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Ask a VOM Worker: What Can Kids Do?

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A VOM worker who has traveled to 13 countries shared the following advice for kids.

Question: What can children do now to prepare to serve the Lord as adults?
Answer: I think that learning how to wield the power of prayer is very important, even for young kids. They shouldn’t just rely on their parents to pray. Kids should be praying themselves, for their parents, friends, classmates, etc.

I believe that one’s effectiveness in serving the Lord is dependent on that person’s communication with the Lord. The more attuned one is with God, the better that person will know how to serve.

I have one son. He is 3. I want him to realize at an early age how blessed he is to live in America, which is still a relatively free country. I want him to have the burden of praying for Christians in other nations who do not have those same freedoms.


Ask a VOM Worker: Thoroughly Equipped for Every Good Work

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2 Timothy 3:26–17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

A VOM volunteer asked a VOM worker the following question. The worker has traveled to 27 countries in service to the Lord.

Question: Were there things that you learned as a child that helped prepare you for your work now?

Answer: No. I can’t see that there was anything that prepared me for this. I had a very humble upbringing. I wasn’t a believer as a kid. I didn’t come to Christ until I was 18.

I know people might want me to say God did this which prepared me for that. For me it’s more encouragement to see that God did nothing early on to prepare me. But when He called and I followed, He equipped me as I went. If God calls you and you act in obedience, He equips you with whatever you need to do whatever He’s called you to do.

Sometimes it’s great when you can see signposts in the past. But it’s even more encouraging for me to talk to those people who say they have no qualifications for missions work. To them I say, “Well, good. Go for it. You’re the perfect candidate for missions work.”


Ask a VOM Worker: VOM’s Mission

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Question: Is The Voice of the Martyrs’ goal to end the persecution of Christians?

A VOM worker’s answer: There is always a price to follow Jesus; it costs. The activity of spreading the gospel always has a cost.

The Bible tells us to “take up your cross daily” (Luke 9:23) and “count the cost” (Luke 14:28). The Bible requires that we be faithful witnesses under the leadership of Christ. We are his “personal property.” It’s up to him what happens after that.

There is always a price for being a faithful witness in a fallen world. The Voice of the Martyrs is not trying to end persecution. Evangelism causes persecution; we are aiding evangelism.

Christ is worth it — no question. It’s a good price even if I pay everything.

(Edited from the original source.)


If God is Calling You, Go!

Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently interviewed Will Hart of Iris Global, a missionary organization. Read part of their interview below to learn about Will’s advice for future missionaries.

(Source: VOM Radio. Edited and condensed for length and clarity.)

Todd: Welcome to The Voice of the Martyrs Radio. We are in the studio today with Will Hart. Will, thanks for being with us.

We have listeners who are sensing a call to go to some other nation and serve the Lord. How would you advise them? I am especially thinking of young people. [Will you] advise them or give them some next steps?

Will: One of the things that we do is we train up missionaries in our organization. We partner very closely with a lot of organizations. We are friends with YWAM. If anybody is looking to go, I would encourage them to get training. Get equipped to the best of your ability.

But at the end of the day, who is Jesus inside of you? Do you really love Him? The things that keep me going, the things that keep me continuing to give my life away are purely out of love.

We are compelled by love of Jesus to give our lives away for the sake of the gospel. Yes, get training. Go and get the best training from the best, whoever that is. But nothing will replace the positioning of yourself amongst the poor, the sick, the needy, and the broken.

This is not a light thing, knowing that the missionaries have been hurt. But if you are one of those that has the calling of the Lord, [you go]. At 17 years old, I had been saved for only six months. God spoke to me so clearly, that there wasn’t anything that could stop me. And I moved to Paraguay. I only had $200 a month that was coming in, and I had failed Spanish three times in high school. But I would walk the street and I would watch God move.

Go to the “Ask a VOM Worker” section in the archives of this site to read more advice for Christian youth.


Ask a VOM Worker: Prepare to Serve

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A VOM worker who has five children ages 3 to 14 was asked the following question.

Q: How can kids prepare to serve God in the future?

A: Children should begin to pray now that God will guide them to a place where he can use them to make a lasting impact for the kingdom, wherever that is. It may be somewhere outside of the United States, or it might be in their hometown. But wherever it is, I think each one of us has a circle of influence that we can use for his glory. Praying for that is really a good place to start.

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