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Gabrael Finds New Hope

(Source: VOM Australia)

Gabrael was born into a Muslim family in Malaysia. Sadly, his mother left the family when Gabrael was a baby. His father has three wives. (Islam, the religion of Muslims, teaches that men can be married to several women at the same time. Learn more here.)

After hearing the gospel, Gabrael trusted in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He agreed to be baptized. Then he called his father and told him he was no longer going to follow Islam. His father was angry and began yelling at Gabrael on the phone. Gabrael was startled and hurt. But he still wanted to be baptized.

On the day of his baptism, Gabrael was excited. A VOM worker said, “There was so much joy in his face and his eyes sparkled. He gave the biggest ‘yes’ when he publicly confirmed that he wanted to be baptized.”

Gabrael decided to attend a Bible study with other former Muslims. He hopes to become a pastor someday and to reconnect with his father.


Kicked Out of the House

Peng and Sa are friends. They live in Laos, where many people are spirit worshipers. But Peng is a Christian. She explained her faith in Christ to Sa, and after several conversations, Sa accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

When Sa’s parents learned that she was following Christ and attending church, they yelled at her. Sa remained firm in her faith, so then her parents took all her clothes and threw them outside! “Go live with the Christians,” they told her.

Now Sa is staying with Peng and her mother, who is a widow. Pray that Sa will continue to grow in her faith, and pray that God will bless Peng and her mother for their faithfulness and hospitality. Pray also that Sa’s parents would hear the gospel and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior just as their daughter did.

[Source: icommittopray.com; Photo: Sa]


Ask a VOM Worker: Thoroughly Equipped for Every Good Work

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2 Timothy 3:26–17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

A VOM volunteer asked a VOM worker the following question. The worker has traveled to 27 countries in service to the Lord.

Question: Were there things that you learned as a child that helped prepare you for your work now?

Answer: No. I can’t see that there was anything that prepared me for this. I had a very humble upbringing. I wasn’t a believer as a kid. I didn’t come to Christ until I was 18.

I know people might want me to say God did this which prepared me for that. For me it’s more encouragement to see that God did nothing early on to prepare me. But when He called and I followed, He equipped me as I went. If God calls you and you act in obedience, He equips you with whatever you need to do whatever He’s called you to do.

Sometimes it’s great when you can see signposts in the past. But it’s even more encouraging for me to talk to those people who say they have no qualifications for missions work. To them I say, “Well, good. Go for it. You’re the perfect candidate for missions work.”


The Jungle Bible

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Rolo is a Christian in Colombia. He used to belong to a guerrilla group that committed violent acts against the government and others. (Guerrillas are people who carry out acts of war, even though they are not part of a regular army.)

Happily, Rolo became a Christian and left the guerrillas. He wanted to share the Good News of Jesus with people who were still trapped in unbiblical beliefs. So he returned many times to take Bibles to people in war zones of Colombia.

The work was dangerous, and Rolo had other problems getting Bibles up rivers to reach jungle areas. “The Bibles got wet,” he said. “They are also damaged by rough conditions and mud in the jungle.”

A Christian from Brazil showed Rolo a special Bible printed on a type of plastic that feels almost like paper. “When we put the Bible in the sink and turned the water on, Rolo’s face fell. He thought we had ruined it,” said a VOM worker. “Then we held it up dripping wet, with water beading off the plastic paper. Rolo was delighted.”

Rolo has distributed jungle Bibles in Spanish where they are needed.


Healed and Rejoicing

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity)

In 2020, COVID-19 hit Iran hard. Then millions of locusts invaded the land, and an earthquake hit Tehran, the capital city.

Recently, Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio interviewed Brother Ali, a Christian who shares the Good News of Jesus in Iran, even in hard times. “What is the attitude of the Iranians?” Todd asked Ali. “Do they feel like it’s one thing after another, after another, after another?”

Ali replied, “The average person on the street feels like they are cursed.” Most Iranians are Muslim, and the government tries to keep Christians from sharing their faith with non-Christians. But more and more Iranians are finding hope in following Christ, and no longer feel “cursed.”

“We Are Out of Here”
Ali told Todd the story of two Iranians who did not know Jesus. Both had a serious case of COVID-19, but they were in different hospitals.

“They were feeling really bad,” Ali said. “The crazy part of this story is, both of them received the same dream. Both of them saw Jesus, and Jesus came and gave them living water. He said to them, ‘Get up, you are healed.’

“They both came to my house, just hours apart. They were completely healed of COVID, like, no signs of COVID. They went and got a test the next day, and they were negative.

“Their families had already come to Christ, so everyone was happy and singing and dancing. Iran has a lot of people dying because we have no medicine for COVID, and we can’t even get vitamins. So they were very happy [that the men were alive].

“The men left the next day and started going to smaller towns and villages and serving [the Lord]. They were like, ‘We are fine, we got healed, we are out of here.

“Pray that in the chaos [in Iran], the Lord will move.”