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Madeha

Children in Algeria

Madeha was a 13-year-old girl in Algeria. Her older brother, Naser, was a bully. He often kicked Madeha, slapped her face, and spoke rudely to her for no reason. Madeha had never known anyone so mean.

One day, Naser seemed to be playing a new trick on his sister. He came to Madeha and said, “I have accepted Jesus, whom the Christians believe. He has changed my heart and my ways. I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to you. Will you forgive me?”

Madeha did not trust Naser. For one thing, she and her family were Muslims. It is rare, and often dangerous, for an Algerian Muslim to become a Christian. Also, Madeha didn’t believe that anyone as mean as her brother could really change.

After many days, Naser had still not hurt or insulted Madeha. She realized that her brother had really changed. Madeha then began to seek the God who had given her brother a new heart. Naser shared the Good News of Jesus with Madeha, and she trusted Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Trusting God
Madeha knew her Muslim father would never allow her to meet with other Algerian Christians. So she listened to Christian radio programs and sometimes wrote letters to the stations that broadcast the programs. She was able to get a Bible, and she read it whenever she had the opportunity. She continued to follow Jesus, trusting that He knew her circumstances and would help her through them.

Pray for Madeha and other Algerian Christians who love Jesus. Pray that their families will also seek and find the truth.

(Source: Kids of Courage archives. Learn more about Christians in northern Africa in Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia, available in the free Downloads section of this site.)


The Middle East: Unusual Dreams

Algerian children

A worker from Youth With a Mission recently spoke with Todd Nettleton of VOMRadio.net. She told Todd about unusual dreams experienced by Middle Eastern Muslims. Read part of their conversation below. (Edited and paraphrased from the original interview for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

YWAM worker: It has been really interesting, because it is like God knows that for these difficult places we need a little extra help. When we are going in to an unreached people, it is not uncommon at all to see miracles and healings and things that are incomprehensible. It is like the Holy Spirit just intervenes and God helps us.

One of these things that I have mentioned is dreams. All over the world among Muslim people there is something happening where they are having unusual dreams from God. I totally believe they are from God.

This happened in a notable way among a people group in Algeria where on the same night, in the same village, a whole group of men had the same dream about Jesus Christ saying, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father but by Me.” [John 3:16] It actually started one of the few movements [of Muslims to Christianity] that we know of in that part of the world. This is happening so commonly that if I am talking with a Muslim on a plane or something, or I meet with a Muslim person, I will often just ask, “Have you had any unusual dreams lately?” They might say, “You know, I haven’t told anybody this, but….” It is happening just that often.


Signs, Wonders, and Dreams Among Muslims

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Two workers from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) visited The Voice of the Martyrs a few months ago. Jeanna Faley and Kevin Sutter talked about Christian workers who go to places where Christians have never gone, even if it is dangerous to do so.

Read below what Jeanna said about how God is working among people who do not know Jesus.

It has been really interesting because it’s like God knows that in these difficult places, we need a little extra help. When we go to an unreached people, it is not uncommon at all to see miracles and healings. It is like the Holy Spirit just intervenes and God helps us.

One of the things I have mentioned is dreams. All over the world among Muslims there is something happening where they are having unusual dreams about God.

On the same night, in the same village in Algeria, a whole group of men had the same dream about Jesus Christ saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father but by me” [John 14:6].

This is happening so often that if I am talking with a Muslim on a plane or meet with a Muslim, I will often just ask, “Have you had any unusual dreams lately?” They might say, “You know, I haven’t old anybody this, but …..” It is happening just that often.

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for clarity and length)

To Talk About

Read the following Bible verses.

Mark 16:20 (NIV): Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Acts 14:3 (NIV): So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.

Acts 4:29–30 (NIV): Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

How was God helping people believe His Word during Bible times?

How did the workers in the story above say God is helping them when they talk to people who do not know Jesus?


Madeha

Algerian Children
Children in Algeria

Madeha was a 13-year-old girl in Algeria. Her older brother, Naser, was a bully. He often kicked Madeha, slapped her face, and spoke rudely to her for no reason. Madeha had never known anyone so mean.

One day, Naser seemed to be playing a new trick on his sister. He came to Madeha and said, “I have accepted Jesus, whom the Christians believe. He has changed my heart and my ways. I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to you. Will you forgive me?”

Madeha did not trust Naser. For one thing, she and her family were Muslims. It is rare, and often dangerous, for an Algerian Muslim to become a Christian. Also, Madeha didn’t believe that anyone as mean as her brother could really change.

After many days, Naser had still not hurt or insulted Madeha. She realized that her brother had really changed. Madeha then began to seek the God who had given her brother a new heart. Naser shared the Good News of Jesus with Madeha, and she trusted Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Trusting God
Madeha knew her Muslim father would never allow her to meet with other Algerian Christians. So she listened to Christian radio programs and sometimes wrote letters to the stations that broadcast the programs. She was able to get a Bible, and she read it whenever she had the opportunity. She continued to follow Jesus, trusting that He knew her circumstances and would help her through them.

Pray for Madeha and other Algerian Christians who love Jesus. Pray that their families will also seek and find the truth.

(Source: Bold Believers in Algeria and Tunisia. Available in the free Downloads section of this site.)


Ramadan and Muslims Coming to Christ

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From June 18 through July 17 this year, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. During this month, called “Ramadan” on the Muslim calendar, they will turn their thoughts to the teachings of Islam, their religion.

The following information comes from “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World,” a guide to help Christians pray for Muslims during Ramadan.

Since Muhammad founded Islam in 622, millions of Christians have been swept into Islam. But what about the opposite? Have very large groups of Muslims come to Christ?

Not until recently.

In the last two decades of the 20th century, the tide began to turn. Movements of at least 1,000 people away from Islam broke out in Algeria, Soviet Central Asia, Bangladesh, and Iran.

In the first 14 years of the 21st century, new Muslim movements to Christ have erupted across the Muslim world. In our day, we are seeing the greatest and most wide-reaching turning of Muslims to Christ in history.

The current wave of Muslim movements to Christ has happened at the same time as an increase in prayer for the Muslim world.

Source: “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World.”

To find more information about Islam for kids, download Learning About Islam from the free Downloads section of this site.

Will you join Christians around the world in praying for Muslims during Ramadan?