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No More Hate

Muslim youth in Indonesia
Muslim youth in Indonesia

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following testimony from a man in Indonesia.

My name is Kusno. I had been taught to hate Christians since I was a child. When I grew up and had sons, I sent them to a Muslim school.

One day something happened in our village. The villagers destroyed a house, and the family that lived in the house fled to another town. They were forbidden to come back because they had become Christians. I agreed with this decision.

Son Becomes a Christian

Later we moved to a different town. We lived near my wife’s brother, Didi. He and his family are followers of Jesus. I warned my sons not to make friends with their family. I watched my sons carefully when they talked to them.

But my older son, Heri, became close to Didi’s family. When Heri was 17, he became a Christian and was baptized. I was mad at myself for being so careless to let that happen. I had spent a lot of money for him to go to a Muslim school.

I noticed that Heri had changed. He became obedient, stopped rebelling, and talked less. I wondered what had happened to him.

New Thoughts About Christians

One day there was a free medical clinic in our village. I went there to check my health. I was surprised that the event was held by Christians. I had heard about the pastor from my son, and I wanted to meet him. I hated him before we finally met. After we talked, I started to think about Christians who care about others and help us.

My second boy, Edi, is 10 years old. He came home one day with a school bag and some snacks. I smelled the snacks. “This smells like Christian food,” I said. I rebuked him for accepting it. There was still hatred in my mind.

He Lived Among Us

That night I looked through Edi’s school bag and found some books. I read the book He Lived Among Us. It was midnight before I finished it completely. The next day, I read it again. It told how Jesus sacrificed himself. Many of his teachings were about love, and he did many miracles. It was the opposite of what my Muslim teachers had told me.

Didi’s family members have peace and love others, just like what I read from He Lived Among Us. Because of this book, I made the decision to follow Jesus. His teaching is so good and gives us hope. I’m looking forward to getting baptized. I’m eager to join the big family of the heavenly kingdom.

Source: VOM contacts, edited from the original source for clarity

Note: The Voice of the Martyrs distributes children’s Bible storybooks, called He Lived Among Us in many restricted nations.


Angry Woman from Iran

Young Woman in Iran
Young Woman in Iran

Farideh was angry. At her home in Iran, she found a Christian program on TV and listened to what the announcer said about Jesus. But she didn’t like it, and she didn’t believe it. Most people in Iran are Muslims who do not believe that Jesus can save us from sin.

She called the TV station and left an angry seven-minute message. “What are you people doing?” she said. “You are all evil!” At the end of her long message, she slammed down the phone.

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Youth Persecuted in Tanzania and Pakistan

Reading the Quran
Reading the Quran

Eva, a 17-year-old girl in Tanzania, was recently sent to prison for two years. Muslims in her family and town were angry because Eva had left Islam, the religion of Muslims, three years ago. When she refused to return to Islam, Muslims reported that she had damaged a Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.)

Muslims handle copies of the Quran with great care because they believe it is the word of Allah, who they worship. Even if they do not read or understand the Quran, they keep it in a safe place and never on the floor. In some Muslim areas, radical Muslims get very angry if they think someone has handled a Quran roughly.

Christians in Pakistan can also go to jail for “blasphemy” if they damage a Quran. Blasphemy means a word or deed used to dishonor something holy.

Last week, a girl in Pakistan was accused of burning pages of a Quran. A large, angry mob gathered in her town to protest against her. She was taken to a police station.

Some reports say the girl may have been collecting trash to burn for fuel. Some Muslims believe that the trash included pages from a Quran. Christians in the area are afraid that their homes may now be attacked by the radical Muslims.

Pray for Eva, for the Pakistani girl, and for Christians in Tanzania and Pakistan.

ReadComparing the Bible and the Quran” in the Beliefs section of this site to learn more about the Quran.


Laos Orphans Update

Laos

The Voice of the Martyrs received a report in November 2011 about orphans in Laos who trusted in Christ as their Savior. The director of the orphanage warned them not to attend church, but none of the orphans denied Jesus.

An update on the orphans was posted in March. All the orphans continued to attend church.

A new update from VOM contacts in Asia said the following:

“The boys are still in school and they are still attending church and pursuing their Christian faith. The school officials are threatening them, but nothing has come of it. It appears that the officials are maintaining their opposition but don’t intend to take action. If something happens to change that, we should hear about it quickly.”

Thanks to readers who continue to pray for these orphans.


Tribal Christians Stay Faithful to Jesus

Watch this video to learn the stories of Christians in Vietnam who are persecuted for their Christian activities.