A web site went live this week that represents a significant new endeavor for The Voice of the Martyrs in answering our call to be a voice for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
VOMRadio.net represents the beginning of what will become a half hour weekly radio show featuring the testimonies of our Christian family around the world, and stories from VOM workers who travel into hostile and restricted nations and meet first-hand with Christians who serve and suffer in those places.
The show is launching online and as a podcast this week, and in 2015 VOM will pursue broadcast opportunities with Christian radio stations around the US.
Todd Nettleton will host the weekly show. As VOM’s media spokesperson, Todd has done more than 2,000 media interviews over the past 16 years and interviewed hundreds of Christians who have faced persecution.
“I have a LOT to learn about hosting a weekly show,” Nettleton said. “There is a lot more to think about in terms of timing and pacing when you’re producing the show than there is when you’re just answering questions. But I’m very excited about this opportunity and about letting listeners hear first-hand from our persecuted family.”
The goal is to give listeners in-depth insights about serving Christ in difficult places and under intense persecution. How can someone hang on to—and even increase—their faith in an Iranian prison? What is it like for a VOM worker to sit down with a wife whose husband is in jail in China? What do you say to her? Why does the North Korean government work so hard to stamp out Christianity? These are a few topics addressed in the first four episodes of VOM Radio, available online now.
Nettleton says the show is a work in progress. “As we start out we are trying different things. Some shows will focus on one nation or one Christian the whole 30 minutes; others will mix it up a bit with shorter interviews and maybe talk about two or three countries.”
“We really want feedback from listeners,” said Nettleton. “What do you like about what we’ve done, and what suggestions do you have about what you’d like to hear?”
There are multiple ways to provide feedback, all listed on www.VOMRadio.net.