Pakistan: Education for the brick kiln children
  • 30 September 2019

Due to poverty and lack of education, Christians in Pakistan often borrow money from brick kiln owners. They are then required to work, making bricks, to repay the loan. The size of the loan tends to be small, but the terms are designed to keep it growing indefinitely. The family, including children as young as […]

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Nigeria: A Safe Place for Halima
  • 30 September 2019

Halima is just six years old. Her father, Adod, recently left Islam for Christianity and his wife and daughter joined him in embracing this new faith in Christ. Adod’s family were outraged. They forced Adod’s wife to leave him, marry a Muslim and reconvert. Halima was forced to accompany her mother to the home of […]

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North Korea: Children prompted to inadvertently reveal that their families are Christian
  • 30 September 2019

North Korean underground Christians do not reveal their Christian identity even to their own children until the children reach the age of fifteen. That is because North Korean school teachers are tasked with the responsibility of getting children to inadvertently reveal that their families are Christian. They ask questions like, “Do your parents have a […]

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BURKINA FASO: Christians Told to Convert or Leave
  • 26 September 2019

Nearly two thousand Christians have had to flee their homes and villages over the last month in Northern Burkina Faso. According to a local charity group, two villages, Hitté and Rounga, were infiltrated by Islamic extremists who told the believers they would have to either convert to Islam or leave their homes. According to one […]

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CHINA: Churches forced to replace Ten Commandments with Xi Jinping Quotes
  • 26 September 2019

Churches across China’s central province of Henan have been forced to replace the Ten Commandments with President Xi Jinping’s quotes amid pressure from the government, according to a human rights magazine. The Biblical commandments given to Moses, which include “You shall have no other gods before Me” and “You shall not make for yourself a carved […]

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UGANDA: Susan Ithungu Faces New Health Challenges
  • 26 September 2019

Susan Ithungu, who suffered permanent leg damage as a young girl after being locked in a small room for becoming a Christian, is now facing another health challenge. Susan came to know Christ in 2009. When her Muslim father discovered her conversion, he began to beat her and threatened to kill her. After trying for […]

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INDIA: Christian Couple Threatened
  • 26 September 2019

On 15 September, two Indian Christians, Leo Johnson and his wife Jenifa, were intimidated and threatened in the residential area of Bombay Castle, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu state. The couple had spent the day in the area distributing Christian tracts to homes. As they were making their way back home, they were stopped and questioned by […]

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Bringing Joy in China
  • 24 September 2019

In 2018, Christmas Care packs were distributed to children of the persecuted church in China. One of our distribution partners reports: Since greater religious regulations were introduced in February 2018, the church in China has been especially persecuted. These gifts from outsiders prove to the believers that they are not alone, they have not been […]

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Bringing Joy in Pakistan
  • 24 September 2019

In 2018, Christmas Care packs were distributed to children of the persecuted church in Pakistan. The packs contained dried fruit, lollies, chocolates, biscuits, savoury snacks, Christian colouring books, colouring pencils and geometry boxes. Given the extreme needs of these families, food packs were also distributed. These packs contained flour, rice, lentils, sugar, cooking oil, vermicelli […]

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China: Children prohibited from entering church buildings
  • 23 September 2019

The 11 July edition of China Women’s News published the following: At the meeting of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Xi Jinping said that it is necessary to incorporate loyalty to the CCP into the building of family bonds, family love and family values. Loyalty to the CCP, he declared, is the soul and lifeblood […]

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Egypt: Marina was afraid she wouldn’t be able to go to school
  • 23 September 2019

Christians in Egypt have long suffered as a persecuted minority in their 90% Muslim nation, and they have also been targeted by ISIS attacks. At least 100 Egyptian Christians were killed in terrorist attacks in 2017, and at least seven more were killed in 2018. The town of El-Arish, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, was emptied […]

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From our CEO – October 2019
  • 23 September 2019

Dear VOM family, The stories in this edition highlight the fragile situation many children experience, in places where Christians are persecuted. Their lives are overwhelmed with suffering and deprivation of their physical and spiritual needs. Our Christmas Care campaign aims to bring a little relief to these oppressed children. My heart breaks when I visit […]

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