KEN and NANCY from Michigan
: Ken visited a Christian School where the Bible curriculum included learning about missions and missionaries. The 8th
-graders created projects that were focused on a restricted or hostile country. Ken visited each display, asked questions of the students, shared further information and encouraged them to continue to remember the persecuted. He also was invited to attend the junior high chapel as their guest speaker.
PAM from Texas
: Pam staffed a table at a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) event in her town. CFC is the world’s largest and most successful workplace charity campaign. Pam accepted an invitation from the CFC coordinators to stand at a table displaying VOM materials and share one-on-one with those who stopped by. VOM shipped Pam all she needed for the display.
MARJIE from Nebraska
: Marjie and her entire family share current and historical testimonies of our persecuted Christian family members as the opportunity arises, even to the youngest members of the body of Christ. Marjie says, “We show Torchlighter videos to children and they are transfixed by these stories of great faith. [It is] rewarding to see the kids respond.”
HARRY and HADASSAH, JOYCE and ED [not pictured
from Illinois]: These two couples joined forces to share video testimonies from persecuted Christians at a local church. They also told church members how to become involved in remembering their persecuted Christian family and offered free resources on a table in the foyer.
BETH from California
: In 2018, Beth and her church family packed 100 Action Packs and 50 Family Med Packs for delivery to persecuted believers. They have a unique way of filling these bags. Beth assigns an item for the packs to a particular month (January — towels; February — Socks, etc.), and people bring each month’s item to the church. Then church members have packing parties at home groups and other events to pack the items brought in throughout the year. Of course, they pray for each Action Pack. Beth plans all year, including budgeting for the shipping costs. The church ordered 100 more Action packs at the beginning of 2019.
Roger, from Texas
: As a VOM Voice and a hospital volunteer, Roger stocks the hospital “bookmobile” cart with VOM magazines and books, especially copies of the Special Issue.
Scott, from New York
: Chaplain Scott shares the testimonies of persecuted Christians at every opportunity. “It is an honor to serve those who share my faith, but not my freedom,” he said.
Allen, from Virginia
, raised money for and awareness of persecuted Christians by organizing and participating in a half Ironman. He swam and biked, but had to walk the running section due to an injury. Perseverance like Allen’s is also a trait of our persecuted family.
Debbie, from Wisconsin
, inspires others by making it personal. “I told [Christian friends] I study the faces of the persecuted and notice all the details of their faces, clothes etc… I sure do love them and love praying for them.”
Dan, from Hawaii
, has a street ministry in Waikiki. He offers resources and information about our persecuted family while out talking to people as part of his evangelistic work.
Kathy, from Utah
, uses her website and art business, Redeeming Goods, to promote Christ and the persecuted family by donating a Bible through VOM for each digital art print sold.
Jeremy & Family, from Virginia
, display information from the Prisoner Alert
website and encourage American Christians to write letters to those believers that are in prison for their Christian witness.
Donna, from Pennsylvania
, operated a table at a Regatta and was able to engage with many attendees that were inspired by the testimonies.
Steve & Virginia, from Oklahoma
, created a display for their church lobby to keep the testimonies of the persecuted family available to the church membership.
Julie, from Texas
, shares about the persecuted on a 30-minute local radio show every other week. She focuses on a restricted or hostile nation, providing background on the country and sharing stories of persecuted believers there. At the end of the show, she invites listeners into a time of prayer for that country and some of the believers whose testimonies were shared.
Paul, from Missouri
, travels frequently and brings Special Issue newsletters to share with others as opportunities arise. He also leaves the newsletters in motel rooms, usually under the Bible in a drawer.
Monica, from California
, shares the prayers from iCommitToPray.com
with her church by placing them in a special persecution section of their church bulletin.
Maria, from Pennsylvania, shows Torchlighter videos to her children’s Sunday School class. In a letter to parents, she explains the testimony the children saw that Sunday and directs them to VOM’s persecution.com and kidsofcourage.com websites for more information to share with their children.
Don, from New Mexico, tells all the teachers and group leaders at his church that he is available to fill in when they need to be absent. When God opens the door for him to share, he supplements his Bible lessons with testimonies from persecuted believers.
David, from West Virginia, invites local pastors out for a cup of coffee or tea in order to build relationships and find out how he can pray for them. David shares what he has been praying for, including recent requests from VOM’s iCommitToPray.com. He then leaves the pastor with a Special Issue of the VOM newsletter and tells him or her how to learn more about persecuted Christians.
Hadassah, a VOICE from Illinois, creates a monthly bulletin board at her church using the current VOM Prayer Map that shows restricted and hostile countries. As she collects more prayer requests and/or testimonies through VOM’s newsletter or websites, she adds them to the board with a string connecting the request/testimony to the country of origin. She decorates the bulletin board with pictures from VOM newsletters.
How are you using YOUR voice to share the stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters? Use the message box below to let us know.