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A Strange Visitor

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


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


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 Li Ying Released

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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 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.