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Where Do You Draw the Line?

There are Christians on my mom’s side of the family. I’ve got cousins who are Christians. It’s really cool; we exchange thoughts and opinions of our religions. We exchange facts and points. We get to see the other side of religions….They’ve never been to the mosque with me….I’ve been to the church with the Girl Scouts. — Fatima K. American Muslim

Previous posts tell about ways to make friends with Muslims and how to talk to them about your faith. Where should you draw the line in your friendship with Muslims?

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Living Out Your Faith with a Muslim

Bible
Handling the Bible with care

Do you know people who are not followers of Christ? Christians who have witnessed about their faith to Muslims offer the following suggestions.

  • You can go to two extremes. If a Muslim knows you for a year and a half and doesn’t know you are a Christian, that’s one extreme. The other extreme is to pull out your Bible the first time you meet a Muslim and start preaching and insulting their religion. Neither extreme is good. Make friends with Muslims, but let them know from the start that you’re a Christian. Don’t hide or deny who you are. — James, a missionary among Muslims
  • Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want a Muslim to do to you — criticize them, trash their faith, etc. — Shafi, a former Muslim living in the U.S.
  • Be yourself with your Muslim friends. Do things with them that are natural for you. — Edward J. Hoskins, author
  • If you invite Muslims to an event where food will be served, do not serve pork or ham. — an American Muslim (Muslims do not eat pork or pork products.)
  • Muslims treat copies of the Quran, their holy book, with great respect. They don’t put a Quran on the floor or handle it carelessly. Although most Christians in America do not follow the same restrictions with their Bibles, it is wise to handle a Bible carefully around Muslims. Otherwise they may think you do not respect it. — VOM sources
  • Christians should dress modestly when visiting with Muslims. We are the ones who have to reach out to them and respect their culture. Even though they see American culture all around them, it’s good to let them know that Christians are different and respect their modesty. — American Christian woman who has lived in Muslim countries
  • A question to ask yourself: Am I dressing in a way that brings attention to myself, which will take attention from the Lord? Dress in such a way that you give glory and honor to God and not to Hollywood. What you wear reflects what is in your heart. — U.S. Christian woman with Muslim friends
  • Watch your language, and be a good Christian. Muslims will not be drawn to you if they do not like what they see. A major drawback in our relationships with Muslims is that they are not impressed with us. Children especially need to talk respectfully to their elders. Muslims notice if they do not. Use titles (Mr., Dr., Pastor) when speaking to adults instead of calling them by their first names. — Pastor Wally Magdangal

Kingdom Values

Egypt

Anna, who was mentioned in a previous post, was a student intern at The Voice of the Martyrs. Read below what she said she learned at VOM.

“One of the best things about working at VOM was staff chapel. Each week, chapel was an encouraging time of worship and prayer, as well as a refreshing break from my cubicle! That summer, an Egyptian sister spoke about living in the heart of the Muslim world with “Kingdom mentality.” In her ministry she sought to plant the attitudes and mindset of the Kingdom of God, preparing the way for the Good News. She explained that Muslims must first be won to the mentality of a Christian before they are ready to receive the truth of the Gospel.

“That got me thinking. Could I live among Muslims with a Kingdom mentality? Like this sister from Egypt, could I relate and respond to Muslims in a Christ-like way, clearing a space for the Gospel to take root and grow? God was developing in me a love for the most frequent persecutors of Christians. He was clearly calling me to be a laborer among Muslims.

“After that summer at VOM, I returned to my university deeply changed and motivated to make my life count for the Kingdom. Walking into a packed lecture hall that fall, I took a deep breath and scanned the room.

“One. Just one woman wearing a floral-print headscarf. She was sitting near the back of the hall, and there was an empty seat beside her. There was no mistaking the Spirit’s voice. You are my witness. And there is your seat.

“That was ten years ago. Today, I am privileged to continue ‘taking my seat’ among Muslim women by living and ministering in the Muslim world. Whether from a mat on the floor or atop an ornate sofa, I laugh with my friends, hear their stories, and share Kingdom values little by little.”

(Source: www.persecutionblog.com)

To Think About
How can you share “kingdom values” with people who are not following Jesus?


Cornmeal Mush and a Toy Fast

 

Many Christians in South Sudan are very poor. One of their foods is somewhat like cornmeal mush. If you want to make something like their mush, mix ¾ cup of flour (or cornmeal) with 1 cup of milk. Boil 1 cup of water, and slowly add the flour mixture to it, stirring constantly as you reduce the heat to low.

Continue stirring, and add an additional ½ cup of flour or cornmeal. Stir until smooth and until the thick dough begins to stick together. Cool the dough. Pull off a lump of the dough, make a dent in it with your thumb, and use it to scoop up stews or sauces, then eat it.


Poor South Sudanese children have few toys. Visitors have seen children playing with a ball made from old, rolled-up socks, and a kite made from string and a piece of a trash bag.

For one day, try not playing with any toy or game that was bought at a store. Do not watch TV or use a computer for entertainment. Pray for poor children in South Sudan.


Muslims and America

Shoes

“I used to go to public school from kindergarten to sixth grade. When I was in public school, there were some kids who really bothered me. They would make fun of me and stuff. It was sort of hard.” — Hanifa, American Muslim girl

Hanifa’s family decided to send her to a Muslim school. But some Muslim families in America choose to homeschool their children because of problems in public school or for other reasons. There are Muslim homeschooling websites, curriculums, videos, blogs, and Facebook pages.

“Like many home schoolers, Muslim home-school children are often very involved in extracurricular activity,” said one news report. [One Muslim family’s] children all take swim classes and Tai Kwan Do, the boys are on a local football team and are involved in gaming clubs, and their mother says they are well-adjusted.”

(Source: ABC News)

A former missionary to Iraq, a Muslim country, offered the following advice for Kids of Courage readers who might come in contact with homeschooled Muslims or other Muslims children in after school activities:

“Be intentional with your life. Make friends who are different from you. Learn about other cultures. Seek out opportunities. If you want to meet Muslims, join a city sports league instead of a church league. Be a light wherever you are. Have a Christian adult mentor you when you are in situations with non-Christians.”