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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.

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The Vision

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“The vision is given to a few….But the fulfilling of it is the task of the many; the small, the weak, the insignificant, whose duty is simply to get on with the job which lies at hand.” — Anutza Moise, a friend of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, the founders of The Voice of the Martyrs

To Think About and Discuss

“The vision,” as used in the quote above, means the special ability to think ahead about something that will or might be accomplished in the future. The Wurmbrands’ vision included helping persecuted Christians and their families as the Bible tells us to do in Hebrews 13:3. (Enter “Wurmbrand” in the search box to read more stories by and about the Wurmbrands.)

But the Wurmbrands knew they would need many Christians to help fulfill the vision as God directed. Ask God how you might help persecuted Christians through prayer or projects. Check the Archives section of this website and www.persecution.com for some ideas to pray about.


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Heartwarming Phone Calls

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In a strict Muslim country where The Voice of the Martyrs works, believers often gather together secretly for worship because it is not safe to gather openly. It’s also difficult to get Bibles. So VOM contacts are texting Bible verses to people, and calling Christians on cell phones to encourage them.

Recently, Christians also called Muslims during a national celebration to wish them a happy holiday. Some of the people had said that they never wanted to talk to Christians. “However, when they were given the traditional greeting, their hearts were warmed,” said one VOM contact.

One of the women the Christians called with a greeting said, “I want to become a Christian!”

She had been having dreams about Jesus and was eager to give her heart to the Lord!” said the worker who called her.

Praise God for providing ways to reach people in “unreachable” places!

Photo credit: “Alton”, Wikipedia


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Volunteer Learns About Persecuted Christians, Part 2

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Emily (see previous post) and Nathan at VOM headquarters

“I used to just take church for granted,” said Nathan P., a 17-year-old volunteer at The Voice of the Martyrs headquarters. Nathan and his discipleship/mime group worked for a week in VOM’s Operations Center. “I never really thought about persecution in other countries were [going to church] is against the law.”

Nathan has learned more about persecution at his church and during two volunteering trips to VOM. “Now I’m glad every time I go to church and can worship freely,” said Nathan. “I think about it every day really.”

For more information about volunteering at VOM, visit www.vomvolunteer.com.


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Volunteer Learns About Persecuted Christians, Part 1

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Emily, on left, prepares books for mailing

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.”


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Ramadan 2012

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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.

Learn more about Islam from Learning About Islam, a 60-page spiral bound book for readers ages 8 and up, available at VOMBooks.com or for free download on this site.