Published on June 25th, 2012
Sisters Felicity and Lydia, and their friend Ashley, recently traveled to The Voice of the Martyrs’ headquarters to volunteer in the Operations Center. It was Felicity’s fifth trip to VOM, Lydia’s fourth, and Ashley’s first. During their visits, the girls have packed Action Packs, stuffed envelopes, sorted mail, and shrink wrapped packages. Like other VOM volunteers, they are an important part of VOM’s ministry to the persecuted church.
The girls were homeschooled, and they have been aware of VOM and persecuted Christians for most of their lives. At home, they have participated in VOM projects such as Bibles Unbound and Prisoner Alert. They regularly share the gospel and information about the persecuted church with others.
Ashley said that learning about persecuted Christians has helped her realize that church is different in other places. “We complain all the time,” she said. “We’re not as on fire for Christ. they pray for us!”
Felicity said, “If we meet [Christians who were persecuted] in heaven, are they going to say, ‘You had the opportunity and free speech to witness, but you didn’t!’ You have to deny yourself and go witness.”
Felicity, Lydia, and Ashley are open to God’s leading in their lives. They have some ideas to share with younger kids.
“We took notebooks to church and took notes,” said Lydia. “Pay attention in church, and review what the pastor said.”
“Your life is never on hold,” said Felicity. “You’re not in a waiting period. There is something God wants you to do right now.”
Ashley added, “If following God is scary, not following him is even scarier.”
Learn more about volunteering at The Voice of the Martyrs at www.vomvolunteer.com.