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From our CEO – November 2019

From our CEO – November 2019

Dear fellow believers,

The life and innocence of a child is precious. Yet, we observe in our troubled world the lives of children being enveloped by human atrocities, which robs them of their innocence. Parents are often separated from their children because of violence and unrest or because of their faith in Christ.

The children in this newsletter, from around the world, face difficult challenges in life but they have one thing in common: faith in their Saviour.

In the midst of uncertainty the Bible tells us to have faith and hope. The faith of a child tends to be both fearless and simple. There is a careless nature displayed by children which has not yet developed into fear or anxiety.

The resources and literature we aim to provide to children through our Christmas Care campaign are vital in assisting them to grow and become equipped in their Christian walk. By the grace of God and with your help, this is made possible. God’s Word transforms lives, so let us come together and see this accomplished. Remember to frequently uphold these children in your prayers.

“Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, ‘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 9:36-37.

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

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

Nigeria: A Safe Place for Halima

Nigeria: A Safe Place for Halima

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 her new stepfather. Halima’s life in her new home was not a happy one and was potentially dangerous for her. Labelled as a kafir or heretic, she was extremely vulnerable to abuse of every kind.

Adod feared for Halima’s welfare and so, at great risk, he took her from her stepfather’s house. Legally Adod was entitled to take custody of Halima, but his family were very unhappy about it.

At first Adod arranged for Halima to stay at the home of a pastor. However, the pastor’s life was threatened for sheltering her. Needing to find her a place, Adod brought her to one of our ministry partners, Christian Faith Ministries (CFM). At CFM’s Children’s Crisis Care home, Halima is receiving care in a nurturing Christian environment, as well as an education. She also sees much of her father who is studying at CFM’s Bible school.

Voice of the Martyrs partners with CFM to provide care for vulnerable children including those displaced by violence. This year, we hope to bless children like Halima with a Christmas Care pack.

If you would like to support our Christmas Care project go to vom.com.au/christmascare

Egypt: Marina was afraid she wouldn’t be able to go to school

Egypt: Marina was afraid she wouldn’t be able to go to school

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 of its Christian residents following an Islamist takeover.

Nine-year-old Marina was afraid she wouldn’t be able to go to school any more. Muslim attackers had driven her family and more than 1,000 other Christians from their homes and their jobs in the town. The Christians were scattered throughout Egypt.

“We are a big family, lots of brothers and sisters,” Marina told a pastor in her new town. “My father is too poor to send us to school.”

The pastor encouraged Marina by telling her the story of Jesus feeding five thousand people with five loaves and two fish.

Voice of the Martyrs sent backpacks, school supplies and school fees to El-Arish families about 10 days later. The pastor stopped at Marina’s house first to tell her the news. Marina and her mother cried with joy as they realised that Marina and all of her brothers and sisters would be able to attend school.

If you would like to support our Christmas Care project go to vom.com.au/christmascare

From our CEO – October 2019

From our CEO – October 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 many of these nations and see children suffer opposition because they follow Jesus. Most often, they follow their parents’ example, and therefore suffer the same fate. This may include marginalisation in addition to deprivation of basic needs such as food, clean water, an education, and freedom to express their faith in Jesus Christ.

By communist government decree, children are not allowed into churches any longer in China. In Turkey there are limited opportunities for Christian learning. In Pakistan many children are forced to work in brick kilns to help pay family debts, instead of growing and learning, and becoming contributing members of society.

Life for multitudes of children is truly on the edge and your contribution to the Christmas Care campaign will help bring some spiritual encouragement to many. A children’s Bible will be provided in the packs, in addition to other country-specific items including school supplies and clothing.

Let me impress upon you the need for your support for these often-forgotten victims of religious persecution, and let’s make a difference which brings lasting value by providing God’s word to persecuted children.

My petition is that you will be touched by the stories in this edition and continue to lift these children up in prayer.
“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God” Psalm 14:2.

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

To support our Christmas Care project go to vom.com.au/christmascare

Christmas Care 2019 – Thank You

Christmas Care 2019 – Thank You

Your generosity in sponsoring Christmas Care packs has made a valuable impact in the lives of thousands of children around the world. Each pack included a children’s Bible along with other necessities such as food and stationary supplies for school. Your eagerness in this initiative meant that we exceeded our target and were able to support those beyond China providing packs to children in Pakistan and Egypt.

Thank you.