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 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”?
Published on July 17th, 2012
The Voice of the Martyrs Be-a-Voice Network helps members become VOM volunteers in their own churches and communities. Some kids are learning that membership in the network is a good way for them to serve the persecuted church. Read some of their comments below.
“I’m so glad I found [the Be-a-Voice Network]. Since I’m only 13, I needed a ministry to work through. Thank you, VOM! You’ve given me kingdom work right now!” — Emma
“I am only 12 years old, but when I hear how our brothers and sisters are being persecuted, I can almost feel their pain. I am so glad that The Voice of the Martyrs has been able to bring the truth to us. I only pray that if I ever come to anything as dangerous as they have [experienced], I may be as strong and courageous as them, with the help of the Lord….I encourage everyone to write at least a letter a week to a brother or sister. I set aside time to write two letters each week. I enjoy being able to help encourage those who need it. — Soleil B.
“I’m so glad I can be a part of this organization. I already wrote to a prisoner. It made me feel as if I were making a difference. The stories of my persecuted spiritual brothers and sisters makes me realize what a strong faith can lead to, and it’s convicting. — Abigail, age 13
After joining the network at be-a-voice.net, members receive emailed prayer bulletins, alerts, and updates to share with family and friends, and to grow a prayer network. They get information about VOM projects, prisoners to write to, and testimonies of persecuted believers. To help them introduce other Christians to information about persecuted Christians, members can receive VOM materials to pass on to friends.
Visit www.be-a-voice.net for more information.
Published on July 16th, 2012
The president of Iran, Mahmud Ahmedinijad, is often in the news. But another man, Ayattolah Khamenei, also has a lot of power over the lives of Iranians. (Ayattolah is a Muslim title.)
Khamenei is the Supreme Leader of Iran. He can make rules about all areas of citizens’ lives. Khamenei can tell citizens how to dress, what they can learn in school, and what they can look at on the Internet.
Rules in Iran forbid Christians from openly witnessing about Jesus to Muslims. Government spies watch Christians. Pastors and other Christians risk getting arrested.
Ayattolah Khamenei was born on July 17, 1939. On his birthday, pray he will not prevent Iranians from learning about Jesus. Pray that the leaders of Iran will rule their country wisely. Ask God to strengthen Christians in Iran to stand firm in their faith when they face difficulties.