22 posts categorized “Be a Voice Network”

August 26, 2013

Growing Up with VOM

The following account comes from VOM’s Be-a-Voice Network member, Jessi S. For information about how you can be a part of the Be-a-Voice Network, visit http://www.be-a-voice.net.

I first learned about Voice of the Martyrs when I was at a homeschool conference at the end of my 4th grade year, nine years ago. They were passing out newsletters and information about the persecuted Christians around the world. My mom and I picked up several past issues of Kids of Courage and The Voice of the Martyrs. I read every issue as soon as I got home. 

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Then I signed up to receive the newsletter every month. When I would get each issue in the mail, I would highlight each persecuted Christian’s name and write their name in a prayer journal as a way to remind myself to pray for them. I then started explaining about the persecuted church to my church.

When I first started, many people did not think that they needed to pray for people outside of the United States, and some even doubted that there was persecution going on. A few people were very discouraging about it. Thankfully, through much prayer, God not only showed my church, but He also showed me just how desperately we needed to continue to pray and support our brothers and sisters who were suffering.

I then started teaching from the Bold Believers in Chiapas [available from the Downloads section of www.kidsofcourage.com] book for my Sunday school class. We had 5 children ages 5-12, learning and studying about persecuted Christians. One of the children’s favorite activities was when we taped off the size of a typical prison cell. I then had the children get in the area to see how small it was and then we tried it with adults. They were amazed!  They thought it was small for one person. I then explained that there would be at least 2 or 3 adults in each cell. 

I have been a Be A Voice member since July of 2009. God has worked in my life and blessed me tremendously. I have a greater appreciation for Jesus Christ as I see the persecution these Christians face and how it doesn’t compare to what Jesus did for me. I am blessed to live in a country where we don’t face persecution to the point of death. Teaching young children, hearing them share the stories with their parents, and knowing that they also have a heart for the persecuted church has blessed me. 

I thought that my prayers would be helping them and they do, but at the same time praying for the persecuted church has strengthened my walk with Christ. Now that I am in my sophomore year of college, I am seeing just how blessed I am and so thankful that I can worship Christ freely. I do not fear that I will die while worshipping my Lord and Savior!

VOM’s Kids of Courage resources help parents and educators teach children ages 5 to 13 about persecuted Christians around the world, and provide opportunities for children to serve and pray for them.

December 27, 2012

Prayer Bulletin: Senegal Arrests

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 11.31.46 AMWe have a new Be-A-Voice-Network Prayer Bulletin available for you to download and share with your friends today.  Since I am in an area using internet that won't let me access certain websites at the moment, including the Be-A-Voice-Network website, I can only share with you the first sentence of our new bulletin. Sorry about that.

On Nov. 6, two Brazilian missionaries to Senegal were arrested and imprisoned in Dakar. Jose Dilson Alves da Silva has worked in Senegal for 22 years...

Please click here to download the full bulletin.

November 7, 2012

IRAN: Christians Face Court Hearings and More Arrests

The following is from our latest Be-A-Voice-Network prayer alert. You can read the full alert by clicking here.

On Oct. 15, five believers from Muslim backgrounds faced legal proceedings on charges of anti-state activity and participation in Christian activities. The five Christians, who were detained eight months ago following a raid on a house church in Shiraz, were informed at the hearing that they must return to court for a second hearing next month, possibly on Nov. 14. Four of the five were offered release from jail on substantial bail, which relatives and friends are trying to pay. The group␣s leader, however, was not offered bail.

On Oct. 12, seven more Christians with Muslim backgrounds were arrested in Shiraz during a raid on a prayer meeting. At last report, they remain under detention. Two additional members of the group were arrested on Oct. 18 after being summoned by authorities.

Source: Middle East Concern

November 1, 2012

New Prayer Bulletin: Persecution Increasing

Screen shot 2012-11-01 at 2.37.07 PMFor many years, several remote villages in northern Sierra Leone have been controlled by militant Muslims, and no churches have existed. But recent evangelistic efforts have resulted in the conversion of a number of Muslims to the Christian faith. Village leaders, angered by the growth of Christianity, have threatened to harm evangelists if they don't stay out of their villages.

In one village, more than 300 people have converted to Christianity, including the village chieftain. Muslims in the village thought it was disgraceful that the chieftain had turned his back on the holy prophet Muhammad, so they elected their own leader. The village is now divided, and tensions are increasing. Some Muslims have begun to attack Christians as they walk to their farms.

In another village, Muslims attacked a Christian gathering. The evangelist had to flee for his life, and the welfare of the remaining Christians is unknown.

Source: VOM contacts, Be A Voice Network

October 4, 2012

RUSSIA: Church Demolished

Screen shot 2012-10-04 at 3.23.15 PMIn our most recent Be-A-Voice-Network prayer alert we offer up a synopsis of what happened to the Holy Trinity Pentecostal Church located in just outside of Moscow. 

In early September, the church was destroyed and had valuables stolen that were inside the church.  They also took the church's caretaker to the police station, where she was held for three hours.

Please click here to download this latest prayer alert and please pray for the believers in Russia and share this with your praying friends.

September 21, 2012

PAKISTAN: Young Girl Arrested for Blasphemy Released

A few days ago our Be-A-Voice-Network released a new prayer bulletin for our precious sister in Christ, Rimsha Masih, who is a teenager with Down Syndrome that was recently released from prison because she was accused of blasphemy.

Please pray for her and her family, as they heal from this traumatic event.   Please click here to download our prayer bulletin in PDF format.

Screen shot 2012-09-21 at 3.09.28 PMA young, mentally challenged girl accused of blasphemy, Rimsha Masih, was released on bail after a court hearing in Islamabad on Sept. 7. Two individuals posted bond of 500,000 rupees (over $5,000 USD) for Rimsha, promising that she would appear in court when summoned. On Sept. 8, amid stringent security measures, Rimsha was taken by helicopter to an unknown location after her release from Adiala Jail.

On Aug.16, 14-year-old Rimsha was arrested for burning papers that reportedly bore Quranic verses. Her plight attracted sharp condemnation because she is underage, illiterate and said to suffer from learning difficulties.

Witnesses later provided statements saying the prayer leader of the local mosque, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, had tampered with evidence. Chishti has since been arrested for blasphemy under suspicion that he planted the papers in a bag Rimsha used for collecting paper for fuel.

August 30, 2012

SRI LANKA: Christian Pastor and Wife Attacked

We have our latest prayer bulletin available now for download.  Click here to download the PDF of this bulletin and please share it with your praying friends.

Here's a little of what is inside this bulletin:

Screen shot 2012-08-30 at 3.56.24 PMA pastor and his wife were attacked in Deniyaya on Aug. 9 after visiting a female church member. They were returning home on their motorcycle when a vehicle suddenly cut them off, causing the pastor's wife to be thrown to the ground. They were then attacked by a mob of about 40 men, including five Buddhist monks and a government official, shouting, "Attack them! Kill them!"

The mob forced the pastor and his wife to return to the home of the woman they had just visited, and they asked the woman and her daughter how much they were paid to convert to Christianity. The woman and her daughter denied being paid and told them it was their decision based on personal conviction.

The pastor was repeatedly beaten, but he and his wife were able to escape. Although injured, he refused to go to the hospital for fear the attackers would find him and inflict further injuries.

Source: National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL)

August 23, 2012

TANZANIA: Christian Teen Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Screen shot 2012-08-23 at 2.56.01 PMToday we have a new prayer bulletin for you from our Be-A-Voice-Network ministry.  If you haven't joined our Be-A-Voice-Network yet, it's very easy.  Just visit here to sign up and you'll have insider access to the network and an opportunity to fellowship with other likeminded believers.

Here's the latest information from Tanzania:

A teenager in Tanzania was sentenced to two years in prison last month after being accused of desecrating the Quran. Eva Abdullah, 17, converted from Islam to Christianity three years ago. After her conversion, her parents disowned her and a group of radicals in her hometown of Bagamoyo tried to persuade her to renounce her Christian faith. When she refused, they falsely accused her of desecrating a Quran.

Many Christian leaders were afraid to defend Eva because of Muslim dominance in the district. On July 26, Eva was sentenced to two years in prison by a judge who was allegedly bribed by Islamic militants.

Source: VOM Canada

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF and use the targeted prayer points to pray. 

August 17, 2012

Syria: Christians Fleeing by Thousands

Screen shot 2012-08-17 at 4.19.44 PMHere is the latest from our wonderful Be-A-Voice-Network prayer updates.  If you haven't joined the network yet, please click here to join today.

Thousands of Christians have fled Syria after being accused of supporting the Assad regime or observing a "Western religion." Church groups report that some believers have even been killed. Among those killed was Atallah Ibrahim Bitar, who was shot to death while taking food to people forced into hiding by a week-long bombardment, according to Christian aid workers. Most of the 10,000 Christian residents have left the area of Qusayr, near Homs, "after reportedly being given an ultimatum to leave, a threat which was also echoed by the mosques," according to aid workers in the region. Workers with another ministry described the city as "an extremely dangerous place for those who remain and it is clear that Christians no longer feel safe in their homes." According to a Dutch aid group, 90 percent of Christians living in Homs fled after "fanatics" forced them to leave their homes. An estimated 50,000 people have fled Homs since February. Source: BosNewsLife

Please click here to download the full prayer bulletin.  Don't forget to print it up and share it with your friends.

August 15, 2012

Partnering with Strategic Partners to Help the Persecuted Church

Screen shot 2012-08-15 at 3.45.25 PMThousands of pastors, church leaders, evangelists and lay workers labor to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in restricted nations around the world.

Many of them live in poverty, their lives torn apart by prejudice, oppression and violent persecution because of their love for Christ. Through VOM’s PSP program, you can help provide these warriors of faith with life-sustaining necessities such as food, clothing and clean water.

For just $35 a month,* you can provide ministry support for a persecuted pastor, allowing this worker for Christ to focus on serving fellow Christians and witnessing to non-believers. The PSP program allows you to serve the persecuted church in a tangible way. Help spread the gospel and make disciples in a restricted nation by pledging support and encouragement to a PSP pastor today.

To learn more about the program, read the FAQs below.

* We ask that those who sign up for the PSP program commit to at least one year of sponsorship to ensure stability for the worker.

Please click here to read more of the important details and please help.