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Hamid was a Muslim living in a Muslim country. Not many of the people in the country were Christians, and most of the Christians were workers who came from other countries. The law of the land said the Christians could not share their faith with Muslims. They were allowed to attend churches for Christians from other countries, but the churches had to be approved by the government.

But one worker from another country dared to follow God’s laws instead of the laws of the country. He led Hamid and several other youth to Christ.

The youth all wanted to know more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. But the Christian worker had no Christian books to share with them. He didn’t even have a computer on which to compose lessons for the youth.

So he wrote lessons about how to follow Jesus by hand on paper. He wanted to make copies of the lessons for all the “students,” but it might have been dangerous to ask a Muslim at a print shop to copy lessons about Jesus. He looked until he found a safe place to copy the lessons.

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A Changed Man

Iran
Young woman in Iran

According to the Quran, Muslim men may have as many as four wives, if they can treat them fairly. However, many Muslim men today marry only one wife.

“Polygamy” means having more than one husband or wife. A Christian who lived and worked among Muslims for many years said that no Muslim polygamist had ever told him that they had peace in their homes. Instead, “they have stated how difficult it is to create a climate of love and trust within the family.” (Source: Phil Parshall in Understanding Muslim Teachings and Traditions)

Even in Muslim families where the husband has one wife, the subject of polygamy can cause disagreements. The husband may talk about it, and the wife may fear he will bring home another wife.

Daniel was a Muslim who grew up in Iran. After a long search for the truth, he came to understand that God loved him and could bring him peace through Jesus. At first he was scared to tell his wife about his new Christian faith.

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Grounded from Church

Pastor Kamal was the pastor of a small church in Nepal. The church was near a camp for Maoist soldiers. Maoists follow communist teachings and they are not always friendly to Christians. They have attacked and threatened churches in Nepal in recent years.

One day, 37 Maoist soldiers arrived at the church. Pastor Kamal’s congregation probably did not know what to expect when their “visitors” showed up.

But these soldiers had an interesting story.

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An Accidental Bible Student

Muslims believe they should pray memorized prayers five times a day at certain times. Pintu, a boy in Bangladesh, followed the Muslim prayer rules. He even inspired other Muslims to pray in the mosque. (A mosque is a building where Muslims worship.)

Pintu believed that Islam, the religion of Muslims, was “the only true religion in the world.” Almost 90 percent of the people in Bangladesh are Muslims, so Pintu had no one to show him another way.

A friend suggested that Pintu write a letter to a certain address. He wrote the letter, then got a letter back that said, “Welcome to our Bible Correspondence Course.” Pintu had accidentally signed up for a Bible class! He was angry. He had been taught that Christians have wrong ideas.

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Learn About Valentine

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. But why? Many buy cards and candied hearts and do not know there was a man named Valentine. Who was the man behind this holiday that has become known for cupid, chocolate, roses, and love notes saying, “Be my Valentine?”

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