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Light from Heaven, Part 2

The previous post told about a Christian man who entered a mosque in Turkey hoping to find someone with whom he could share the love of Jesus. The man was from Yemen, and he longed to talk to a Muslim from his homeland. While he sat in the mosque, a Muslim man suddenly ran up to him.

Read the rest of the story below, as it was told by Dick Brogden to Todd Nettleton on VOM Radio.

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity.)

Dr. Brodgen: The Muslim man greeted the Christian in Yemeni Arabic! “Will you come with me to the women’s section?” the Muslim man asked. “My wife and I want to ask you a question.” [Traditionally, men and women worship in separate sections in many mosques.]

After they greeted the wife, the Muslim man said to the Christian, “Some time ago, my wife and I both had the same vision. In the vision, we both saw you in this mosque and light was coming down from heaven. The light was shining into you, then out of you and into us.

“I have to work,” the Muslim man continued. “So I told my wife to come to the mosque every day and look for you. I told her to call me when you showed up.

“Today she came to the mosque just as you were standing up to leave. She prayed, ‘Oh God, don’t let that man leave.’ You fell back down to the carpet, and here you are. So please, tell us what these things mean.”

The Christian man went to the couple’s apartment and shared the gospel with them all night long. In the morning, the Yemeni Muslim man and his wife gave their hearts to Jesus.

To Talk About
In a mountain village in Romania, an elderly carpenter prayed that God would allow him to lead a Jewish person to Christ. He was not able to leave the mountain, so he prayed that God would send a Jew to him. Then a Jewish couple, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, arrived in the village so Richard could recover from tuberculosis.

God answered the carpenter’s prayer, and the Wurmbrands trusted Christ as their Savior. Later, after they suffered persecution for their new faith, they started The Voice of the Martyrs to help persecuted Christians.

They carpenter prayed that he would lead a Jewish person to Christ, and the Yemeni Christian prayed that he would be able to share the good news of Jesus with someone from his own country. Both prayed for a long time, and God answered their prayers.

Will you ask God to lead you to those He wants you to talk to about Jesus, and to prepare you to talk to them in a way that will help them understand God’s gift of salvation?


Light from Heaven

In the previous post, missionary Dick Brogden talked about bearing fruit by abiding in Jesus. During Dr. Brogdens’ visit to VOM Radio, he also told the story of a man at a mosque who was used by God to bear fruit for His kingdom. (A mosque is a building where Muslims worship.)

Read Dr. Brodgen’s story below.
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity.)

Dr. Brodgen: The destruction in Yemen is greater than in Syria. But it doesn’t get as much media attention. It is a country that is completely devastated. A young man and his wife fled the devastation and went to Sweden.

In Sweden, the couple came to know Jesus. They joined a radio ministry that broadcast gospel messages back into Yemen. Then they went to a conference in Turkey for a few days. After the conference, the man stayed behind in Turkey, hoping to meet other people from Yemen.

He walked through the streets of the city for three days, looking for someone from Yemen to share the gospel with. On the last day of his visit, he was discouraged. “I’ll just go into the mosque,” he thought. It wasn’t the usual time of Muslim prayer, but he took his Bible, walked into the mosque, and sat in the middle of the carpet. [People traditionally sit on the floor at mosques.]

He opened his Bible and began to read it. Nothing happened. So he closed his Bible, stood up, and prepared to leave. But something forced him back to the ground, and he got worried. He couldn’t move. Suddenly a Muslim man ran up to him.

Read the next post to find out what happened after that.


What’s Happening in Yemen?

Window in Yemen

Yemen
Yemen is south of Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula — the largest peninsula in the world.

Religion
More than 98 percent of the people in Yemen are Muslims.

Problems
The people of Yemen are suffering because of a war in their country. Many are now homeless. Thousands have become sick because of a lack of food, water, and good health care.

Christians
People who leave their Muslim faith to follow Jesus are persecuted by their families and neighbors, and by the government. It is believed that there are a few thousand secret Christians in Yemen. Christians can be arrested if they try to lead Muslims to Christ.

To Talk About
In our country, we are free to let other people know about our faith. Do people around you know you are a Christian? If you decided to be a secret Christian for one day, what would you have to change about your life to keep your faith a secret?

Colorful Windows
Many traditional houses and buildings in Yemen have stained glass windows over doorways and in other places.

Window in Yemen

You can make a “stained glass window” using an 8 ½ by 11 piece of white paper.

*Fold the paper in half lengthwise and, crease the paper along the fold.
*Fold the paper in half lengthwise again, and crease.
*Unfold the paper and repeat, this time folding the paper widthwise.
*Unfold, and draw over each fold line with a black crayon or marker.
*Use a pencil to further divide each shape formed by the black lines. Draw over the pencil lines with the black crayon or marker.
*Color in all the spaces on the page with bright colors.
*Cut the paper so that the top of the page is rounded. If desired, tape the page to a sunny window.


Nazeera and Her Children

House in a village in Yemen

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. They said Nazeera would not be allowed to see them unless she became a Muslim again.

Mother, son, and sheep in Yemen

Please pray for Christian parents in Muslim countries who are separated from their children. Pray that they experience God’s faithfulness and comfort.

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


Yemen: A New Christian Family

 

Parents and Teachers: The August 2017 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about courageous Christians in Yemen, a country in the middle of a civil war. To subscribe to the free monthly newsletter, visit our subscription signup page. As you read the newsletters, you may want to share stories from this site with your children. Then pray together for the people in the stories.

Christian missionaries are not welcome in Yemen. No one is allowed to bring Bibles into the country to give or sell to others. More than 99 percent of the people are Muslim, and it is against the law to lead a Muslim to Christ.

Jesus told His followers to “go into all the world” and tell people about Him (Mark 16:15). But how can people in Yemen learn about Jesus if none of their family members or friends are Christians, they’ve never seen a Bible, and they don’t have a church or Sunday school to attend?

God is providing a way. Nadeen, a girl in Yemen, met a Christian at her university. Her friend told her about Jesus, and Nadeen’s faith grew. After she graduated, Nadeen found a private Facebook group for secret believers in Yemen and other nearby countries.

Others in Yemen are learning about God’s love for them through Christian websites and radio and TV programs. People from the region often visit this website, too. Sometimes they send emails to the site with questions or comments.

After months of talking with other believers on Facebook, Nadeen found out about a secret church in her area. She met a Christian man, and after a while, they married and had a child. Praise God for a new Christian family in Yemen!

Pray for them and other Christians in places where life can be dangerous for Christians.