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Delaware Volunteers and Imran Update

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Youth group prepares VOM resources for mailing

Louder than Words is on a mission trip. Last week, the discipleship and mime group from Dover, Delaware visited The Voice of the Martyrs’ headquarters to volunteer at VOM’s Operations Center. On previous stops during their trip, the homeschooled teens cleaned a camp in Tennessee and worked at a YWCA in Missouri. On their way home, they plan to work at churches and do Christian mime presentations.

At a stop in Virginia, they joined another group in praying for persecuted Christians and writing to Christians featured on VOM’s Prisoner Alert website. One of the prisoners they wrote was Imran Ghafur, who has been in prison in Pakistan for his faith since 2009. At VOM devotions during their visit, the teens were able to hear an update on Imran given by a VOM worker. They learned that Imran has a ministry inside his prison, and says he will be a missionary for Jesus when he is released.

To learn more about Imran and other prisoners, visit PrisonerAlert. For more information about volunteering at VOM, visit the volunteer page at Persecution.com.


Ask a VOM Worker: Countries, Part 2

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Question: Which countries need prayer the most?

Answer from a VOM worker who deals with the Middle East: I think my heart goes out the most to Saudi Arabia. It’s very closed and secretive. There are few believers, and those who are there have to be very secretive. They cannot talk about who they are or where they are. I also feel the need to pray for Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria. They have had unrest, but there is also a great openness among the people to the gospel.


Ask a VOM Worker: Countries

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Question: Which of the countries you have visited is your favorite? Which countries need prayer the most?

Answer: My favorite is Sudan because that was the first one I went to and the one I have visited the most. Ministry has changed a lot there over the years. When I first went there, it was an open war zone. You could do whatever you wanted and didn’t have to hide because it was already a war zone.

The need for prayer changes, depending on all that’s happening. Right now Pakistan is very much in the forefront. But probably the country that’s most on my mind in North Korea. It’s probably the most restricted nation, or one of the top two. The other is Saudi Arabia.


Praying for VOM

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A girl in Virginia wrote the following letter to The Voice of the Martyrs.

Dear VOM,
My name is Susannah S. I am 10 years old and I would like you to know that I am praying for you. I think that you are doing very well. I hope that you understand what this must mean to Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. I think that you are really brave to go into the countries where Christians are restricted. Love and God bless.

VOM workers appreciate readers’ prayers for them and for suffering Christians.


Proud to Fail

Kids in Turkey
Kids in Turkey

Children’s Day is celebrated on April 23 in Turkey. The president and other government officials turn their jobs over to children for the day.

Some Christian children do not have an easy time at schools in Turkey. Nuray was a junior high school student at a public school in Turkey. More than 1,100 students went to her school, but Nuray was one of the few Christians.

Nuray used to be a Muslim like most of the other students. After learning about God’s love for her, she became a Christian. But she still had to take a class about Islam, the religion of Muslims. To pass a written test for the class, Nuray would have to agree that Islam was the truth. Instead, she left the questions blank. She failed the test. “I’m proud to have failed a test like that,” she said.

The principal tried to get Nuray to return to Islam, but she refused. Nuray is not afraid to stand up for her belief that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.