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From our CEO: October 2020

From our CEO: October 2020

Dear Friends,

Family is fundamental, and the endless blessing it brings cannot be overstated. We innately long for close relationships with one another.

Pastors and families on the frontline of ministry in hostile nations face extreme pressure, as the challenges of ministry impact their daily lives.

We have heard of cases where pastors are imprisoned for preaching the Gospel and the family land is forcibly confiscated so there is no means of support. Children are also prevented from attending school.

How do they cope?

Other Christians and local churches will step in and help these families, where they are able. Prayer and fellowship are the life source that binds these believers together.

When a family member has been imprisoned for preaching, the rest of the family will often continue the work of making a difference in the community and making disciples.

We have numerous examples of this happening around the world. They carry on with the knowledge that the calling to serve the Lord is of much greater value than seeking material comforts.

I am encouraged by their perseverance and selflessness in pursuing the things of God in such dire circumstances. Their faith holds strong and shines through, regardless of their situation. Their request of us is that we pray that through all of the challenges they face, God may use them to show His unconditional love and compassion to those who do not know Him.

During this time of upheaval in the world, these families on the frontline need our continued prayer and support. These are the devoted men, women and children doing the heavy lifting for us as they make disciples and bring God’s hands and feet to people in hostile nations.

Continue to remember them. Uphold them in your prayers. We thank you for being an integral part of this vital ministry of Voice of the Martyrs.

“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me’” Mark 8:34.

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

From our CEO: August 2020

From our CEO: August 2020

Dear Friends,
According to Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

This is how many of our persecuted brothers and sisters worship in nations hostile to the Gospel. They congregate in their homes, in small numbers, in secret. Often family members and neighbours are not even aware. In some nations, meeting as Christians carries the risk of being reported to the authorities. Consequences include interrogation and imprisonment. Yet, they continue to meet.

During such gatherings, often in humble surroundings, God is worshipped and glorified and His name lifted high. His grace and provision are evident. This time together helps believers to strengthen and encourage one another in the faith.

Unbelievers are coming to Christ in restricted countries now more than ever. Their faith quickly becomes strong, as they are forced to face the very real threat of persecution due to their new life in Christ.

The enemy is ever-present and attacks continue in an attempt to oppose the Gospel. In some cases, authorities prevent children of pastors from attending school; farmland is confiscated or newly converted families are banished from their villages, forced to leave their livelihood, home and community behind. This is the reality some believers face. These families need our care
and support.

We who have freedom to express ourselves, often overlook the strength and value that a godly family unit brings to our lives and society. Let us consider this and learn from persecuted Christians, uphold them in prayer and continue to support them.

I pray that as you read this edition of our newsletter, your heart will be stirred by the sacrifice of a multitude who serve and form part of the body of Christ.

God bless.

Tony Benjamin
CEO

From our CEO: July 2020

From our CEO: July 2020

Dear Friends,

The world is waiting expectantly for a great harvest of souls. We are seeing God build His kingdom in many nations, especially where the Gospel has been supressed and Christians are persecuted for speaking out and evangelising. Despite the resistance, our frontline workers are purposefully going about God’s instruction, sharing the Saviour with the lost, whatever the cost!

Practical and spiritual support is vital to this work and we have experienced an overwhelming number of requests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of strict lockdown laws, people cannot go out to earn a living and are reliant on food parcels. In several restricted nations, as authorities distributed essential resources, Christians were excluded. This type of discrimination has deprived many of our brothers and sisters of basic human needs. Sadly, some have died of starvation because they have been turned away from food distribution centres.

As requests for help continue to flood into our office, we find the need is greater than our ability to provide, so we seek God’s help in deciding which projects to fund.

Proclaiming the Good News of Christ is the backbone of our faith. Frontline workers in restricted nations often place themselves in harm’s way to reach the lost, and we are committed to supporting them. Some countries are very closed, requiring creative solutions to requests for resources from God’s front line.

During this uncertain time, please continue to uphold our precious brothers and sisters in Christ. We are thankful for your unwavering support of our mission; it makes a difference in the lives of persecuted believers.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” Mathew 24:14.

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

From our CEO: May 2020

From our CEO: May 2020

Dear Friends,

We are hearing of unprecedented numbers of Muslims coming to Christ around the world. Furthermore, a steady stream of people in China are coming to Christ every year, in spite of the Communist Party’s clampdown on any and all Christian activity. We give glory to God for these new believers.

The need for Bibles remains very high. Bibles are our most requested resource next to prayer, from both persecuted and new Christians in restricted countries. In our world today, which has so much upheaval and turmoil, the Bible is a place of refuge, bringing all things into perspective and offering peace within.

There are many examples of how God’s Word is valued in restricted countries, from smuggling a verse in a bread roll to a prisoner, to tearing a page out of the Bible and sharing it with others. It is called the ‘Living Word’ for good reason, because it changes lives, inspires and informs us of the promises of God.

By providing Bibles to as many people as possible, we can help bring change to a generation. The cost of printing a Bible is no more than that of a cup of coffee.

Let’s become agents for the Gospel to persecuted believers. Let’s change a generation who are hungry for God’s Word. This life-changing tool will strengthen and equip those on the frontline to withstand the challenges of the enemy and enable them to stand strong in the face of adversity.

The next time you read your Bible, remember how your life was changed through Scripture and the insight gained from it. Please support this initiative to equip persecuted believers with precious Bibles plus other essentials to bring blessing and lasting change.

But He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”’” Matthew 4:4

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

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.

From our CEO: March 2020

From our CEO: March 2020

Dear Friends,

Global news is filled with media coverage of Iran.

Current events in Iran have highlighted the ongoing struggle between a self-serving regime and those who seek liberty. Those who oppose the current system are being dealt with harshly; many have been killed. However, the turbulent times in Iran have created many positives for those who seek to spread the Gospel. Muslims are increasingly questioning the Islamic regime and searching for true freedom.

We know, to be a follower of Jesus Christ is where true freedom is experienced. The reality in many countries, such as Iran, is that where oppression and persecution occurs, the Gospel is keenly received and many come to Christ. We have received many reports of this happening in Iran today.

Voice of the Martyrs is engaged in smuggling Bibles into Iran. Regardless of the danger, our faithful colleagues in that region make this necessity happen, bringing much joy to those who cannot source Bibles locally.

We run Bible classes with Iranian Christians in countries surrounding their homeland. We train them in the Word to equip them for effective ministry. These believers are committed to return to Iran so that they can share the Gospel with unbelievers, albeit at great risk.

Iranians who are preparing to return to share the Gospel tell us that they fear the development of political turmoil, having seen the consequences in Iraq. When that regime fell, it left a void which was filled by ISIS and other rebel groups. In the current unrest in Iran, these believers are preparing to spread the Gospel to all those who are willing to listen and receive Him.

Fellow believers, what a unique chance for us to change a nation!

Please consider supporting this amazing opportunity to bring God’s life-changing Word to a nation desperate for true freedom.

This month, we also start our annual Bibles Plus campaign, to aid Christians who are suffering from persecution and poverty in places like India, Philippines, Pakistan and China. By providing a Bibles Plus pack to a believer in a restricted nation, you will be demonstrating the practical love of God in affording both spiritual and physical sustenance.

Please consider supporting the distribution of God’s Word to all who seek Him.

“But the word of God grew and multiplied.” Acts 12:24

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.

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO