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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.

Spotlight Story

Back to School for Iraqi Children

Iraq
Iraqi children in school

Christians in Iraq have been driven from their homes and their cities by fighters who belong to ISIS, a radical Muslim group. Christian families have to leave behind their belongings and everything that is familiar to them.

When they arrive in another country, there is often no place for the children to go to school. Many Iraqi children have been out of school for more than a year.

With VOM’s help, a church near a refugee camp has started a school. (See the photo above.) The church leaders fixed up a house with a big backyard. They planned to open the school to 25 children. About 100 students signed up.

The goal of the school is to “bring the love of God to every house through the children.”

Enter “Iraq” in the Search box to find stories and videos about Christians from Iraq.

To Think About
If you had to leave your house without carrying anything away with you, what would you miss the most when you settled in a new place? Pray for Iraqi children who miss the things they had to leave behind.


Spotlight Story

A Great Idea from Torchlighters

Torchlighters

Torchlighters DVDs tell the story of real Christian heroes who faced persecution. Student and teacher guides are available free at www.torchlighters.org and in the Downloads section of this site.

Brandy, a teacher who uses the DVDs and guides, said, “Here’s a little something I am putting together for the children in our Wednesday night kids’ class as we wrap up our Torchlighters study.” Brandy copied pages from the guides on cardstock, four to a page. She made booklets for her students to help them remember what they had learned. (See the photo)

(Source: Torchlighters and Brandy F. of Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood. Used by permission.)


Spotlight Story

Nazeera and Her Children

Yemen

The story below is from Stef, the children’s website of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands.

Nazeera is a mother from Yemen. In Yemen, they are not allowed to convert to a different religion. The government wants everyone to be a Muslim.

Yet Nazeera still became a Christian. Her family got angry and took her kids away from her. Nazeera will be allowed to see them only if she becomes a Muslim again.

Would you pray that Nazeera will be able to see her kids again soon, and that she will feel the faithfulness and comfort of the Lord God?

(Source: Stef. Translated and edited from the original.)


Feature Story

Help for Those in Dangerous Places

The August 2016 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter features stories about “front-line” workers who serve the Lord in dangerous places. Please preview the stories before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share stories from this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories. Families and groups may also “adopt” front-line workers to support. Read how below.

Prisoner Alert

Adopt a Front-line Worker
Groups, individuals, and families can sign up for The Voice of the Martyrs’ Adopt a Front-Line Worker program at www.vombooks.com/adopt.

Those who sign up receive a prayer card with the name and picture of a worker who serves the Lord in a country where Christians are persecuted. They pledge to pray for the worker for a year. If they choose, they can also send offerings to VOM to help support front-line workers.

Read the letter below from Martha W., a staff member at Hope Lutheran Church in Virginia where kids participated in the Adopt a Front-Line Worker program.

Sunday School Children Adopt a Worker
This past year, our church staff, congregation and our Sunday school children adopted [front-line worker’s name], a missionary in Vietnam. During congregational prayer and staff prayer every week, he and his family were remembered in prayer; prayers for their protection, prayers of encouragement, and prayers for opportunity to share the Good News.

Our Sunday school children (ages 4 years through 5th grade) remembered him each week during their Opening. This is a time when they sing songs, read Bible verses, and this year, the children were encouraged to bring an offering to support [front-line workers]. They had a display at the front of their room that included his family picture and a pretty gold box for offerings.

The children were taught about what a martyr is and how important it is to pray for their safety. If you had been there to hear some of our brave children come forward and make up a prayer, using the microphone and praying in front of all the children and adults, you would have needed a tissue! Their beautiful prayers were heard by our heavenly Father….

Bless your continued ministry throughout the world.

Update: Martha added, “For our Sunday school children, it will be a year they will always remember.”


Spotlight Story

Christian Girl in Hiding

Miriam

Miriam is 9 years old and she lives in a country where most of the people are Muslims. Even though both of her parents are alive, she has to live at a secret location in an orphanage.

This all started when Miriam’s mother fell to the temptation to become a Muslim, and she left her family and married a Muslim man. She wanted Miriam to join her and become a Muslim, too. She started a lawsuit to try to get custody of Miriam.

But Miriam wanted to stay faithful to Jesus and to live with her father. However, it was not safe to stay with her father. So she was sent to a secret orphanage.

Her mom’s new husband is trying everything he can think of to find Miriam. Every night, Miriam asks God for a solution to her problem so she can live with her father again. Now she can see him only once a month.

Please join Miriam in praying for a solution.

(Source: Stef, the children’s publication of VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands.)

To Talk About

  • In a country where most people are Muslims, why might some Christians be tempted to become Muslims?
  • What are some things people can do to stay close to Jesus when they face temptations?

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