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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.


Y Wo Nie is Free!

Y Wo NieY Wo Nie

Y Wo Nie is a Christian in Vietnam. He was arrested in 2004 because he led a demonstration for religious freedom, and he received a nine-year prison sentence. His family was not able to visit him often while he was in prison. He was sometimes sick, and his wife had to work very hard to take care of their family with him gone.

Y Wo Nie was featured on VOM’s PrisonerAlert site. The site helps readers compose and send letters to Christians in prison for their faith. More than 5,000 letters were sent to Y Wo Nie from the site.

VOM recently received a report than Y Wo Nie was released early from prison! Praise God for his freedom in Christ and freedom from prison. Pray for other Christians still in prison in Vietnam and for their families.


“Joy to the World” Illegal

A few years ago, officials at a town near Hanoi, Vietnam warned members of a house church that it was against the law to display a “Joy to the World” banner at Christmastime. The officials also said the church could not have a Christmas celebration with neighbors and friends. A few months later, the owner of the house was fined for the group’s Christian activities.

Officials in Vietnam still give tribal Christians a hard time, but the Christians still sing of their joy in Christ.


Freedom in Prison

Prison cell in Asia

Americans celebrate their freedom on July 4th. Some people say freedom is the right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you. People in prison are not considered free. But read below what some Vietnamese Christians said about the time they spent in prison for their faith in Christ:

  • Being in prison gave me more time to have a deeper relationship with God.
  • It was an honor to serve the Lord in this way.
  • I learned more about the true values of life.
  • Going to prison encouraged me to continue my Christian work when I got out. After being in prison, I was more willing to risk going back to prison again.
  • In prison I had the opportunity to lead my cellmates, and even guards, to Christ.

The apostle Paul said, “Because of my chains [his time in prison], most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly” (Philippians 1:14).

To Think About: In what ways were the Vietnamese prisoners freer in prison? How did Paul’s time in prison create more freedom for the gospel to spread?


Father’s Day

Sallie
Sallie

Sallie is a Christian girl in Vietnam. Her father is in jail for his Christian activities.

Sallie said:

There are not many Christians in my school. I have two Christian friends in my class. The kids who aren’t Christians don’t know God. They say God is not real. They don’t understand about sin. They say, “Your church is too small.” Our church is small and crowded, but we love one another. God brought Christians to encourage my mother. He helps her not to feel bad about my father being in prison.

My father has been in prison for more than five years. I have visited him four times. On the way, I vomited a lot, but I was not afraid, only tired. The guards would not let us speak our own tribal language. We had to speak Vietnamese so the guard could understand what we were saying.

My father looked very weak. But we were happy to see each other.

My family is sad when my father is in prison. My mother and I are in a difficult situation. She works in the fields and also clean house for someone. I pray that God will help her find a good job and that my father will come home soon. I had a dream that he was with me. I thank God for always being with me, for giving me food every day, and for taking care of my family.

Pray: On Father’s Day, did you pray for fathers around the world who are in prison for their loyalty to Jesus? Please also remember and pray for their children.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)