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Walking with God Among Muslims

North African man reading a Bible

Aaron is an American Christian worker who talks about the love of Jesus with Muslims in North Africa. Recently he told VOM workers about giving his life to Christ as a child, and about living among Muslims. Read what he said below.

It started when I was a little kid, and my brother was being disciplined by our parents. They were in his room for a long time. I wondered, “What’s going on in there?” My parents were sharing the gospel with him, and I peeked through the door. They said, “Come on in.”

I didn’t understand much at that time, but I understood that God gave His life for me. That impacted me profoundly. I thought, “If God loves me that much, then I want to give all my life for Him.”

From a very young age, I made it a habit in my life whenever God invited me into something to just open the doors of my heart and say, “God, You have all of me, no matter what, and I trust You.” I am super-grateful for The Voice of the Martyrs and the church I grew up in. It was a very persecution-aware church, demonstrating that there is nothing in this life more important than walking with and agreeing with Jesus.

North Africa and Muslims
I would say that probably the majority of Muslims have never had a real friendship with a genuine Christian. The wonderful thing about my friends in North Africa is that they like to talk about spiritual things. You can get in a taxi and very easily have spiritual conversations with them, for example.

But I have definitely been in situations where [Muslims] are trying to make me change my mind [about being a Christian]. Often people will pull out a cigarette lighter and say, “Stick your finger in the fire. The fires of hell are bitter; they are not where you want to go.” I try to communicate with them that I am so grateful that [as a Christian] I don’t have to operate from fear, but from great joy that God has made a way for me to bring joy to His heart and to agree with His dreams for the world.

If I am connected to the vine [see John 15:5], then the life of God can flow through me even if I am with people who are very aggressive and in my face.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

To Talk About
*Why did Aaron want to give his life to God?
*What did Aaron mean when he said, “I don’t have to operate from fear”?
*Read John 15:5. Can you explain in your own words what the verse means?


Suffering Means Blessing

“The suffering of Christians means blessing will result,” a recent visitor to The Voice of the Martyrs told VOM workers. The visitor is from a country where Christians are persecuted. In his struggles, he gets strength from recalling the life of Adoniram Judson, a missionary to Burma in the 1800s.

Judson faced tough challenges and grief in his missionary work. For six long years after he arrived in Burma, no Burmese people came to Christ. But he continued sharing the good news of Jesus with the Burmese people. And he saw the church in Burma grow from zero members to 7,000 members by the time he died.

Edward Judson, Adoniram’s son, later said, “Suffering and success go together. If you are succeeding without suffering, it is because others before you have suffered; if you are suffering without succeeding, it is that others after you may succeed.”

To Talk About
*Can you think of examples of Christians who accomplished great things for God? Did anyone before them suffer so that they could succeed?
*Who suffered so that you could be saved?
*Did anyone suffer so you could read a Bible in English today? Check here to find out.

Read more about Adoniram Judson in the book Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma, available at VOMBooks.com.


Prison Ministry — From the Inside

Pastor Wurmbrand

When Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania in the mid-1900s, he and other church members shared the love of Jesus with anyone who would listen, and even with many who did not want to listen!

A Christian woman in the church began to visit a women’s prison to share the gospel and to give gifts to the women. Pastor Wurmbrand took great interest in the woman’s work. He encouraged everyone to pray that God would provide them with more ways to talk to prisoners. He hoped that God would let him visit prisoners in the men’s prisons.

Later, Pastor Wurmbrand spent a total of 14 years in prison after Romania was taken over by Communists who did not allow pastors to freely preach the gospel. He was a blessing to many prisoners during his time in prison. His prayers were answered, but maybe not in a way he expected when he prayed!

To Talk About
*What did Pastor Wurmbrand and his congregation pray for?
*How were his prayers answered?
*Can you think of another time when someone’s prayers were answered in an unexpected way?

 


The Torchlighters: The Richard Wurmbrand Story

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand saw an opportunity when the Communists came to his homeland of Romania. He wanted to show them the love of Christ. But preaching the word of God and refusing to bow down to Communist leaders gave him a one-way ticket to prison. Watch the video clip to see what happened when his son visited him in prison.

The complete DVD of The Torchlighters: The Richard Wurmbrand Story is available at www.vombooks.com.

To find free downloadable materials for children about Richard Wurmbrand, click here.

Student and leader guides for The Torchlighters The Richard Wurmbrand Story DVD are also available in the Downloads section of this site.


How Pastor Richard Wurmbrand Got in Trouble — Again

Pastor Wurmbrand and his wife, Sabina, sat in a concert hall filled with pastors, priests, and bishops. One by one, they stood up and praised not God, but a government leader who hated the church. Sabina leaned over and whispered, “Richard, so many pastors are afraid to stand up for God.”

“If I take a stand, I may be arrested,” said Richard. “This is not the time to be afraid,” replied Sabina.

Richard stood up and walked to the stage. “How can we obey a government that closes our churches and won’t let us own a Bible? We must defend our God!”

The crowd stood up. Some shook their fists and yelled at Richard. Others cheered his courage to stand up for Christ. Richard knew that the police could arrest him any day.

The excerpt above is from God’s Prisoner: The Story of Richard Wurmbrand available at VOM Books.

Pastor Wurmbrand was arrested, and he spent a total of 14 years in Romanian prisons before he and his family left the country. He started The Voice of the Martyrs 50 years ago in 1967. He wanted VOM to help the families of persecuted Christians, because he and his family had been persecuted for standing up for Christ. The story above tells about just one of the many times he and Sabina refused to dishonor God.


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