Our financial report for 2015 reflects the effective way your donations were invested to support the persecuted church throughout the world. Each project and its expenditure was carefully researched to ensure we obtained the best possible outcome for that specific project. We believe our accountability to you, and above all to the Lord whom we serve, is paramount.
Voice of the Martyrs experienced a strong year of growth in 2015, with our highest annual income to date. Due to this strong growth, our income exceeded our anticipated requirements for 2015 projects. In order to ensure sustainability and wise distribution of funds to best meet the needs of the persecuted church, the surplus will be allocated to additional projects in 2016 and following years.
This chart illustrates in which specific areas of ministry our funds were spent in 2015. As we serve the persecuted church, we work in conjunction with our local contacts in each country, listening carefully to their project requests. Our International Development Committee meets regularly to consider all projects submitted for approval. Every project is then classified into one of our fund categories.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.