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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

Held Hostage for Bibles

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Boxes of Bibles in a restricted country

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.

Spotlight Story

Update: Laos Students


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.

Spotlight Story

Robert Morrison and Macau

Macau today

Robert Morrison was the youngest of eight children. As a youth, he read missionary magazines and dreamed of being a missionary someday. But his mother wanted him to stay near his family in England. So he promised he could not become a missionary as long as she was alive. Sadly, she died a few short years after he made the promise. At the age of 20, Morrison began preparing to be a missionary.

He prayed that God would send him to a place where difficulties were the greatest.

God answered his prayer. Morrison arrived in China in 1807. For the next 25 years, he faced obstacles and problems while he worked to bring the good news of Jesus to people in China.

He lived part of that time in Macau, a colony in China ruled by Portugal. In Macau, he baptized a new Chinese Christian, and translated the Bible into Chinese. After his time serving the Lord on earth ended, he was buried in Macau.

Macau Today
Today Macau is ruled by China. Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages. In the past, most of the people were Christians. However, over time, it has become “the first Christian territory in Asia to become non-Christian.” (Operation World)

Macau is one of the richest places in the world. Much of their money comes from people who travel to Macau to gamble. Macau has been called “the City of Sin.” Recently Macau has been bringing in less money, and some of the citizens are worried about losing their riches.

(Sources include: CIA Factbook, Operation World, and From Jesus to Irian Jaya)

To Talk About

  • What are some reasons parents might not want their children to become missionaries? What are some reasons other parents might want their children to become missionaries?
  • What do you think are some of reasons a Christian country might become a non-Christian country?

Prayer Points

  • “Gambling is a religion” in Macau (Operation World). Pray that people in Macau will seek Jesus instead of uncertain wealth.
  • Ask God to strengthen those who are spreading the gospel in Macau in spite of obstacles and problems.

Spotlight Story

Seeking Jesus

Muslim mother and child in Afghanistan

A Christian in Afghanistan kept getting phone calls, day and night, from the same person. The caller asked to meet the Christian in person, and he asked for copies of the New Testament.

The Christian was cautious. Most of the people in Afghanistan are Muslims. Sometimes Christians are attacked and persecuted. The Christian knew that the calls could be a trap.

The Christian prayed about the situation and decided to meet the caller. He said goodbye to his family and took a friend with him in the car. When he reached the meeting place, he told his friend, “If you don’t hear from me in 10 minutes, drive the car and all of you get out of the city immediately.”

But the caller was so happy to see the Christian and to get the New Testaments! He had spent a lot of time and energy trying to find out more about Jesus and to locate Christians he could talk to!

During Ramadan (June 18 through July 17)
Pray for Muslims who are seeking to understand more about Jesus. Pray that doors will open for them to find the truth about Christ.

(Source: 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World)

Read more about Ramadan here.

Spotlight Story

A Difficult Place for Missionaries


Adoniram Judson was a missionary to Burma (Myanmar) in the 1800s. Most of the people were Buddhists, and they were suspicious of the few Christians in their country.

So Judson decided to visit the king of Burma. Perhaps the king would help the Christians and make it easier for Judson and other missionaries to share the gospel.

He hoped to please the king with a special gift. He took six Bibles covered with gold leaf. During Judson’s visit, a servant handed the king the Bibles.

“Take them away!” ordered the king. “I have no use for (such) books in my realm.”

So Judson understood that Burma would still be a difficult place for him and for other Christian missionaries to work. But he continued to serve God in harsh circumstances.

(Source: Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma, available from VOM Books

Gold leaf is a thin sheet of gold, just as aluminum foil is thin aluminum. Buddhists press small pieces of gold leaf onto statues of Buddha. Some statues are covered with several layers of gold leaf. Buddhists believe that decorating Buddha statues with gold leaf will bring them merit. Merit is somewhat like points saved up toward earning spiritual rewards. Buddhists hope to earn a better “next life.” They believe after they die, they will come back to life in a different body.

Christians know that we have one life on earth. Also, apart from God and Jesus, no one is righteous and deserving of rewards, no matter how many good works they do.

(Source: Bold Believers in Burma, available in the Downloads section)

Find a chart about Buddhism here.

Read another post about Adoniram Judson here.

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