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What Do You Do?, Part 3

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Recently a reader submitted a question for VOM workers, asking “What do you do?” The Voice of the Martyrs’ mission statement says VOM’s mission is: Serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.”

Several VOM workers enjoyed answering the reader’s question. Read some of their responses below.

RC: Each year, funds are sent by VOM donors help Christians in several different regions of the world. My job is Regional Coordinator of the region that includes China, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea, and the Philippines. I help our workers in the countries communicate with workers in the home office.

I am blessed to work with people in my region who diligently look for ways to serve our persecuted brothers. It is rewarding to see how responsibly the donations to The Voice of the Martyrs are used to supply Bibles, help prisoners and families of martyrs, spread the gospel with radio broadcasts and balloon launches, and help support ministry needs in the field.


Update from PrisonerAlert.com: Li Ying Released

Li YingLi Ying

Li Ying is a Christian woman in China. In 2002, she was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her Christian activity. She had been the editor of her church newspaper.

The Voice of the Martyrs has learned that Li Ying was recently released from prison five years early! She said that letters written on her behalf helped her receive better conditions in prison and helped lead to her release.

VOM supporters wrote more than 11,000 letters to Li Ying through the PrisonerAlert.com website.

Praise God for her release and ask him to continue to protect her.


Torchlighters for Arabic-Speaking Children

Torchlighters, an animated series, highlights important figures in Christian history. This episode focuses on Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China who took care of orphan children. You can watch a trailer for the DVD below.

The DVD and other Torchlighters DVDs about heroes of the Christian faith used to be available only in English and Spanish. But now friends of VOM have translated the DVDs into Arabic so children in the Middle East and North Africa can enjoy them, too.


Talking to Zhang Rongliang

Zhang RongliangPastor Zhang while he was still in prison.

Zhang Rongliang is a Chinese Christian who was recently released after spending more than seven years prison in China. While he was in prison, Christians around the world prayed for him and wrote letters to Chinese officials on his behalf.

But they failed to get Zhang released early. Zhang recently talked to a VOM contact, and he had some surprising thoughts about Christians’ attempts to free him.

“I am happy that you and others tried to arrange for my release, but in one way, I am happy that you failed,” Zhang said to the contact. “You almost made a big mistake. If you had been successful, there would be no church in that prison today.”

Chinese Christians are not allowed to visit prisons to do prison ministry, so many prisoners do not have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. More than 5,000 men were in Zhang’s prison, and many of them were able to hear the good news of Jesus Christ while he was there. Fewer would have heard the good news if Zhang had spent less time in prison.

“Missionaries leave their homes to go to a new environment,” said Zhang. They preach the gospel in the area where they are called to preach. I consider myself and I treat myself as one who is a missionary. The difference is that God called me to preach to the prisoners.”

The VOM contact then went on to ask Zhang how his two sons reacted to his being away from them for so long while he was imprisoned, and what advice he had for fathers who might be facing time away from their family.

“First, try your best to spend time with them, as much as you can,” said Zhang. This is important and it is your responsibility. Then during those times you must be away, you must pray for them. You must put them completely in the hands of God. Remember, he will take better care of them than you can. Finally, always remember that the Word of God promises us that the children of the righteous will become like the oak tree in the hands of the Lord.

“I have spent a lot of time in prison, but the children know why their father is being kept in prison. We have taught our children that this lifestyle is our duty. When we teach, we put more focus, more emphasis on the will of God and on the position that he has given to us. God wants us to do a bigger thing for him. All who are called to ministry are different people. We are not like other people. The world does not understand us. But our lives and our calling are a precious thing in the eyes of God.

“God is number one. God and his will must always be first in our lives. After that, he will take care of all other things.”


Make a Chinese Lantern

Lantern

Fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Cut slits 1 inch apart from the fold to 1 inch from the edge of the paper. Open the paper and staple the short ends together at the top and bottom of the lantern. Staple a strip of construction paper to the top to make a handle.

Write Bible verses about light on the top and bottom borders if desired, or make a design on the borders. Some possible verses include: “The Lord is my light” (Psalm 27:1); “Let your light so shine before men” (Matthew 5:16); “Your Word is…a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105); “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14); and “The Lord God gives them light” (Revelation 22:5).