May 2017 newsletter
Parents and Teachers: The May 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Somalia. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.
A visitor to The Voice of the Martyrs, Julian, told a story to illustrate how God can use something evil to bring about good. The story was about a Muslim woman in Somalia who prayed memorized Muslim prayers every day. She prayed in Arabic, as Muslims do all over the world, even if they don’t know Arabic.
A friend sent the woman a link to a video on the Internet. When the woman clicked on the link, she saw a radical Muslim committing a violent act. The Muslim was reciting verses from the Quran, the Muslim holy book.
She was so shocked, she began praying in her own language, Somali. And she prayed from her heart, not memorized prayers. “God, is this what you want?” she prayed. “Is this who You are?” She wanted to know if the violent Muslims were following God’s will.
That night God answered her prayers. She had a vision of a shining figure in white (Jesus) descending from heaven. A multitude of people on earth worshiped Him. She was one of the worshipers.
She knew that what she saw was right and good. She became a believer, as did her husband. They now serve God in a ministry.
Isis, a radical Muslim group, has become well-known for their part in violence in Syria and Iraq. They have also been called ISIL, IS, Islamic State, and Daesh.
“A lot of us, when we look at what is happening with ISIS, we want to pray against them,” said Julian. “The natural reaction is to pray out of anger against them.
“But these are people who have been deceived. They are lost. They are heading for a Christ-less eternity. We need to pray for them. God is able to turn what the enemy intends for evil into something good.”