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Update: Priscilla and Naomi

Priscilla and Naomi

A post on this site in 2011 told the story of Priscilla and Naomi, Malaysian sisters who had to live in another country with their mother, Rose. They could not live with their father, Felipe, in Malaysia because Felipe was born into a Muslim family. He became a Christian when he was a boy, and later married, Rose, who is a Christian.

But Malaysian laws consider anyone born into a Muslim family to be a Muslim, and they do not allow Muslims to marry Christians. So Rose, Felipe, Priscilla, and Naomi could not live as a family in Malaysia.

The Voice of the Martyrs has learned that the family has been reunited! Their lives are still not always easy. Felipe said, “I am thankful for my children, who live close to the Lord. They are very brave, and that comforts me.”

Please continue to pray for the family.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

Flags of Turkey and Similar Flags


The flags of many Muslim countries display the crescent moon and a star. Before Islam began, pagans who worshipped many gods used the crescent moon as a symbol. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Muslim Turks who conquered Constantinople also used the moon as their symbol. (Constantinople in now called Istanbul. Istanbul is the capital of Turkey.)

People began to associate the crescent moon with the religion of Islam. Some Muslims today say the moon is not a symbol of Islam. However, the moon and star appear on the flags of many Muslim countries.

Print and color the page of flags here. The background of the flag of Turkey is red and the moon and stars are white. Find the colors of the other flags in the Countries section of this website, in the online CIA Factbook, or in other sources.

Enter the names of the countries in the search box of this site or the tags for this post to find stories that can guide you about how to pray for the country.

Valentine’s Day Rules

Leaders in some Muslim countries do not like their citizens to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Officials in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Iran try to discourage people from following Valentine’s Day customs.

Here are some of the reasons given by strict Muslim leaders for not allowing the customs.

  • Muslims say that Valentine’s Day is an invented celebration, not found in Muslim law.
  • Christians celebrate Valentine’s Day, so Muslims should not.
  • Some Muslim officials say that Valentine’s Day causes youth to keep their minds on foolish things.
  • ”It promotes love,” complain some Muslim leaders.

But many youth in Muslim countries celebrate Valentine’s Day anyway. Very strict Muslims often have many rules that are difficult to follow. They believe that following the rules might help them earn their way to heaven.

“At age 16, I no longer wanted to be a Muslim,” said a youth in Malaysia. “There were too many rules.”

Some Muslims who are weary of all the rules are seeking truth outside of Islam. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) Pray they will find Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life. (See John 14:6.)

Read the post Learn About Valentine to learn more about the history and legends that inspired Valentine’s Day.

Strength from Daniel


Pastor Rana leads a church in Nepal. He and his wife have three children, ages 10, 7, and 5.

The family lives in a village of about 2,000 people. Their church has 70 baptized members, plus children.

Pastor Rana wanted to help the Sunday school teachers. So he invited three trainers to come teach the teachers for two days. The three teachers came from India, Singapore, and Malaysia.

While the trainers were at the church, someone called the pastor to tell him that a member of his church was sick. Pastor Rana left the church to go pray for the sick person.

While he was gone, seven angry Hindus came to the church. The Hindus were angry because Pastor Rana had been teaching Hindus about Jesus. They did not want any Hindus to become Christians.

The angry men damaged the church building, destroyed a motorbike, and hit one of the trainers. When Pastor Rana returned, he was shocked to find that his guests had been attacked and his family was scared.

Prayer Request
Pastor Rana is also sometimes fearful that the attackers might come back. He gets strength from the Bible book of Daniel.

“When Daniel was given the opportunity, he never bowed down his head to idols,” said Pastor Rana. And they [Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego] were ready to go through fire. When I read this, I don’t feel that the persecution I’m going through is huge compared to those guys in the book of Daniel.”

Pastor Rana asks for prayer for his family to be safe and for his congregation to be strong when persecution comes.

Photo credit: Briton Rivière,

Malaysia: Samrita

Cell phone photo of Samrita and her children

Samrita grew up in a family from a Malaysian tribal group. She was one of 13 children in the family. Her father treated his family harshly.

Samrita married a Muslim man named Uda, hoping marriage would be an escape from her harsh home life. But Uda began using bad drugs, and he also treated Samrita roughly.

Then Samrita’s father found peace and a new life in Christ! Samrita was happy to see how much he changed after Jesus came into his life.

After learning more about Jesus from Christians, Samrita also put her trust in him as her Savior. She kept her new faith secret from her husband.

But one day, Uda discovered her Bible. He kicked her out of the house. She was forced to leave without her two children, 10-year-old Lili and 5-year-old Faiz.

Uda divorced Samrita. He allows her to see their children sometimes, but has warned her not to share her faith with them. Samrita prays every day that she we will be able to live with her children again someday. However, she says, “I’m willing to suffer for Christ.”

Note: Samrita could be sentenced to a Muslim “rehabilitation center” to convince her to leave Christianity.

Pray: What are some of the things you could ask God on behalf of Lili and Faiz? In what ways could you pray for Samrita? Uda?

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)