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Project: Help for Christians in Pakistan.

Project: Help for Christians in Pakistan.

Last year Voice of the Martyrs, together with our supporters, was able to help many persecuted Christians in Pakistan.

A summary of the field report is below:

Although 2020 was challenging in many ways, by the grace of God, the work of the Lord continued.

This project provided support to Christians facing systemic discrimination in Pakistan, due to their faith.

The project funds allowed us to provide struggling families with Bibles, food and other necessities plus a Christian education for their children. Ongoing education will help equip them for future employment. We received a video from one of our education centres, showing the kids at school, worshipping the Lord. We noticed that none of the children were wearing shoes. It was because the parents could not afford them. The project funds also enabled us to provide 135 pairs of shoes to these children.

We were also able to set up temporary medical camps in Christian communities. Medical aid was provided free of charge as Christians in Pakistan are mostly unable to afford treatment.

We currently have five pastors working with poor village Christians in various areas, supporting them spiritually and physically.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations Of $2 or more to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

Project: Bibles for Egypt

Project: Bibles for Egypt

Last year, Voice of the Martyrs with the help of our supporters, funded the printing and distribution of 11,000 Right Choices Bibles to new Christians throughout Egypt.

The Right Choices Bible (RCB) was originally written by Josh McDowell for younger children but with permission, Eagles Group rewrote the text for older children, making it suitable for the whole family.

More than 10,000 Egyptian Muslim background believers in Cairo, Alexandria and El Minya received the RCB as well as 1,000 Sudanese refugee families. It was also taken to villages in Upper Egypt where Christians are persecuted and struggle to find Christian resources.

The book contains 63 stories that tell the Redemption story from the fall to the return of Christ, giving a complete picture of the bible to new believers. The book also gives parents an opportunity to discuss biblical truth with their children and an opening for readers to respond to salvation in Christ.

The project will continue in 2020 with the goal of printing and distributing 20,000 bibles.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

Bibles in Iran

Bibles in Iran

Bibles are highly restricted in Iran. It is illegal to import them and illegal to have Bibles printed in the country. Since they are so difficult to obtain, Bibles are treasured by Iranian believers.

VOM is actively involved in distributing God’s Word to believers inside Iran.

Our distribution partners have smuggled 120,000 Bibles into Iran. This year, we hope to help them supply a further 30,000.

The Bibles will be supplied to both Christians and Muslims who are searching. They will also further disciple new believers in an Islamic environment.

The demand for Bibles is great and they bless many people; it is common for a Bible to change hands five times before it reaches the end user. The people are incredibly grateful for the lengths taken to supply the Word of God.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

The Miraculous Gift of a Bible

The Miraculous Gift of a Bible

Every Sunday morning, the pastor of a small church in a remote part of Cuba took a piece of chalk and purposefully wrote a passage of Scripture on a chalkboard. Church members then carefully wrote the verses in their tattered notebooks, slowly adding to the only copy of Scripture they owned. They were committed to learning God’s Word, even without an actual Bible.

Then, one Sunday morning, a man arrived at the church carrying two boxes packed with 100 Bibles – more than enough to ensure that each member received a copy. “The people were happy to know that God is a God of surprises and endless blessings,” said the Christian worker who delivered the Bibles.

With tears in his eyes, the pastor thanked the man for the Bibles and praised God for the miracle that brought them to his small, secluded church. “They arrived to make the heart of our church happy,” the pastor said. “It covers the greatest need of our church.”

Bibles have historically been hard to obtain in Cuba. Even if a believer found one on the black market, it could cost most of a month’s wages.

In Cuba, owning a Bible provides not only immediate access to God’s Word but also a new sense of freedom. This offer of freedom in Christ, along with an increase in evangelism and decrease in government restrictions on Bibles, has led to a growing demand for copies of God’s Word. “Communism controls everything you learn and read,” the Christian worker explained.

“Having their own Bible means it’s ‘me and God’, it’s ‘me and His Word’. They get to determine how much they learn and how close they get to God. Not the government.”

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

The Courier’s Dilemma

The Courier’s Dilemma

After a long flight, four VOM workers stepped off their plane and approached Chinese customs with a total of 300 Bibles in their luggage. Several years had passed since Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution had ended in 1976, and the communist country had cautiously opened its borders to international tourism. Although Bibles were still illegal, the Christian workers knew the need far outweighed the risk of smuggling them into China.

Three of the workers passed through customs without incident, but authorities stopped one of them and, after searching his bags, confiscated 100 Bibles. They scolded him for attempting to bring contraband into China but allowed him to continue his trip.

After arriving at their hotel, the group faced another unexpected challenge: the Chinese believer who was to receive the Bibles didn’t show up. The Bible smugglers knew it would look suspicious if they remained at the hotel waiting for their contact, but they also knew someone needed to stay in their room to prevent hotel staff from discovering the Bibles.

Finally, the four decided to split up, with two staying at the hotel while the other two visited tourist sites. On the last day of their stay in the city, one of the workers remembered that his daughter had asked him to buy Chinese postage stamps for her collection. While searching for a post office, he and another worker stepped into a small shop to ask directions. To their surprise, the man not only gave them directions but also closed his shop and accompanied them.

Afterward, the shopkeeper walked the two men back to their hotel, continuing their conversation. As the shopkeeper prepared to leave, one of the workers felt the need to say something meaningful to their new friend. “Have you ever heard of the name Jesus?” he asked him. The man paused and turned around. “Jesus? Yes!” the man replied eagerly. “Are you Christians?”

The shopkeeper’s eyes welled with tears as the Christian workers confirmed his hopes.

“I am a Christian,” he continued. “Until now, I never knew there were any Christians outside of China.”
After the shopkeeper shared his testimony, the workers asked if he knew of a secret house church in the city.

“The church meets in a room at the rear of my little shop,” he replied. “Tonight, when it is dark, I will take you there.”

That evening, the workers gave their remaining 200 Bibles to the house church members, who wept with joy as they accepted what they considered to be miraculous gifts.

The next day, as the workers prepared to fly to another city from the same airport where 100 of their Bibles had been confiscated, a security official pulled one of them aside.

“This belongs to you,” he said, pointing to a bag of Bibles. “Take it with you.”

Surprised, the worker quickly retrieved the bag of Bibles. While the security official probably didn’t know it, the four smugglers weren’t yet leaving the country. Hours later, the group met with their contact, a Christian woman who had spent several years in prison for her Christian witness. After her release from prison, she had immediately begun organising Bible studies for women. Her biggest challenge, she said, was getting Bibles for these new believers.

After hearing the woman speak of the need for Bibles, the VOM workers joyfully presented her with the 100 Bibles the customs official had ‘held’ for them. “When we look back, we can see how God’s hand was in this,” one of the VOM workers later said. “If the Bibles had not been confiscated at the time the group arrived in China, they would surely have taken them with them to the inland and would have given them away. God knew the needs and arranged for the communist authorities to store the Bibles until this meeting could be arranged and the Bibles passed on to this lady who was in such need of them.”

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate