering firewood

Parents and Teachers: The August issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories of bold Christians from Southeast Asia. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site about the featured countries with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

”Boun“ was a government official in Southeast Asia, and he was not a Christian. Christianity is not illegal in Laos. But people who become Christians, and Christians who share their faith, are treated badly in some parts of the country.

Boun knew the risks, but he became a Christian anyway! He was so happy with his new faith that he could not stop sharing the truth with others. The authorities warned him to quit, and finally they sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

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Spotlight Story

Obstacles for New Christians

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The Voice of the Martyrs recently received the following prayer request from a country where Christians are persecuted in some parts of the country:

“I want to let you know that we led one family to Christ. There are still more families that want to come to Christ and we ask you to pray for them. The new official here who just became leader in this country hates Christianity so much and when he became leader, no permission is allowed for a church anymore.”

Please join VOM workers and supporters in praying for the Christians in this country and in other countries where leaders do not like Christians. Pray also for the ones who want to come to Christ but may be concerned about what might happen to them if they do. Pray for non-Christian leaders to open their hearts to God’s love for them.


Spotlight Story

Getting Ready for Christmas

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Iraqi children presenting a Christmas drama

Youth leader Tonja T. shared with The Voice of the Martyrs her plan to prepare for Christmas. Her group planned to put up a Christmas tree in their meeting room this summer. “We will be working on ornaments from June to December,” Tonja said.

The group will make one ornament for each country in the world. A VOM prayer map hangs in their room. Each youth will choose 10 countries and will research to find out facts about the countries. They will then design ornaments for the countries, and add a reference for a Bible verse to the ornaments. “It will be their responsibility to pray those verses over the countries,” said Tonja.

Tonja has done a similar project with younger students. “We cut 3-inch by 3-inch shapes out of red poster board,” Tonja said. “Then we used a silver marker to print the name of the countries on the ornaments. We punched holes in the ornaments and attached a hanging hook. (One could use string or yarn also.)”

Use the contact form on this site to share your ideas for helping and praying for persecuted Christians.