From a reader: “totally by surprise”
December 11, 2012
Editor's note: Each day VOM's Reader Services office gets phone calls, letters and emails from readers across the U.S. and around the world. Today we want to share one of those letters, which came to us from Mary Ann:
First off, The Voice of the Martyrs came to me totally by surprise. I hadn't subscribed or really even knew very much about the ministry, even though I had heard of it.
Being curious, I began to open the envelope and simultaneously was filled with a spirit of heaviness and was completely overcome from within the core of my being with tears. From this encounter, I have believed God specifically wants me to support The Voice of the Martyrs. It must be of great importance to Him, even more so to those in need.
And as I read the testimonies of these marvelous saints, their sufferings come home to my heart each time. Thus, I pray. I am encouraged and amazed by their strength and courage in the midst of total loss of earthly possessions and often family. Their pain most surely would be insurmountable without the Lord overshadowing them.
I'm often left wondering if I am also that kind of Christian. Should the need ever arise in these United States, I pray I am. Truly, it can only be as we abide in Christ and He abides in us.
Therefore, reading these articles creates a sense of profound and solemn desire to serve the Lord as He directs. Thank you for giving me a platform from which to share.
Thank you, Mary Ann, for sharing your heart. If you would like to receive the newsletter which has inspired Mary Ann, you can sign up here. If you have thoughts to share or questions to ask about VOM's work, feel free to contact us. You may also choose to support VOM's work to assist persecuted Christians.