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 27th, 2012
The following story was told by Russell Stendal, a missionary to Colombia, in his book The Beatitudes: God’s Plan for Battle. Russell drops Bibles and other Christian materials out of airplanes into guerrilla-controlled jungle areas. The Bibles are attached to small parachutes. To learn more about Russell and his work, read Colombia: Setting the Captives Free.
I have a friend in Canada who races sled dogs. I commented on how friendly his dogs were, in comparison to other people’s sled dogs I had seen that seemed vicious. Then he told me his secret. At an early age (around 28 days I believe), the dogs imprint psychologically. If the puppies are around friendly people at that time, they will imprint on them and be friendly for the rest of their lives toward humans. If they are around a mother dog who is aloof, withdrawn, and distrustful, then that is the way they become.
So, at the critical time, my friend takes all the pups into his cabin and has his kids play with them. To my knowledge he has never had a mean dog yet. This principle is also very important in Christianity. Jesus wants us to imprint on Himself. He also wants those whom we would lead to the Lord to imprint on Himself as He is reflected through each one of our lives.
To Think About
Why is it important for Christians to act in a way that honors God when they are around non-Christians? How can Jesus be “reflected through each one of our lives”?
If someone does not know Jesus and does not read the Bible, he may learn what Jesus is like by watching Christians. What would an unbeliever learn by watching you?
Proverbs 20:11 says, Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
Published on July 26th, 2012
Last month, police raided a summer church camp for elementary-age children in China. The police were joined by several other government officials and even public school principals.
The officials recorded the names of everyone present, and they took a computer and a projector. Three teachers were taken away for questioning. The officials said that children must not become religious believers.
Earlier this month, police in another place in China raided a house church Sunday school. They rounded up 70 children and their teachers for questioning. Seven teachers were locked up in a detention center.
In some areas of China, police ignore Sunday school classes and other Christian programs for children. In other areas, officials try to keep children from learning about God and Jesus.
When you attend church or Sunday school this week, remember to pray for children in China. If you have the opportunity, tell someone about the children’s programs that were raided and ask others to pray also.
Published on July 26th, 2012
“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.
Published on July 25th, 2012
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
Published on July 24th, 2012
“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.