The team at Voice of the Martyrs have been truly humbled by the continued support our mission has received in these unprecedented times.
We know that many of our supporters are going through a hard time right now, both personally and financially, yet we continue to see the ethos of Hebrews 13:3, in their lives.
We are thankful for every prayer, every message and every dollar that supports our mission; our brothers and sisters in restricted nations.
Rest assured that, although we have to be more creative, we are continuing our mission to help, love and encourage persecuted Christians by providing Bibles, ministry resources, medical aid and practical assistance.
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3
This year’s annual campaign for Bibles Plus has been a success and on behalf of the recipients we want to send you a big thank you!
Plans are well under way for the distribution of Bibles Plus packs for this year and they will go to persecuted believers in Vietnam, Myanmar, China and India. These packs will be tailored to suit the needs of each country, but they will all have one common item in each pack – a Bible.
Generally, a typical Bibles Plus pack will consist of a Bible, rice or noodles, oil for cooking, a mat or blanket, tea or coffee with some additional food items that fit within the budget. It is amazing to see what items can be purchased to fill a $25 pack.
“It is great news concerning the Bibles Plus 2017 campaign. November and December will be a good time to distribute the packs. They will need to be ready in October and in November and December all of our students will go out to mission fields to help our frontline missionaries and persecuted believers and they can distribute meaningfully.” Brother Timothy, Myanmar
VOM were blessed when a church in Sydney sought to do something practical for the recipients of Bibles Plus this year. We produced a selection of black and white Bible bookmarks and the church hand-coloured each one. Each bookmark was printed with a Scripture verse in Vietnamese and were hand carried into Vietnam, making them available for the Bibles Plus distribution. Believers were doubly blessed knowing that every Bible bookmark had been personally and prayerfully coloured in by fellow believers here in Australia.
Through your support, Christmas Care 2016 for the Philippines was a great success. Children living in isolated regions across the island of Mindanao were delighted when they received Christmas Care backpacks filled with a Bible and gifts.
Many children of Christian families in the Philippines have lived through terrifying village raids and some have even lost parents through persecution for their faith. Christmas Care brought them much-needed love and encouragement, with each child receiving a Christmas card with a special message from our Australian supporters.
Thank you for bringing joy to children of the persecuted church and giving them a reason to smile!