"Abdu" and his father "Suleman" now spend time praying and studying the Bible together, which is amazing considering that they had been estranged for almost two decades. "Suleman" wanted nothing to do with his son for many years. In fact, he even tried to kill him with a spear when he learned Abdu had become a Christian.
Travel with a VOM team to Ethiopia to hear firsthand how Abdu and his parents came to Christ, and how Christians in Canada are helping missionaries like him advance God's Kingdom in this historic land.
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Two families currently working with VOM's Burma fish farm project are grateful for God's provision after having personally lost their jobs and homes since coming to faith in Christ last July. One family is living in a hut used for secret worship services, while the other is living in a hut where fish feed is stored.
Amid the increasing pressure, the fish farm just completed its second harvest cycle. And thankfully, despite setbacks from flooding and government opposition, the farm has generated an income. This income will be invested in church planting, with a portion of it being re-invested to make the farm more productive.
Praise God for these faithful believers in Myanmar. Pray that He will continue to grant them grace and strength amid their challenging circumstances (Colossians 1:11). May His provision continue in abundance, serving as a witness of His goodness and mercy.
This story was originally published in our Persecution & Prayer Alert. Every week, The Persecution & Prayer Alert delivers specific prayer requests from restricted nations around the world directly to your inbox. You can also read the stories on our website. To sign up to receive the prayer alert, click here.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Western Christians can help by praying for the communists that they may be saved. Such a prayer may seem naive. We prayed for the communists, and they tortured us the next day. But the prayer of the Lord of Jerusalem was also “naive.” They crucified Him after this prayer. But only a few days later, they beat their breasts and five thousand were converted in one day.
For the others, too, the prayer was not lost. Fulfilling the word of Christ, many other Christians and I always prayed for Hitler and his men. And I am sure that our prayer helped to defeat him as much as the bullets of the allied soldiers.
We have to love our neighbours as ourselves. Communists and other persecutors are our neighbours as much as anyone else.
I am not so naive as to believe that love alone can solve these problems. I would not advise the authorities of a state to solve the problem of gangsterism only by love. There must be a police force, judges and prisons for gangsters–not just pastors. But the pastor and the individual Christian have to do their best to bring the communist and other persecutor to Christ. We have to pray for them with understanding.
The Voice of the Martyrs was founded in the mid-1960s by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned and tortured by Communist authorities in his native Romania for 14 years. While still in prison, Pastor Wurmbrand envisioned a ministry that would focus on the plight of the persecuted Church, raise a voice on their behalf, and provide encouragement and assistance to them.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The May issue of The Voice of the Martyrs publication is now available!
While Jesus warned that there will be “wars and rumours of war,” we can stand firm in anticipation of His imminent return. So instead of perceiving the ‘signs of the times’ as threats, let’s look beyond to the opportunities...as witnesses of His amazing grace among all the nations of the world.
The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter is the flagship publication of The Voice of the Martyrs in Canada. Published monthly, it is available free of charge to anyone in Canada who requests it. You can subscribe by calling our office or by filling out our online form.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
We invite you to join us at one of the VOM events coming up in Ontario
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 9:30 p.m.
Windmill Point Church of Christ
Ridgeway, ON L0S 1N0
Speaker: Kathi Williams
Contact: 905-894-4948 (Jayne); email@example.com (Kate Clements)
CLICK HERE to download the poster (PDF)
Saturday, May 25, 2013 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Churchill Meadows Christian Church
Mississauga, ON L5N 0C4
Main speakers: Wendy Farha & Takoosh Hovsepian