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Ibrahim’s New Life

Ibrahim in a tree
Ibrahim in a tree

The following story is taken from Bold Believers in Ethiopia, available in the free Downloads section of this site, or for purchase at www.VOMBooks.com.

Jesus said, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20, NIV).

Ibrahim was a teenager in Ethiopia. He came from a family of 12 generations of Muslims. That means Ibrahim’s great, great, nine-times-great-grandfather, and everyone in the family who came after him, were all Muslims.

Mulu was 3 years older than Ibrahim. Mulu went from house to house telling people in Ethiopia the truth about Jesus.

One day, Mulu met Ibrahim and shared the Good News of Jesus with him. The Good News is that Jesus finished the work necessary for our salvation when he died on the cross. Christians do good works in obedience to God. But they know good works are not enough to save them. Only Jesus can save people.

Ibrahim was not happy that Mulu shared the Good News with him. Instead, he was angry! Like other Muslims, he believed that people must try to earn their way to heaven by doing good deeds. He also did not believe that a Christian should share the gospel with a Muslim. Ibrahim planned to attack and hurt Mulu.

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U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report

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This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at Persecution.com for further information about selected countries.


Peace in My Heart

Basmah, a Christian woman in Somalia, was going to have a baby. But her Muslim husband left her because she had become a Christian. She moved in with her family until she had her baby. Then when Basmah’s mother and father found out about her new faith, they would not let her live with them anymore.

Basmah and her baby lived on the street, homeless. “I was praying that God would give me a house where I could sleep,” said Basmah. “He answered my prayer.” A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs met her and offered a place to stay in a “safe house” located in one of the countries in the Horn of Africa.

Basmah is thankful for the care she is receiving at the safe house. But she knows she has received a better gift. “The best gift God gave me was Jesus,” she said. “I now have peace in my heart. Nothing else can compare to Jesus. Even when I am hungry, I have peace.”

Note: The Horn of Africa is a peninsula on the east side of Africa shaped somewhat like an animal’s horn. Countries considered part of the horn are Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. (To help you remember the countries, the first letters of their names spell “SEED.”) Some maps of the Horn of Africa also include Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, and other neighbor countries.


Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

HOSTILE

Capital
Addis Ababa

Size
Slightly less than twice the size of Texas.

Main Languages
Amharic

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Ethiopia.

History
Ethiopia was ruled by royalty until Emperor Haile Selassie was overthrown by the military in 1974. Droughts, famine, fighting, and violence have been part of Ethiopia’s recent history.

Religion
About 60% are Christians and about 30% are Muslims.

Persecution
In some areas, there is tension between Muslims and Christians, but attacks on Christians by radical Muslims are rare.