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From our CEO: February 2020

From our CEO: February 2020

Dear Friends,

Triumphant joy over adversity, and staying the course, is the message emanating from our stories in this edition.

Adversity takes many forms and none more than having ongoing medical challenges and struggles, in addition to spiritual ones. I am constantly encouraged by fellow believers in persecuted countries as they display extreme discipline in their faith.

They know where their daily help comes from, and the Word is confessed and prayed over everything they face and endure.

In the 68 countries where Voice of the Martyrs has a presence and serves, there are ever-growing needs, as we find and reach more Christians who suffer under repressive regimes.

Through the vital medical help we provide, we see lives transformed. We have provided much-needed treatment for Christians who were losing their sight, just because no help was available. We provide other essentials like clean water, medication, prosthetics and even major reconstructive surgeries. We are there to step in and make a difference where needed.

I pray that as this new year starts to gather momentum, it will bring a prosperity of our souls to draw us into a closer relationship and walk with Christ. A close Christian walk is evident to us every time we meet our brothers and sisters in restricted nations and listen to their testimonies. We realise that endurance and being able to overcome is made possible through a dependent relationship with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters who require and await medical assistance, that we may be able to support their needs adequately through your help and God’s overflowing blessing.

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.

“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, lord, have not forsaken those who seek You” Psalm 9:10.

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

From our CEO – December 2019

From our CEO – December 2019

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to celebrate this very important time in our Christian calendar, let us not forget or abandon those who don’t have the blessings and privileges we typically enjoy.

A recent trip to Amman, Jordan, emphasised the plight of approximately 600,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria facing uncertainty and a fight for survival.

My heart was stirred by a story of two young Christian Iraqi boys, who travelled over several months for hundreds of kilometres by foot through Iraq to Jordan, to find a place of safety after their village was attacked by Islamic State. They, like their fellow refugees, have no legal standing in Jordan so cannot attend a government school or receive basic health benefits. Their future rests ultimately in God’s hands as they wait on the United

Nations for resettlement in the West. The wait is often prolonged and fraught with disappointment as told by a family with two young children who have seen others transit, yet still they wait, seven years on!

Money is scarce. Even the most basic daily needs are often unaffordable. Those who do find work are at risk of being exploited, as it’s illegal for them to work. Employers often rob casual workers of their pay knowing they cannot complain to the authorities.

Our mission partner in the region acts as a beacon of hope and God’s love for Christian families who have left everything to escape the scourge of Islamic State. Families are provided with food, basic education, trauma counselling and regular visitations, to aid and encourage them.

We are supplying our mission partner with Christmas Care packs (including a children’s Bible) to be distributed to the children of Christian families, providing further spiritual encouragement and practical support.

The message of Christmas is critical for these children as it’s a message of hope.

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word” Psalm 119:114.

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

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

From our CEO: August 2019

From our CEO: August 2019

Dear Friends,

The work of pastors and evangelists in countries where Christian acts of faith are restricted, remains daunting and very challenging.

We hear story after story of pastors and believers being attacked or their places of worship being burned or demolished, often as a result of being falsely accused of illegal activity.

Frontline workers also face the loss of material possessions, lack of education opportunities for their children, restriction of movement, isolation for their families and threats of violence. All for carrying out the Great Commission.

The stories in this newsletter demonstrate how the Christian faith of many frontline workers remains resolute in the face of rigid opposition and oppression. The message from these dedicated workers is voiced throughout, which is: “Please pray for us as we share the Gospel.”

Yet, in all of these challenges there is hope. More Muslims are accepting Christ than at any other time
in history. The Chinese church is growing despite all the persecution the communist government is inflicting upon Christian believers.

Let us continue to pray and support valuable frontline workers who risk everything to fulfil their calling in restricted nations. Voice of the Martyrs is committed to being a valuable resource to these brothers and sisters in Christ.

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter” 1 Peter 4:16.

Thank you for your unwavering support for the work of Voice of the Martyrs as we press on in reaching and supporting more of our fellow Christians who suffer for the Gospel.

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

From our CEO: July 2019

From our CEO: July 2019

Dear Friends,

The barrage of indiscriminate attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon is continuing. The governments of the world seem uninterested in providing any tangible solutions for prevention.

Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ are dying because of the lawlessness and disregard for Christian lives in these countries.

Former Muslim Fulani herdsmen who have come to Christ, recount stories of their families encouraging them to kill Christians. Men as young as 18 can account for killing more than 20 Christians with the help and support of their families and friends. Christians are randomly chosen and killed, because of their faith.

Amid this fear and darkness where precious lives are almost daily lost, Voice of the Martyrs stands in prayer, unity and support of pastors, Bible schools, discipleship schools and fellow believers, who vehemently stand firm in the faith. In the face of these deliberate attacks, God is moving mightily, changing and softening the most hardened hearts into repentant lovers of Christ.

The stories in this edition remind us that there is salvation in Christ alone. From near impossible situations, God is able to turn despair into hope in Him.

My prayer is that these accounts will challenge you to continue to pray for fellow believers in these featured countries as they face immeasurable challenges, albeit always striving to seek God’s face for their help and redemption. I have met new Muslim background believers, hungry for the Word of God and committed to return to where they have come from, putting themselves in the path of danger, to share what Jesus has done for them.

Please uphold the nations of Nigeria and Cameroon in your devotions and prayer time as we hold onto the belief that change will come and Christ’s name will be glorified across these nations.

“Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” Jeremiah 33:6

God bless.
Tony Benjamin
CEO

From our CEO: April 2019

From our CEO: April 2019

Dear Friends,

This month provides us with an opportunity to report on our ministry activities and expenses for 2018. This publication explains how your generous donations have been used to assist persecuted believers and further this most crucial work, which now spans some 68 countries.

We have had an incredible year. We have seen God’s hand upon our ministry in reaching many more persecuted believers than we ever have in one year. This is an awe-inspiring feat as we enter our 50th year of this ministry.

Bibles continue to be the most sought-after resource for persecuted Christians, and you will see a continuation of our efforts to bring this most precious book to persecuted believers around the world. Our support in equipping frontline pastors and evangelists plays a critical part in ensuring the Great Commission urgently continues, even to those who are the persecutors.

Often the focus is on those directly persecuted, but there are others affected who too are innocent but forgotten, like the widows, families and children of those martyred for their faith. At Voice of the Martyrs, these believers are precious to us and we support them through various means, depending on the specific challenges they face. Medical needs cannot be forgotten as persecution often involves violence and bodily harm and is frequently accompanied by poverty. The needs are many, including the most basic of needs such as fresh, clean drinking water. We have been able to distribute numerous LifeStraw community water filters, which assist in providing clean water to many.

This past year has also seen us become more active in our Australian ministry, where we generate awareness of Christian persecution in the local church. This is a most crucial ministry for us, as it allows us to share the latest information on what is happening in restricted nations, our role in supporting the persecuted church and explains how

Australian Christians can partner with us. Our goal is to be more visible to you, so please invite one of our representatives along to share at your church or informal gathering.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for this outstanding result which would not have been possible without God’s hand and guidance and the unrelenting support and prayers from you, our faithful supporters and our team at Voice of the Martyrs.

Download our 2018 Impact Report at vom.com.au/newsletter-download
If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Tony Benjamin
CEO