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Update: Uncle Freed from Jail


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


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.

Boy Refuses to Become a Muslim

Ehtasham is an 8-year-old boy from a Christian family in Pakistan. One day last summer, he walked by a madrassa on his way to the market. (A madrassa is an Islamic school. Islam is the religions of Muslims.) Seven boys from the school gathered around Ehtasham. They tried to force him to become a Muslim and to recite Muslim beliefs by saying, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.”

Ehtasham refused, and the bullies hit him. At that moment, Ehtasham’s uncle, Dildar, happened to pass by. Dildar pulled Ehtasham away from the boys and took him home. Later, police arrested Dildar and charged him with “blasphemy” for dishonoring Muslim beliefs. Dildar is still in jail. His family and Ehtasham’s family have moved away from their village for their safety. Please pray for them and other Christians living in Pakistan.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs

Photo: A Christian in jail in Pakistan. Credit: Morning Star News

See Comparing God in the Bible and Allah in the Quran to learn more about the differences between the beliefs taught at the madrassa and biblical Christian beliefs.

Following Jesus in Pakistan

PakistanAnita and her children in their shop

Sarah, Shane, and Sami live with their mother, Anita, and their grandparents in Pakistan. Their mother loves Jesus and hopes her children will follow him all their lives.

The children’s father recently left the family because Anita would not agree to become a Muslim. He used to be a Christian, but was not walking closely with Jesus and was tempted to explore Islam, the religion of most of the people in Pakistan. He wanted his wife to join him in denying Christ.

Anita knows she and her children will have difficulty meeting their daily needs without her husband’s support. VOM is helping her start a small business.

Please ask God to take care of the family, and to help them continue to follow him, even in hard times. Pray that the children’s father will have a true change of heart and will follow Jesus, too. Ask God to strengthen Christians in Muslim lands who are tempted to leave their faith.

Quarrel Leads to Prison


Andrew, a 10-year-old Christian, lives in Pakistan. He has three sisters and two brothers. Many of the students at his school are Muslims.

Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws” say that no one may speak against Islam or damage the Muslim holy book, the Quran. Even Christians who do not do those things are sometimes accused of blasphemy by Muslims who want revenge for something.

That is what happened to Andrew’s family.

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