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Project: Bibles Plus 2019

Project: Bibles Plus 2019

In 2019, Voice of the Martyrs, together with our supporters, funded Bibles Plus packs, including distribution to remote areas of the Philippines and India.

Believers living in Mindanao, Philippines face severe persecution and have limited access to Christian resources, especially those living in rural, mountainous areas.

Bibles Plus packs were distributed in remote areas of the Caraga region, giving hope to persecuted believers and building their faith in God.

The distribution was coordinated by church leaders in the area. A four-wheel drive was provided so the distribution team could include those living in areas where travel is difficult, and towns are hard to reach.

The Bibles Plus packs included a mat, bed sheet, noodles, sugar, coffee, rice, a copy of Tortured for Christ and a Bible. The items were received warmly received and the recipients – which included pastors – were grateful and very much encouraged in their faith and ministry.

In the remote areas of Kandhamal, India, believers are currently experiencing harsh persecution, including displacement.

Bibles Plus packs were distributed from seven different churches in remote areas of this region. Over 800 packs were handed out with many recipients receiving their very first Bible.

The packs included a 25kg bag of rice, pulse seeds and flour for each family. In addition, each individual received their own Bible, a mattress, a blanket and a cake of soap.

Coming from remote areas with little means of communication, many of the families travelled as far as 60kms one way and some walked several kilometres to arrive at the distribution points.

It only costs $30 to ensure a persecuted believer receives a Bible in their local language, ‘plus’ other basic essentials, specifically tailored to their country.

For more information and to give go to vom.com.au/biblesplus

PHILIPPINES: Pastor Killed Amid Surge in Violent Attacks

PHILIPPINES: Pastor Killed Amid Surge in Violent Attacks

The murder of a pastor in Mindanao has fuelled fears that Christians are becoming political targets – in what bishops describe as “one of the most trying times in our history”.

Pastor Ernesto Estrella, who led the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Antipas, was shot dead by two men on motorbikes near Magsaysay. Police are investigating whether his death was linked to his alleged ties with left-wing groups.

The Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF) says violent attacks on Christians speaking up for human rights have “increased alarmingly” since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016. It has also condemned the administration’s “oppressive policies”. Police have accused several church leaders of libel and sedition – following allegations of government links with the illegal drugs trade.

Meanwhile, in Manolo Fortich, soldiers have reportedly visited the home of Christian development worker and rights advocate Kristin Lim twice this month and ‘invited’ her to come in for questioning. As they had no legal warrant, she declined.

The church is also concerned that persecution may increase for the Christian minority living in the Muslim-majority Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BARMM), which was established in January with its own Islamic sub-government. BARMM leaders have given assurances that minority religious rights will be protected.

Source: Release International

  • Pray for Pastor Ernesto’s family and friends, and for Kristin Lim, that they will know God’s peace, comfort and protection.
  • Pray that the government in the Philippines will begin to see the church as a force for social good.
  • Ask God to strengthen His church in the Philippines, and especially in Mindanao. Pray that His people will be a powerful witness to His great love.

Post your prayer in the comments below.

Project: Philippines Motorbikes for pastors

Project: Philippines Motorbikes for pastors

Mindanao in the Philippines can be dangerous for believers, especially for those who minister in remote areas.

Late last year, Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, funded a project to provide ten motorcycles for pastors, leaders and evangelists who travel long distances to arduous areas to minister in the face of persecution.

Some of the recipients travel to rural and mountainous areas, while others, prior to receiving a motorbike, would walk many kilometres to carry out their ministry. Threats to these bold Christians come from rebel groups, radical Muslims and the communist government. Some have endured great difficulties on their travels and to them, a motorbike is an answer to prayer.

The recipients are so thankful for their motorbikes and are more determined than ever to continue to serve the Lord, despite the risks.

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 in your tax returns.

Project: Teacher Support in Mindanao

Project: Teacher Support in Mindanao

Christians in Mindanao, in the Philippines, face varying degrees of persecution from rebel groups, radical Muslims and a communist government.

Last year Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, set up a project to aid four teaching staff at the Anchor Bay Bible College in Mindanao.

The recipients are already committed to teaching and serving the students at the Bible college. The students, young men and women from all over Mindanao, are trained in discipleship, equipping them to share their faith.

The teachers also witness in prisons and hospitals. They evangelise house to house in the local area and beyond.

Moving forward, they are praying for more workers to help train students. VOM is continuing to support the teachers in 2019.

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 in your tax returns.

Project: Anchor Bay Bible College

Project: Anchor Bay Bible College

Young students from all over the Philippines travel to Anchor Bay Bible College, supported by Voice of the Martyrs Australia, for a biblical education.

Some students who attend may have experienced great levels of persecution, especially those from the Mindanao region. Tensions are high for Christians in this particular region as late last year, 27 people were killed in a church bombing.

Further accommodation at the Bible college was needed. This is where VOM, with the help of our supporters, stepped in and last year provided funds for a new dormitory building.

The two-storey dormitory has since been built and already provides accommodation for the male students. The Dean of Students also lives there making him available for guidance.

Students and faculty have called the new dormitory “a blessing” which can now also be used for seminars and conventions as well as hosting visiting pastors.

The college can now train more students and the facility will continue to equip young men and women for the Kingdom.

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