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 September 9th, 2015
Learning About Jesus
Like many people in North Korea, Julie and her parents were often hungry. They moved from place to place searching for food.
Sometimes Julie’s parents traveled to China to look for ways to make money or to get food. During one of these trips, Julie’s mother learned about Jesus! And her father gave his life to Jesus a year later while he was in China. When he got back home, the family began to worship God secretly. They prayed before going to bed at night and when they got up at dawn.
Soon, Julie’s parents decided to send her to China to learn more about the Bible from Chinese Christians. While there, Julie gave her life to Christ.
Published on September 8th, 2015
Tabitha, her sisters, and her parents were Muslims in a mostly-Muslim country. Someone gave Tabitha’s father, Samuel, a Bible. But Samuel put it on a shelf and forgot about it. Many years later, he read the Bible and understood what it said. He decided to follow Christ.
Samuel began praying for his wife and daughters. After a while, they also became Christians.
Muslims in many places, especially children, do not always have the opportunity to learn true Bible stories. They have some false ideas about Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, but they don’t believe He died on a cross. They don’t believe He is the Son of God, or that He came to seek and to save the lost from sin.
After Tabitha trusted in Jesus as her Savior, she wanted to share Bible stories with Muslim children. She looked for creative ways to reach the children. Tabitha began sharing stories with children whose parents sent them to Christian parties, plays, and programs.
At one party, three children were wrapped in toilet paper from head to toe! The children represented Lazarus, whose story is told in John 11. Other children sang a happy song about Lazarus’s resurrection. Then they unwrapped the three “Lazaruses” and set them free.
Pray for Christians in Muslim countries who want to spread the Good News of Jesus among their Muslim neighbors. Ask God to guide you to ways to explain His word to others.
(Source: Kids of Courage archives. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)
Published on September 7th, 2015
Previous posts told about Christians in Sudan.
“Tukels” [TOO-kuhlz], like the one in the photo, are huts with cone-shaped roofs. Many Sudanese families live in tukels.
The roofs are made of neatly layered stalks of grass or grain. Sometimes, the roofs reach almost to the ground.
To make a tukel roof, trace around a saucer or small plate on thick paper or cardstock. Cut out the circle. Then cut one slit from the edge of the circle to the center. Slide one edge of the slit under the other and tape or staple the edges together to form a cone. Draw or glue grass or thin sticks on the roof.
To make walls, staple together the ends of a cardboard strip to form a circular shape smaller than the large end of the roof. Cut out a door. Put the roof on top of the walls.
Published on September 4th, 2015
Sometimes the bombs hit churches. In one church that was destroyed, the explosion damaged the pulpit. The congregation fled to the mountains. They took the pulpit with them to remind them that Christ’s church can never be destroyed.
The video below tells more about the VOM workers’ trip to Sudan and about the Christians there. One of the Sudanese Christians in the video carries a gun “because there is always a threat of attack,” the VOM worker said.
As you watch the video, look for answers to the following questions.
- What kind of animal is the child milking at the first of the video?
- How long did it take the people to hike up the mountains?
- The Sudanese houses seen in the video are called “tukels.” What shape are their roofs?
- Where do the Christians stay at night for safety?
Published on September 3rd, 2015
Read the previous post about Morris, a boy in Sudan who made enemies when he left Islam to become a Christian. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)
Morris is now a pastor in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. Reports say that the government of Sudan has dropped more than 3,700 bombs on the Nuba region since April 2012.
One morning after an attack, Pastor Morris packed some soap, food, shoes, and clothes. He was going to jail. But he had not done anything wrong.
He planned to visit Muslim prisoners of war. The Muslims had been caught after they attacked Pastor Morris’s friends and neighbors. They were the enemy.
Pastor Morris’s son did not understand his father’s actions. “Are not these the people who are bombing us from airplanes and killing our people?” his son asked him as he packed. “Why are you taking them food to help them survive when they are killing us?”
Pastor Morris answered, “My son, this is because Jesus says we have to love our enemies.”
The hearts of some of the Muslim prisoners are starting to change. The prisoners ask Pastor Morris, “Pastor, could you come again and share what you are sharing with us? We have never heard about these things before.” Pastor Morris is willing to help them find the truth, because he learned to love his enemies as a youth.
Pray for Pastor Morris and the Muslims he meets. Pray that his son will also understand Jesus’ command to “love your enemies.”
(Source: The September 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited and adapted from the original.)