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March 5, 2013

Call Me

The email came at 4:47 p.m., just before I shut down my computer for the evening.

“Dear sister,” it read. “I will be with our sister at around 11 a.m. local time. Can you please give me a phone call then?”

Great! I thought. I’d been waiting for weeks to interview this persecuted believer. She’d been in hiding, and I wanted to hear her story in her own words and encourage her by telling her how many believers in the U.S. were praying for her. It took weeks of emails to our contact and then waiting for the right time for him to be able to travel to see her.

I started calculating the time difference. 11 a.m. their time would be… 2 a.m. my time. Hmm. Well, there would be no chance to record the interview with our office equipment, since I’d be calling from my living room in the middle of the night.

I set my alarm for 1:50 a.m. When it beeped, I sat on my couch for a moment, preparing my heart and mind to reach across the ocean to touch this believer who had felt so alone for many months.

I dialed the number carefully, hoping I’d dialed correctly as I listened to the international dial tone sound. When our contact picked up, I said, “Hello, brother. This is Dory, from the U.S.” He replied, “Hello!” and I felt like I could detect a smile in his voice. “I can see that you are very prompt!”

We had to wait a little while for the sister to get ready. In the meantime, I caught up with our worker, who I’d only spoken with through email. He also asked me to greet the pastor who had sheltered the sister I was waiting to speak to, when she needed a safe place to stay.

Finally, the sister was ready for me. We spoke for about 45 minutes through an interpreter. It was a little challenging because I couldn’t see her face or read her body language. She had trouble understanding my American accent. But she was so grateful for our help to her, and when she thanked me, I knew I was receiving her thanks on behalf of hundreds of Christians here who had written letters to her, prayed for her and sent funds to help her. When we finished talking, I prayed for her and her country.

After I hung up, I paused for a moment before crawling back in bed. In the old days, VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand could wait weeks or months to receive a scrap of a letter smuggled from behind the Iron Curtain. It was amazing that today I was able to pick up the phone and call the mobile phone of our contact to speak to a persecuted sister and hear her story in her own words.

I’m sure you are curious about who I was talking to and what we talked about! You’ll have to wait a little longer for that information while we put together something special.

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thanks GOD help us !
good work doing the mission !
pray : GOD protect us & help us amen !

Thank you so much all VOM workers for the part that you do! Jesus will reward those who are "faithful in little", for those are the same who will be "faithful in much"! Keep on loving the Lord Jesus through His precious body of saints throughout the earth and "weeping with those who weep, rejoicing with those who rejoice"...What a privilege it would be to speak with dear sister and hear her testimony...you guys almost make me jealous! :-) If the Lord hadn't called me to something else, this would be the job I would beg Him for - as it is, I will be content as He has placed me. Never take for granted what you have! Thanks for your dedication and for giving us this fascinating "inside look". May He continue to touch your hearts and draw you closer to Him as you learn to "count the cost"...

Lord Jesus, thank you. Thank you for all of these family members who love You so much, thank you for those who suffer and for those who support the ones who suffer; Thank you that through your Spirit we can feel each other's pain. Please continue, Father, to pour Your Spirit out on this work and blessings on each believer, to feel Your presence there, guiding and comforting them...
Can't wait for that second installment!!

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