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As we contemplate the year’s end, which is fast approaching, let us not forget the very many children who are victims of persecution for their faith in Christ.

We have seen and met many, who through no fault of their own, find themselves having to defend their stance on being Christian. We find in persecuted nations that children are often the forgotten victims of the atrocities committed against our fellow believers.

These children are our future! Voice of the Martyrs has undertaken initiatives to equip those most vulnerable with God’s word and bring joy to them during the celebration of Christmas.

We also work in restricted nations to provide education to children of fellow believers.

These children are a beacon of light in the world in some darkened places as we have seen in Turkey, where no schooling is provided for Christian children.

One option may be an international school where no faith is practised but this is out of reach for many families because of the exorbitant costs. The alternative is an Islamic public-school system which is intolerant of non-believers.

Many Christians who have fled from Iran to Turkey cannot send their children to Turkish schools (because refugees have no rights or access to services), so their children miss out on an education.

There are cases in India where Christian children are excluded from attending school because of their faith. There are also stateless children caught up in a system in Malaysia, where because they are Christian, they cannot attend a public school without being indoctrinated with Islam.

Children of the persecuted church need our prayers and aid. This year, we have the opportunity to bless persecuted children in China, you can help by supporting our Christmas Care campaign.

The authorities in China have closed many churches since the new draconian laws became effective in February this year, children are directly affected.

We ask that you continue to pray for those children affected by persecution because of their faith, especially during this time of Christmas.

“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:37

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God bless,

Tony Benjamin