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 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.
Published on August 28th, 2015
Sergio Cariello is a Christian comic book artist who has drawn Batman, Spiderman, the Lone Ranger, and other characters. He attended a school to help him improve his drawing skills, and he has also attended schools where he studied the Bible. Recently The Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton interviewed him on VOMRadio.net.
Read parts of the interview below. (Edited and paraphrased from the original interview for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)
Todd: You knew that you wanted to draw comic books when you were 5 years old.
Sergio: I grew up in Brazil, and we had comics like kids in America did. As soon as we could hold a pencil in our hands, my brother and I were drawing every day. I remember telling my parents, “When I grow up, I want to be a cartoonist. I want to draw comic books.”
Todd: Sergio Cariello is the artist behind the The Action Bible. VOM is working on The Action Bible project with the publisher. The publisher and VOM are working together to translate and distribute The Action Bible into hostile and restricted nations all over the world.
Sergio: I have dealt with Jesus from a very young age, not only drawing Him, but talking to Him and reading about Him. At times I have to stop drawing and talk to God, and even while I’m drawing. I stop and say, “Lord, fill me now. Lord, thank You. Touch my heart; I need that.”
Todd: You have said, “My Jesus is not a wimp.” Tell us about that.
Sergio: Jesus was a carpenter. Have you ever seen a carpenter’s hands? They are not weak. Have you seen the legs of people who walk miles and miles on foot? They have strong legs. Jesus didn’t have a subway system or a horse to travel.
Todd: What are some stories you have heard about how people around the world are reacting to The Action Bible?
Sergio: I hear stories such as the Indian kid who hid the book under his bed. When he finally decided to show it to his Muslim father, the father got saved by reading the book. When he looked at the picture of Jesus, he asked his son, “Where did you get this? I have been dreaming of this man. I have seen Him in my dreams.” The father witnessed to his neighbor, and the neighbors got saved. They started a church among Muslims in India.
It is my privilege to be alive and to see this happening as I live. And I praise God for everything He is doing for me and through me.
Published on August 27th, 2015
A previous post told about Esther, a girl who was injured when her bus was bombed by radical Muslims.
Today, more than 15 years after her bus was bombed, Esther is a teacher at a nursing college and a youth leader at her church. Radical Muslims still blow up buses in the Philippines. Esther remembers the bombing any time she travels on a bus. She is startled when she hears noises, like the sound of a mango falling on a roof. When she smells smoke, it reminds her of the bus exploding.
Recently Esther’s parents were traveling in their vehicle through a town in Mindanao when they heard a loud noise. A bomb had exploded, and it killed a person on a motorcycle in front of them, and another motorcyclist behind them. Many others were injured, but by God’s grace, Esther’s parents were spared.
It’s not easy living in a place where bombs can explode at any time. Esther trusts God and remembers His mercy toward her. She believes that the Lord will help her find peace.
(Source: VOM Australia)
Esther tells her story in the video clip below.
Published on August 26th, 2015
Two previous posts told about Brother K, a Christian in Asia. Village leaders and other villagers threatened him many times because of his faith in God. They even threatened to cut off his water and electricity if he didn’t stop his Christian activities.
Since January, Brother K has led more than 20 people to Christ. And the authorities have carried out their threat. They cut off the water and electricity to his house.
“He has a burden in his heart for his people to know Jesus,” said a VOM contact who has met Brother K.
- Talk about all the ways you and your family use water and electricity at your house in one day.
- Brother K has a strong desire for his people to come to Christ. Who would you like to see trust in Jesus as their Savior? Will you pray for them today?