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Jordan: The Faithfulness of God

Jordan: The Faithfulness of God

Your support this quarter has helped us provide many needy families in Jordan with basic necessities.

Our distribution partner in Jordan reports:

We have delivered food coupons to refugee families and talk about an on-time God!

To protect Jordan’s fragile economy, refugees (Iraqi) are forbidden to work, leaving heads of households without the means to provide basic necessities for their families. Some of the families try to find work (under the table) but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, work is very often not available. We provide these families with quarterly food coupons. The coupons are redeemable at designated markets, and the amount given is based on the size of the family.

One of our leaders, Amir, delivered food coupons to a couple who were on the brink of desperation. “When the couple opened the door and I handed them the food coupon, the woman started to cry,” Amir said. “Yesterday everything we had was gone, we have no food, nothing left. And here you are this morning, relief came just in time,” the lady said tearfully.

Jordan is currently under curfew. The authorities announced that a full lock-down would be implemented in certain areas following a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. The curfew imposes problems and creates an even greater need for refugee families.

Thank you for your continued prayers. We send our sincere appreciation and heartfelt thanks for your support of our mission. We are blessed to have you stand with us in prayer. Not only us, but your brothers and sisters in Christ thank you from the bottom of their heart.

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.

Providing Aid to Displaced Believers

Providing Aid to Displaced Believers

Matthias and his wife are part of the traditional royal family of northern Burkina Faso.

Several years ago, they placed their faith in Christ and became involved in Christian ministry, which displeased the royal family as they are animists. Consequently, Mathias and family were no longer permitted to cultivate village land but were forced to farm some distance away.

At the beginning of 2019, Islamic extremists began indiscriminately attacking villages in northern Burkina Faso, causing many people to flee south. Matthias and his family decided to stay to help protect the area and encourage those who remained.

One day, while working in their field, Matthias and his then pregnant wife heard jihadists attacking their village. Knowing that they are widely identified as Christians and that they would be killed if caught, they fled to the nearest city. They left with only what they had in their hands; the distant location of the field had saved their lives.

They now reside in the capital of Burkina Faso but, as well-known Christians, their lives are still in danger. Regardless, they are helping other Christians in need. They hope to someday return to their home.

With continuing attacks, the whole country is at risk of continued growth of Islamic extremism and violence.
With thousands of people displaced, the country is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The global pandemic reached Burkina Faso earlier this year and has compounded the problem.

So far this year, with the help of our supporters, Voice of the Martyrs has assisted more than 8,000 displaced persons by providing food and hygiene products.

“This is a great joy to me. For those who showed us mercy in our suffering, those who sent us this help, we say – thank you. May God grant you the desires of your heart. We can’t stop thanking you for what you have done in Jesus’ name.” – Bridgette, an aid recipient

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: Aid for Brick Kiln Workers in Pakistan.

Project: Aid for Brick Kiln Workers in Pakistan.

In Pakistan, COVID-19 restrictions combined with monsoon season, left brick kiln workers, along with other day workers, with no work and therefore no pay for months.

As a result of the pandemic, Pakistan went into lockdown from March to May with some ongoing restrictions in place until August.

The enforced restrictions significantly affected the country’s poor and vulnerable communities, including the Christian minority.

Pakistani Christians, most often day labourers in the lowest paying jobs, could no longer work and faced the very real threat of starvation.

For those working in the brick kilns of Lahore, Pakistan’s monsoon season resulted in additional job losses. The season which runs from June to September brought very heavy rainfalls this year. This resulted in the kilns being closed from July to September.

This meant no work, no income and nothing to feed the family.

Additionally, as much-needed aid was distributed throughout Pakistan, VOM received reports of Christians being pushed to the end of distribution queues or being denied assistance altogether.

VOM Australia, together with our distribution partner in Pakistan provided basic food packages to those who needed it most.

The distribution areas selected where those where no one else had reached. One such place was the brick kilns on the outskirts of Lahore.

There are almost 70 families residing in these brick kiln colonies. The average family size is six members. All of the adults are illiterate and have no option to work elsewhere. Their employers, the landlords, have not provided any support in this crucial situation.

Families were very grateful for the help they received. They are thankful to God who kept them safe and fulfilled their desperate need.

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.

Iran: Open Hearts

Iran: Open Hearts

Some of the people who help distribute Bibles in Iran are taxi or Uber drivers. Just a few weeks ago one of these drivers picked up a husband and wife who happened to both work at a local hospital.

While in the backseat, they were complaining about how bad the COVID-19 situation is. In their frustration, they expressed anger towards God. They also shared disappointment with their government’s response and lack of supplies to treat people.

The driver could tell they were stressed, exhausted and frustrated with the whole situation. He let them finish venting and then began to give his thoughts.

He agreed this is a very sad and difficult situation, but he also said he has peace and hope in the midst of the chaos. He began to talk about his God, a God of love, compassion and peace.

He spent three hours with this couple sharing the Gospel, ultimately leading them to Jesus. He gave them a Bible and continues to keep in contact with them.

This couple is on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19; testing and treating patients in Iran. As new Christians, they have an incredible zeal to share Jesus and the hope they have found in Him. They are now praying for every patient they see and offering them a Bible.

It is not just their patients. They are praying for and sharing the Gospel with other workers at the hospital. They even started a prayer group that meets in the hospital.

They do not receive any negative pressure from people around them, people are open and friendly towards this Good News.

The seed sown into this couple’s life is now multiplying to people around them. The hearts of people in Iran are ready. This couple has incredible boldness but that is the point. Now is the time to be bold in Iran.

One of the Iranian leaders who helps direct the Bible distributions shared some astonishing information.

He said, in this nation that is 99% Muslim, they usually receive up to 800 requests for Bibles each month. Since the pandemic started, the requests for Bibles have increased to as much as 1,200 every month.

This is a tremendous indicator that the hearts of people are open to Jesus right now.

VOM Australia’s ministry partner is actively involved in distributing God’s Word in Iran. In the last few years, they have distributed more than 100,000 Bibles.

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.

 

Turkey: Youth Activities

Turkey: Youth Activities

A VOM supported youth program in Turkey has had to adjust its delivery due to COVID-19.

The program spiritually equips youth to remain faithful followers of Jesus through their teenage years by:

  • Encouraging them to be active in attending and serving in a local church
  • Connecting the small number of Christian youths across the city and country to develop friendships and be encouraged
  • Providing a fun and safe environment for the youth to spend time with other believers away from their often lonely and intense high-school environments.
  • Regularly organising social events and yearly camps for the youth.
  • Empowering the youth to begin serving the Turkish church by providing opportunities to serve on the children’s Summer camps.

COVID-19 restrictions include Turk nationals aged under 20, along with those over 65, not being allowed to leave their homes since early March. This has meant face-to-face youth gatherings have not been possible for much of the year so far.

Meetings/events have been restricted to what can be achieved via video conference, with program organisers utilising games and other digital content to encourage participants.

At this stage it is unclear if planned Summer camps will be able to be run. Organisers are planning for both a normal style camp and an online style event.

The program team continues to pray for the youth, learning their spiritual and practical needs, bringing these before God weekly.

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.