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 June 10th, 2015
The video in this post from SAT-7 shows an interview with a girl who lives with other refugees at the mall. SAT-7 is a Christian TV network.
As you watch the video, look for answers to the following questions.
- How old is Miriam?
- How long has she lived at the refugee camp?
- What does Miriam want to do about those who drove her from her home?
Published on June 9th, 2015
Note: A radical Muslim group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has become well-known for their part in violence in Syria and Iraq. They changed their name first to “ISIS,” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Then to emphasize their goal of creating a large Muslim nation, they changed their name to “IS,” the Islamic State.
Watch the video clip from a VOM worker’s recent visit with Christian refugees in Iraq. The refugees had to settle in a different part of Iraq after their area was attacked.
The VOM worker wrote the following thank you note to the brave Christians he met.
To Our Dear Iraqi Sisters and Brothers,
Thank you for standing strong for your faith.
Thank you for being an example for the rest of us.
Thank you for refreshing us by sharing how God has refreshed you.
Thank you for being willing to give up everything to follow Jesus, and for reminding us that He is worth it.
We thank God for you and your faithfulness.
We don’t want to turn our back on you; we don’t want to leave any of our family members behind.
We want to pull each other up. We want to draw strength from your victories, and to learn from your examples.
Together, we will keep our eyes fixed on the distant horizon, knowing that God is with us and He will never leave us or forsake us!
Your Brothers and Sisters in America
Watch another clip about refugees in Iraq in the post What’s Happening in Iraq.
Published on June 8th, 2015
VOMRadio.net programs answer questions from listeners. Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs answers a listener’s question in the following excerpt from a recent program (edited for length and clarity).
We have a question this week from Gary in Alaska. His question has to do with the security of people we serve whose stories we tell on our website, in the VOM newsletter, and here on VOM Radio.
Gary adopted a front line worker, which means he agreed to pray for a worker in a restricted nation for one year. VOM sent him a picture of his worker and information about that worker. On the back of the picture is a note that says not to scan the picture, put it online, or share it on social media.
We ask people not to put the workers’ photos online; as you know, the Internet reaches around the world. We don’t want that pastor’s picture to be pulled up in the country where he lives and people to start asking, “Wait a minute, that guy’s a pastor? We need to do something about that.”
When it comes to the VOM newsletter, you’ll know from reading it that sometimes we cover faces and sometimes we don’t. This reflects the security situation in the specific country we’re sharing about as well as the wishes of the Christian whose story we are telling.
There have been times when I’ve been visiting persecuted Christians and hearing their stories, and I pull out my camera and they say, “You can print my picture and put it online. I’m excited about what I’m doing. And besides that, the police already know who I am and they know what I’m doing.”
We always try to be sensitive to their wishes and to err on the side of caution to protect those we’re serving.
You can submit a question to VOM Radio by clicking on “Submit comment” at www.vomradio.com or by calling 800-757-5069.
To Talk About
What does it mean to “err on the side of caution?”
Published on June 5th, 2015
Bill and John were passing out Bibles among people from a non-Christian country when they were taken hostage. But not for the reason you might think. Read their story below.
Bill and John were near the docks in their town when they noticed a ship from a country where people are not allowed to spread the gospel. The ship became their mission field.
They hauled a case of Bibles onboard and carried it to the ship’s mess room (dining room). As they began to talk about salvation in Jesus Christ, the crew listened attentively. Most of them had never heard about God and Jesus.
Bill and John passed out the Bibles to the men, but they didn’t have enough for everyone. Two large crew members grabbed Bill by the arms and sat him in a chair. They said Bill would be set free after John returned to the ship with more Bibles. In their country, people often broke promises, and they didn’t trust that Bill and John would bring them what they asked unless they held Bill hostage.
John hurried away, gathered up more Bibles, and returned to the ship. The crew gratefully took the Bibles and set Bill free.
(Source: Extreme Devotion)
To Talk About
- What is a “mission field?” Are there any mission fields in your town?
- Why did the men hold Bill hostage?
- When the men got back to their country, they could be in danger if they believed in Jesus. Should Bill and John have given them Bibles if it was going to get them in trouble.
Published on June 4th, 2015
A previous post told about seven Christian families in Laos whose “family books” were taken away by village leaders. Families use the books like people in the United States use birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s licenses, and other forms of identification.
The village leaders said they would give the books back if the families stopped being Christians. Without the books, their children could not go to school.
After a year, the families found a town where the children would be allowed to attend school. Their pastor’s 26-year-old son moved to the town with his wife and child to take care of the students.
Update: The six students (see the photo) are still in school in their new town. Their families still follow Jesus. Pray they will continue to stand firm in their faith even when it is difficult. Read more of their story in the previous post.