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 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.)
Published on September 2nd, 2015
Morris, a boy in Sudan, went a Muslim school for six years. He and the other students were forced to recite verses from the Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.) The teachers beat the students if they didn’t recite the verses correctly.
[Learn more about the Quran.]
One day, some Christian friends invited Morris to church. He heard a message about salvation, and he liked it. And he noticed a peace among the Christians that he hadn’t seen among Muslims. He was inspired to follow Jesus.
Trouble at School
The teachers at his Muslim school heard that Morris had decided to become a Christian. They started giving him a hard time.
Then Muslim students stopped being friends with Morris. In fact, they hated him. But he still loved them. And he believed that God wanted him to bring some of them to Jesus.
Even as a boy, Morris learned to love his enemies. Later, his love helped him bring some of his enemies to Christ.
Read about Morris going to jail in the next post.
Published on September 1st, 2015
Pastor Suta knew that the Bible says, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). The pastor wanted the Hindus who lived near his village in India to know about Jesus. Pastor Suta had grown up in a Hindu family, and he understood how much Hindus need Christ.
So the pastor continued to share the love of Jesus with the Hindus, even though they threatened to hurt him. You can read the story of what happened to Pastor Suta in an earlier post.
As the story reveals, Pastor Suta brought one of his enemies to Christ! See the photo for this post of Pastor Suta (on the right) and his former enemy Raji.
(Suta’s face is covered to protect his identity. Read more about how VOM decides whose faces to cover in this post.)
All over the world, Christians offer the hope of Jesus to people who may persecute them for their faith. Jesus told His disciples that this would happen. (See John 15:20.)
Now Raji knows that he, too, may be persecuted. He believes the risk is worth it. “I am happy in the presence of the Lord,” he said.
(Source: The September 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited and adapted from the original. To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed.)
Published on August 31st, 2015
The Voice of the Martyrs has learned about two boys and a girl lived with their father in a Muslim country. Their mother had died of an illness.
The children’s father gave his life to Jesus and left Islam (the religion of Muslims). He began attending church, but after a time, the church members asked him to leave. They were afraid of the man’s relatives, who were angry that he had become a Christian.
The man then attended another church. But sadly, his Muslim relatives caught him and killed him. Now his three children are orphans.
The pastor of the church began to care for his children. Their Muslim relatives continue to try to force them to become Muslims. The children are young adults now. Please ask God to protect them.