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 July 23rd, 2012
Emily B. recently volunteered at The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters in Oklahoma with members of her family, church, and discipleship/mime group. She helped with shrink wrapping resources, preparing materials for mailing, and other jobs in VOM’s Operations Center.
Emily’s family and church members pray for persecuted Christians and participate in VOM projects, so Emily has been aware of persecution for many years. Stories of persecuted Christians became real for Emily, however, when she traveled to Niger and China with mission groups. Emily’s task was to teach other teens mime and drama, and to give them tools to share the gospel.
The teens in China were part of the underground (secret) church. Niger is more than 90 percent Muslim, and the Christian teens Emily met had come from Muslim families. The youth were thankful for what Emily taught them. Emily is grateful for what they taught her! Learning about the persecuted church “gives a huge picture of what loyalty to Christ means,” Emily said. “It’s humbling.”
Published on July 20th, 2012
Iraqi child at a Ramadan feast
Ramadan is the ninth month on the Muslim calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims believe that older children and adults should fast from good and drink during daylight hours.
The Muslim calendar is different from the Gregorian calendar. (The Gregorian calendar is used for most purposes in the U.S. and around the world.) According to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan starts about 11 days earlier each year. It started on August 11 in 2010, and on August 1 in 2011. This year it starts on July 20. (Source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts)
It can be difficult to avoid eating and drinking when Ramadan falls during the hot summer months. Muslims eagerly wait for sunset when they can eat again. They enjoy family feasts, getting gifts, wearing new clothes, watching special TV shows, and other activities to celebrate the month.
In some countries, Muslims are less friendly toward Christians during Ramadan. Pray for Christians in Muslim countries during the days of Ramadan this year.
Enter “Ramadan” in the search box to find more facts and stories and a video clip about Ramadan.
Published on July 19th, 2012
Azad is a Christian in Algeria. As an evangelist, he shared the gospel with others in his Muslim nation. His father chased him out of the family home because of his Christian activities. Then his wife’s family threatened to take his wife away from him if he continued to preach the gospel. Finally, his boss fired him.
“I was so discouraged and I hated my life,” said Azad. He stopped reading his Bible, praying, and spreading the gospel.
Then another Christian gave him Tortured for Christ, a book by Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs. The book tells about Pastor Wurmbrand’s experiences as a prisoner for Christ, and it changed Azad’s thinking. He understood that persecution is part of the Christian life, and he returned to church.
Pray that God will also change the thinking of Azad’s family, relatives, and former boss.
Published on July 18th, 2012
As reported on The Voice of the Martyrs’ Facebook page, VOM is distributing a children’s Bible storybook in Iraq. The page in the photo shows the story of Jonah and the big fish. Ninevah, where God sent Jonah, is the modern-day Iraqi city of Mosul. VOM thanks friends at the United Bible Society for their partnership in this project.
Published on July 18th, 2012
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, was imprisoned for a total of 14 years in communist Romania for spreading the gospel. He talked about winning persecutors to Christ.
Pastor Wurmbrand once said,
“Once when a house was on fire, a man threw a cup of water on it, only to see it burn to the ground. The man then said, ‘Water does not extinguish fire.’”
Pastor Wurmbrand continued, “That’s ridiculous! A cup of water does not quench it, but fire engines with water hoses do.
“The little love we have shown until now has not succeeded in bringing tormentors to Christ. Flames of love might very well succeed.
“The fact is, I was once a crucifier, till an encounter with God’s all-forgiving love changed me. If I can be transformed, others can too.
“I will dedicate my life to this.”
To Think About: How might someone show only “a little love” to unbelievers? Whose love changed Pastor Wurmbrand? What did Pastor Wurmbrand mean when he said, “Flames of love might very well succeed”?