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 August 26th, 2016
Miriam is 9 years old and she lives in a country where most of the people are Muslims. Even though both of her parents are alive, she has to live at a secret location in an orphanage.
This all started when Miriam’s mother fell to the temptation to become a Muslim, and she left her family and married a Muslim man. She wanted Miriam to join her and become a Muslim, too. She started a lawsuit to try to get custody of Miriam.
But Miriam wanted to stay faithful to Jesus and to live with her father. However, it was not safe to stay with her father. So she was sent to a secret orphanage.
Her mom’s new husband is trying everything he can think of to find Miriam. Every night, Miriam asks God for a solution to her problem so she can live with her father again. Now she can see him only once a month.
Please join Miriam in praying for a solution.
(Source: Stef, the children’s publication of VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands.)
To Talk About
- In a country where most people are Muslims, why might some Christians be tempted to become Muslims?
- What are some things people can do to stay close to Jesus when they face temptations?
Published on July 28th, 2016
When Jesus told His followers to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15), He knew it would not always be easy. The governments of some countries do not want people to bring Bibles into their countries.
It is against the law in North Korea to share the gospel of Jesus. For many years, The Voice of the Martyrs has sponsored the launching of balloons that carry Scriptures into North Korea. (Watch a balloon launch in the video below.)
In the past, VOM wasn’t sure if balloons landed safely in the North Korea or if anyone read them. But now GPS devices let us know where the balloons land.
Recently, the North Korean government also let people know that the balloons are landing in their country! The North Korean government’s news service published a statement complaining about “Voice of Martyrs” and their “tricky” balloon launches.
The report said, “They are getting trickier in fixing time and locations for their scattering operation against DPRK.” (DPRK stands for “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” which is what North Koreans call their country.)
- North Koreans to come to know Christ.
- The safety of workers who help the gospel spread in North Korea.
Published on July 26th, 2016
Watch the video clip to see an Iraqi boy reading the story of David and Jonathan from the Arabic Action Bible.
Published on July 25th, 2016
Syrian boy praying
J.G. Spires, who wrote this story, is a summer intern at The Voice of the Martyrs and a college student.
Imagine being the only Christian at school. That’s the struggle many Christian children in the Middle East face. They have to go to Muslim schools because those are the only schools where they live. If they don’t go to school, they can’t get good jobs and often remain very poor. Their parents teach them about Jesus, but when they go to school, their teachers tell them about being a Muslim and make them say the Islamic prayers and memorize verses from the Quran. This can be confusing for young children trying to learn who God really is.
Christian parents worry about what will happen to the children. They want their children to know about Jesus’s love, but in some places, it’s against the law to be a Christian. Sometimes, Christian children are bullied and beaten up by their classmates because they aren’t Muslims. If they don’t do what their teachers tell them at school, the children get in trouble. When their parents ask the teachers not to force the children to study Islam, the parents may get in trouble. Please pray for Christian children and their parents who are surrounded by people who don’t want them to follow Jesus.
Published on July 12th, 2016
The boy (in the red shirt) who read the Bible for six hours
VOM contacts recently went door-to-door in Uganda to tell people about Jesus. (Enter “Uganda” in the Search box to read about the lives of Christians in Uganda.) At one house, a teenage boy answered the door.
“He had heard about God, but he did not care about God at all,” the workers said later. “He did whatever he wanted to do with no guidance from anyone.
“He admitted he had not been living a good life….He could read, so we gave him a Bible. At first he read from Psalm 1. By the time he got to Verse 3, he realized that his hands were dirty.
“‘I cannot read with dirty hands,’ he said. ‘Let me wash and return.’ He washed his hands then read the whole Psalm.
“We went on to another house, and when we passed by his house two hours later, he was still reading his Bible. After six hours, we stopped by his house on our way out of the village, and he was still reading. ‘I can’t stop reading,’ he said. ‘Every word I read invites me to read more….I pray I come to know more about this God.’ We told him about a Bible teacher and a fellowship that could help him.”
(Source: VOM contacts. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)
To Think About
- Read Psalm 1. Why is it a good Bible passage to show someone who has not been living a godly life?
- Why do you think Christians in Uganda go door-to-door telling people about Jesus when Christians in some parts of the Uganda are persecuted?
- Do you know someone who is not a Christian? What do you think their reaction might be if you offered them a Bible? (Discuss any plans to witness to a non-Christian with a mature Christian adult, and ask for their advice and prayers.)
- Why do you think the boy felt he needed to wash his hands while reading the Bible?