Aye Nan was fifteen when her father, U Aih Cum, was killed for his faith after a house church meeting in Myanmar. U Aih Cum was passionate about reaching others with the true Gospel message.
His feet and hands were removed, he was stabbed and cut multiple times in a vicious attack.
Aye Nan, the eldest of five children, left school in order to support her mother and four siblings.
She lives and works as a servant girl in a wealthy man’s house where she is emotionally abused. She has not seen her mother for twelve months.
Voice of the Martyrs, with the help of our supporters, is able to free her from this abuse and return her to her mother and family.
We have committed to build the family a new home (to replace the tin shack they are currently in), provide them with clean water (via a water filter), provide them with chickens, goats, vegetable seeds and a sewing machine to help them provide for themselves.
Please pray for this dear family who have suffered much.
Update 10 October 2018
Aye Nan, her mother and siblings, have now moved into their new home. Aye Nan’s mother is overwhelmed with the support the family has received.
Pastor Do En Pum resides in a town near Mandalay, in Myanmar. The church he leads currently has about thirty members.
As a result of opposition to his Christian ministry, Pastor Do has had his motorbike destroyed by local Buddhists and the electricity to his church has been disconnected.
Abuse and rock throwing targeting the pastor, his family and the church occurs frequently.
Last December, Pastor Do’s son, Kham Lian aged 26, was ambushed on his way to a carols event. He was badly bashed, stabbed with a knife several times and left to die. He was taken to Mandalay Hospital Clinic for medical treatment, and by the grace of God he survived. He continues to suffer with pain in the bone between his eye and ear.
Voice of the Martyrs, with the help of our supporters, has committed to support and encourage Pastor Do and his family. We will supply Pastor Do with a motorbike for use in his ministry and monthly financial support. We will also supply the family, and wider Christian community, with a water filter. We will ensure that Kham Lian has a thorough medical check by a Christian practioner.
Please pray for Pastor Do, Kham Lian and their family as they continue to minister to their community, despite constant opposition.
Update: November 2018
This is Pastor Do’s church. The electricity is solar powered and supplied by VOM Australia. The community has taken delivery of their new water filter and Pastor Do has received his new motor bike. Pastor Do, his family and church members are very grateful to God for the help received from VOM and our supporters. Persecution is real in Myanmar. Please keep our brothers and sisters in prayer.
Eight-year-old Nankpak Kumzwam watched his mother lie face down on the ground as a screaming Islamic rioter ran toward them. Her cheek was stained with dried blood from a gunshot wound, and she looked physically and emotionally exhausted. They had slept on the ground for the past two nights while fleeing marauding rioters. And they had just heard heartbreaking news — rioters had killed Nankpak’s father.
When Nankpak saw his mother lie down out of fear and exhaustion, he did the same. The Muslim rioter running toward them knew they were Christians and that Nankpak’s father was a pastor, so he immediately attacked them with a machete. Assuming that he had killed Nankpak as well as his mother, brother and sister, the attacker finally walked away. But there was one survivor.
The young survivor
When Nankpak regained consciousness, he knew his mother, sister and brother were dead. Bleeding from machete wounds and the gunshot wound he had suffered the day before, Nankpak hiked through the bush to find help, eventually arriving at a friend’s house.
After receiving treatment, Nankpak moved in with an uncle until VOM workers helped him enrol in a boarding school in a safe area. VOM supports many persecuted believers in northern Nigeria by providing medical care, food and living expenses, schooling, vocational training and spiritual encouragement.
Nankpak has now completed high school and hopes to become a doctor so he can care for persecuted Christians. He is ready to serve wherever God calls him.
“I don’t really need to be afraid,” Nankpak said. “I was the only person who was able to escape. I believe God has a reason.”
Missing his family
Nankpak thinks often of his family and especially misses his father.
“Many times he went from one place to another, speaking the Word of God,” Nankpak recalled. “Whenever he was at home, we spent much time discussing the Word of God.”
His father also taught his children to live peacefully among Muslims. “He always told us to love one another … to share the Good News,” Nankpak said. Nankpak hopes those who hear his story will pray for persecuted Christians.
As the sound of gunfire grew louder, 10-year-old Luis and his brother ran to their room and crawled under their bed. They knew the gunfire meant guerrilla fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were again attacking their small jungle village.
When soldiers from the Colombian Army arrived to repel the attack, the guerrillas took the boys’ father hostage to aid their escape. Although they released him four hours later, fighting between the guerrillas and government forces dragged on for days. Many of Luis’ friends were killed in the attack.
All things made new
Luis found true peace in Christ at age 13 and immediately felt the need to help people in villages like his who had suffered from the decades-long insurgency. “He told me He was my God and my Father, and He would always be there for me,” Luis said. “I felt the love of God come back in my life.”
Using his small savings, Luis bought books, games and other items to distribute in his old village, which remained under threat. He also brought New Testaments and gave them to everyone he met, including police officers, soldiers and guerrilla fighters.
“I told them, ‘Jesus still loves you despite all the pain you have caused,’” he said. “I was scared, but I thought, if I die, I die with Christ.”
Now 27, Luis serves as a pastor in an area controlled by a paramilitary group. He assumes that members of the group attend his weekly church service to listen to what he says and report back to their authorities. And he knows they could decide he is a threat at any time and give him 24 hours to leave, as they have done with many other pastors.
“I’m not scared,” he said. “It is my passion. I have a call from God to preach in these high-risk areas. I desire to keep on reflecting Christ.”
Luis has a special heart for others ministering in difficult areas. Although still young, he already facilitates training for pastors working in conflict zones.