VOM’s Courageous Series books highlight the lives of faithful Christians throughout history, including the stories of biblical heroes Stephen, Thomas and Paul as well as three additional stories of well-known Christians Nicholas, Patrick and Valentine, whose faith informed their actions. Learn more here.
Ask a VOM Worker Story
Published on December 21st, 2020
Question: Is The Voice of the Martyrs’ goal to end the persecution of Christians?
A VOM worker’s answer: There is always a price to follow Jesus; it costs. The activity of spreading the gospel always has a cost.
The Bible tells us to “take up your cross daily” (Luke 9:23) and “count the cost” (Luke 14:28). The Bible requires that we be faithful witnesses under the leadership of Christ. We are his “personal property.” It’s up to him what happens after that.
There is always a price for being a faithful witness in a fallen world. The Voice of the Martyrs is not trying to end persecution. Evangelism causes persecution; we are aiding evangelism.
Christ is worth it — no question. It’s a good price even if I pay everything.
(Edited from the original source.)
Published on December 18th, 2020
(Source: icommittopray; Photo: Christian activity is highly dangerous in Iran.)
A family in Iran is worried about their mother, Mary. Earlier this year, Mary was arrested for her Christian activities. Now she is in prison.
Even people who trust in God can get sad sometimes. Mary’s daughter visited her in prison, and she noticed that her mother was very and not her usual self. She is asking for prayer for her mother.
To Think About
Why were the following faithful people in the Bible sad?
Hannah — 1 Samuel 1:1-8
Nehemiah — Nehemiah 2:1-3
Job — 9:25-27
Published on December 17th, 2020
Do you know what a drought is? A drought is when rain doesn’t fall for a long time. And as a result, many crops can’t grow.
Earlier this year, a drought in Laos kept villagers from growing rice. A village leader provided rice for the families in the village — except for Christian families. Seventeen Christian families were not allowed to have any of the rice, just because they were followers of Jesus.
Sadly, three of the families were so desperate to stop the persecution against them that they declared that they were no longer Christians.
The Voice of the Martyrs provided rice for the other 14 families. (See the photo above.) Pray that the Christians will be able to feed others in need and to be seen as a light in their village.
Published on December 16th, 2020
Jesus Freaks: Stories of those who stood for Jesus, the ultimate Jesus Freaks was first published about 20 years ago. The book told the stories of Christians in the past and in recent times whose lives were completely devoted to Christ. Millions of readers read the stories and many learned about persecuted Christians for the first time.
A brand new edition of the book is now available. About one-third of the new book tells stories of Christians who laid down their lives for Christ in the years since the first edition came out.
Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio recently interviewed Michael Tait and Don Pitts about the book. Michael is the lead singer of the Newsboys, formerly of dc Talk. Dan is a manager of dc Talk.
Read part of their interview below (edited for length and clarity).
Todd: The reason we are talking about this now is because there is a new generation of Jesus freaks. Why another book?
Michael: I am going to say, Todd, on behalf of Toby Mac and Kevin Max (also former members of dc Talk), who are not here right now, we are beyond stoked and proud and happy to be a part of something that is eternal. This book has blessed lots of people, but book number two blesses a whole new generation. We are very thankful that God allowed us to come together [with VOM], and our paths to cross.
Dan: I hope it gives kids strength and courage to stand up for what is right when they are in school. It is really hard for a kid to not be made fun of if you don’t go with where the tide is right now. I hope this book gives them courage to say I am going to stand up for what I believe is right, and I am going to trust that God will send friends to me. And if not, I am going to hold on. I can look at these guys [in the Jesus Freaks book] who have come before, and they stood strong. I hope it gives kids courage to walk the path that God has put them on during this time, which I think is really hard for kids.
Michael: We all have tough times, but the true test of character is the person who is sold out to God and is following Him through those tough times. You don’t have to finish the race first, just endure. Just end the race, finish the race. That is what we are called to do, and I think that message is timely now.
Todd: When people read the new version of Jesus Freaks, and they close the book, what do you want them to do?
Michael: I want them, frankly speaking, to make it a part of their daily devotional.
Dan: When you get that pushback, these stories really give you strength and courage.
Michael: It makes me realize these people waited on God and God delivered. They might have lost their life in this time, but they gained their life because we know the real end of the story.
Parents and teachers: The new Jesus Freaks is available here. Please preview the stories before sharing them with younger children.
Published on December 15th, 2020
You can make a Christmas ornament to help you remember bold Christians around the world at Christmas.
*Glitter card stock or glitter poster board
*A piece of thick paper, card stock, or cardboard
*Photos of children from VOM publications or websites, or outdated VOM calendars. (Find small photos under “Key Chain Pictures” in the Downloads section.)
1. Make an ornament pattern out of thick paper, card stock, or cardboard. The ornament can be a star or other shape that you like.
2. Draw around the pattern on glitter card stock or glitter poster board.
3. Cut out the ornament. Glue a small photo of a child to the ornament.
4. Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and add ribbon so you can hang it up.