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 August 10th, 2012
A young woman in Iran decided to follow Jesus after she learned the truth from a Christian TV program. She told the following story to the Christians who broadcast the program.
“I lived a very bad life. I had been watching your program for two years. I did not want to know God because I was my own god. I used to make fun of your program. In the meantime, I was jealous of your peace. But I had a hard time believing what you were preaching. You preached that only with trust in Christ can one be set free from sin.
“So to prove this system does not work, I decided to give it a try! Little did I know that a complete transformation was happening in my heart.”
As the woman continued to learn more about Jesus, she knew she needed God in her life. “Finally I prayed the prayer of salvation, and today I am a new person!
The woman continued, “Shortly after this, I got married, and my husband also gave his heart to Christ, and we are both Christians. I have a very peculiar peace which I had never experienced before.”
Source: Iran Alive Ministries, edited for clarity
Published on August 9th, 2012
Published on August 8th, 2012
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.
Published on August 7th, 2012
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
Published on August 7th, 2012
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.