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Ice Cream Facts and Ramadan

Iraqi child at a Ramadan feast

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan named July as National Ice Cream Month and July 15 as National Ice Cream Day. National Ice Cream Day is now celebrated on the third Sunday in July.

Arabian Treat
Some historians say that Arab traders first introduced the idea of frozen desserts to Europeans. They say that ice cream was invented when additional ingredients were added. The English word “sherbet” comes from an Arabic word that means “syrup” or “beverage.”

To make an “Arabian ice” frozen dessert, mix 1 cup of sugar with 2½ cups of water, and boil the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Add 1½ cups of orange juice and ½ cup of lemon juice. Pour the mixture into a bowl and freeze. Remove from the freezer before it becomes solid, then beat until smooth. Return to the freezer until it’s firm. Scoop into a bowl, and serve like ice cream.

People in Arab lands are noted for showing hospitality to visitors. (Hospitality is showing kindness and generosity to guests.) They try to make sure that their visitors are comfortable and have plenty of good things to eat.

Read what the Bible says about hospitality in Romans 12:13 and Hebrews 13:2.

Hospitality becomes especially important during Ramadan, the ninth month on the Muslim calendar. This year, Ramadan occurs from late June until late July.

During Ramadan, Muslim adults and older children fast from sunrise to sunset. After sunset, they join friends and relatives for a meal and special treats.

Watch this video clip that explains how to pray for Muslims during Ramadan.

Activities Story

Bold Believers in Bangladesh

Children from Christian families drink at a well

Bangladesh is one of the wettest countries in the world. The average rainfall is high, and floods occur every year.

But not everyone has clean water to drink. Some Muslims will not let Christians drink from wells in their village. They believe that if Christians drink from the well, it makes the water unclean.

Some Christians who are not able to use a well have to get water from dirty ponds or streams.

To Try: For three days, keep track of each time someone in your family gets a drink of water, takes a shower, or uses water in some other way. Remember Christians in Bangladesh who have to walk miles to a muddy pond or stream every time they need water.

Read more about bold believers in Bangladesh from the recently revised and updated Bold Believers in Bangladesh activity book in the Downloads section. Each Bold Believers activity book comes with a variety of activities, including coloring pages. Download the Bangladesh activity book coloring page here.

Spotlight Story

News from Brunei


The Sultan of Brunei has announced new Muslim (Sharia) laws for his country. Learn more about Sharia law here.

Some of the laws apply only to Muslims. For example, Muslims may be punished if they don’t pray memorized Muslim prayers on Fridays, the Muslim holy day. And Muslim girls cannot leave their parents’ custody until they are married.

But Christians are also concerned about parts of the law that may apply to Christians. Some of those rules are the following.

  • Non-Muslims can’t take care of Muslim children.
  • Muslims who become Christians may lose custody of their children.
  • Christians may not teach Muslim children about Christianity, even in Christian schools.
  • Non-Muslims cannot share their faith with Muslims.
  • Muslims cannot declare themselves to be non-Muslims.

July 15th is the 68th birthday of the Sultan of Brunei. Pray he will be a wise leader. Pray for the Christians in his country.

Videos Story

Solar Lamp Helps Spread the Gospel

A pastor in a tribal area of India is happy to have a solar-powered lamp provided by VOM. He will use the lamp to read the Bible and to meet with other Christians at night.

Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: Working at VOM


JoAnn has traveled overseas for The Voice of the Martyrs to encourage persecuted Christians. She also serves God through her work at VOM headquarters.

Read what JoAnn said about her life and work.

Question: What are some of the tasks you have done for VOM?

JoAnn: I was the assistant to the executive director, and I was the travel coordinator, making travel arrangements for our international travelers. I coordinate regional conferences and equip and train volunteers who are getting the voice of persecuted Christians to our nation.

Question: As you were growing up, how did God prepare you to serve Him as an adult?

JoAnn: I was kind of sheltered as a child. But I was raised in a Christian family and learned some basics of the faith. I was not prepared until I was an adult.

Question: What have you learned from persecuted Christians?

JoAnn: That my life is not so bad! It gives me some real perspective when I get whiny. I look at what’s going on overseas, and I think I’m a spoiled brat.

Then the question comes, “Would I be able to do that [to suffer as Christians do in some places]?” I hope so. But I don’t think that’s a question you can answer until you’re in it.

Question: What’s the best part of working at VOM?

JoAnn: Knowing and feeling that you’re part of working in God’s kingdom and that what you do every day makes a difference for people.

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