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 May 21st, 2015
Muslim belief: Muslims worship Allah, and their holy book is the Quran. The Quran does not say that Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin or that he loves sinners. Quran Chapter 4, Verse 107 says, “Lo! Allah loveth not one who is treacherous and sinful.”
Christian belief: God is a loving heavenly Father. We love Him because He first loved us, even while we were still sinners. He sent Jesus to save us. (See Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 John 4:19.)
Muslims around the world often do not have the opportunity to hear Bible stories that would help them learn about God and Jesus. Many come from cultures where storytelling is important.
Maybe sometime you will have the chance to share Bible stories with someone who has never heard them. You can practice telling Bible stories to younger children.
Read a story about Jesus and a sinner in Luke 19:1–9. Photocopy the pages above from Bold Believers in Morocco. (The complete book is available in the Downloads section.) The pictures are out of order. Color the pictures, then write “1” on the line near the picture that shows what happened first, and “2” near the picture that shows what happened next, and so on. Check your answers in a Bible. Practice telling the story in the right order.
Published on May 20th, 2015
Brent and Shelley Teague are missionaries in West Africa. Recently he shared with The Voice of the Martyrs the story of when he was shot by radical Muslim al-Qaida terrorists in Niger. (Read more about Niger on VOM’s online prayer map here.
The story below is from an interview with Brent on VOMRadio.net. (Edited from the original for length and clarity.)
Brent: I really shouldn’t be alive. I was going up to a village 90 miles north of the capital city of Niamey in Niger. And I had a couple of Bible students with me and their families, and we had three children in the car.
And these al-Qaida operatives were in another vehicle that came alongside our vehicle in broad daylight and opened fire with a machine gun through the driver’s door. So the first bullet went through my knee, and the second bullet went through the shin of my leg. It just missed the main artery by about a millimeter, but I was in pretty bad shape.
Then they [took control of] our vehicle and followed it in theirs. They took us off road and robbed us. I ended up in the middle of the desert, and I honestly had no hope for survival. They discussed finishing us off, but the commander decided not to waste the ammunition; they thought I was going to die anyway.
I was praying. At first I was really questioning God, why He permitted me to be in the situation I was in, and then I realized I’m going to be seeing Jesus soon. I need to have a better attitude. So then I just started worshipping the Lord and thanking Him for saving me and for all he’s done in my life. And thanking Him for the privilege of serving Him, and then is when I started praying for Shelley and my two daughters.
But God did a miracle. I should be dead. I was laying in the desert praying, getting ready to go to heaven when the Lord spoke to me and told me that my mission wasn’t over on earth. And the miracle is that there was an anonymous phone call to the federal troopers office ….in the capital city telling them that I’d been shot, that I was critically wounded, giving them the location where I’d been dumped in the desert. The miracle is that phone call came 30 minutes before I was even attacked. Otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten to me on time. I don’t know how God did that, but it happened.
There were 12 other attacks that same year in that same area. I’m the only driver that survived the attacks.
(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity)
Published on May 19th, 2015
Hagar is a 25-year-old Muslim. She and her four children lived in an area where war put them in danger. They ran away from the fighting and ended up in a refugee camp. The fighting separated Hagar from her husband, and she doesn’t know where he is.
People in the camp often arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs and a few household goods. The Voice of the Martyrs provides Action Packs to Christians and other refugees in Hagar’s camp. The packs contain items like soap, clothes, blankets, and other things the refugees need. VOM also provides Bibles for these refugees.
But one day, there were not enough Bibles and Actions Packs left. The Christian worker asked Hagar, “Would you like a Bible or an Action Pack?”
The Action Pack would have been useful to Hagar and her family. But Hagar chose a Bible. She said she had a strong urge to read the Bible and that she knows she needs to choose between the Bible and the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) A Christian worker helped put Hagar in touch with another Christian who can explain more about the Bible to her.
Please pray that Hagar will find the truth she seeks. Pray that they will know what has happened to Hagar’s husband, and that if he is alive, he will trust Jesus as his Savior.
Learn more about Action Packs here.
Published on May 18th, 2015
Razia, a 9-year-old girl in Pakistan, told what she learned from the booklet she received. Her story is below.
My grandfather died last month. So I was very sad. My Sunday school teacher visited me and gave me a storybook of Jesus. She told me, “Your grandfather was a believer. He is in heaven with Jesus. You can find this good news in this book.”
So happily I read the book and found this fact that Jesus is always with His people in heaven and on earth. And He is coming back to take His loving people.
I shared this good news with my grandmother. She said, “Yes, this good news is for those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior.”
Now I believe my life is safe in Jesus.
To Talk About
- Have you ever visited someone who is sad and tried to comfort them? Ask a Christian adult to give you some ideas about things to say to help someone who is sad.
- Razia went to Sunday school, but had not read the Bible. She did not understand the good news of Jesus’ salvation. Do you know how to tell someone how they can be saved?
- Do you have a daily Bible reading plan so you can learn Bible truths to help others understand them?
Published on May 15th, 2015
Previous posts told about children in Pakistan who received booklets about Jesus that changed their lives. Read another testimony below from a Pakistani Muslim boy who is learning about Jesus from the book and from his friend.
My name is Rehman, and I belong to a poor family. Most of my friends are Christians, but we live together [peacefully].
One day I went to my friend’s home. Some friends at the home were reading books. I heard them talking about the book The Story of Jesus. They were talking about salvation. They said Jesus heals sick people.
I took the book home and read it, but I kept it secret from my family. After I read the book, I knew about the miracles of Jesus.
My older brother had been sick for many years. I asked my friend to ask Jesus to heal my brother. My friend asked me to come to Sunday school with him and we can both pray for Jesus. I went, and all the children prayed with me for my brother.
I kept going to Sunday school and learned more about Jesus. My brother is much better, and I share the stories of Jesus with him.
To Think About
- What did Rehman see and hear when he went to his friend’s house?
- What books do your friends see when they visit your house? Do they ever hear people sharing with each other what they have learned about Jesus?
- Some people think it is not polite to talk with non-Christians about Christian beliefs. What do you think?