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John 14:6 Changes a Girl’s Life in Pakistan

Nadia and her family now
Nadia and her family now (eyes covered to protect identities)

Nadia grew up in a Muslim home in Pakistan, where most of the people are Muslims. Her family slept on the roof during the hot summer season. (Many houses in Pakistan have flat roofs.) There was a church near her home.

One night, Nadia heard the pastor of the church praying over a loudspeaker. He sang worship songs, then he recited John 14:6, which says, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

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Youth Persecuted in Tanzania and Pakistan

Reading the Quran
Reading the Quran

Eva, a 17-year-old girl in Tanzania, was recently sent to prison for two years. Muslims in her family and town were angry because Eva had left Islam, the religion of Muslims, three years ago. When she refused to return to Islam, Muslims reported that she had damaged a Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.)

Muslims handle copies of the Quran with great care because they believe it is the word of Allah, who they worship. Even if they do not read or understand the Quran, they keep it in a safe place and never on the floor. In some Muslim areas, radical Muslims get very angry if they think someone has handled a Quran roughly.

Christians in Pakistan can also go to jail for “blasphemy” if they damage a Quran. Blasphemy means a word or deed used to dishonor something holy.

Last week, a girl in Pakistan was accused of burning pages of a Quran. A large, angry mob gathered in her town to protest against her. She was taken to a police station.

Some reports say the girl may have been collecting trash to burn for fuel. Some Muslims believe that the trash included pages from a Quran. Christians in the area are afraid that their homes may now be attacked by the radical Muslims.

Pray for Eva, for the Pakistani girl, and for Christians in Tanzania and Pakistan.

ReadComparing the Bible and the Quran” in the Beliefs section of this site to learn more about the Quran.


“I Love to Serve”

Pakistan
Girls reading children’s Bibles

Najwa is a Christian in Pakistan. She had to quit school after 8th grade because her family was poor. They needed Najwa to go to work to help them buy food.

Najwa found a job cleaning at a hospital. “I was very happy to find this job,” Najwa said.

During her breaks, Najwa read her Bible. One day, a Muslim girl asked her, “What are you reading?” Najwa answered, “I am reading about Jesus.”

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Update: Uncle Freed from Jail

Pakistan

The story Boy Refuses to Become a Muslim told about Ehtasham, an 8-year-old boy in Pakistan who was bullied by Muslim boys. The boys tried to get Ehtasham to become a Muslim, but he refused. When his uncle, Dildar, helped Ehtasham get away from the boys, Dildar was arrested and charged with “blasphemy” for dishonoring Muslim beliefs.

News reports say that Dildar was recently released from prison due to lack of evidence. “You cannot imagine my joy,” said Dildar.

While in prison, Dildar stayed faithful to God. “I kept on telling God that I had complete faith in him and would wait for the day when he would set me free,” said Dildar.

Praise God for Dildar’s release!

Source: Compass Direct News


Ask a VOM Worker: Countries

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Question: Which of the countries you have visited is your favorite? Which countries need prayer the most?

Answer: My favorite is Sudan because that was the first one I went to and the one I have visited the most. Ministry has changed a lot there over the years. When I first went there, it was an open war zone. You could do whatever you wanted and didn’t have to hide because it was already a war zone.

The need for prayer changes, depending on all that’s happening. Right now Pakistan is very much in the forefront. But probably the country that’s most on my mind in North Korea. It’s probably the most restricted nation, or one of the top two. The other is Saudi Arabia.