I know it has been quite a while since I've posted anything. Sorry to have vanished! Today I want to share with you all something that I'm really super excited about! I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with an amazing organization called The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). Anyone heard of it? It is a ministry that serves Christians in over 50 nations who are persecuted for their faith in Christ. I get to work at their US headquarters for 6 weeks or so this winter, helping with everything that needs to be done here so that they can work effectively overseas. I will try to give you an idea of the work that VOM does.
-VOM provides medical help to believers who have been wounded in church bombings and attacks on Christian villages. Here is the story of a little boy who has received medical help from VOM after being rescued from a burning house when his village was attacked by Muslims.
-VOM has provided Bibles to over 2.5 million believers who could not obtain a copy of God's Word because it is illegal in their country.
-VOM stands alongside believers who are imprisoned because of their Christian activities. I just read about 185 people from a little country in Africa called Eritrea who were arrested last month for gathering together for prayer. At least 80 of them were women and children, and many still remain in prison. At www.prisoneralert.com VOM gives people like you and me the opportunity to write letters to these imprisoned believers.
-VOM provides financial support to the families of martyrs. Diego was a pastor in Columbia. He was murdered by FARC guerillas 3 weeks after moving with his wife and toddler to a village where he was going to start a church. His wife Luz was pregnant with twins when he died. VOM has helped Luz provide for herself and her 3 young children.
These are just a few things that The Voice of the Martyrs does to help persecuted Christians.
Did you know that there are over 400,000,000 (yes, that's million) Christians around the world who face persecution? In China, Iran, Cuba, Nigeria, Vietnam, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Egypt, just to name a few, Christians are harassed, beaten, arrested, tortured, and yes, even killed because they believe in Jesus--even little children. They are denied jobs, education and social rights; their churches and homes are destroyed, and children are turned out of their fathers' homes just because they love our Savior. Lets not forget those who are faithfully and boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ and the sacrifices they are making to do so. Hebrews 13:3 tells us to remember those in bonds as if bound with them.
Go to www.persecution.com to find out how you can support and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters.