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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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Encouragement on an MP3

MP3

In a Muslim country in Central Asia, Muslim relatives, neighbors, and officials make it difficult for Christians to gather for worship. The Voice of the Martyrs provides MP3 players that contain the Bible and Christian music.

“The players help them to grow in faith [while] listening to God’s Word and encouraging themselves with Christian songs,” said a Christian in the region.

To Think About: If you had no contact with other Christians, what Bible verses and stories would you like to have on an MP3 player? What Christian songs would you listen to?


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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Valentine’s Day Rules

Leaders in some Muslim countries do not like their citizens to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Officials in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Iran try to discourage people from following Valentine’s Day customs.

Here are some of the reasons given by strict Muslim leaders for not allowing the customs.

  • Muslims say that Valentine’s Day is an invented celebration, not found in Muslim law.
  • Christians celebrate Valentine’s Day, so Muslims should not.
  • Some Muslim officials say that Valentine’s Day causes youth to keep their minds on foolish things.
  • ”It promotes love,” complain some Muslim leaders.

But many youth in Muslim countries celebrate Valentine’s Day anyway. Very strict Muslims often have many rules that are difficult to follow. They believe that following the rules might help them earn their way to heaven.

“At age 16, I no longer wanted to be a Muslim,” said a youth in Malaysia. “There were too many rules.”

Some Muslims who are weary of all the rules are seeking truth outside of Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Pray they will find Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. (See John 14:6.)

Read the post Learn About Valentine to learn more about the history and legends that inspired Valentine’s Day.


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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