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Two Million Scriptures

Chinese boy with a Bible

People who support The Voice of the Martyrs’ projects make it possible for VOM to deliver Bibles and New Testaments into countries where Scriptures are not easy to get. During two recent years, VOM distributed a total of more than 2 million Bibles!

How much is 2 million? A gardening website says that the average square foot of lawn has 3,000 blades of grass in it. So 667 square feet would, on average, contain about 2,001,000 blades of grass, just a little over 2 million. Measure off a 22-foot by 30-foot grassy area to form a 660-square foot space.

Pick up a blade of grass from the space to represent one person who has received a Bible or New Testament. Look at all the other blades left in the measured-off area. They represent people who now also have Scriptures they can read for themselves. Many also share their Bibles with others.

 


Countries in the News

China

Xinjiang, China: Did you know that millions of Muslims live in China? Xinjiang [SHIN-jyang] is in western China. About 8 to 10 milliong Uygurs [WEE-gurs] live there, and most of them are Muslims. A few days ago, police raided a house church in Xinjiang and took away more than 70 Christians.

Learn more about Christians in Xinjiang in the book Bold Believers Among the Uygurs, free in the Downloads section of this site.

Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia. (Do some research to find out what “doubly landlocked” means.) Police are raiding house churches in Uzbekistan, too. Open Doors has named Uzbekistan one of the top ten countries on its World Watch List of persecuting countries.

Learn more about Christians in Uzbekistan in the book Bold Believers in Uzbekistan, free in the Downloads section of this site.

Turkey: A U.S. commission is recommending that Turkey be named a “country of particular concern.” Turkey does not have religious freedom for non-Muslims, the commission says.

Learn more about Christians in Turkey in the book Bold Believers in Turkey, free in the Downloads section of this site.

Pray for Xinjiang, Uzbekistan, and Turkey.


A Strange Visitor

Street
City street in China

One day, a farmer and his wife came to the city of Shangai, China. They wore simple farmer’s clothes and slept on the sidewalk. People in the city noticed them and began to ask “Where do you come from? Why are you here?”

“I have come to find my brother,” the farmer answered.

“Where does your brother live,” someone asked.

“I don’t know,” the farmer answered.

“What is his name?”

“I don’t know,” the farmer again replied.

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Family Punished for Not Honoring Dragons

China

Li De is a Christian who lives in an area of southwest China that is far from any cities. Last fall, China Aid reported that the children in Li’s family were not able to complete their homework because the local government turned off the family’s electricity. It was so dark in their house at night that their mother fell and broke her arm. Officials also cut off the family’s water, so they had to carry water from a mountain stream.

Li said that the officials were punishing the family for not participating in local celebrations to honor dragons. Li considered the activities to be idol worship.

Pray for Christians around the world who are punished by officials for following Christ. Jesus promises those who are faithful to him “the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).


What Do You Do?, Part 3

VOM

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.