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So Thankful: Yet, so Failing, so Often, to “Get the Word Out”

Hi Friends:

So often, we think, and write, about how thankful we are for the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Blessings we enjoy every day. Every day.

And, that, so many of the blessings we enjoy here in the United States are a direct result of … just where we live … in the United States.

Especially in this past year, God has really placed it on my heart to learn about, and to pray for, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, around the world, who, simply, just don’t have these freedoms and blessings we so easily take for granted “over here.” And, I mean the basest, the most elemental things we take for granted. Like this word “freedom” we so easily toss around, not realizing how “strange/foreign” this word is, to so many.

Let’s not forget-ever-why we have these freedoms … the sacrifices made, and being made, in order for us to, just, “be free.”
But, let us also not forget those who don’t enjoy these freedoms. Just because of their belief, they are persecuted. Yes, we may all have an idea of what “persecution” is … but, I’ll admit … I don’t … I don’t know what it’s like to live in constant danger, every day … just because I am a Christian. Just because I am a Christian. I don’t pray enough … I don’t give enough … I don’t think enough … about my Brothers and Sisters in Christ … who, plain and simple … may not live to see tomorrow … just because “word has gotten out” that they are a Christian.

This makes me think about the way I act. The way I talk. The things I do. Based on my actions … my actions alone … Has “word gotten out” that I am a Christian?

Based on what others see in me … will they report that I am a Christian? Yes, I’ve heard the question, and it’s still a good one:
“If I was on trial for being a Christian … would there be enough proof to convict me?”

Funny … just thinking about that … I already feel “convicted,” but in a different way.

The thought occurs to me now that, if I truly am a Christian, one of the things I must do, I have to do … I must be compelled to do … is to “remember those in bonds, as if I were there with them.”

Let me say again, that, if I really am “what I say I am,” I must not forget to pray, every day, for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. These are men, women, and children … yes, so many children … who, while inside, they know what “being free” really is … do not know what “freedom” in their world, outside, looks or feels like. Every day brings new challenges, just to stay alive. They’ve had to move, or be moved, relocated … because they “refused to move.” Men, women, and children … murdered … yes, murdered … just because “word got out” they chose to follow Christ.

I’m writing this on Black Friday. I won’t go out. I think about what others are thinking about today. Maybe “praying” for a good parking spot. Maybe “praying” they won’t run out of money.

I’d like to just think today about those whose time has “run out” because “word got out” that they were the “real deal.”
The “real deal.”
What a thought for this weekend. A “real deal.”

Let me write again: As a professing Christian, has “word gotten out” that we, yes I, that we, are “the real deal?”

If they begin to round up the “real Christians,” would my name be on the list?

I just walked onto the front deck. I live out of “town,” in what’s called the “Swedish Village.” It was quiet, as a looked around, through the falling snow (yes, we’ve got snow on the ground), and
it was so peaceful. Passing in front of me, walking down the street, no cares in the world, was a deer. He looked so peaceful. Just strolling down the street, a deer walking down the road of a quiet, peaceful village. I thought about so many of our Brothers and Sisters, whose village has been decimated, whose village is no longer a “village,” but a war zone. I didn’t have to worry about ducking down, afraid I’d be seen. I didn’t worry about binoculars focused on me … following my every move. I didn’t have to worry about neighbors, watching … watching … waiting for an opportunity to “strike.” Watching, and reporting, my every move. That deer … strolling down the street … without fear …

Well, I sat down to write something totally different.

Let’s remember those whose lives are so “totally different” from ours. Who can’t just walk outside, without danger. I pray that, while our lives, and circumstances, are totally different, our faith won’t be different.

Let’s pray that our faith won’t be different.

Let’s remember that we have others to think about. To pray about. And, to support.

While this freedom we enjoy gives us the chance to act, and live, pretty much any way we want, we have the freedom, and I’ll say it … we have the freedom to live any lifestyle we choose, even lifestyles that, not so long ago were abhorred, not glorified … included in that freedom is to “get the word out,” and the freedom for “the word being gotten out” about us.

When Jesus returns (and He will), I don’t want to be “left out.”
Lord, please help me to “get the word out.”
To be “one of the ones” about whom “the word has gotten out.”

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

 

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Real Look at a World “N” Need: Same Family, Different Block-The Video

Whether it’s our business, our ministry, our writing, or our personal life, it is our primary desire and purpose to bless, edify, encourage, and inspire. There’s just no better way to do that, than to share stories of individuals, who, with God’s help, overcome great obstacles and difficulties, even great tragedies, to “make it out.” I try to write much about the reason we are allowed, through God’s great mercy and grace, to “make it out” … so that we, then, can “go back” and help others “out.” Paul wrote that we are delivered, that we go through trials and tribulations, in order to, yes, build our faith, but also to be in a position to best help and understand others, during their trials and tribulations.

There’s just no better way to illustrate all of this, than to share with you real stories, of real Christians, around the world, who are going through, and have gone through, things that we just can’t possibly imagine. The horror … and, the hope …

The last couple of weeks, we’ve focused on our Christian brothers and sisters, facing the most horrendous of circumstances … unimaginable to most of us … just because they profess to be followers of Christ. They, literally, make a life and death decision … when they make the decision to follow Christ …

I’d like to share with you a new video from The Voice of the Martyrs, whose work and ministry we are proud to support. This is to promote a new book, which features stories of those who made the decision to follow Christ … the same decision made by our brothers and sisters for centuries …. To follow Christ … at any cost …

Are you “N?”
Hebrews 13:3, 6.

 

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Real Look at a World “N” Need: Same Family, Different Block-Part Two

I have given much thought about how to present the numbers I am going to share with you, concerning how much of the world’s population is under persecution … what percentage of our earth’s population is suffering persecution, just because of their belief in Jesus …much thought … I feel there is no need to “comment” on the numbers … rather, to just let the numbers “speak” for themselves … as they have to me.

It began when I received a free prayer guide entitled “Christians Facing Islamic Extremists,” fromThe Voice of the Martyrs, a ministry we strongly support. I ordered the guide, in an effort to find out more. As I learned about each group, and the countries they were operating in, I would place my fingers on the globe, each finger “on” a specific country, where Islamic Extremists are actively, and aggressively, operating. As God led … I needed to find out more …

I didn’t know that Islamic Extremists were aggressively active in the Philippines, for example. Or, Kenya … just to name a couple of countries I learned about. As I wrote previously, this was not to “single out” a certain group, but, an effort to learn more about what is really happening “out there.” I didn’t realize there were 8 different groups involved … not just “ISIS.” 8 groups, just in this “mindset,” which were actively and aggressively targeting Christians.

It really opened my eyes. I wondered, “How many people, around the world, are affected by Islamic Extremists? I know … I know … Christians around the world are “marked” by many different groups, but for now, I only wanted to find out about those people in countries which are directly affected by the work of these 8 groups. So, I did some math … in fact, I had to borrow a “Scientific Calculator” from the Math Department, as I could not find a calculator which would go into Billions, which is 10 digits … I then had to learn how to use the calculator …

Here is a look at the numbers:
I used the “worldometers” website for the population numbers. I began this research two weeks ago; some of the numbers are from then, and some, I updated just today, Saturday, April 2, 2016.
At 2:00 PM today, the world’s population is listed at
7, 412,815,000.

Again, I only wanted to find out how much of the world’s population is affected by just the 8 different groups identified as having “Islamic Extremists” actively and aggressively operating within their borders.

Note that this list does not include China, which has a population of 1,408,334,566; India, with a population of 1,326,801,576; or North Korea, with a population of 25,281,327.

According to worldometers website, China has 18.6% of the world’s population, and India has 17.9% of the world’s population.
Just think: 36.5% of the entire earth’s population live in China and India.
The United States, with 324,118,787 population, has what seems like a “meager” (by comparison) 4.4% of the earth’s population.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a listing of the countries in which these 8 groups are actively, and aggressively operating in, and the population of each country:
Afghanistan- 26,556,000
Algeria- 40,320, 000
Cameroon- 19,406,000
Chad- 11,274,000
Egypt-90,125,000 (Most populous country in North Africa and the Middle East)
Iran- 78,226,000
Iraq- 36,000,000
Kenya- 46,050,000
Libya- 6,317,000
Mali- 16,313,000
Mauritania- 3,537,000
Morocco- 33,656,000
Niger- 17,138,000 (Country with the highest total fertility rate-Births per 1000 women)
Nigeria-183,500,000 (Most populous country in Africa)
Pakistan-188,144,000
Philippines-100,000,000
Somalia- 9,797,000
Saudi Arabia- 30,770,000
Sudan- 38,435,000
Yemen- 26,000,000

The total population of just these countries:
1,001,564,000
This is 13% of the entire world’s population.

The population of China, India, and North Korea is
2, 760,417,469.

If you add the populations of the countries listed in alphabetical order above (those with the 8 Islamic Extremists operating actively and aggressively in), to the combined population of China, India, and North Korea, you get this total percentage:
37%

Yes … that is 37% of the entire world population.

Note that this (the 37%) does not include the country of Belgium, which is listed at 11,161,887.
Nor, does it include many nations which are specifically hostile to Israel.
It also does not include the country of Cuba
(population 22.7 million), who deemed it necessary to jail certain pastors and believers prior to the recent Presidential visit to “make sure there would be no ‘distractions’ during the President’s visit.”

The numbers, and actions, speak for themselves. Here is a list of resources relative to this research:

Link to Worldometers (World Population Link)
Real Look at a World “N” Need: Same Family, Different Block-Part One
Cuban Pastor Thrown in Prison During President’s Visit
Prayer Guide from The Voice of the Martyrs

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

 

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Real Look at a World “N” Need: Same Family, Different Block-Part One

Hi Friends:

Recently, I have been led to follow the words of Hebrews 13:3, to “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” Especially, recently, to make a real point to pray, every day, for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, around the globe, who are suffering persecution. To pray for their safety and protection. And, to make a point to pray for “the persecutors;” that “they will realize that the Messiah has already come, His name is Jesus, and He is alive forevermore. That He is the Savior of the world, and He is the only way to the Father. That Jesus is the Way … the only Way.” Period. That’s what I pray, literally, word for word.
I also make a point to follow the words of Psalm 122:6, to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” This, I can honestly say, is a part of my morning prayer time.

So, when “The Voice of the Martyrs” offered a free prayer guide entitled “Christians Facing Islamic Extremists,” I ordered it, in an effort to find out more.

Please keep in mind … please … that I am not “picking on” just one group or faction or religion. This was just a way to find out, in more detail, about my Christian Brothers and Sisters, around the world, and the persecution they are facing. I pray, every day, for all those who are being persecuted, by any group or faction or political system, etc. My prayers cover them all, but this particular guide detailed just those facing persecution from this particular group/groups.

Allow me to be honest: I live in the United States of America, and am so glad to do so. Because of where I live, and how I live, I just “don’t have a clue” about what it is like to live in a lot of other countries. I don’t. Neither do a lot of us. Oh yeah … I mention about the price of gas, and how we are always complaining, “over here,” about the price of a gallon of gas. How that “the rest of the world” has been paying so much more, for years … I just don’t have a clue about how hard it is, for so many around our world, just to survive, from day to day. How we complain about our “religious freedom” being taken away … we just don’t have a clue … we just can’t imagine how large a percentage of the earth’s population is facing life and death situations, every day … just because of their faith.

We feel like there is nothing we can do … certainly, the “News” doesn’t cover much of this. Certainly, if this was such a “huge problem,” the “News” would cover it … our Government would be outraged … we would take any step possible to stop it …

Hey! I don’t know a lot about what’s going on “over there,” do you?

Think about this: If there really is a “World System” out there … if it really existed … if what the New Testament writers warned us constantly about, does exist … that we, as Christians, are not part of the “World’s System,” doesn’t it make sense that we would be “shielded/blocked” from finding out about certain things happening in the world … especially the persecution of our Christian Brothers and Sisters???

I think about the “turmoil” going on now, in our country, in the political system (there’s that word “system” again), as we head toward another Presidential election. Turmoil? Turmoil? Playoffs??? Sorry … that’s from another line of work … We think we have political turmoil in this country? Regardless of how the elections turn out … who wins … who loses … think about how remarkable the peaceful, democratic process of the “changing of power” is, here in our country. Think about it. Then, look at what’s happening around the world. How does a “new party” take over power in most of the world? By ballets … or by bloodshed? No wonder the United States is so “different” from the rest of the world. Sadly, however, this “different” has a way of shielding us from “everyone else.” Oh yeah … if there is a situation, “over there,” which “affects our interests,” then we’ll hear about it.

But, as a “Christian” nation, a nation ordained to “look after those less fortunate” than us … does the merciless persecution of thousands, including women and children, even make the 6 O’clock News? If we are a Christian nation, shouldn’t we defend Christians? As a Christian nation, shouldn’t we rescue those being uprooted from their homes … being tortured and killed … because, they, too … call themselves a “Christian?” Their only crime is believing in Jesus … If we really are a “Christian” nation … shouldn’t our “interest” be in other Christians?

That’s sounds so good, I must repeat: If we are a Christian nation, shouldn’t our “interest” be how other Christians are being treated? Don’t “those other” groups “go haywire” when members of their faith are captured/held by an “unbelieving” group or government? Shouldn’t we realize that if we allow Christians, anywhere, to be persecuted … that may open a door somewhere else …?

If we ignore our Brothers and Sisters … that does mean we are family, right? Brothers and Sisters? If we ignore our Brothers and Sisters “over there,” how long would it take for us to start ignoring our Brothers and Sisters “over here?” Same family, right?

Same family, right? Let me get this straight: If other people think they can “beat up” our brothers and sisters over there … doesn’t it stand to reason that they will start to believe they can beat up our brothers and sisters over here?

Same family. Different block.

Same family. Different block.

Please … Please … understand that this is not an “anti” anything message. Not “anti” this, or “anti” that … It is, rather, a “pro” message … as in “pro-fession” of our faith, and encouragement for, and to, those of “like precious faith.” To those in the same family. But, on a different block.

That would be us.

Ok. Ok. Let’s talk missiles. I remember reading Rick Warren’s book, “A Purpose-Driven Life.” One of the great statements he made was about prayer. That prayer was the greatest weapon of all. He may not have used the word “weapon,” as I am, extremely, paraphrasing. He wrote that prayer was like a guided missile. You could launch it from anywhere … and, it could land in the heart of anyone … anywhere …

So, I encourage you to pray. Every day.

For our family.
Even though they may live on a different block.

Would you believe that my only intention was to introduce a Video?

But, God gave me this.

I must share.
To my family.
Even if they live on a different block.

I also didn’t plan on more than one part … but, God gave me this, and I’ll share the “numbers” next time.

Blessings to you, and your family (even if, on different blocks),
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Here is the link to the Prayer Guide from The Voice of the Martyrs

 

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New Year-New Resolve: Part Two/Our Part

Hi Friends:

In what has now become “Part One” of “New Year-New Resolve-Part One” there was one item which I didn’t add, because I felt it was so important that I wanted to devote an entire writing to it:

To pray for our persecuted Brothers and Sisters around the world. I want to make sure that I pray, every day, for these men, women-and children-who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ Jesus. I want to encourage … but a much stronger word must be used … I want to urge you, to admonish you, to pray for these men, women, children … these families … who are, simply and only, persecuted, put in jail, and killed … only because they “are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:16).

If you look at the definition of the word “admonish,” yes, it means “to tell or urge (someone) to do something.” But, if you look at the meaning of the word as used as a transitive verb (thank you Merriam-Webster!), it means “to indicate duties or obligations to.” And, that is exactly what, as fellow Christians, we are to do: “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).

The numbers of Christians, around the world, who are persecuted is, simply, staggering. Here in the United States, we are so blessed … yet, because of the freedom(s) we enjoy, it is so difficult to realize how things are “everywhere else.” I know … I know … we have griped and complained about the price of gas we pay over here … I don’t mean to sound callous, but my response to these complaints is to remind those complaining how people in other countries have been paying 5.00 for a gallon of gas for years … I think the same mind-set can set in, when we think about persecution in “those other places.” Jesus was right (I just love to write that!) when He said/predicted that things won’t change … they hated Him … they will hate you: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake” (Luke 21:17). Jesus said this many times.

In the great chapter of Hebrews 11, we see, from today’s perspective, that things haven’t changed: “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment” (Hebrews 11:36).

I must say that there are many great organizations which both carry the Gospel to far-reaching places and peoples around the world, and that minister to families and groups which are suffering for their faith. We are proud to support one such ministry, the work of “The Voice of the Martyrs.” Through their emails and printed materials, this is one way we can “keep in touch” with what is really going on around the world, in regard to persecution.

In December, here is part of a story about an outreach program which “The Voice of the Martyrs” was involved in:
“… more than 3,000 children in northern Nigeria received VOM Christmas Care Packs this year. Her pack included school supplies, a T-shirt, soap, pencils, a toothbrush, noodles, milk and an animated story book about Jesus. Christmas Care Packs were the perfect gift for these children, many of whom have experienced the horrors of Boko Haram attacks. The gifts showed Abua and the other children that they are loved. Children from many nations, including children of Iraqi families that have been exiled at the hands of ISIS, will receive Christmas Care Packs in this year’s distribution … in many of the more than 60 countries where we work. A VOM worker from Pakistan says the Bibles included in the packs often become the family’s favorite Bible since many parents cannot read.”

Here’s another small glimpse of how it really is “in other places” around the world:
“In Iraq, ISIS threatened to kill Abu’s family if they didn’t convert to Islam, but he still trusted God. In Nigeria, Boko Haram killed Micah’s wife and demanded that he renounce Christ, but he stood firm in his faith. Christians worldwide remain committed to Jesus despite the threat of imprisonment, torture and even death. In northern Iraq, ISIS spray-painted the Arabic letter ن, or “N,” on the homes of Christians. The property owners were publicly identified as Christ followers and given a choice to convert to Islam, pay a high tax, leave the country or die. Many courageous believers refused to deny their faith.”

I am reminded of the words Walter Cronkite would use as he completed his newscast: “And that’s the way it is …” Well, in a lot of the world today, this is “the way it is”:
“Iraqi and Syrian Christians stand strong in the face of ISIS. They have lost their worldly possessions, but they have joy in their eternal hope in Christ. Nigerian Christians love and forgive in the name of Jesus while Boko Haram terrorists kidnap and kill Christians, burning churches and homes in their ongoing rampage across northern Nigeria. Pastors in China remain faithful despite being imprisoned for years because of their faith. VOM is supporting believers like these throughout the 68 countries where we work … As persecution has continued to increase around the globe this year … we have distributed thousands of Bibles and other Christian materials in areas hostile to Christianity. In addition, VOM is supporting more than 40,000 front-line workers as they carry Jesus’ name into the world’s most difficult missions frontiers. We are grateful for all those who have remembered their persecuted family in prayer.”

Don’t worry: The crime of “Bible Smuggling” is still alive and well:
“We are blessed to serve alongside a network of more than 40,000 Front-Line workers that serve as today’s “Bible Smugglers.” Many risk their lives delivering the Bibles. Others journey for days to reach remote areas. All of them covet our prayers … in 2015, VOM delivered over 1.2 million Bibles … Front-Line workers are evangelizing, planting churches, and distributing Bibles on the world’s most difficult missions frontiers.”

Again, there are many worthy organizations which are doing this work around the world. “The Voice of the Martyrs” is just one of the organizations which we support. We have shared other ministries with you, but for this writing, we are using their (VOM) information exclusively.

We’ll close with this story from Columbia. Not too long ago, Carol and I were in South America, and we witnessed first-hand the difference between “here and there.” Working with children, and especially while I was working with young children (K-2), I’ll be honest … every time I read a story of violence toward children, I put “my kids” face in the story. I’m sure you know what I mean. Here’s “the way it is” for many children around the world:
Here’s the story of “Flor,” which also carried a picture of her … you’re right … Think of your children, our children, my children, and, after you get off your knees thanking God for the blessings of your children being raised in this country … think about this story, which was titled, “Her Father’s Killer Is Looking for Her:”

“Flor” still misses her father every day.
Her father, a pastor, was killed when she was just a preschooler, but his death left a huge hole in her world. Then the news came that his killer had been released from prison and was now hunting her family. Flor’s father pastored in a rural area of Colombia. When his killers delivered his body to the door of their home, VOM immediately helped Flor and her mom relocate to a safe house. VOM supported them as Flor and her mom restarted their lives, helping them begin an agricultural business. Eight years later, her father’s killer was released from prison. Neighbors warned the family that he was asking about them. Again, VOM immediately relocated the family to a safe place. Just last week, Flor called her VOM contact and asked to be picked up from school. She was struggling with grief and fear and needed some encouragement … the Families of Martyrs Fund supports believers like Flor and her family. This fund allows VOM to quickly relocate a family when there is immediate danger, and it also helps provide for them in the long-term with jobs, housing and education for children.”

Every day, let’s pray for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, around the world, who are suffering persecution. That God will give them safety and protection.
Pray for those “in bonds,” those in prison/jail because of their faith. I pray two things, every day: For God to send an angel to them to minister to them … to strengthen them (just like in the Garden). That Jesus will personally visit them …
God can do anything. There is nothing too hard for Him.
Pray that God will make a way for them to be released. Because, God can make a way where there is no way. He can open doors which no man can shut. And, He can close doors which no man can open.
Pray for the families, churches, and organizations which are praying for their release.
Here is the picture I get every morning: Moses, standing above the Red Sea, staff outstretched … that these families … will “stand back and see the deliverance (salvation) of the Lord …”

Every person whom I have ever known … ever … who has been persecuted, has the exact, same request: To pray for those who are persecuting them.
I admonish you to pray for the “captors.” For those individuals, or groups, or factions, who are doing the persecution. Here is what I pray: For them to realize that the Messiah has already come … His name is Jesus … and He’s alive forevermore …

That’s it!
Back to Hebrews to encourage us more:
“For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance” (Hebrews 10:34).

Blessings to you, and your family.
Now.
And, always.

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Here’s a direct link of Voice of the Martyrs
Voice of the Martyrs

 

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From VOM: Richard Wurmbrand’s “Tortured for Christ” Sent Free to You and Friends

Pray for the Persecuted Church: Part Three

Richard Wurmbrand dared to proclaim his loyalty to Christ rather than bow to a government hostile to the gospel. For this, he spent a total of 14 years in prison, two of those years alone in a solitary cell. As he sat alone, he dreamed of a mission that would one day help Christians like him. Pastor Wurmbrand would be the one person who would tell the world the truth about Christianity behind the Iron Curtain. Millions of people have been touched by his story.

We are proud to support the work and ministry of “Voice of the Martyrs,” and would like to share in the opportunity to have Richard Wurmbrand’s book “Tortured for Christ” sent to you, and your friends, absolutely free of charge.

“This book was singularly instrumental in awakening the conscience of the free world to the horrors experienced by our brothers and sisters behind the Iron Curtain.”
Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship

Months of solitary confinement, years of periodic physical torture, constant suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brainwashing and mental cruelty – these are the experiences of Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian pastor, during his 14 years in Communist prisons.
His crime, like that of thousands of others, was his fervent belief in Jesus Christ and his public witness concerning that faith.
Meeting in homes, in basements, in the woods – sometimes daring to preach on public street corners – these faithful souls persisted in their Christian witness knowing full well the ultimate cost of their actions.
Tortured for Christ is their story – a classic account of courage, tenacious faith and unbelievable endurance. This history of the Underground Church reflects the struggle in many parts of the world – a struggle that continues to this day.

“Tortured for Christ is still as important today as it was 30 years ago in calling attention to the plight of persecuted Christians in the modern age.”
Frank R. Wolf, U.S. Congressman

Indeed, the message of “Tortured for Christ” remains urgent and relevant today, as thousands of Christians are still being persecuted and tortured around the world today, suffering solely for their belief in Jesus Christ.

Please click on the link below, which will take you directly to the Voice of the Martyrs webpage, where you can order a copy of the book for yourself, and have copies sent to your friends.
Please note that, along with the book, they will also receive a free subscription to The Voice of the Martyrs monthly newsletter.

This offer is for US residents only:
Click Here to Go Directly to Book Offer

 

 

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2013

Here is a special video we’d like to share, produced by “Gospel For Asia,” for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2013, coming up this Sunday, November 3.

Every day, believers around the world risk banishment, beatings, imprisonment and death to follow Christ and take His Gospel farther. Perseverance often seems impossible, but when the Lord enables believers to stand strong, He works mightily through their sufferings.

On November 3 (or any Sunday in November), join churches across the nation in lifting up the persecuted through unified prayer. Share this video with your congregation, and let them see how their prayers can strengthen believers and expand God’s kingdom into the most unreached places.

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Special Video Preview: Jesus-He Lived Among Us

Here is a video preview of the DVD “JESUS: He Lived Among Us” from The Voice of the Martyrs. Underneath the video is a direct link to the Voice of the Martyrs website, where you can order packs of DVDs to distribute on your own. For our friends around the world, please note that the DVDs are now also available in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Russian languages.

This video is a great outreach tool that helps introduce others to the saving power of Jesus Christ while showing the potential dangers involved in following him.

Hundreds of thousands of these DVDs have been distributed within Restricted and Hostile nations, encouraging viewers to follow Christ no matter the cost.

We are proud to support the efforts of The Voice of the Martyrs.
Just click on the DVD image below to go directly to their website:

Jesus He Lived Among Us DVD

 

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Free DVD From Voice of the Martyrs

We are proud to support the mission and work of Voice of the Martyrs.
Here is another opportunity to receive this free DVD:
Voice of the Martyrs LogoFree Iran Alive DVD

The Voice of the Martyrs received an overwhelming response to its Iran Alive DVD offer in April. Thousands of believers across the United States requested the FREE DVD, sharing in the hope of God’s work in a culture dominated by Islam.

“My husband and I enjoyed the faith that just spilled out when they spoke with such passion and desperation for a new life.”

Realizing the powerful effect of the Iran Alive DVD, The Voice of the Martyrs has extended this FREE online offer. We also encourage you to forward this e-mail to your Christian friends and share the offer with them.
If you have recently requested a copy, VOM is processing your DVD order.

“GREAT DVD that moved me to tears several times!! I will be passing these out to friends and family.”

Iran Alive brings to life the powerful testimonies of Muslims in Iran who are turning to Christ.

“The testimonies were incredibly heart touching. It’s great to see God moving in Iran!”

Please forward this offer to your Christian friends so they, too, can witness the power of God at work in the hearts of those previously opposed to the gospel.

For those in bonds,
The Voice of the Martyrs
Free DVD offer limited to U.S. residents only; one request per household please. Please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery.

Click the image to request your FREE Iran Alive DVD today.
Iran Alive

 

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Guest Post: Voice of the Martyrs: Modern-Day Sauls to Pauls

Be inspired by today’s stories of “Sauls” being transformed into “Pauls.”

“A racehorse can run just as fast in either direction.”
Russell S., a VOM contact in Colombia

Those who are most passionately opposed to the gospel can become the most effective in sharing Christ’s love.

New resource from Voice of the Martyrs: Saul to Paul book.

God chose Saul, a persecutor of Christians, and transformed him into a passionate preacher of the gospel who later became known as Paul. Today, God still calls out to persecutors of his children and changes them into preachers of his truth.

The angry men throwing stones at Stephen wanted a witness’s approval to kill him. So they took off their coats and dropped them at the feet of a young man named Saul, who was in agreement with the execution of the Jesus-follower.

Saul went on to lead the charge against the Jewish apostates… until he met the one he was fighting against.

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Jesus asked. Saul’s life was changed. Instead of fighting against the name of Jesus, he began preaching and praying and healing in it.

God chose Saul, a persecutor of Christians, and transformed him into a passionate preacher of the gospel who later became known as Paul. Today, God still calls out to persecutors of his children and changes them into preachers of his truth.

Read the stories of seven such men in VOM’s new book, SAUL TO PAUL.

The seven men in this book tried to destroy the Bride of Christ, but they ultimately succumbed to the power of the Holy Spirit. Their stories illuminate the struggle of the persecuted church and show that our sovereign God can incline even the most hardened heart toward his own.

This book will encourage you to pray for persecuted Christians and help you view “enemies” as people who might someday be a great asset to Christ’s kingdom.