The following message is from Jonathan Ekman, The Voice of the Martyrs’ Vice President of International Ministries.
While traveling in northern Nigeria, I had the privilege of meeting a pastor who lives in a very hostile area where he is under constant threat from Boko Haram. He had already sent his family someplace safer, but he chose to stay and minister to the small local group of believers. Though many warned him of the danger, his burden to preach the gospel and shepherd the church encouraged him to stay.
When I asked him what VOM could do for him in this situation, his response humbled me: “Please pray for me and the church I lead,” he said. Amid this great trial, his first desire was for the prayers of God’s people.
Your family, class or group can play an important role in this work by committing to pray for front-line workers in the coming year. When you make a commitment to pray, VOM will send you a photo of a Christian worker who is boldly and faithfully serving in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting efforts in a difficult and dangerous area.
When you join in prayer with friends and family for our brothers and sisters in hostile and restricted areas, you are helping advance the kingdom of God around the world, for His glory and His alone.
For more information about making a commitment to pray, see the February 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine or visit persecution.com/FLW.