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Preschool Problems

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Hundreds of new preschools and kindergartens have opened in a Christian region of Malaysia. Parents want their children to get a good education. But Christian parents are concerned that their children will be taught Muslim customs at the new schools.

Teachers at the schools come from other areas of Malaysia where most of the people are Muslims. Children in the schools have been coming home and reciting Muslim prayers. Parents hope the government will hire Christian teachers for the schools. They do not want their children confused by Muslim teachings.

Pray that all children in Malaysia will learn that Jesus loves them. Pray that the children will know and understand the truth.


Family Fears Separation

MalaysiaGroups in Malaysia

Mann was born into a Muslim family in Malaysia. It is against the law for anyone to share the truth of Jesus with a Malay person in Malaysia. (Malaysia has many citizens whose ancestors came from China and India, and they are allowed to be Christians. However, the government expects all Malays to be Muslim.)

But Mann learned about God’s plan of salvation for sinners through Jesus, and he gave his life to Christ! Later he married a Christian woman, and they had baby girl.

When Mann and his wife tried to leave the hospital after their baby was born, a doctor stopped them. “He told us that my wife must become a Muslim,” said Mann. “They told us that we had to get married again in the Islamic faith in order to take our daughter home.” (Islam is the religion of Muslims.)

“I refused to get married in the Islamic faith,” Mann said. “To do that would be to deny Christ, and I can’t do that.”

Soon after they left the hospital, Mann and his wife began to get phone calls from religious officials, who now realized that Mann had become a Christian. He and his family moved to another town. He is fearful that he may be put in jail or forced to live apart from his family. “I live in fear,” he said. But I spend a lot of time in prayer.”

Pray that Christian families in Malaysia will not be separated. Read about a Christian family from Malaysia that was separated.


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
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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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