Voice of the Martyrs-In November we remember and pray for the persecuted church

The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian missions 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. 

SOMALIA: Christian Couple Arrested 

Sources: Middle East Concern, Geeska Afrika Online At an October 5th news conference, police in the self-declared autonomous re-gion of Somaliland announced that a Christian couple had been arrested for be-ing “apostates and evangelists spreading Christianity.”On September 21st, the two were taken from their home in Hargeisa where police also found Christian literature in their possession. The police spokesperson, Faisal His Elmi, stated that the arrest came from an anonymous tip. He also threatened that “whoever dares to spread Christianity in this region should be fully aware that they won’t escape the hand of the law enforce-ment officers and that the spread of Christianity will not be allowed and is considered blasphemy.” He encouraged others to report Christians who share their faith. The detained couple, who are the parents of three children, will face trial by a regional court. Their arrests and detentions have generated fear among other believers in the area, causing many of them to flee for safety. 

Teenager Kicked Out

Only days after he accepted Christ, 15-year-old Seng was already facing the persecution Jesus often spoke about. After his parents learned of his decision, they sat down to talk with him, telling him he needed to renounce his “foreign” faith. If he didn’t, they would kill him or kick him out of the house. When Seng told them he wouldn’t, they bagged up his belongings and told him to leave. “Go stay with those Christian friends of yours. You are not welcome here,” his parents said. “Stop this religion at once.” Seng is staying with friends with assistance from VOM. Pray that he remains firm in his faith and grows in maturity in Christ. 

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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