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Ramadan 2021

[Photo: Muslims praying at a mosque]

Throughout the month of Ramadan on the Muslim calendar, Muslim youth and adults all over the world fast between sunrise and sunset. This year, Ramadan will begin on April 12th and will end on May 12th. (Dates may vary.)

*Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan? Celebrating Ramadan is one of the “Five Pillars” Muslims believe they must do to be good Muslims. They believe they will go to paradise when they die if they do more good deeds than bad. Christians know that no humans are righteous enough to save themselves through good works.
To do. Read Romans 3:22-25 and Ephesians 2:8-9. Find out more about Muslim beliefs on the chart “Comparing Basic Beliefs in Christianity and Islam” in the Beliefs section of this site.

*Keeping Ramadan traditions can be difficult. Older kids, especially those who play sports, may have difficulty not eating or drinking during daylight hours. They may not be able to concentrate in school. Besides fasting, some Muslims try to read then entire Quran (the Muslim holy book) and give to charity. But other Muslims mainly enjoy having special meals, exchanging gifts, watching TV programs and ads created just for Ramadan, and spending more time on social media.

Normally Muslims gather with friends and relatives before sunrise and after sunset, and they may attend prayers at their mosque more often. This year, coronavirus restrictions may make keeping Ramadan traditions even more difficult, preventing them from celebrating in groups. Some will watch mosque activities online.

Pray that Muslims will encounter Christian truths on social media and TV.


This Week: A Hero’s Birthday

William Booth, born April 10, 1829, faced rowdy crowds, physical attacks, and cranky drunks when he took the gospel to the poor people on the streets of London.

William had learned something about poverty while he was growing up. He had to quit school and go to work at age 13 to help support his family. His wife, Catherine, did not have an easy childhood, either. A spinal condition kept her in bed for months at a time. But she was able to read the entire Bible eight times before she was 12!

Together they reached many poor and struggling people for Christ. Through their work and their willingness to endure obstacles, God changed lives forever.

Their story is told in the Torchlighters DVD, The William Booth Story, produced by Christian History Institute and The Voice of the Martyrs. (See the trailer above.) Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here. Free student and leader guides for the story are available in the Downloads section of this site.


The Police Captain’s Cap

A Bible Smuggling Story
(Source: The April 2021 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)

An aging man boarded a bus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with a long journey ahead of him — possibly a 12-hour ride. In his hands, he clutched a box of about 30 Bibles that he was taking to tribal Christians in the highlands. As he looked for a seat on the crowded bus, he pondered how he would get through the many checkpoints along the way without his precious goods being discovered.

After finding an empty seat along the aisle, he sat down and placed the box of Bibles on the floor against his leg. A police captain who had followed him onto the bus then took the seat across the aisle from him, casually removed his hat and placed it on the man’s box.

As the bus coughed and sputtered its way down the road, the man occasionally glanced down at his precious cargo, wondering if he would succeed in delivering it to his destination. All too soon, they reached a checkpoint. Police officers boarded the bus to check a few ID cards, but they were especially focused on any boxes the passengers had with them.

The man’s heart skipped a beat as the officers advanced down the aisle. Soon, they were standing by his box of Bibles, and he expected the worst. But when they looked at the box and saw the police captain’s cap resting on it, they continued down the aisle to the next passenger. Eventually, the man reached his destination and safely delivered God’s Word to awaiting believers in the highlands.

Miracles occur in different and sometimes simple ways. God’s hand was at work protecting His precious Word. When we think about it, miracles happen often. In the rush and bustle of life, let us not fail to recognize God’s hand, lest we miss the blessing.


Iranian Teacher Comes to Christ

Iran
Iranians reading a Bible

A school teacher in Iran was a strong Muslim. One of the teacher’s 15-year-old Christian students was praying for her salvation.

The teacher found herself thinking about God. She prayed, “God, I want to be closer to you. What do I need to do?” Then she had a dream. She dreamed she saw a big rock. A voice in her dream said, “Go there to pray.”

The teacher’s Christian student had an idea. He wrapped up a Bible and a Christian DVD, and gave it to the teacher as a gift. She read the Bible, and decided to follow Christ!

When Muslims in Iran become Christians, their families sometimes treat them harshly. What would she tell her husband?

To her surprise, when her husband found out she was a Christian, he said, “I have always loved Christ. But since you were so religious, I did not dare talk about my feelings.”

“Now she teaches Christian values in her classes,” said the Christian student. “She teaches how we need to do good to those who do us harm, and how to love those who hate us. She shares Christ with students who are ready to hear.”

To Discuss

In what ways did the student help the teacher come to the truth about Christ? In what ways can you help people come to Christ? Christian workers in Muslim lands say that many Muslims are coming to Christ after having dreams. What do you think the rock in the teacher’s dreams meant to her? (Read Psalm 18:2.)


The Six-Year-Old Evangelist

Iran

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)

In Tehran, Iran, a 6-year-old boy watched a Christian television program about Jesus. The Muslim government does not allow Christian TV programs to be produced in Iran. But they cannot control what is broadcast into Iran from other countries by satellite.

As the boy listened to the followers of Jesus on his TV, he sang along with them and prayed when they prayed. One morning before school, he said to his mother, “I want to tell my teacher about Jesus. What can I do?”

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