Published on September 24th, 2015
The Voice of the Martyrs hears many stories about the courage of persecuted Christians. But “persecuted Christians are not super Christians,” said a VOM worker. “They are ordinary people who through God’s grace and power have been enabled to do extraordinary things. We serve the same God and have access to the same grace and power.”
Like other people, persecuted Christians sometimes get discouraged. VOM-USA workers recently talked with a worker from Nepal who helps persecuted Christians in his country. Read below what he said about times when he has been discouraged.
A couple of years ago I thought of quitting VOM and moving to another country to settle down. But my wife reminded me what would happen [to the persecuted Christians] if we left.
Even though we have lots of trouble and problems and discouragement….I feel like I should do more. Everybody calls The Voice of the Martyrs “a Christian ambulance” because we help people.
Many times I have felt tired and wanted to quit, but Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
My wife is my right hand. Sometimes I feel pressure to do [wrong things to enemies]. She said, “No, don’t do that. I have never read in the Bible about any Christian raising a hand toward the enemy.” So I stopped saying that.
Please pray that God will give me another 20 years to my life so we can do double what we have been doing. Many people are targeting me. Maybe they will find me alone and maybe I will lose my life. So pray for me.
(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited and paraphrased from the original for clarity and length.)
To Talk About
- Why do Christians in Nepal call The Voice of the Martyrs “the Christian ambulance?”
- What does he mean when he says his wife is his “right hand?”
- Why does he want 20 more years added to his life?
- Who helps you when you are discouraged?
- How can you help other Christians who are discouraged?