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Front Line Ministry

Front Line Ministry

Our Front Line Ministry fund directly assists pastors, evangelists and full-time Christian workers who courageously minister in the face of hostility and persecution. It includes provision to support underground Bible colleges, leadership training, evangelism resources, computers, transportation, small business equipment, pastor support programs and equipping churches with resources.

If you would like to financially support our Front Line Ministry fund please go to vom.com.au/donate.

Your contribution to VOM’s Front Line Ministries fund will help in expanding evangelism in restricted and hostile nations. You may also designate a monthly contribution to this fund.

Bible School in China – The Cost of Sharing God’s Love

Bible School in China – The Cost of Sharing God’s Love

How easy it is for us to contemplate attending a Bible school when we have so many choices. Yet, such a decision is not so easy to make in China. Students sacrifice six months of their time in often very difficult circumstances to study the Word of God and equip themselves to be good stewards of the Gospel.

The clampdown by the communist Chinese government means that attending a Bible school is illegal and being caught means interrogation to uncover the names of the other students, and often also means detention or prison. Being caught does not stop with you. It means your whole family come under suspicion and associates may be rounded up and questioned.

New draconian facial recognition software, which has been implemented in China, now means that the movement of people can be tracked and monitored so students need to be very cautious.

One such Bible school in China operates out of the top floor of an apartment building, where 20 students gather to complete a discipleship program. They are only allowed to enter and leave the apartment after dark. Even then, they can only do so in small numbers at a time. Essentials are brought in inconspicuously as students live there for the whole six months, sharing just one toilet and shower. The women sleep in the apartment at night and the men occupy the roof space, which has been fitted out as sleeping quarters.

Resources are limited, as the picture shows. The restrictions on any Christian resources being distributed in China means that training and learning is conducted from often limited information. Not everyone owns a Bible so creative ways sometimes need to be found in order to obtain and retain God’s Word including audio Bibles, mobile phone Apps and SD cards.

Upon completion of the training, students graduate and disperse into all parts of China, spreading the Word secretly in small groups.

This is faith in action in arduous conditions. This is what life is like for many Christians in modern China.

Voice of the Martyrs supplies students who attend this Bible college with supplies, books and transport costs. The students chosen come from poor areas and would not otherwise be able to attend the college. Help us to continue to provide for these students by supporting our Front Line Ministry fund.

“Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith” Acts 6:7.

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: September 2019

From our CEO: September 2019

Dear Friends,

The equipping of the saints is of great importance in strengthening and expanding the kingdom of God, particularly in nations where the Gospel is opposed. Bible schools and discipleship centres are a crucial part.

Within restricted countries, faith-based learning is often outlawed and the authorities go to great lengths to eradicate Christian places of learning. Many of our most successful learning centres are now homes of fellow believers and as in one story, an apartment where every bit of space is utilised.

Around the world, new believers are hungry for the Word of God and go to extreme lengths to obtain it. Beyond Bibles, other forms of Christian literature are just as precious. Supplying such material to places like China, North Korea and many other countries is crucial, and creative methods are often needed. I mention China and North Korea because the regimes which exist there are using very sophisticated means of tracking people’s movements and activities which has resulted in thousands of believers being imprisoned or held in labour camps.

Your support of our Front Line Ministry projects enables us to equip those who are reaching the lost, including their persecutors.

The impact that Bible schools have in educating and equipping those who face persecution is immeasurable. Many testify how knowledge of the Word has sustained them through trials, and helped them overcome the daily reality that they and their families may suffer for their faith.

Please continue to pray for those on the frontline as Voice of the Martyrs endeavours to increase our support of those most vulnerable to persecution in the fight to carry out the Great Commission.

“From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for
the edifying of itself in love” Ephesians 4:16.

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.

Project Update: Support for a Pastor and his Family

Project Update: Support for a Pastor and his Family

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.

 

 

How your Gifts made an Impact in 2015

How your Gifts made an Impact in 2015

In 2015 we were able to oversee 125 projects in 24 different countries. This wide variety of exciting projects has impacted the lives of our beloved brothers and sisters in restricted nations.

On their behalf we thank you for your kindness.

These projects and quotes from individuals gives a quick snapshot into the impact of your giving.

Bibles and Literature

Bibles for Sudan
Goal: Distribute God’s Word in various local languages to our faithful brothers and sisters in Sudan. Bombings and forms of ethnic cleansing are relentless and some believers have been displaced and live in camps.
Cost: $30,000.00

“When the Gospel was first shared with us, we did not have any Bibles
but we felt such a hunger to know more about the Truth.
We cried out to the Lord with burning desire to know more about Him. He answered our prayers.
We fell down on our faces before the Lord weeping with joy
as we thanked Him for providing us the Bread of Life.”

Print hymn books for Vietnam
Goal: With currently more than 250,000 Hmong believers, there are a few thousand new believers from the Hmong tribe each year. These new believers love to praise and worship in the church and in fellowship at home. This project helped supply hymn books to meet this great need.
Cost: $7,400.00

Front Line Ministry

Safe house for Muslim background believers
Goal: Fund the running costs, including rent, utilities, accommodation and training for a safe house in a secure location in the Middle East. Safe houses are a refuge for Muslim background believers in danger and provide an opportunity for trauma recovery, counselling, spiritual encouragement, Bible studies and integration into the Christian community.
Cost: $44,271.46

“The good work you have done in reaching out to souls has placed
a long-lasting smile on the faces of many that received your gifts.
We pray that the Lord will bless you in return
with double-fold the good you have done.”

Support Pastor A’s ministry to Muslims in Indonesia
Goal: Pastor A has a strong evangelical ministry to Muslims and converts from Islam. He has an incredible knowledge of Islam, is well respected in the community and has been instrumental in leading numerous imams to Christ. He is sought after by many radical Muslims for his proselytising. Pastor A is a valuable member of VOM’s team in Indonesia. This project supports his experienced team for training, outreaches, seminars, transport and safe houses.
Cost: $7,129.17

Families of Martyrs

Support Pakistan bombing victims
Goal: Two churches were attacked by suicide bombers in Youhanabad, a majority Christian area in Lahore, Pakistan, in March 2015. More than a dozen people were killed and scores of people were injured. We assisted with medical help, food relief items and encouragement to families who were affected.
Cost: $9,185.86

“I am very grateful for all you’ve done for me.
You took care of me, paid my hospital bill and all the medication.
And you didn’t stop there; you also provided me with the best prosthesis.
You have been praying for us and giving us courage.”

Support escaped kidnapped girls in Nigeria
Goal: Extremist Muslims, particularly Boko Haram, have frequently kidnapped and taken Christian girls into captivity. Many are sold into the sex slave trade, forced to marry Muslims or kept as slaves for soldiers. This project helped to provide for the care and future needs of nine young girls who escaped from captivity.
Cost: $35,000.00