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Ask a VOM Worker: Prepare for the Hard Times

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Question: What can kids to to prepare to serve God as adults?

Worker who has worked at The Voice of the Martyrs for six years: Develop a relationship, an intimacy, with your heavenly Father. That’s huge. Being able to talk one on one with your heavenly Father will prepare you for anything. God “gets” you.

Be careful that you’re not always thinking of you. Take the time to think about others and what’s going on with them.

Worker who has worked at The Voice of the Martyrs for ten years: Don’t run away from trials and hard things. Face them. They will prepare you. [Kids] face rejection in school and not being popular, Christians in particular. When you’re going through that, you don’t understand it, but it will help you be ready.

Don’t be afraid; trust in the Lord.

Memorize as much Scripture as you can. The Word in you will give you the strength to stand in hard times. Memorize and meditate on Scripture.

To Think About
What do you think of the workers’ advice? Is there anything you can do in the next few weeks to put some of their suggestions into practice?


Jesus: He Lived Among Us in Chinese

From the very beginning, Jesus’ followers faced hardship when they shared their faith. Jesus: He Lived Among Us is their story, told through the eyes of Jesus’ disciple John.

The Voice of the Martyrs produced the DVD with today’s persecuted church in mind. It is now being translated into 13 languages so that its message can be shared around the world. The Chinese language version is included in this post, but many other languages are included in our Jesus: He Lived Among Us YouTube playlist.

Go to www.FreeJesusMovie.com to find out how your church can get a copy of the DVD.


Indonesian Love Story

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Sini reading her Bible

Sini grew up in a Muslim family in Indonesia. When she was a child, she went to a party at her aunt’s house in another village. She met Ismail, a Christian boy, at the party. They became friends, even though Ismail was a Christian. After Sini returned to her village she and Ismail kept in touch by writing letters.

Sini was a devoted Muslim. Following Muslim customs, she prayed memorized Muslim prayers five times a day.

Several years after she met Ismail, Sini had a scary illness that caused her legs to become paralyzed. Her parents looked for people to heal her: they took her to doctors, who used medicine, and shamans, who used magic, but she remained unwell. In his letters to her, Ismail suggested that Sini pray in the name of Jesus.

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A Blessed Baby

Rajah
Rajah

A man and his wife who work for The Voice of the Martyrs recently had a baby girl! Dory, the baby’s mother, recently shared her thoughts:

“We named her ‘Rajah,’ a transliteration of the word for ‘hope’ used in Arabic Bibles when it refers to future hope. [Arabic and English use different alphabets to form words. Transliteration is when a word in one language is written using characters from another alphabet.]

“Here on earth we expect tribulation, enduring patiently, but we also rejoice in our hope for the future (Romans 12:12).

“In the last three months, my husband and I have hosted VOM workers from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel in our home. Each time we introduced Rajah to our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters, every one of our friends immediately offered a blessing over our baby daughter….

“They prayed for God’s favor for Rajah in expectation that she, too, will be used by the Lord to point people to his truth. This path might not be easy.

“When our friends bless Rajah, do they bless to request God’s favor and protection on her? No, they bless her to dedicate her to God’s service, a position they know from experience is not always pain-free, but they also know that there is no better place to spend a life than to spend it dedicated to God’s service.

“That is my prayer for my daughter, for myself, and for all of us as we work together to fellowship with the persecuted. We may need to make difficult choices, endure difficult circumstances, but we do so in hope that we will someday enjoy an eternity worshipping the only One who is worthy of our efforts.”

Source: Persecution Blog


Persecution Past and Present

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7th graders’ hall poster

A teacher at a school in Georgia emailed the following note to The Voice of the Martyrs.

“As we study ancient Rome and the early persecuted church, my seventh grade class at Perimeter Christian School uses information from The Voice of the Martyrs regarding the modern persecuted church. This year the students created a large hallway poster to raise awareness of the persecuted church within our school.

“Students researched individuals from your website, printed out their reports and attached them to the poster along with a word of prayer. Thank you for your valuable resource.”