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Elise on percussion

VOM Advance conferences share personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness in the midst of persecution. (Learn more here.) Musician Amy Shreve Wixtrom and her husband, Gary, lead worship and music at the conferences. Their daughter, Elise, is part of their worship team.

Read Elise’s story below.

My name is Elise Wixtrom, and I am 17 years old. When I was younger I started reading Kids of Courage, and I was always inspired by the stories that came from restricted and hostile countries. It is amazing how children and teenagers have such resilience in the face of danger. I was inspired then, and I continue to be inspired now.

I spend several months out of each year traveling and playing music. My family and I go all around the country, bringing our ministry and the message of The Voice of the Martyrs to people who want to know about the persecuted church. There are many kids all around the world facing persecution for their faith.

Our band plays songs about God’s love, and God’s presence with believers in Christ, especially through rough times. We usually travel in a motor home, but sometimes in a big car. We have a lot of equipment with us such as instruments, speakers, and stands. I like to look out of the window while I listen to music on long drives.

A couple months ago, we adopted a dog. We like playing with him when we stop for gas or when we go to a park.

Elise and her dog, Sterling

Since I have had the privilege of working with VOM at conferences for over ten years, we have had lots of fun and have met many interesting people. I am now more aware of the difficulties and challenges that Christians face and have learned things about myself that I never would have had I not been able to work with this ministry. I am glad that I have had this opportunity to play a role in bring an awareness of Christian persecution to those in the free nations.