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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

“I Don’t Hate Those Who Harm Me”

Delviana
Delviana in the hospital

Delviana is a Christian teenager in Indonesia. One day last year, she was leaving church with her parents and sister when she stopped to check her cell phone. “Suddenly I heard an explosion,” said Delviana.

The explosion was a bomb. Delviana’s church was one of about 60 churches attacked, burned, or vandalized in the past two years by radical Muslims.

Shrapnel (pieces of the bomb) hit Delviana in the forehead. As her father wiped her face with his
shirt, Delviana called out to Jesus to help her. “I felt the Lord Jesus was beside me,” said Delviana. “I didn’t feel any pain. I didn’t even cry.”

Delviana’s father took her to the hospital where she had surgery to remove the shrapnel. “I knew the Lord would never leave me alone,” said Delviana. As she was wheeled into surgery, she sang, “In the name of Jesus there is victory.”

Delviana often had headaches after the surgery, but she returned to church less than two weeks after the bombing. “Whatever my condition, I don’t hate those who harm me,” she said.

None of the church members died in the bombing, but the bomber died. “[I felt] no hatred or revenge in my mind,” said the pastor of the church. “Only love for this bomber who had chosen the wrong path.”

Ask God to protect Indonesian Christians and heal those who have been hurt. Pray that radical Muslims will open their hearts to Jesus, who never leads anyone down a wrong path.


Spotlight Story

Sharing Faith at the Olympics

Gymnast

Christians from around the world are sharing the Good News of Jesus at the London Olympics to people from countries where the spread of the gospel is limited. Some Christians are handing out free water and free Bibles. Others are using blogs, websites, and videos to reach Olympic visitors and athletes. Some are even using paintings, drama, and sports ministry. And of course, many Christians are praying for those who need to hear about Jesus.

Muslims are also sending missionaries to the Olympics. They are giving away free Qurans and other Muslim literature in London.

If you watch or hear about any of the Olympic events, remember to pray that many will learn the truth about Jesus at this year’s games.

Photo credit: “brokenchopstick”, Flickr.com


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.