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Update from Ilmurad Nurliev Released

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“I want to thank everyone who supported me and helped [in] my release,” said Pastor Ilmurad Nurliev. He had been a prisoner in Turkmenistan since August 2010. VOM supporters sent thousands of encouraging letters to the pastor through the website.

Visit the site to find the names of other prisoners you can write to, as well as stories about Pastor Nurliev and other released prisoners.

Adopted Child Taken


A Christian couple in Iran waited years to be able to legally adopt a child. No doubt they were very thankful when the adoption was final.

But Iran’s government does not want Christianity to spread in their Muslim nation. They put Christians in prison for crimes the Christians did not really commit.

Officials wanted the Christian parents to file complaints against Christians who were in prison. The couple would not do what the officials wanted them to do.

So security officers took the couple’s adopted child away from them and said, “If you want your child back, you must file a complaint against your fellow Christian in prison.”

Update from Li Ying Released

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Li Ying is a Christian woman in China. In 2002, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her Christian activity. She had been the editor of her church newspaper.

The Voice of the Martyrs has learned that Li Ying was recently released from prison five years early! She said that letters written on her behalf helped her receive better conditions in prison and helped lead to her release.

VOM supporters wrote more than 11,000 letters to Li Ying through the website.

Praise God for her release and ask him to continue to protect her.

VOM Flashback: Building Blocks Scene

BricksDelivering goods to Sudanese Christians

“For more than 10 years, The Voice of the Martyrs has been active in Sudan delivering medical care, Sudan Life Packs, Scriptures, and pastoral training” (

VOM supporters found a unique way to illustrate VOM’s work in Sudan in 2005. They used plastic building blocks to show VOM workers delivering goods to Sudanese Christians. (See photo.)

For more information about VOM’s current work in Sudan, go to:

God’s Resources for Us


A VOM worker recently visited a country where Christians are sometimes arrested for sharing the gospel in public. But the Christians continue to witness boldly, even to police officers!

The worker shared his thoughts about their boldness during devotions at VOM. He said, “The resources the Lord provided Peter and John are the same resources he provides to Christians in [the restricted nation] and the same resources he gives to us.”

Read Acts 4:1-31 to learn more about Peter and John’s boldness. Do you think that the boldness God gave Peter and John and that he gives persecuted Christians to share the gospel is available to you?