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Ask a VOM Worker: Getting Prepared, Part 1


Q: What kinds of things did you do as a child that helped prepare you for your work now?

A: This is kind of a funny one, but I think being open to eating other kinds of food. I always wanted to try new things. Just trying is good. Now when I go to India I can eat curry, fish heads, and the food that they love.

Also, getting a heart for other nations at a young age. My fourth grade teacher had been a missionary, so I was made aware of the need for the gospel in other countries. Then when I was in middle school, we would come to VOM headquarters and volunteer at the warehouse. Even when I was in Boy Scouts, I did my community service hours at VOM. That’s how I got involved, and later God opened the door for me to come work here.

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Christmases Past

A boy from the Black Hmong tribe

Last year, VOM supporters provided Christmas Care Packs to children in India, and in 2009, children in Vietnam received them. The following thank you notes came to VOM from previous recipients of the gifts.

“On this Christmas, I’m given a gift and I’m so happy about this. I like the backpack the most because of the message on it, ‘Jesus loves me.’ So I’ll not be afraid when I go to school.”

“I was very happy when I was given this gift. I promise that I will study hard to not betray those who love and care about me. I wish I could meet those who support us. Thank you very much and may God bless you.”

I’m so happy to receive this gift. It’s not only big, but also heavy for me. I couldn’t carry it. I will try to become a good servant for God.”

See the post Christmas Care for more information about the Christmas Care program.

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Christmas Care


Every year, VOM supporters provide Christmas Care packs to children in countries where Christians are persecuted. This year, children in Egypt and other North African countries will receive the packs, which will include:

  • a new set of clothing
  • toiletries, including soap, toothpaste and toothbrush
  • school supplies, including a notebook, pens and crayons
  • treats, vitamins and a toy
  • Christian books and coloring books.

The children are encouraged to know that Christians from other countries care for them and are thinking about them at Christmastime.

Learn More: To find out more Christmas Care and how your family or group can sponsor a pack, check the November 2011 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter, or visit the online store.

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Struggling and Rejoicing


The Voice of the Martyrs recently received a report about eight Christian families who live at a village in Laos. They raise chickens, pigs, fish, ducks, and water buffalo in the village. Their farms are a 3- to 4-hour walk from the village. So they stay at their farms, except on Thursdays and Sundays when they return home to worship God together at the village.

Most of the other people in the village are not Christians and they hate the Christians. When the Christian families are away working on their farm, villagers steal, kill, and eat their animals!

Some of the Christians would like to leave the village and live somewhere else, but they have nowhere to go. Even with all their struggles, they are strong in their faith and rejoice in the Lord. Please pray for them, and for their persecutors to notice their joy in the Lord and to seek Jesus.

Ask a VOM Worker Story

Ask a VOM Worker: Scary Driving


Question for a VOM worker who travels in Asia: What is the scariest situation you have been in while working for VOM?

Answer: I would have to say driving in Bangladesh! I know it’s not persecution-related, but it was just crazy. National Geographic says that the road between Bangladesh and India (there’s only one road) is the most dangerous in the world. It was pretty scary.