February 2014 Newsletter Media

“There’s no persecution in the Holy Land … unless you share your faith.” — Pastor Steven Khoury, Israel:

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Israel: Tortured by the Palestinian Authority
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The West Bank city of Bethlehem adjoins Jerusalem, but the cities are separated by a huge wall designed to protect against terrorist attacks. Bethlehem and the rest of the West Bank are partially governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), while Israel controls the roads and Israeli settlements. Persecution of Christian converts in the West Bank comes both from family members and, sometimes, from the PA.

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February 2014 Newsletter
“There’s no persecution in the Holy Land … unless you share your faith.”
— Pastor Steven Khoury, Israel

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Israel: Persecution in the Holy Land
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Both Jews and Christians are targets of radical Muslims in the Holy Land, but the two groups aren’t always allies. Modern Jewish society in Israel rejects any form of proselytism, including evangelical sharing of the gospel. In the past, the Israeli government has denied citizenship to Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Christ), and city governments have burned Bibles and other Christian literature. VOM has shared stories in the past about Messianic Jews and foreign Christian workers who have been harassed by ultra-Orthodox, anti-missionary Jewish groups.

But the good news is that more believers live in the Holy Land today than ever before. While there are only about 12,000 to 15,000 Jewish followers of Jesus in Israel, more Jews in Israel have come to Christ in the last 20 years than in the preceding history of the modern state.

In the weeks before Jesus’ crucifixion, he told his disciples that authorities would persecute them because of their faith and that the gospel message would cause divisions between family members. He also promised that those who stand firm will gain eternal life. As believers labor together to carry out the Great Commission and wait expectantly for Christ’s return, The Voice of the Martyrs will continue to stand with those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake.

Central Asia: “Thank You Very Much!”
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A VOM worker recently visited Dmitry Shestakov, a pastor and former Christian prisoner from Uzbekistan. Dmitry, also known as David, spent four years in prison for his Christian work in Uzbekistan, one of the most difficult places in Central Asia for Christians to practice their faith. Dmitry was released in January 2011, but he had difficulty supporting his family because of his criminal record. He was unable to participate in any form of ministry because of the constant police presence outside his home, and he was finally forced to leave Uzbekistan last year with his wife and three daughters. They sent this message of thanks to VOM.

Greetings to all our friends and partners at VOM!

Finally, we get an opportunity to openly say “Thank you very much!” to express our gratitude that we wanted share with you for a very long time.

I want to read one text from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, where the judgment of the nations takes place. Verse 35 says, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

Dmitry Shestakov

Dmitry Shestakov was featured on Prisoner Alert.

 

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As the evil of World War II sweeps through the Netherlands, the ten Boom family makes the radical decision to help Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust. How will Corrie and her family protect these hunted people from the Nazis, and what price will they pay for loving their neighbors amid unthinkable evils? This latest Torchlighters DVD includes the animated story of Corrie ten Boom and her family as well as a 55-minute documentary on her life. (English and Spanish languages and subtitles, 30 minutes plus extras)

In the Backyard of Jesus

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“This persecution and confrontation drew us close to Christ. To be in the fire that touches lives you must allow yourself to be used by God.” — Steven Khoury

Learn how a young Arab pastor in the Holy Land stands up for the name of Christ and how you can, too. Steven Khoury is a Palestinian Arab, yet he’s also a follower of Christ. His life as a Christian in Jesus’ earthly “backyard” has been marked by struggle. But Steven’s passion is to reach those who oppose Christ with the very love that Jesus exemplified, a love that speaks the truth even when it hurts. (Paperback, 142 pp.)

Dreams and Visions

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Both Saif’s and Amal’s lives were drastically transformed by a dream or vision of Jesus Christ, an experience that is becoming common around the Muslim world. Tom Doyle, who spent 11 years as a full-time missionary, relates the inspiring testimonies of believers from around the Middle East, including Israel, Gaza and the West bank, who were drawn to Christ through dreams and visions. As a firsthand witness to the spiritual awakening sweeping the Middle East, Doyle asks, “Why dreams and visions?” Can they be trusted, and what happens after the experience? Despite living in cultures where converting to Christianity can result in execution, the former Muslims featured in this book have found the hope, peace and inspiration that comes from knowing Christ. (Paperback, 240 pp.)

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Persecution against Christians did not end in Rome. As someone concerned about persecuted Christians, you already know that. But do others? The “Today” shirt drives the message home: “Christians were persecuted … Today.” Share your love for our persecuted family, and inspire others to get involved, too. (Sizes S–3XL)

Christ on the Jewish Road

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A Jew by birth, Richard Wurmbrand acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah while in his 20s. In the years that followed, his path crossed those of many other Jewish believers. Together, they share their stories and speak of a loving Heavenly Father who awaits the return of every prodigal son. (Paperback, 222 pp.)