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Tired of Violence

 

Christian workers in the Middle East tell VOM that even radical Muslims are turning from Islam and giving their lives to Christ! Read below about how one of them learned more about Jesus.

A Christian taxi driver worked in Lebanon near the border with Syria. One day, he picked up a passenger who had a big beard. The beard looked like the beards worn by men in radical Muslim groups. The bearded man said to the driver, “Take me to the airport. I am flying home to Saudi Arabia. But on the way, I want to find a Bible. Can you find me a Bible?”

The driver found him a Bible, then asked him, “Sir, why did you want a Bible?”

The man answered, “I am a teacher of Islam. I have been in Syria teaching ISIS fighters. But I am sick of the violence. There must be something better than this.” [Islam is the religion of Muslims. ISIS is a group of radical Muslim fighters.]

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Talk About
•    Why did the Muslim want a Bible?
•    A quote from VOMRadio.net: “If you are praying for ISIS fighters to come to Christ, God is answering your prayer. If you are not praying for that, you should be.” Why should Christians pray for radical Muslims?

A Christian who ministers among Syrians shares the good news of Jesus using an interesting wristband. Watch a video clip to hear him explaining the symbols on the wristband in Arabic, the main language of Syria.


Writing to Prisoners

Imagine sitting in a prison cell and having no contact with Christians outside the prison. You were imprisoned for your beliefs. Now you are alone in your faith and you have no idea when you might get out of prison. Then one day, you receive a letter from a Christian who encourages you to stand strong in your faith. You are thankful that you don’t feel so alone now.

Many former prisoners have told VOM workers how letters from Christians encouraged them and served as a witness to prison guards.

The Voice of the Martyrs’ Prisoner Letter-Writing Stationery provides materials and instructions for individuals or groups to write letters to Christians in prison for their faith. You can order kits from VOM Books.

Sample stationery to send to prisoners is included in the February 2017 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.

You can also write prisoners by using the instructions on the PrisonerAlert website.


Torchlighters: The Martin Luther Story

Martin Luther didn’t mean to start a Reformation when he nailed his 95 Theses to a church door. Today, 500 years later, we don’t typically think of Luther as a persecuted Christian. But he was reviled by church authorities of his day, and his model of faithfulness under pressure encourages us to remain firm in our faith when we face trials of our own.The Martin Luther Story is available at VOMBooks.com. Torchlighters student and leader guides are available in the Downloads section of this site. The guides include lesson plans, background information, reproducible student handouts, discussion questions, puzzles, coloring pages and more.


India: Laxmi Learns to Share her Faith

Laxmi and Sukdev

Something was different in Laxmi’s house. Her father, Sukdev, heard about Jesus and decided to trust Him as his Lord and Savior.

Few Christians lived in their part of India. Sukdev wanted to tell all his neighbors how Jesus can save people from sin.

But Sukdev didn’t know how to read. He did not need to read to do his job as a farm worker.

Laxmi was 12 years old, and she had learned to read at school. So Sukdev took Laxmi with him and they went from house to house in their village. When their neighbors answered the door, Laxmi read to them from a Bible, and Sukdev shared the gospel message that had saved him. Many people believed and were baptized! Several new churches started in homes around them.

Now Sukdev has an audio Bible provided by The Voice of the Martyrs. He can visit homes by himself to spread the Good News of Jesus.

But Laxmi does not stay home while her father talks to people. Something had happened in her heart as she helped her father. She, too, grew in faith and began sharing the gospel with her friends. She even gave a Bible to her teacher, who was not a Christian! Laxmi is becoming a strong church youth leader.

A VOM worker who met Laxmi and Sukdev said, “Praise God for raising up future Christian leaders in a country where they are certainly needed.”


Praying for Muhammad and Covered Ladies

Ibrahim, a pastor in Iraq, says that many Muslims are seeking the truth. “A lot of people are turning away from Islam,” Pastor Ibrahim said. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

Ibrahim encourages Christians to pray for more Muslims to come to Christ. He told VOM workers about one way his Christian friend prays for Muslims.

Ibrahim said, “My friend told me, “When I wake up, I don’t just pray for Muslims. Instead I say, “Lord, everyone whose name is Muhammad, please come to him.”’ So he is going to be praying for 20 percent of Muslims.” [Muhammad is the man who started Islam. Many Muslims name their sons after him.]

“We can also pray for every covered lady, ‘Please Lord, show yourself to her.’ So we are praying for 40 percent of Muslims.” [Strict Muslims believe that women should cover themselves in robes and scarves in public.]

To Think About
Pastor Ibrahim’s friend thought of a way to pray for Muslims. He prays for everyone named Muhammad, and for “covered ladies.” What are some other ways you can pray for Muslims?