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A Fighter Sees a Vision

Christians all over the world are praying for radical Muslims to learn and understand the truth about Jesus. A previous post told about an ISIS fighter who searched for a Bible after he grew tired of violence. Read about another ISIS fighter below.

Suddenly and without warning, one day an ISIS fighter in Syria had a vision of a cross. He was not pleased. Muslims believe that Jesus was just a prophet and not the Son of God. They don’t believe that Jesus died on a cross. They know that the cross is an important symbol to Christians.

“What’s wrong with me?” the ISIS fighter wondered after his vision. He began searching the Internet for a Muslim site to help him strengthen his faith in Muslim teachings.

But instead, he stumbled onto a Christian site! As he read the site, he grew more and more interested. He began to doubt his own faith.

The fighter left Syria and went to Turkey where he met a Christian who explained Christianity to him. The ISIS fighter became a Christian.

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)

To Talk About
What might have happened if the Christian in Turkey were not able to explain Christianity to the ISIS fighter? What would you say if a Muslim asked you to explain your Christian faith?


Thanks for Bibles

Albania is near Greece and Turkey. It used to be an atheist country, and no religions were allowed. (An atheist is someone who does not believe God exists.) Since 1990, religions have no longer been against the law.

Muslim countries have spent millions of dollars in Albania trying to convert the people to Islam, the religion of Muslims. Today the majority of the people are Muslims, but many are not serious about their faith.

The thank-you notes below are from two Albanian children who received Bibles.

My name is Matthew, and I am 10 years old. My family is made of my mom and dad and my baby sister. I was very glad when a friend of my mother gave me the Bible for children. I have read in this book many beautiful stories I never heard before. My mom is sick and for 6 months she has been away from home. She is being cured in Italy. The book has taught me how to pray to God in hard times. I thank those who gave me this book, and please pray for my mother’s healing.

Greetings from Maria. I am 11 years old. From the time I was born, I have had problems with my [vocal] cords, and I didn’t have a voice. Often people would ask me questions about this. When I was little, my mom would always tell me that I was created in a unique way, and that God wants to use me for a special purpose. Now that I read the Bible every day, I understand how much God loves me and how many wonderful things He has planned for me. My voice is now getting clearer and I’m encouraged by every word I read in the Bible. Thank you for this Bible.

(Testimonies have been edited for length and clarity.)


Children’s Day in Turkey

Children
Turkish Children

Zack, Mark, and Paul are brothers who live in Turkey. They and their mother told about Children’s Day, a holiday in Turkey that is observed on April 23rd. Read what they said below.

Children’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the first assembly of Turkey’s parliament in 1920. [A parliament is a group that makes a nation’s laws. Congress is the lawmaking body of the United States.]

The parliament is run by Turkish children on April 23rd. The children play the roles of elected officials. They give speeches and elect a president and present a speech on TV.

It is a time to celebrate with many parades and ceremonies. The largest ceremony is in the capital, Ankara. They decorate schools, parks, and apartment windows with flags and colorful streamers.

There are bright colors and a lot of red everywhere. There is music and happy dancing. The costumes for dancing are nice and bright. One of our favorite parts is that toys are sold for half price at some of the stores.

Turkey’s laws allow “freedom of religion.” But sometimes police give Christians a hard time if they share their faith outside the church. Muslims who become Christians are often persecuted by families, friends, and bosses.

To Think About
What would you do if you were elected president for one day?

  • Watch a video of Christian children in Turkey.

  • Find a Turkey lesson plan here.
  • Learn more about Turkish Christians from Bold Believers in Turkey, available in the Downloads section.
  • Pray for Turkish children.

  • In God’s Hands

    Turkey

    “They can take my clothes and all my property. But they cannot burn Christ and the church from our hearts. We are in God’s hands.” — Thomas, a Christian in Mexico whose home church was burned

    The Voice of the Martyrs has received two recent reports about someone burning Christian Bibles and materials.

    • More than 8,000 Bibles and Christian books were ruined after someone set fire to them at a Bible Correspondence Course office in Turkey. (See the photo.)
    • Hindu radicals in Nepal entered a church and took Christian pamphlets outside where they set them on fire. They warned the pastors and believers not to preach about Jesus anymore.

    If you had no Bibles or Christian books, how would you share the truth about God and Jesus with others? Pray that the Christians in Turkey and Nepal will continue to boldly share God’s word with others, and ask God to protect their work for Him.


    What’s Happening in Turkey?

    Turkey

    • More than 95 percent of the people in Turkey are Muslims.
    • Turkey has a new president. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in August 2014.
    • Part of Turkey is in Europe and part is in Asia. Last year Turkey opened an underground train tunnel that links the two parts.
    • Read about Christians in Turkey here.
    • Turkey celebrates Republic Day on October 29th. Citizens honor the day in 1923 when Turkey’s leader declared the country a republic after a war for independence. Parades and patriotic performances are part of the celebration.
    • Simit is a favorite food in Turkey. Try this recipe for a small version of the treat.

      Mix 1 cup of flour and ¼ tsp. salt. Add 1 tsp. olive oil, 2 tbsp. softened butter, 2 tbsp. warm butter, 4 tsp. milk, and 1 beaten egg. Mix until a ball of dough is formed.

      Using flour-coated hands, form the dough into “snakes” about 6 inches long and ½ to ¾ inches wide. Join the ends and pinch together to form circles. Put on a greased cookie sheet, and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about 8.

    Pray for Turkey and for their new president. Pray that he will rule wisely and fairly, and that everyone in his country will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus and His love for them.