Placing a Bible in the hands of every Christian believer is a task that the global body of Christ can accomplish in this generation. Here at The Voice of the Martyrs, we are committed to making it happen in countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith, and we need your help.
Together we can make sure every Christian in a hostile or restricted nation has his or her own Bible.
We Know Them by Name
In recent years, thanks to the generous support of American Christians like you, VOM has been able to distribute more than 1 million Bibles each year on the world’s most difficult and dangerous mission fields. We know precious persecuted believers in these nations by name, and VOM staff members have witnessed firsthand their joy when they receive their first Bible.
Preparing the Next Generation
One way enemies of the gospel try to prevent the spread of Christianity is by restricting and destroying Bibles for children. They know that if they can indoctrinate children with other beliefs — radical Islam, communism or some other anti-God philosophy — those beliefs can last a lifetime. The Voice of the Martyrs is counteracting this by putting Bibles in the hands of our youngest brothers and sisters, helping them prepare to stand courageously for their faith in Christ.
No road is too difficult, no risk is too great when our brothers and sisters are crying out for God’s Word! Smuggling Bibles into countries where there is no access to God’s Word is a vital part of strengthening the church in those nations.
Bibles on the Front Lines:
Difficult. Dangerous. Illegal.
Take time right now to pray for the safe distribution of Bibles in the world’s most difficult and dangerous mission fields, as illustrated on this map. Brave men and women are risking arrest, imprisonment, beatings and even death to get God’s Word into the hands of those who otherwise might never receive it.
From the Field
In many Central Asian countries, Bibles are considered propaganda and are not allowed to be imported or printed. VOM supports covert Bible operations in this region so Christians have access to God’s Word.
In 2014, when ISIS invaded Mosul and surrounding areas of the Nineveh Plains that had been home to generations of Iraqi Christians, the Islamists systematically burned churches and Bibles. VOM provided new Bibles to replace those destroyed.
Last year, the government banned the online sale of Bibles, an additional obstacle in a country where printed Bibles were already difficult to obtain. The Communist Party is also working on a new Bible translation intended to inject Chinese values into Scripture.
As the government tightens its control of religious life in Cuba, Christians there fear it will become more difficult to get Bibles. Over the years, believers have used a variety of ways to bring Bibles into Cuba, including by boat, by hand-carrying individual copies and through government-approved shipments.
If caught with a Bible, Ri Gun would be sent to a labor camp … or worse. So she tucked her small Bible into the fronds of a special mop intended for cleaning the portraits she was required to display of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. VOM workers smuggle both print and digital Bibles into the country.
Together we can make sure every Christian in a hostile area or restricted nation has his or her own Bible.
“I would not believe in a Bible if it would not be worth it to smuggle it in everywhere even at the greatest risk and if it would not be worth it to sit ten days and nights alone in the cold in order to be able to read its wonderful pages.”