Category Archives: PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED

Obeying the charge to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them” (Hebrews 13:3).

Gilbert Hovsepian: “I Forgive You”

“My son,
Trust in the Lord at all times, and always be ready to forgive as you have been forgiven.”

Life is full of hard, difficult choices.
One of the most life-changing choices we can make is to forgive someone who has harmed us.
To forgive is a choice.
In this circumstance, when we have been harmed, especially unjustly, it is especially hard, especially difficult, to forgive those who have harmed us.

It’s a choice Jesus made.
It’s a choice we must make, in order to be like Him.
It is something we can choose to do, but we can only make this choice with His help.

There is a tremendous power in forgiveness.
There is tremendous freedom in forgiveness.
To forgive is powerful.
To forgive sets us free.

In January, 1994, Bishop Haik Hovsepian was faithfully serving God in Iran.
He was brutally murdered “for his Christian faith and ministry.”

His son, Gilbert Hovsepian, wrote and recorded this song, “I Forgive You,” which speaks of how Gilbert forgave his father’s murderers. Gilbert now ministers in Iran … the same country, and to the same people, which his father had ministered to …

“I choose to do what Jesus did for me …
I forgive you for all you have done …
I forgive you for all the pain you caused …”

Here’s a link to the Hovsepian family website, where the family of Haik Hovsepian continues his legacy, vision, and passion for the people of Iran:

Hovsepian Ministries

As we continue toward Sunday, Nov. 4, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, let’s remember our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, serving in Hostile and Restricted Countries around the world.
Every day.

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2018

Sunday, Nov. 4, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Here is this year’s video presentation from The Voice of the Martyrs.
You can find out more at their website, https://www.persecution.com/

“While our country has turned its back on us, God has not … it is not easy … So, please remember to pray for us …”

Tortured for Christ [The Movie] – Official Trailer

We share this from “The Voice of the Martyrs:”
Visit their website at https://www.persecution.com/

The Voice of the Martyrs presents the inspiring new movie, Tortured for Christ, a cinematic retelling of the testimony of VOM founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, as written in his international
bestseller “Tortured for Christ.” This movie was produced to honor the 50th anniversary of the book’s 1967 release.

Filmed entirely in Romania, including in the very prison where Pastor Wurmbrand endured torture and solitary confinement, this powerful film uniquely presents the story with live action rather than interviews. The dialogue is presented in English, Romanian and Russian (with English subtitles) to hold to the authenticity of this true story.

The movie opens in theaters on March 5, 2018.
Advance tickets can be purchased at www.TorturedforChrist.com.

Continue to “Remember Those in Bonds” Video: “Solitary Prayer”

We have been honored to share the story of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, founders of “The Voice of the Martyrs.” Here are links to stories we’ve featured on our blog:

https://pastorappreciationblog.com/2015/03/09/heroes-of-the-faith-richard-and-sabina-wurmbrand/
https://pastorappreciationblog.com/2017/03/08/the-power-of-posts-part-five/

Pastor Richard Wurmbrand left his apartment and headed to church one Sunday morning in February 1948, but he was kidnapped off the streets by Romanian secret police. He would spend 14 years in Communist prisons.

When he came down with tuberculosis and appeared close to death, guards moved Pastor Wurmbrand into the “death cell.” But he didn’t die. Instead, he survived and was eventually ransomed out of Romania. After arriving in the West, he immediately began to tell the story of his imprisonment and of the many Christians still suffering in Communist prisons behind the Iron Curtain.

In October 1967, those stories were typed up and mailed out to Christians who wanted to know more. It was the first issue of what later became the Voice of the Martyrs newsletter.

Something else happened in 1967: The book “Tortured for Christ” was released:
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand’s dramatic testimony shocked the world when it was first released in 1967, and many believers today cite it among the most influential books they have ever read. Pastor Wurmbrand endured months of solitary confinement, years of torture, constant suffering and the anguish of brainwashing simply because he refused to deny the name of Jesus Christ. The book is the story of how one man’s faithfulness and suffering led to a worldwide network of support for persecuted Christians.

Today, the ministry that Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand founded is actively helping Christians in 68 countries, providing direct aid to the persecuted, sending Bibles to those in hostile areas and restricted nations, and assisting front-line workers.
The ministry also continues to tell the stories of these believers, just as Richard did.

Each year, for The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), they create a video created specifically for this Day. For this year’s observance, the video told a story from Richard’s personal testimony of those years in Communist prisons. “Solitary Prayer” was filmed in Romania, in the very prison where Pastor Richard Wurmbrand spent three years in solitary confinement. It is a story that reminds us to pray not only for our persecuted brothers and sisters, but also for their persecutors.

“Solitary Prayer” features excerpts from the new “Tortured for Christ” movie, which is set to be released in Spring, 2018. This will be a significant event.

We purposely waited to share this video, as an admonishment to pray, every day, and to “remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them” (Hebrews 13:3).
Note: This is powerful:

 

International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

Sunday, Nov. 5, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Churches across the United States and around the world will join in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Here is the Voice of the Martyrs’ Slideshow Presentation, which churches will use to help inspire every Christian to pray for our persecuted family members.

The Video Slide Show includes ways we can pray for our persecuted Christian family.

We went in and added music to the Slide Show, and the Voice of the Martyrs’ address is at the end of the presentation.

How often we write of the freedoms we enjoy, and the price paid for our freedom. Let us pray for those who don’t have this freedom, and for those who persecute them.

Not just on Sunday, November 5th, but, as with our freedom, let us pray, every day, for those who don’t have freedom … to continue, every day, to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in
the body” (Hebrews 13:3)

 

“i am n” Video Series: Part Six – Sacrifice

“They could have kept their future, their homes, all their possessions, but they chose to sacrifice them, instead of denying Christ.”

We conclude this video series, produced by The Voice of the Martyrs, from their “i am n” campaign. This video features “sacrifice.”

“Sacrifice” is defined as “surrender of something for the sake of something else; the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone; something given up or lost; an act of offering to a deity something precious.”

Image if you lived, everyday, with the danger of losing everything you have-including your life, and the lives of your loved ones-just by making the decision to convert to Christianity … or if “word got out” that you were a follower of Jesus …

“We left our homes, having nothing, and we lost everything, but we did not lose our faith in Christ Jesus.”

“If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”
Jesus

 

“i am n” Video Series: Part Five – Perseverance

“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise”
Hebrews 6:15

We continue this video series, produced by The Voice of the Martyrs from their “i am n” campaign. This video features “perseverance.”

“Perseverance” is defined as “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition; the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult; “

Image if you lived, everyday, with the danger of losing everything you have-including your life, and the lives of your loved ones-just by making the decision to convert to Christianity … or if “word got out” that you were a follower of Jesus …
“What the Lord has allowed them to do, is to persevere, one more day, even one more hour … it’s not something we can do on our own … “