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Message from Malaysia

Malaysia

In Malaysia it is against the law for Christians to witness about Jesus to Muslims.

A Christian from Malaysia who used to be a Muslim shared the following testimony with workers from The Voice of the Martyrs.

When I was very sick, a Christian prayed for me and I was healed! I started going to prayer meetings and searching the Internet to learn more about Jesus. My wife and son and I quietly went to church. But the pastor asked us to leave because he was afraid the church would get in trouble with the government for allowing Muslims to visit. The same thing happened to us at another church.

My wife was disappointed with the Christians. Then my father-in-law found out we were Christians. He threatened to report us to the authorities if we didn’t return to Islam. My wife said she would be a Muslim. I said I would not.

The authorities asked my son what I taught him. He answered, “Daddy teaches me about Jesus and that Jesus stays in our heart and is God.” The court divorced me from my wife and she was awarded custody of my son and all our property.

I slept in the train station for two weeks. Luke 9:58 comforted me. Jesus is becoming so real to me. God is a good God.

To Think About: Read Luke 9:58. Why do you think this was a comfort to the Malaysian Christian?


Malaysia: “All Things Work for Good”

Malaysia
A girl about Akma’s age
reading He Lives Among Us

Akma, a teenage girl in Malaysia, grew up in a Muslim family. It is hard for Muslims in Malaysia to learn about Jesus, because it is against the law to share the gospel with a Malay Muslim.

Chinese and Indian people in Malaysia are allowed to have churches, but they often are afraid to let Muslims visit. They know they could get in trouble.

But Akma’s mother visited a church and decided to give her life to Jesus! Akma’s father was very angry with his wife. He yelled at her and threatened to hurt her and their children if any of them ever went to church again.

Akma still wanted to know the truth about God and Jesus. She took a bus to visit a church, with her mother’s blessing. “My mother said the important thing was that her children would attend church,” Akma said.

Akma was happy to see other teens at the church, and she began attending more often. But she worried about her father. He treated his family harshly because of their new faith. Akma trusted what the Bible said in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.”

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Family Kept Apart by Laws

Malaysia
Priscilla and Naomi

Priscilla and Naomi are sisters. Their parents, Felipe and Rose, love God, and they also love Priscilla and Naomi.

But the girls do not get to live with Felipe all the time. Felipe is a Malay, a member of the largest people group in Malaysia. The government says all Malays are born Muslim and cannot legally be Christians. People who are not Malays can be Christians.

Felipe became a Christian when he was a boy. Later he married Rose, who was a Christian and not a Malay. But the government in Malaysia does not allow Muslims to marry Christians, and they consider Felipe a Muslim. So in the eyes of the government, Felipe and Rose are not married. They cannot live together as a family in Malaysia, so Rose and the girls live in another country.

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Malaysia: Compressed Rice Recipe

Many Malaysians eat rice every day. Some fix “compressed rice.” Here is one way to prepare it.

Cook 2 cups of white rice and ½ teaspoon of salt in 6 cups of water until the rice is soft. Mash the rice with a large spoon. Spread the rice in a rectangular container, such as an 8- by 12-inch cake pan. Put another rectangular container, a little smaller than the first one, on top of the rice. Weight the top container down with 5-pound hand weights, heavy books, or food cans. Cover any exposed rice with aluminum foil. Chill overnight in the refrigerator. Cut the rice into squares and serve with a favorite sauce or topping.

To serve with a Malaysian topping, use this peanut sauce recipe. Combine 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/4 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon of chili sauce. Mix until smooth.


Praise the Lord Around the World

Use the chart below to learn how to say “Praise the Lord” in 10 other languages. Sing the song “Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah” or another song with the words “praise (ye) the Lord” in it. Substitute one or more of the phrases for the English words.

Country
Language
How To Say It
Iran Farsi KHOH-dah-rah SHOH-kr
Pakistan Punjabi RAHB-dee tah-REEF HO-vay
China Chinese tzahn-may joo
Colombia Spanish GLOH-ree-uh ah dee-ohs
Russia, Kazakhstan Russian SLAH-vuh BOH-goo
Many Muslim Countries Arabic MAHG-duh lah rahp
Eritrea Tigrinya gway-tah yeh mess ghen
Malaysia, Brunei Malay Poo-jee TOO-hahn
Nepal Nepali jay muh-SEE
Bangladesh Bangla ee-shohr-air goor-ohb hohk