Published on March 31st, 2015
The Voice of the Martyrs’ ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3 (NIV):
“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
In some countries where VOM works, Christians are imprisoned in cells about 8 feet wide and 10 feet long. Measure off an 8- by 10-foot space. Ask six or eight volunteers to sit in the space and act as “prisoners.”
Give each pair of prisoners a 12- to 18-inch long piece of rope or string. Let one prisoner in each pair hold one end of the rope while the other prisoner holds the other end.
Have someone read Hebrew 13:3 aloud. The part that says, “as if you were their fellow prisoners” means to remember Christians who are in prison as if you were there with them. It would be hard to forget someone who was in prison with you, especially if they were chained or tied with you!
Let the prisoners talk about where they would sit, sleep, and keep their belongings if they had to stay in the cell for a long time. The paired prisoners who are bound together will have to take each other’s needs into consideration.
Have a class lesson or worship service while the volunteer group is in the cell. Remember Christian prisoners with whom we are bound together by invisible bonds. Share some stories about specific persecuted Christians. Encourage the group to remember one of the Christians during the week to be “bound” with in prayer as the volunteers in your group are “bound” to each another.