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Powerful Love

(Source: The December 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length and clarity.)

[Photo: Syrian refugee women]

Iman felt that she was ugly. She had been burned in a kitchen fire, and her face was severely scarred. Her husband left her, and her children didn’t want to come near her because of the way she looked.

Iman had lived in Syria, but had become a refugee in Jordan during a war in Syria. (A refugee is someone who flees from one place to live in a safer place.) Like most Syrians, Iman was a Muslim. She had no help and support, and she felt ashamed of her scarred face.

Then a church in Jordan heard her story. A few women from the church visited her and brought her food. They embraced her and greeting her by kissing her on the cheek. “She thought nobody would ever want to look at her,” said a VOM worker. “These women just did the normal thing — and loved her. It was powerful.”

Iman was won over by the women’s show of Christian love. “Seeing what the gospel looks like, she responded to the gospel,” said the VOM worker. Iman is now an active member of that church.

To Talk About
*What does it mean that Iman “responded to the gospel”?
*Why did Iman respond to the gospel?
*Do you think Iman’s children felt differently toward her after the Christian women visited? How and why might their attitudes have changed?


Jordan: Yara

Yara, whose family is Muslim, decided to give her life to Christ. She tried to keep her faith a secret, but the change in her behavior was too drastic. Her newfound hope even made her face look different. Her mother began to suspect that Yara was a Christian. “She was asking a lot of questions,” Yara said. When her mother began to tell her stories of people who were killed by their families after leaving Islam, Yara decided it was time to leave home.

In January 2016, Yara left her job and family in Jordan to start a new life in a nearby country. Since leaving her old life behind, Yara has endured many challenges. She has been fired from several jobs because of her faith, forcing her to move eight times. Yara has also experienced health complications from diabetes, and her new medications are expensive. She has tried to reach out to her mother, but her mother is still angry about her conversion. Despite everything, Yara trusts in God and sees him working in her life. She has found a church and is searching for a better job. She asks us to pray that her parents, two brothers, and sister will come to know the Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We lift up Yara and new Christians like her who have rejected the false religion of their family and culture. We pray that the seed of Your Word will take deep root in their hearts so that they will be able to withstand the persecution and pressure they face for following You (Matt. 13:23). We pray that other Christians will encourage them and help them mature in their faith. We pray that they will look to You as provider for their many needs, as many, like Yara, have lost jobs and homes and have health concerns. Thank You for drawing them to You and for their willingness to sacrifice all for Your sake. In Jesus’ name, amen.

(Source: The January 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine)


Iraqi Children Praying

Many Iraqi kids and their families were forced to leave everything behind when the terrorist group ISIS took over their towns in Iraq. Some now live in Jordan. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing Iraqi refugees in Jordan with food and other needed items.

The video shows children praying at a Christian school in Jordan supported by The Voice of the Martyrs.


Iraqi Kids

Iraqi Kids

A VOM partner has asked that Christians pray for Iraqi refugee children who cannot attend school. Many Iraqi kids and their families were forced to leave everything behind when the terrorist group ISIS took over their towns in Iraq. Some now live in Jordan. The Voice of the Martyrs is providing Iraqi refugees in Jordan with food and other needed items they need.

Two of the children are shown in the photo.

Make a Prayer Card
Print the photo, and tape it to an index card or another card. Write something on the card to help you remember what to pray for the refugee children.


Safe House Sisters

Jordan

Nazli and her sister were Muslims in Jordan, where fewer than five percent of the people are Christians. But Nazli felt that Muslim teachings are unfair to women.

A Christian relative helped Nazli understand God’s love for her. Nazli became a Christian, and she later led her sister to the Lord also! But their brother was not happy with Nazli’s choice. He hit her and threatened to harm her again.

Nazli and her sister ran away from their village. Now they live in a VOM-sponsored safe house, and they are learning more about their new Christian faith. The photo above shows Nazli and her sister with a Christian friend. (The friend is in the center.) Their faces are covered to protect their identity from those who might want to harm them.

(Chapter 4 of Learning About Islam tells about “Women, Honor, and Family Life” in Islam. You can download the book from the Downloads section.)