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Ask a VOM Worker: Not Just Head Knowledge


A VOM worker who travels overseas recently talked about what he has learned in his travels.

Question: What would you like kids to know about the countries you visit?

Answer: I’d like them to know that the countries are not always like you see on the news. On the news, it looks like there must be fires and angry crowds everywhere.

Nothing is as simple as it seems. Even in Muslim dominated areas, Muslims who are not extremists are warm and hospitable and struggling like everyone else. They are desperately lost. I want to combat a spirit of fear in [Christian] kids. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Families that are lost really need Christ. God is moving powerfully. He is going to use young people in a powerful way to reach them.

Also, many parts of the world will be reached by Christians who used to be Muslims — Persian Christians and Arab Christians — perhaps reaching Westerners….In East Germany, there are many Persian believers in churches.

Question: What have you learned from persecuted Christians?

Answer: Their witness shakes me to the core. [The difference between the lives of persecuted Christians and many other Christians] is like the difference between reading a driver’s education manual and going on your first drive. They don’t just have head knowledge.

We have such a blessing — those of us who travel overseas. I hope we can convey that to our readers.

Now if something bad happened to me, it would shake me, but not as much as it used to.

To Discuss
Why is it important to reach Muslims for Christ?