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Learning About Islam


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

Another Book‽

Pakistani girls reading about Jesus

The video clip in a previous post showed children in Pakistan who received booklets about Jesus. Read below what one of the children said after she got one of the booklets.

My name is Shiza, and I am 8 years old. One day we received The Story of Jesus in our girls’ hostel. [A hostel is like a dormitory.] At first I thought, “Again; another book! I hate reading books.”

But when I opened the book and saw colorful pictures and stories, I became so excited, and I started reading the book. One page was a turning point of my life because I often think only big people can serve others. But I read about a little boy who shared his lunch, and Jesus did a miracle, and more than 5,000 were fed.

In our faith, we love God. But I never thought that I can give something to Jesus, and He can multiply it. God has blessed me with a good voice. So I decided to give my voice to worship the Lord to become the blessing of many people.

To Think About
Do you have a “small” gift or talent that you can offer to Jesus?

Is there a chore or task that you don’t like to do? Can you offer it to Jesus and do it well without complaining?

Feature Story

The Witch Doctor’s Neighbors

Ethiopian Girl

The Christians in an Ethiopian village wanted to have a building where they could meet together. They found some empty land and began to build a small church.

But, as it turned out, they had a very unfriendly neighbor. The man who lived next to the church was a witch doctor. People came from all over Ethiopia to ask the witch doctor for help with their problems. He became rich and famous.

The witch doctor did not like Christians. He cast spells on the Christians and their land as they were building the church.

The Bible warns us to stay away from witchcraft. (Look up Deuteronomy 18:10–11.)

Christian workers in Ethiopia know how much trouble witch doctors cause. But they know Jesus is stronger than the power of the witch doctors. Here is what one worker said:

“Usually the job of witch doctor is passed down to someone in the witch doctor’s family. They chant, sacrifice animals, use potions, etc. Scripture says we’re not to have anything to do with witchcraft. It’s very harmful. People are drawn to it because they are curious about the unseen world. They want witchcraft to give them assurance, protection, and power that is superhuman.

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Spotlight Story

One Billion Need Jesus

On May 4th, China celebrates Youth Day. Events on Youth Day honor the patriotism of youth in China’s history.

Praise God, Christianity is spreading in China. But still, it is estimated that more than 1 billion people in China are not followers of Jesus. (Source: Operation World)

How many is one billion? Draw and cut out a 1-inch by 1-inch square. If possible, set it on a football field. (Or imagine it on a football field.) About 7 million 1-inch squares would fit from end zone to end zone on a football field. You would have to fill 142 football fields with the squares to equal almost 1 billion squares.

On China’s Youth Day, pray that all China’s youth will hear about Jesus and His love for them.
Try the photo puzzle below and find two more China photo puzzles here.

Videos Story

Jesus Booklets and Urdu

About 95 percent of the people in Pakistan are Muslims. Children in Muslim lands are not taught that Jesus is the Son of God or that He saves people from sin.

Recently some children in Pakistan received booklets that tell the good news of Jesus. You can see them looking at the booklet in the video.

The music played and the booklets shown in the video are in Urdu, one of the many languages spoken in Pakistan. Unlike English, Urdu is written from right to left instead of left to right.

How to Say Some Urdu Words
(Pronunciations are approximate.)
Praise the Lord: Hoo-DAH-wahnd kee tah-REEF ho
Please: meh-hehr-BAH-nee
Thank you: shoo-kree-yuh

Spotlight Story

Miriam and Sarah

Sarah and her sons

Sarah, a Christian in Kenya, was 9 years old when her mother died. Her Aunt Miriam took her in and raised her until she grew up and married a pastor.

Sarah lived with her husband for five years, and they had two sons. Then one day Muslim radicals from a group called al-Shabab came to their church and began shooting guns. A bullet struck Sarah in the foot. She hid under a pew with her baby son.

Sadly, Sarah’s husband died in the attack. Sarah took her two sons and moved back into Miriam’s house.

Miriam lives in a one-room shack in a big city with her husband and four children. After Sarah moved back in, nine people lived in the shack. Miriam works as a maid, and her husband does different jobs whenever he can find work. Sarah could not work because of her injured foot.

“Miriam is truly a remarkable woman,” said a Christian in Kenya. “She selflessly cares for Sarah and her children, even though she has little money.”

The Voice of the Martyrs is helping Sarah and Miriam. Sarah said, “I take this opportunity to thank Almighty God for how far He has taken me and my two kids.”

To Talk About

  • What does selflessly mean?
  • How do you think Miriam is able to be generous with what she has even though she has very little?
  • How do you think Sarah is able to be so thankful after all that has happened to her family?

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