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.
“The king’s favour is toward a servant who acts wisely, but his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.” Proverbs 14:35
The team at VOM can be proud that we have once again surpassed our previous years of distribution, but only by the grace of God and your generosity.
Our Christmas Care program reached further last year and included Cameroon, Egypt, Vietnam, India, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, China and Indonesia with 6000 packs in total, which included the most valuable of all gifts, a Bible, distributed to children who face the most arduous circumstances because they are Christians.
We have increased our activity in both the Communist and Muslim worlds.
This is a sign of the times as in both cases there has been increased activity in an attempt to stifle the move of God and we have acted swiftly as the cries of the believers continue to grow louder.
We are always striving to get the most out of your donations in the field and continually work to improve our service to those who need it most.
As the magnitude and intensity of Christian persecution continues, we are reminded to be vigilant as we go out boldly and place a stake in areas where our fellow believers are severely persecuted for their faith and say, “We are here to stay and proclaim the name of Jesus.”
From the team at Voice of the Martyrs, I would like to congratulate you, our donors and fellow Christians on your unwavering support for the service we perform in serving the persecuted church. Our prayers and gratitude are with you always.
Yours in Christ
Christmas Care packs were distributed in the north-east section of Mindanao.
Below is a summary sent from our Voice of the Martyrs contact, who co-ordinates distribution in the Philippines.
The place is infiltrated with communists. Church members are frequently threatened by them as they attempt to force believers to join their group, this practice endangers the lives of many Christians. It was in this area, the communists killed a pastor, while he was behind the pulpit preaching the Word of God
Seven different churches benefited from the distribution, we distributed 130 Christmas Care packs, one pack for every family. The people were so glad, many of the recipients are tribal people, they often struggle to meet their daily needs. As part of the distribution, I preached to them from the Word of God.
Thank you so much for your prayers. The Lord is with us, He is our Emmanuel.
With our Christmas Care 2017 Appeal, we asked you to consider partnering with us by bringing a special gift to children living in eight countries where Christianity is rejected and where Christians are persecuted.
Through Christmas Care, we have invested into the future hopes and dreams of many children. At the cost of $25, each pack included two pictorial Bibles – one for the Christian child, the other was given to a non-Christian friend. Children evangelising children has enabled many to see the power of God’s love and has opened the way for Jesus to be revealed.
By partnering with us, this has been accomplished and we at VOM would extend to you our sincere thanks in making Christmas Care 2017 a blessing to many.
Through your support, Christmas Care 2016 for the Philippines was a great success. Children living in isolated regions across the island of Mindanao were delighted when they received Christmas Care backpacks filled with a Bible and gifts.
Many children of Christian families in the Philippines have lived through terrifying village raids and some have even lost parents through persecution for their faith. Christmas Care brought them much-needed love and encouragement, with each child receiving a Christmas card with a special message from our Australian supporters.
Thank you for bringing joy to children of the persecuted church and giving them a reason to smile!