November Missionary Focus

The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian mission’s organization dedicated to serving our persecuted family worldwide through practical and spiritual   assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them.

This mission is based on Hebrews 13:3; “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”

We, as a church, give monthly support to this mission to our hurting brothers and sisters in Christ.

Voice of the Martyrs works and supports front line workers in restricted and hostile areas of the world.

A restricted area includes countries where government-sanctioned circumstances or anti-Christian laws lead to Christians being harassed, imprisoned, killed or deprived of possessions or liberties because of their witness. Also included are countries where government policy or practice prevents Christians from obtaining Bibles or other Christian literature.

A hostile area includes nations or large areas of nations where governments consistently attempt to provide   protection for the Christian population but where Christians are routinely persecuted by family, friends, neighbors or political groups because of their witness.

Persecution of Christians continues in certain parts of the world, mostly in the Middle East and throughout South and Southeast Asia, and in Africa.

Pastor Masesh and his wife in the hospital. Hindu radicals beat him with a metal rod as he was leading a prayer meeting. He has a fractured shoulder and head injuries.

The persecution statistics are horrific: More than 300 people are murdered monthly throughout the world because of their Christian faith. Two hundred houses of worship are destroyed monthly. Almost 800 incidents of violence are committed monthly.

The Pew Center, an American secular research organization, estimates more than 75 percent of the world’s population lives in areas of rampant religious persecution, mostly against Christians. The State Department keeps an accounting of more than 60 countries where religious discrimination is practiced and encouraged.

These believers are thankful for the support and prayers of Voice of the Martyrs and those who are a part of this ministry. Their prayer is not that God take them out of the situation but that He enable them to be faithful, to stand for Him no matter what the cost may be. They desire to be witnesses of His love and mercy to all who don’t believe, even those who persecute them.

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