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Nazeera and Her Children

Yemen

The story below is from Stef, the children’s website of SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands.

Nazeera is a mother from Yemen. In Yemen, they are not allowed to convert to a different religion. The government wants everyone to be a Muslim.

Yet Nazeera still became a Christian. Her family got angry and took her kids away from her. Nazeera will be allowed to see them only if she becomes a Muslim again.

Would you pray that Nazeera will be able to see her kids again soon, and that she will feel the faithfulness and comfort of the Lord God?

(Source: Stef. Translated and edited from the original.)


U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report

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This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at Persecution.com for further information about selected countries.


Ask a VOM Worker: Countries, Part 2

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Question: Which countries need prayer the most?

Answer from a VOM worker who deals with the Middle East: I think my heart goes out the most to Saudi Arabia. It’s very closed and secretive. There are few believers, and those who are there have to be very secretive. They cannot talk about who they are or where they are. I also feel the need to pray for Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria. They have had unrest, but there is also a great openness among the people to the gospel.


Yemen

Yemen

Yemen

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Capital
Sanaa

Size
Slightly larger than twice the size of Wyoming.

Main Languages
Arabic

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Yemen.

 

History
In ancient times Yemen was well-known for its spices.  Some people believe that the Queen of Sheba lived in Yemen. Muslim soldiers brought Islam to Yemen in the seventh century. For many years, Muslim rulers kept the citizens away from foreign influence. Today many people of Yemen have not heard the truth about Jesus.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Yemen is a dangerous place for citizen to follow Christ. A person who converts from Islam to Christianity could be put to death. Sharing the gospel with a Muslim is illegal. Yemenis learn about Jesus through radio broadcasts and other methods that do not attract attention.