What do Muslims believe?
Are the God of the Bible and Allah of the Quran the same?
What is Shariah law?
How should we react to terrorism?
How can we witness to Muslims?
How do Christian beliefs about women differ from Muslim beliefs?
How are Christians treated in Muslim countries?
Published on September 16th, 2016
Mary, another Nigerian Christian who uses a prosthetic leg
Evelyn, age 16, was kidnapped by Muslim terrorists in Nigeria. She was prepared to die for her faith in Christ. “I told God that He is the one that brought me to this world, and if He decides to let me go at that time, I have nothing to say. I am ready to die at the time God has set for me.”
Thankfully, Evelyn survived and escaped from the terrorists. But a bomb injured her leg during a terrorist battle. Now she has to use a prosthetic leg. (Prosthesis are artificial, man-made body parts.) A VOM clinic in Nigeria made the new leg for her.
A VOM worker from the U.S. visited Evelyn in Nigeria. She told the worker, “I thank God and believe He kept me [alive] because He has a purpose for my life. I am ready and willing to work for God.
“As a student, I will need prayers for my academics so that I will excel more and in my life as I grow. I want to live a life of a blameless Christian. I want Christians to also pray for my parents who have been so loving and caring. God gave them the hearts to continue to love me. My parents did not desert me, and they look at me as their princess.”
(Source: VOM contacts. Edited from the original for length and clarity.)
Published on September 12th, 2016
Lion in Nigeria
A pastor from Nigeria recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs to talk about persecution in his country.
“Northeastern Nigeria is not a safe place for Christians,” he said. It is like living in the midst of lions. Yes, the best way to explain the situation is like that of a goat living in the midst of lions. Every Christian in the northeast fits into this description. It’s only the grace of God that is sustaining me and other Christians there.”
The pastor has been the target of persecutors. His house was burned down, and some of his teeth were broken in an attack by radical Muslims.
The pastor knows he could be attacked again at any time. He follows Jesus’ instructions to “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). When he suspects that enemies are searching for him, he parks his car near his house as if he were at home. Then he quietly and secretly slips away from his house on foot. Christians in other locations let him stay at their home for a while.
Pray for the pastor’s protection.
Published on September 8th, 2016
Iraqi children in school
Christians in Iraq have been driven from their homes and their cities by fighters who belong to ISIS, a radical Muslim group. Christian families have to leave behind their belongings and everything that is familiar to them.
When they arrive in another country, there is often no place for the children to go to school. Many Iraqi children have been out of school for more than a year.
With VOM’s help, a church near a refugee camp has started a school. (See the photo above.) The church leaders fixed up a house with a big backyard. They planned to open the school to 25 children. About 100 students signed up.
The goal of the school is to “bring the love of God to every house through the children.”
Enter “Iraq” in the Search box to find stories and videos about Christians from Iraq.
To Think About
If you had to leave your house without carrying anything away with you, what would you miss the most when you settled in a new place? Pray for Iraqi children who miss the things they had to leave behind.
Published on August 31st, 2016
Brandy, a teacher who uses the DVDs and guides, said, “Here’s a little something I am putting together for the children in our Wednesday night kids’ class as we wrap up our Torchlighters study.” Brandy copied pages from the guides on cardstock, four to a page. She made booklets for her students to help them remember what they had learned. (See the photo)
(Source: Torchlighters and Brandy F. of Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood. Used by permission.)
Published on August 30th, 2016
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.)