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Supplying their Basic Needs

Supplying their Basic Needs

High in the mountain regions of northern China there are believers who are desperate for the Word of God. They are farmers living in a very poor area and yet, their Christian faith is strong.

As the land is mainly unfarmable and their resources to work the land limited, the net income of these farmers per capita is a meagre $255 annually.

However, despite their poverty they told our contact “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26.

“Our spiritual food is much more important than bread. Please help us with the Word of God! If you come with bread but no Bibles, we will be disappointed.”

The Gospel reached this area in 1951 and in the beginning only two families believed in Jesus. However, after 50 years of unwavering spiritual labour, the people of one whole village were converted to Christianity and according to an 82-year-old elder, this occurred despite the presence of communism.

During that time many thought Christianity would be lost and die but instead, 60% of the population throughout this region have accepted Christ with many new converts coming from among the younger generation. Their hunger for solid spiritual food has not diminished – they value it more than bread and baptisms are regularly
taking place.

Supplying their basic needs
Our local VOM worker told us “We like to try our best to supply them with spiritual books. In fact, we have already provided them with 1,000 copies of the Bible and 50 copies of Extreme Devotion. We have found this book is so welcomed in many churches here in China.”

As believers in Australia have partnered with VOM, we have been able to help meet the needs of our brothers and sisters with projects which have been a blessing to them, especially in these remote areas of China.

We have supplied printed material such as Gospel tracts, Bibles and teaching material which has reached over 82 churches. Bible training schools have also been equipped with beds, desks, chairs, computers and data projectors.

With the severity of the cold winters, we sent 12 tons of blankets along with rice and 1,200 Bibles to believers in the mountains desperately in need of supplies. When our trucks, loaded with these supplies reached their villages, the believers could not believe their eyes.

Bibles Plus and Bibles with Blankets are two programs which have been funded by our Australian donors and we are blessed to forward this report to you with joy and gratitude from these Chinese believers.

Walking together, upholding each other
When these deliveries were made, our VOM contact went back to his room and wept. These believers in China now  know that even though they suffer for their faith, there are many who are joining them on the road to Calvary. A B Simpson once wrote … “Let me be faithful to my trust, telling the world the story; press on my heart the woe; put in my feet the go.Let me be  faithful to my trust; and usually for thy Glory.”

How we operate our ministry in restricted nations is often covert for if information is leaked, it can be subject to government scrutiny and potentially jeopardise the success of the project. One of our VOM workers told us …

“The hard-line communists in China are very afraid of the connections between the underground church here in China and the foreigners’ involvement. They call it ‘The Western hostile forces infiltration!’”

Please continue to pray for all the programs we make a reality. With the approval and willingness of our local contacts, they are the ones ready to risk their lives to ensure persecuted believers receive these lifesaving materials.

They are very thankful for your loving concern, prayers and gifts.

Bibles Plus 2018 is responding to the cries from persecuted believers, willing to risk all for a Bible. For a gift of $25, you will provide a persecuted Christian family with a Bible PLUS some basic life essentials https://vom.com.au/biblesplus/

PROJECT UPDATE: Nigeria

PROJECT UPDATE: Nigeria

Our mission partner in Nigeria continues to reach out to people who have been displaced by violence, killing, physical wounding and loss of homes.

In the last two weeks their outreach team has gone to Miango and Dong. Yesterday they visited three displaced centres for children and one village in a far remote centre where there is much need. Tomorrow they plan to be in Hiapan. To each centre they bring a medical team, medicines, food, clothing, counselling and Bibles. This week they head to some very large displaced people camps to see what the needs are.

They have expressed their thanks to Voice of the Martyrs in Australia as well as Voice of the Martyrs offices in other nations, for helping in this emergency response.

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NIGERIA: VOM Helps Victims of Miango Attack

NIGERIA: VOM Helps Victims of Miango Attack

Below is a project update from one of our mission partners re: emergency funds Voice of the Martyrs Australia recently sent to Nigeria.

There were two regions attacked near us last week, Bokkos and Miango. This is an update on  the Miango attack.

Our head cook is from Maingo. Her name is Susan and she cooks about 8,000 meals a week for our bible school students, disciples and children in our crisis care home in Jos. Her nephew was killed in the Miango attack last week. We sent a team for Susan’s nephews burial. She was very upset, but is much happier now because of VOM’s support. Susan is a widow. Her husband died many years ago in a car accident. She is remarrying this year. She took us to her people from Maingo that were being treated in a Jos hospital. They are suffering from knife wounds, bullet wounds and broken bones from the attack. We paid the hospital bill for four of the people that had no one to help them. We also shared rice with people from the Maingo attack who were at the hospital.

Our team leader went to Maingo yesterday to assess the situation. He met with chiefs and looked at the scale of the attack. Our team will be going to Maingo on Monday. We will take rice, Bibles, and the medical team, with medicines, to Maingo and spend the day treating the victims.

Love in Jesus, from the whole team. Thank you for praying and thank you for supporting.

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Projects for Persecuted Christians: OTHER RELIGIONS

Projects for Persecuted Christians: OTHER RELIGIONS

Total expenses for Projects Other Religions = $162,105

Making an impact in the lives of persecuted believers in restricted nations is first and foremost in our minds, to provide with your partnership, the tools to equip them for ministry.

Owing to the sensitivity of our ministry we have provided some examples of completed projects which can be published. We pray you will be encouraged as you read of the projects that, with your help, have been successful and benefited those we serve.

Project: To provide support for underground North
Korean missions
Country: North Korea – Juche
Project Description: Support eight front line workers, home churches, a North Korean orphanage, the distribution of ministry packs including MP3 players, medicine and discipleship training material.

Project: To provide support for Myanmar Bible college students
Country: Myanmar – Buddhist
Project Description: To sponsor 34 Bible college students for 12 months. These students are studying an accredited Bachelor of Theology degree. They will be the future pastors, leaders and evangelists in Myanmar.

Project: Funding for balloon launches into North Korea
Country: North Korea – Juche
Project Description: To be part of a campaign within VOM International offices to sponsor the launching of 37,500 balloons carrying in a North Korean dialect, portions of the Bible containing 50 stories from the Old and New Testament. To also launch a further 13,600 orange balloons inscribed with Scripture, by sea.

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Projects for Persecuted Christians: HINDU WORLD

Projects for Persecuted Christians: HINDU WORLD

Total expenses for Projects Hindu World = $115,546

Making an impact in the lives of persecuted believers in restricted nations is first and foremost in our minds, to provide with your partnership, the tools to equip them for ministry.

Owing to the sensitivity of our ministry we have provided some examples of completed projects which can be published. We pray you will be encouraged as you read of the projects that, with your help, have been successful and benefited those we serve.

Project: Deep wells for persecuted believers
Country: India
Project Description: Provide funding for the digging of deep wells in Christian communities where Hindu radicals deny Christians from accessing communal water supplies. When Christian communities have their own well, they respond to their Hindu neighbours by allowing them to freely draw water from their well.

Project: To build and reconstruct church buildings for persecuted believers
Country: India
Project Description: To provide funding for reconstruction of two existing church buildings damaged by Hindu radicals and to build four new churches in safer districts for persecuted Christians.

“You have given gifts for more than 220 of our Hindu children and through the small gifts we felt the love of the Christian people. We are not worthy to receive such gifts but you have loved us with Jesus’ love and counted us as precious, loving even your enemies and showing true love to us and our people and children.” Village President, Banda

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