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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

The Impact of your Giving

The Impact of your Giving

Do you realise how much of an impact your practical giving makes to a believer in a restricted nation?

During late December 2015, when I was in Vietnam, I was able to bring some practical gifts that were sent to our office by some of our talented supporters who are knitters, card writers and embroiderers. They provided us with handmade teddy bears, sweaters and hats for babies, a magnificent homemade quilt and some beautiful cards that contained verses from the Bible and personal words of encouragement. I was able to get them all packed up in Ho Chi Minh City and sent directly to our contact in the Central Highlands to distribute to the needy believers in their district.

This was their reply when they received these gifts. “I am happy and joyful when I received your gifts during this Christmas time. It moved me to tears as they were so lovely and thoughtful.

“I really feel deep in my heart to thank you for the way in which you show your love to my family and the believers in our community. This love tells me we are one family in Christ. You show so much concern for us mountain people by sending these gifts to us, to the children, to the orphans and to the sick lying in bed with difficult problems. May God bless you abundantly.”

We are so encouraged by the way in which you are able to express your love, through the gifts God has given you, by producing these beautiful craft items which have touched the hearts of the believers in Vietnam. We want to say thank you for your expression of love towards those less fortunate and we pray that others may be encouraged, as we are, by the acts of kindness of our supporters.

During the 2015 Christmas period our contacts not only distributed these handmade items, but also distributed a number of Bibles Plus packs to people hungry for the Word of God. The sick, orphans and children were blessed by this distribution. All the Christians who received the Bibles Plus packs said that “this Christmas was very special because they have received the greetings from you, the foreigner.” We thank God for your valued partnership in this ministry.