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Jay’s story – Counting it all Joy

Jay’s story – Counting it all Joy

Raised in a strict Muslim family, Jay’s dream was to preach Islam everywhere he went, that is until he met a Christian woman and found Jesus.

Born in Malaysia, Jay was raised and educated in Islamic law. Many of his family were Muslim evangelists; his brother was an Imam at the local mosque and Jay was set to go down the same path.

Jay decided he would share his Muslim faith with Christians and in doing so, he met Aeni, a Christian woman.

Jay said it was a turning point in his life and, through Aeni, he learnt about the “love and gentleness of the Lord”. Even though they had their challenges, the two married and Aeni never stopped praying for Jay. In 2019 he accepted Jesus and was baptised.

Soon after, Jay’s family discovered he had become a Christian and cut all ties with him. They turned the local community against him and lodged a report with local authorities. In Malaysia, it is illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity.

Thankfully, Jay and Aeni managed to escape to another town about four hours from their home, but life isn’t easy. They are now living in a small house in the jungle with a three-month-old baby. Due to persecution and the recent pandemic, Jay has struggled to find work.

The only way they survive is by selling at the local market the small amount of fruit and vegetables they grow. Local Christians haven’t been able to help them as they will also be arrested if they assist.

Despite this, Jay and Aeni remain faithful to the Lord, praying daily for their families.

“The more we pray, the more we experience the peace of God,” Jay said.

Last year, Voice of the Martyrs Australia partners connected with Jay and have begun discipling him and his family. He has since opened his home for fellowship and has started to share his faith with others.

VOM Australia has also been able to provide food and support for Jay and his family when needed.

Jay has a desire to grow in the Lord and serve Him always. “I count it all joy to know Jesus, I give thanks in everything,” he said.

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Malaysia and Brunei: Valuable Tools

Malaysia and Brunei: Valuable Tools

In Malaysia and Brunei, the movements of Christian workers and evangelists have been restricted due to COVID-19.

Our partners there have reported using WhatsApp and Zoom for the first time, along with phone contact, to encourage Muslim background believers.

In-depth Bible study using Zoom is just one of the many ways technology is being used, resulting in spiritual growth of the participants and a desire to share the Gospel with others.

Our partners intend to continue to use these valuable tools in some capacity, even as restrictions ease.

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.

MALAYSIA: Pastor Raymond Koh Still Missing

MALAYSIA: Pastor Raymond Koh Still Missing

It’s been three years since the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh in Malaysia.

On Monday morning, 13 February 2017, Pastor Raymond was driving his car to visit a friend’s house. He never arrived. He was stopped in Petaling Jaya, Selangor State by unknown assailants and abducted in broad daylight. He has not been seen or heard from since and his car has never been found.

The 2017 abduction wasn’t the first time the pastor had faced persecution because of his faith; he had previously received a box of bullets in the post, warning him to stop his ministry work. But the threats didn’t stop him, and in the months prior to his abduction, his wife noticed a spiritual deepening in her husband. She believes God was preparing him for the challenging time to come.

Early in 2019, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission issued a report blaming the abductions of Pastor Raymond and others on the Special Branch of Malaysia’s police. But to date, no one has been held accountable, and Pastor Raymond’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown.

Unfortunately, this is not the only case of Christians being kidnapped in Malaysia. Pastor Joshua Hilmy, a Malay Muslim who converted to Christianity, and his Christian wife Ruth were last seen on 30 November 2016. The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia has said that a public enquiry into their disappearance has begun.

Source: Release International

  • Intercede on behalf of Raymond and his loved ones. Remember too Joshua, Ruth and their family.
  • Pray that the investigations will be taken seriously and that news of these victims will be brought to light and justice will be sought.
  • Ask God to strengthen and uphold the church in Malaysia.

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MALAYSIA: Establishment of Special Task Force

MALAYSIA: Establishment of Special Task Force

The Malaysian government has expressed that it will set up a special task force to investigate the cases of missing Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, a move that is welcomed by the Koh family.

On 23 May, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that a special task force would be formed to investigate the findings by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) which concluded that the special police were behind the disappearance of activist Amri and Pastor Raymond.

The family hopes that with the task force, truth and justice will prevail, and that the perpetrators can be brought to justice. They also hope the team tasked with investigating the cases would be independent, impartial, professional and credible.

“We want to see the victims released and be reunited with their families,” they said in a statement.

Amri, the co-founder of NGO Perlis Hope, went missing on 24 November 2016, after leaving his home in Kangar; Pastor Koh, was abducted in broad daylight allegedly by members of a trained paramilitary force on 13 February 2017, while on his way to a friend’s house.

Based on Suhakam’s investigation, direct and circumstantial evidence in both cases suggest that the two men were abducted by state agents, namely the Special Branch of Bukit Aman.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray that the investigation will be conducted in a fair, honest and just way, to bring unity to family members.
  • Pray that God will raise up bold servants in Malaysia to declare “You are the way, truth and the life” John 14:6.
  • Pray that the victims are strengthened and encouraged by the prayers being said for them and will hold onto God’s Word in their hearts – “He will never leave them or forsake them.”

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From our CEO: May 2019

From our CEO: May 2019

Malaysia and Brunei are very interesting, yet complex countries. They both have Muslim-majority populations and both apply their own manner of control over their inhabitants, based on their brand of Islamic law.

I hope this month’s newsletter provides some insight into the challenging environment in which Muslim background believers embrace their new-found faith in Jesus Christ and stand firm in the face of immeasurable resistance for their bold step.

New believers are forced to walk away from friends and family who won’t tolerate apostates, and start life over. Islamic radicalism is constantly present and is pressuring the authorities to implement more of their brand of Sharia law.

While visiting these two nations recently, I met many Christians who are steadfast in their pursuit of God’s love and His presence. Praise and worship in the flourishing house church movements are electrifying with the power of the Holy Spirit – the presence of the Lord is tangible.

Be greatly encouraged, as I was, with how Christians are coping with the ever-changing pressure to renounce their faith and are overcoming these challenges by immersing themselves in God’s Word and spending quality time with Him.

Discipleship and leadership training are needed to enable them to go forth and share the Gospel with others. The house church movement is growing rapidly, and the church needs quality leaders to undergird this growth as they build a solid foundation that will withstand the constant barrage of Islamic radicalism.

The team present were immensely blessed and honoured to share in meetings with local believers, have meals together and enjoy Christ-centred conversations. We sang praises, worshipped with one heart, prayed together, and the tears flowed freely. We give praise for such an anointed time together.

The Body of Christ is healthy in these countries.

God bless.

Tony Benjamin
CEO

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