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 March 16th, 2015
Naldo lives in a “red zone” in Colombia. (Read more about red zones in the post “A Brave Son.”) He is 18 years old, and he has a brother and a sister. Their father is a pastor.
“I have always liked to preach and to serve,” said Naldo. “I wanted to preach when I was 7, and my dad would let me speak. I was baptized when I was 12, and when I was 13 I started my first house church. We would sing and read the Bible, and I would teach. We prayed together a lot.”
Naldo knows it can be dangerous to follow Christ in the red zones. “My trust is in God,” Naldo said. “He is the one who called me. I only fear God.
“Since I was a little boy my mom always taught me that we can’t be scared of the devil. When we were growing up, we would hear combat every day. There were landmines everywhere. That helped me get rid of the fear. I learned that God can keep you safe in any war.
“One time…when I was 7…I was in the house, and someone threw a grenade in the house. It landed about 10 feet away from me. God watched over us because none of us were hurt. My sister…was bleeding, but it was just a superficial wound.
“The mercy of God has kept us until today….My brother stepped on a landmine. It should have blown him up. He should have been dead. But all that happened was his ears popped, and he was fine.”
Naldo and his family will continue to minister where they believe God has called them.
Readers Talk to Us Story
Published on March 12th, 2015
Action Packs are large plastic bags filled with useful items for persecuted Christians around the world. In the VOM Radio clip below, VOM’s Todd Nettleton answers a listener’s question about Action Packs. The clip also tells how to ask questions on VOM’s toll free comment line.
For more information about how to participate in the Action Pack program and to see a video clip of an Action Pack distribution in Pakistan, visit the Action Packs page.
You can find more VOM Radio episodes at www.VOMRadio.net.
Note: Last year, VOM supporters sent 13,087 filled Action Packs to VOM for distribution to persecuted Christians.
Published on March 11th, 2015
One night last year, guerrillas on motorcycles kidnapped Simon and Sara from their home in the middle of the night! When Simon and Sarah’s five children woke up in the morning, they were startled to realize that their parents were gone.
In the meantime, the guerrillas had finally stopped their motorcycles at 7 a.m. They ordered Simon and Sara to get off. “I was very scared,” said Simon. “My wife was remembering how her parents died and thinking about our own five children.”
Simon and Sara had been taken to a FARC commander. “The purpose was to punish us for not obeying the rules,” said Simon. “No more sermons.” Simon and Sara prayed while they waited for the commander to talk to them.
But at 8 a.m. the commander decided he would not meet with them. Simon and Sara were set free and left standing in the road while the guerrillas dropped out of sight into the jungle.
Simon and Sara were able to get home by 11 a.m., and their children were happy to see them.
They know that they could be kidnapped again at any time. “I don’t think I am stronger than anybody,” said Simon. “I am not smarter or stupider than anybody.” Simon knows he is an ordinary man being used by God. With the support of his brothers and sisters in Christ, he is eager to continue sharing the truth of the gospel with his neighbors.
Published on March 10th, 2015
The previous post told about Simon and Sara, Christians who live with their five children in a “red zone” in Colombia.
When Sara was 8 years old, her parents were killed by FARC guerrillas. She and her four brothers were left orphans. Sara trusted in Christ as her Savior at age 15. Later she married Simon, and they serve God together.
Last year, Sara heard that one of the commanders who was responsible for the death of her parents was on trial for another crime. Sara went to meet the guerrilla. She told him, “I forgive you for killing my mother; for killing my father. You have hurt me a lot, but now I go and talk to the people, preaching.
Simon has also boldly spoken the truth to guerrillas. He had led at least one FARC member to Christ. The guerrilla used to be a body guard for a cruel, violent FARC commander. The former bodyguard now attends a church prayer group, having given his heart and life to Jesus.
(Source: The March 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)
To Think About
Why did Sara go talk to the guerrilla? Couldn’t she have forgiven him in her heart without speaking to him? Why was it important for him to hear her testimony?
Published on March 9th, 2015
Red zones: Red zones are areas in Colombia that are ruled by violent groups who want to control everything that happens in their area.
Guerrillas: Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they aren’t part of a regular army. One guerrilla group is “FARC” (rhymes with “dark”).
Simon and Sara live with their five children in a red zone in Colombia. They are Christians who moved to the jungle area to try to share the gospel with people there.
It’s not easy preaching in the red zones. FARC has let Simon and Sara know that they are not welcome to have a church there. “They want to kill us,” said Simon.
One day a FARC soldier came to Simon and Sara’s house. He kicked in the door and demanded, “Bring the pastor!”
But Simon was not at home. Simon’s 8-year-old son boldly said to the guerrilla, “Are you here to kill my father? If you are, we won’t be friends anymore.”
The FARC soldier laughed and patted the boy on the head, “Your father will not die today,” he said. He asked the boy to pray for him, then he disappeared back into the jungle.
(Source: The March 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)
To Think About
Some guerrillas are tired of violence and breaking the law. Do you think the guerrilla who came to Simon and Sara’s house might be one of them? Pray for Simon and Sara’s family, for the guerrilla who came to their house, and for all the FARC guerrillas to know Jesus and give up their violent ways.