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Malaysia: Pastor’s Whereabouts Still Unknown

Pastor Raymond Koh of Malaysia began taking his daily devotional time very seriously. “He was going for prayer walks early in the morning for like three hours,” said his wife, Susanna. “Also he was memorizing large chunks of the Bible, and he would tell me, ‘Oh, I just finished memorizing 1 Corinthians 15.’ I was thinking he was really a great example to follow.”

Perhaps Pastor Koh sensed that a time was coming when he would need great spiritual strength and a close walk with the Lord. That time came in February 2017 when three SUVs forced his car to the side of the road, removed him from the car, and kidnapped him. His family has not seen him or his car since that day.

The pastor’s family is having a difficult time dealing with not knowing where he is. “It’s been a terrifying journey,” said his daughter, Elisabeth. Her younger sister Esther and their brother Jonathan also miss their father. They believe he was kidnapped because he told others about his faith in Christ.

Security cameras filmed the kidnapping, which was carried out expertly in less than one minute. The Kohs later found out that the police had taken part in the kidnapping.

You Can Help
The Kohs would like Christians around the world to help them find out where Pastor Koh is. “Pray, pray, and pray for Raymond’s release as soon as possible,” Susanna said. “Secondly… be a voice [for Raymond] and speak out.” Click here to see how you can send a letter of encouragement to the Kohs, and a letter or email to the Malaysian embassy. Please read the suggestions about writing to government officials here.

(Sources include vomradio.net)

Photo: The Koh family before Pastor Koh disappeared. Photo credit:FB/Everybody Loves Raymond Koh


This Month

The September 2019 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories about godly marriages and families that glorify God and advance His eternal kingdom. “We find these inspiring families when we look for those who sacrificially serve, and even suffer, quietly and faithfully together,” said VOM president, Cole Richards.

Readers are introduced to:
*Pastor Morris and Cabina, who serve the Lord in Sudan’s Nuba Mountain war zone.
*Susanna and her children, who have not seen their husband and father since the Malaysian authorities kidnapped him in 2017.
*Aurelio and Ruth, who serve persecuted Christians and strengthen believers in Latin America.
*Arjun and Radha, who share the gospel and plant churches in India.
*Other faithful believers in hostile areas.

You can share stories of the Christians from the magazine and this site with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

Related Resources
*To subscribe to the free monthly The Voice of the Martyrs magazine, visit the subscription signup page.
*Watch a video of Pastor Morris telling about a miraculous escape here.
*Bold Believers activity books about several of the featured countries are available in the Downloads section.
*Click here to learn how to send an Action Pack to persecuted Christians in need.
*The Torchlighters DVD, The Amy Carmichael Story, tells about Amy’s work in India. Learn more about Torchlighters DVDs here.


Malaysia: Jeremy’s Story

Children in Malaysia

Every Sunday, 11-year-old Jeremy left his home and walked to church. But he didn’t tell his family goodbye and walk boldly out the front door. Instead, he sneaked out of his bedroom window.

A Messy Life
Jeremy’s mother and stepfather drank a lot of alcohol and often came home drunk. He had no birth certificate or identification telling who he was, because his birth father never registered his birth. “My home was always messy, and my family was always fighting and arguing,” said Jeremy. He finally dropped out of school because he couldn’t concentrate on studying.

Finding Joy
Church gave him hope. “I just loved it,” he said. “It was the only thing that brought me joy.” However, after he gave his life to Jesus, he kept his new faith a secret, because his family was Muslim.

But his family discovered his secret and sealed his bedroom window. Jeremy considered running away from home. Instead, he decided to stay and to pray constantly for his family.

After a time, Jeremy moved in with his grandparents who knew he was a Christian. Sadly, his grandfather got sick and died. But, praise God, Jeremy led him to the Lord before his death.

Jeremy knows he still faces struggles in his life, but now he is hopeful for the future. “I want my whole family to come to know the Lord. That’s my longing,” said Jeremy.

(Source: VOM Australia.)

Read more about Christians in Malaysia in Bold Believers in Malaysia, available in the free Downloads section.


Two Ramadan Problems

The previous post told facts about Ramadan, the Muslim holy month when Muslim adults and older children fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

Problem: When is Sunset?
Ashraf El Dakrouri, the first Egyptian explorer to go to Antarctica, is a Muslim. He wanted to fast until sunset during Ramadan, like other Muslims. But the sun never set at that time of the year in Antarctica! Muslim leaders decided that he could eat when the sun set in New Zealand.

Problem: Which Way Is Mecca?

Dr. Sheik Muszaphar Shukar, Malaysia’s first astronaut, was also the first Muslim to travel in space during Ramadan. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan. But in an orbiting spaceship, the sun rises and sets many times a day. Though Muslims are not required to fast while traveling, Dr. Shukar wanted to try it. Muslims must also pray memorized prayers five times a day while facing Mecca, Saudi Arabia. But what direction should an astronaut face in space? A group of Muslim leaders made new rules for prayer and fasting in space before Dr. Shukar blasted off.

Enter “Ramadan” in the search box to find more facts and stories about Ramadan.


A Malaysian Treat and a Craft

Easy batik

The previous post told about Malaysia’s Independence Day. To make a Malaysian treat, try the recipe below.

Banana Fritters
Banana fritters are a popular treat in Malaysia. To make them, combine 1½ cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. In a separate container, mix 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix the liquid ingredients with the dry ingredients. If the batter is too thick, add water a little at a time until it is the thickness of pancake batter.

Heat enough oil for deep frying until hot. Slice 4 to 6 bananas lengthwise, and dip them into the batter to cover them completely. Deep fry the bananas until golden brown. Serve warm.

Easy Batik
Batik is an art practiced in Malaysia. Find easy instructions to make a batik prayer reminder here.

Learn more about Malaysia in Bold Believers in Malaysia, available in the free Downloads section.