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 14th, 2015
- Most of the people in Pakistan are Muslims. It’s not always easy or safe for Christians to share their faith with others.
- Many Pakistani Christians are poor and cannot afford to buy Bibles for themselves or their children.
- The Voice of the Martyrs distributes Bibles in Pakistan, particularly to children.
The previous post told about one child who learned more about Jesus from a gospel booklet, even though she could not read. The story below tells about another child who learned that he can have hope in Jesus.
My name is Adeel. One day I was playing with my friend. Usually I did not go out to play because I was full of fear of terrorists.
After we finished our cricket match, my friend gave me a book. (Cricket is a game somewhat like baseball.) I asked my friend, “Why are you giving me a book?”
He said, “This is a beautiful book.” He asked me to read the book before going to bed that night. I didn’t read it that day, but one day I read a page, and the picture on the page made me worried. [The page showed wicked people attacking a house and people who lived in fear with no hope. The book goes on to tell about God sending His Son to save people and to give them hope.]
But I found hope in the book because the Lord gave His Son Jesus so nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus. Now I am living a hopeful life.
To Talk About
- Terrorists use threats of violence to try to force others to do what they want. Read more about terrorists’ beliefs here. How did Adeel learn not to fear terrorists so much?
- How can you encourage someone who is fearful?
Published on May 13th, 2015
My name is Lubna, and I am 12 years old. I belong to a very poor family of five children. Our father has died, and our mother works in a leather factory.
I never went to church or Sunday school, and I never prayed because I believed that God doesn’t love and care for us. He made us so poor that even our friends and relatives don’t want to meet with us. I often became very upset and wondered why we were so poor that nobody cares for us, and no one helps us.
One day with my friend I went to a program in our area, and I received a book called The Story of Jesus.” I have never attended school, and I can’t read and write. I can only look at the pictures, and in that book, on one page, there was a man walking on the water with another man. [See the story in Matthew 14:23–33.]
My friend told me that Jesus is walking on the water. He has power to do that, which means he has power to bring us out of difficulties. He loves, cares for, and always helps everyone if we spend time with Him and become His friend.
I asked my friend how can I become Jesus’ friend. She told me how to pray, go to church, and attend Sunday school like she is doing. I have started going to Sunday school, and I also pray regularly. I tell stories which I learn from Sunday school to my family as well.
I feel our family problems are solving slowly. I believe this is happening due to having the amazing book about Jesus, and coming to know Jesus and receiving His blessings.
To Talk About
Lubna asked her friend how to become Jesus’ friend. If someone asked you how to become a friend of Jesus, how would you answer their question?
Published on May 12th, 2015
The previous post included a testimony from Shiza, a girl in Pakistan who received a booklet about Jesus. Read below about a boy whose friend shared a booklet with him.
[A testimony is a statement of what you have seen or heard. A Christian testimony tells what you know about Jesus, and may include how you came to believe in Him and how He has changed your life.]
My name is Rizwan, and I am 11 years old. Last month one of my friends gave me The Story of Jesus book. I was very excited for having such a colorful book. I read the whole book in one day.
I always thought that God only loves good people and never likes and loves bad people and sinners. But the most important thing, which changed my thinking after reading the book, is that He loves everyone. I was very naughty and used to tease others, and I never helped others. Many times I didn’t obey my parents. I believed that God doesn’t love me.
After reading the book, I came to know that God loves everyone. He sent His Son to earth to give His life on the cross to save every human, whether good, bad, or sinner. I also read that whoever believes in Jesus and accepts Him as his personal Savior, He will forgive that person his sins.
I became so happy that God also loves me even though I am not a good boy. After a few days, I prayed wholeheartedly to God that I will not do bad things, and I asked Him to forgive my sins.
Thanks to my friend who shared this book with me.
To Think About
- Does God love children who misbehave?
- What is your attitude toward those who misbehave in your class, group, or family?
- What did Rizwan’s friend do that helped him?
- Do you pray for people who are not behaving well? Ask a mature adult to help you know if there are other ways you can help those who misbehave, and pray with the adult for guidance.
Published on May 11th, 2015
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?
Published on May 8th, 2015
Cheng Jie is a Christian in China. She and her husband, Hualin, have two sons who are less than 5 years old.
But Cheng Jie was sent to prison and could no longer help Hualin care for their children. “I don’t know how to take care of kids,” said Hualin. “When they ask me things, I don’t know how to answer. The kids need mom. I cannot help.”
Cheng Jie was the director of a Christian school that is part of their church. Hualin is a youth pastor. The government complained about the books and materials Cheng Jie’s school used to teach kindergarteners. And they put her in prison.
“As a full-time pastor, I have prepared myself to be in jail,” Hualin said. “Unfortunately it is not me; it is my wife in jail. The younger son is only 2 years old, so he really doesn’t know much about mom. The older one always asks for mom. Every day he prays that mom will come home soon.
“I wish for my wife to come back home so our family can be reunited. Pray for her, to keep her strong faith in God. And also pray that she can share the gospel in jail. Her lawyer said she is sharing the gospel in jail.”
(Source: Report from VOM contacts; edited and paraphrased.)