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Welcoming Strangers (Deuteronomy 10:19)

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Can your family or class take a welcome gift or a special occasion gift to a student or family from another country?

News reports say that more than 800,000 people from other countries are students in the United States. Many of the students say they do not have friends in the U.S., and they wish they had some.

You might want to include VOM’s Jesus: He Lived Among Us DVD with your gift. The DVD is available in Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Turkish, Urdu, Spanish, and English. For more information, see the offer in the November 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. (The newsletter offers English/Spanish DVDs for 5 for $10 and 20 for $20. DVDs in other languages are available for $2 each.)

To watch a trailer from the DVD and to view photos of how it was produced, visit www.theJesusMovie.com.


Pastor Wurmbrand’s Letter

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Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania in the mid-20th century. He was imprisoned for 14 years for his Christian activities, and his wife, Sabina, was also arrested and imprisoned. After they were released, they came to the United States and started the ministry that later became The Voice of the Martyrs.

The Wurmbrands suffered for their faith but always trusted in God. When Pastor Wurmbrand got out of prison, he wrote down many of the thoughts that had come to him while he was in prison. The following thoughts were part of a letter to Jesus that he composed.

[Pastor Wurmbrand wrote:] When the Wright brothers made their first airplane flight, a well-known engineer said, “The airplane can even carry mail in special cases, but the load will be small. It can become faster, but it will not be used to carry things for businesses.” A few years after he said that, planes started carrying passengers.

Then a noted astronomer said, “People imagine great flying machines flying over oceans and carrying crowds of people. These ideas are just visions. Even if an airplane could cross the ocean carrying one or two passengers, the cost would be so high that only a millionaire could afford to travel that way.”

[Pastor Wurmbrand continued his letter to Jesus:] If people can’t even predict what humans will be able to do with their abilities, no wonder they do not understand Your abilities. You can do anything because You are God. Also, nothing is impossible for You because as man, You believed wholeheartedly in the Father.

To Think About
Pastor Wurmbrand understood that nothing is impossible with God (see Luke 1:37) even though he was in prison. Can you continue to trust God when you are having a hard time and don’t see any good in your situation?

Source: My Correspondence with Jesus by Richard Wurmbrand, not in print. Paraphrased and edited from the original source for clarity and reading level. Photo source: Library of Congress.


New Ideas for Afghans

Afghanistan
Girls skateboarding in Afghanistan

“Girls don’t go out and play!” an Afghan girl a told a visitor from the United States. Traditionally girls and women in Afghanistan have not had the opportunity to learn new activities outside their homes. Some strict Muslims in Afghanistan do not approve of girls even going to school.

A group of people from other countries started skateboarding classes in Afghanistan. Girls are welcome. Students can take other classes besides skateboarding. “[It’s] not just about skateboarding. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for the future,” said a spokesman for the group.

More Hope
The Bible talks of an even “better hope” that brings us closer to God. (See Hebrews 7:20.) Christians are bringing that hope to those in Afghanistan, too.

Christians in Afghanistan are telling others about their hope in Christ. Christian websites and radio broadcasts from outside the country are teaching people that not all Afghans are Muslims; some Afghans follow Jesus. This is a new idea to some viewers and listeners.

The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christians who want to reach Muslims with the gospel. Learn more here.

To learn more about Christians in Afghanistan, enter “Afghanistan” in the search box, or Download Bold Believers in Afghanistan free from the Download section.

Photo credit: RhianonB / Wikipedia


What’s Happening in Turkey?

Turkey

  • More than 95 percent of the people in Turkey are Muslims.
  • Turkey has a new president. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in August 2014.
  • Part of Turkey is in Europe and part is in Asia. Last year Turkey opened an underground train tunnel that links the two parts.
  • Read about Christians in Turkey here.
  • Turkey celebrates Republic Day on October 29th. Citizens honor the day in 1923 when Turkey’s leader declared the country a republic after a war for independence. Parades and patriotic performances are part of the celebration.
  • Simit is a favorite food in Turkey. Try this recipe for a small version of the treat.

    Mix 1 cup of flour and ¼ tsp. salt. Add 1 tsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. softened butter, 2 tbsp. warm butter, 4 tsp. milk, and 1 beaten egg. Mix until a ball of dough is formed.

    Using flour-coated hands, form the dough into “snakes” about 6 inches long and ½ to ¾ inches wide. Join the ends and pinch together to form circles. Put on a greased cookie sheet, and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about 8.

Pray for Turkey and for their new president. Pray that he will rule wisely and fairly, and that everyone in his country will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus and His love for them.


Carthage and Perpetua

Dido’s Trick
According to ancient legends, a queen named Dido founded the North African city of Carthage. People in the land told Dido she could have as much land as she could cover with the hide of one ox.The legends say that Dido cut the hide into thousands of narrow strips and tied the ends together to make a very long rope. The rope stretched around a large plot of land which, according to the story, became the city of Carthage. Today Carthage is a suburb of Tunis, Tunisia.Roman Persecution
Carthage fought three wars against Rome called the Punic Wars. The Romans then became the rulers of Carthage. Roman rulers persecuted early Christians in Africa. One of those Christians was Perpetua, a young woman in her 20s. Perpetua and some of her friends died in A.D. 203 because they refused to sacrifice to Roman idols. [The Torchlighters: The Perpetua Story is a children’s DVD available at Torchlighters.org. Preview is recommended before showing it to younger children. Watch a clip from the video below.]

 

For more information about Christians in North Africa today, download Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia, Bold Believers in Morocco, and Bold Believers in Egypt from the Downloads section.