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Christmases Past

Vietnam
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.


Spotlight Story

Christmas Care

Egypt

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 VOMBooks.com online store.


Spotlight Story

Struggling and Rejoicing

Laos

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

Bangladesh

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.


Spotlight Story

IDOP is November 13

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is on Sunday, November 13. Ask your Sunday school teacher or pastor if your church plans to observe IDOP. Or help your family, class, or group plan to participate in a VOM project or to begin praying regularly for persecuted Christians.

You can find IDOP Lesson Plans for a Sunday school class or other group in the Downloads section of this site.