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What’s it like to hear from your pastor husband, who has spent nearly a year in prison? Pastor Yang Hua was abducted by Chinese police Dec. 9, 2015 and accused of “divulging state secrets”. Yang has not yet gone to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Persecution Blog
Are you tired of stories about Syrian refugees? It’s been all over the news since Paris was attacked and around 130 people were killed in three separately coordinated attacks. Our Christian brothers and sisters in places like Iraq and Syria... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Persecution Blog
If you go to the movies this weekend, you might see the newly-released movie called Captain Phillips, which is based on the rescue of those aboard the US cargo ship Alabama from Somali pirates in April 2009. And if you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Recently, I heard a story from a friend of mine about an old Romanian pastor who he met during one of his travels. He noticed that the pastor was hobbling along and could barely walk; his feet were clearly crippled.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Persecution Blog
One thing we didn’t get to include in the September newsletter about North Korea was the future plans of the woman whose testimony we featured. Because this is an online medium, I won’t use her name, but if you’ve read... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Tears misted Basma’s eyes as she touched my arms and looked at me. “Beautiful. You are beautiful.” It was the look a proud mother would give her daughter. Basma had been a mother to me in many ways. She had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at Persecution Blog
A few weeks ago in our staff chapel service, the speaker reminded us again that “our work matters on behalf of the persecuted church.” When you work in a Christian organization, it’s easy to get caught up in your day-to-day... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Persecution Blog
In Lhasa, everywhere Buddhists are ceaselessly mumbling chants, rubbing prayer beads in calloused fingers and spinning prayer wheels. Imagine that you are called to be a missionary in China. You pack all of your belongings, sell your car, and board... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Unless God intervenes, this young man will spend the next ten years in Iran's harshest prison. Christian convert from Islam Mohammad-Hadi Bordbar, known as Mostafa, was sentenced to ten years in prison for being a part of an “anti-security organization”... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Persecution Blog
How many non-Christians do you know who would be willing to go to prison just to ask a question about Jesus? A few weeks ago, I was meeting with a VOM-sponsored evangelist who lives and works in the West Bank.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Have you ever heard a Christian say “I don’t really have a testimony”? I have. This especially seems to be a common saying among people who have grown up as Christians or in the church. I’m tired of hearing this.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at Persecution Blog
What does it mean to be at peace? Have you ever met anyone that turned a perspective you had in life upside down? Maybe I said that too softly. Have you ever had someone just shatter a life perspective? When... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Patty and Taleana, Her brother and father still live in their home. As far as I know, though there was a lot of outrage in Uganda at what happened, her father was never prosecuted. Part of the reason why VOM has been supporting her in a safe house is to keep her away from her father and keep her safe. We are thankful for the pastor and our national workers who are looking out for her.
Susan was just 13 when an evangelist spoke at her school in Uganda and she turned to Christ for salvation. That year, 2009, marked the beginning of the troubles with her father. At first, her father beat her because of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at Persecution Blog
I remember the day I first learned about the magnitude of evil at work in this world. I was about 8 when the lady across the street, the mother of three of my friends, tried to commit suicide. She was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at Persecution Blog
“Preach the gospel always: when necessary use words.” This famous quote by St. Francis of Assisi is compelling, but it is also easy to hide behind in the current culture we live in. I remember the first time I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Persecution Blog
The third chapter of 2 Timothy describes the terrible situation Paul calls the “last days.” These verses speak of the way things were following the coming of the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ when he first came to earth.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Today, we are praying and fasting together for “Rashid,” a new convert to Christianity in Jordan who is going through trials because of his faith. He is experiencing family problems and feels isolated in his new faith. His wife left... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Persecution Blog
A VOM worker in Jordan sent this email yesterday: I am sending this letter requesting that anyone who is willing to fast [for “Rashid,” a new convert to Christianity] on Monday, July 1, please do. I told Rashid that believers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Iranian forces arrested Rev. Robert Asserian on Tuesday, May 21 as he conducted a prayer meeting at the Assemblies of God church in Tehran where he serves as one of the pastors. Security forces raided his house earlier in the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Persecution Blog
A criticism leveled at Christians is that we are narrow-minded because we believe in one God, the Creator of the material world and also a spiritual realm that is beyond this world. Because we believe in a spiritual realm, we... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at Persecution Blog
A Nepali Christian reads a Bible provided by VOM. Our field worker in Nepal sent in this testimony last week: My name is “Bandhu.” I am from very rural and remote part of Nepal. I gave my life to Christ... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Persecution Blog
If you read through very many of VOM’s newsletters, there are sometimes heartbreaking stories — ones that can be difficult to read because of the pain these dear Christians had to endure. Oftentimes though, there will also be pictures of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at Persecution Blog
Esther In 2009, Esther was excitedly pursuing a seminary degree in the United States. She and her husband, Matthew, had met in college and came to the US from their hometown of Linfen, China for further studies. Esther thought she’d... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Persecution Blog
VOM field staff recently checked in on Nigerian evangelist Suleiman Abdulai, who was featured in our November 2012 newsletter. Suleiman has a powerful testimony of growing up as a Muslim and being known in his community as one who humiliated... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Persecution Blog