How does Voice of the Martyrs serve the Persecuted Church?

Hebrews 13:3 

Remember those who are in prison,
as though in prison with them,
and those who are mistreated,
since you also are in the body.

wurmbrandThe Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church. The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today through the following main purposes:

Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3:

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

VOM’s Five Main Purposes

  1. To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
  3. To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
  4. To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
  5. To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

VOM’s Mission Statement

“Serving the persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance while leading Christians in the free world into fellowship with them.”

Voice of the Martyrs  https://www.persecution.com/
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Creştinii Orientului sunt „martiri ignoraţi de politicienii Occidentului”

„Cred că este adevărat să spunem că am văzut mai mult de 80 de martiri în ultimele câteva zile”, a afirmat recent liderul Bisericii Anglicane, citat de BBC, în contextul persecuțiilor tot mai intense la care sunt expuși creștinii din Orientul Mijlociu. (PHOTO credit http://www.telegraph.co.uk– o femeie ranita este transportata la spital dupa bombardarea bisericii ei in orasul Peshawar, Pakistan)

Alegerea cuvântului „martiri” pentru a descrie drama celor 81 de creștini pakistanezi uciși de atentatori sinucigași ar putea părea nepotrivită pentru Occidentul secularizat. Însă, sublinierea arhiepiscopului de Canterbury, Justin Welby, atrage atenţia asupra agravării persecuției creștinilor și este perfect adecvată atitudinii de indiferență a politicienilor occidentali față de comunitățile creștine din Egipt, Siria, Irak sau Pakistan, consideră editorialistul Peter Stanford, care scrie pentru The Telegraph.

Dublul atentat comis recent în Pakistan este cel mai sângeros atac comis vreodată împotriva minorității creștine din această țară, scrie AFP. Creștinii, care reprezintă 2% din populația Pakistanului, sunt adeseori victime ale violențelor, dar foarte rar ale unor atentate. Și atunci, cum ar putea fi interpretată această escaladare a violenței într-o țară în care creștinii fuseseră feriți, până acum, de asemenea tragedii? Cu atât mai puțin pare de înțeles, în condițiile în care creștinii din Pakistan aveau o soartă chiar mai bună decât a coreligionarilor din Arabia Saudită, acolo unde peste 1 milion de creștini, majoritatea imigranți, nu beneficiază nici măcar de o singură biserică creștină.

Explicația ar putea veni din faptul că deși în Pakistan există toleranță, la nivel oficial, legile privind blasfemia lasă minoritatea creștină pradă unor atacuri constante. Mai mult, în urma eforturilor depuse pentru a reforma legea privind blasfemia (deseori invocată abuziv pentru a-i incrimina pe creştini) cei doi politicieni care au fost inițiatorii reformei au fost uciși de fanatici islamiști.

De asemenea, pentru o imagine de ansamblu a situației, trebuie evocată și acuzația de prozelitism care este adesea adusă împotriva creștinilor din Orientul Mijlociu. Ca şi în alte cazuri, „prozelitismul” de care se făceau vinovate victimele atacului din Pakistan era simpla participare la un serviciu divin. În acord cu spusele arhiepiscopului Welby, creştinii „mărturiseau credința lor în Hristos, mergând la biserică”.

Din păcate, situația din Pakistan nu este singulară. În multe țări din Orientul Mijlociu persecuțiile creștinilor sub diferite pretexte sunt intense. De exemplu, în Egipt, susținătorii președintelui demis, Mohamed Morsi, i-au acuzat pe creștini că s-au poziționat în tabăra opusă. „Frații Musulmani consideră că creștinii au fost cauza pentru care Morsi a fost demis”, a spus Episcopul Chiril William a Assiut. Drept urmare, „creștinii sunt pedepsiți. Am fost țapi ispășitori”, a continuat episcopul, citat de The Catholic Thing.

Aceeași poziție de țap ispășitor este suportată și de creștinii din Siria. Deși s-au bucurat de protecție în urma relațiilor lor cu regimul lui Bashar-al-Assad, odată cu intensificarea războiului civil creștinii au fost prinși între cele două părți în conflict. În momentul de față, rebelii sunniți sunt principalul pericol, ceea ce determină o susținere din partea creștinilor pentru regimul Assad. „De când am auzit că creștini au fost luați, ne rugăm ca să fi fost luați de către guvern, nu de către rebeli. Astfel, există o șansă ca să mai fie din nou în viață, dar în cazul în care aceştia au fost luați de către rebeli, vor fi uciși” a spus unul dintre liderii creștini din zonă.

Există chiar sate creștine în care rebelii vin și anunță de la difuzoare: „creștini, aveți la dispoziție 48 de ore pentru a pleca”, informează Christian Post. În fața acestor drame, este justificată întrebarea în legătură cu viitorul creștinismului din Orientul Mijlociu. Mai ales în condițiile în care bisericile creștine sunt percepute de fundamentaliști ca avanposturi ale influenței occidentale. Ciudată este, însă, poziția politicienilor occidentali care sunt extrem de reticenți în a lua apărarea în mod deschis creştinilor. Drept urmare, „politica occidentală de tăcere permite ca situația să se agraveze”, a spus Neville Kyrke – Smith, directorul organizației creștine Aid to the Church in Need. În opinia sa, politicienii occidentali au tendința de a rămâne rezervați pe motivul că problema are mai mult de a face cu geopolitica decât cu drepturile omului. sursa SemneleTimpului.ro

Two Killed for their faith in Christ in North Korea

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Two men were killed, one was shot to death while crossing into North Korea to see his family and share his faith with them, while the other was killed in one of  North Korea’s labor camps. The second man also took Bible classes in China, and 8 months later returned to North Korea, in spite of the danger he faced, by professing to be a Christian. He was arrested and sent into the prison camp, where he was forced to do hard labor, with very little food. Eight months later, it was confirmed that he was dead.

What amazing faith God has placed in these men, who faced certain death, sooner or later. The first one never even made it into North Korea. May God strengthen the North Korean Christians, who are a living and dying witness to the entire world, and who are counting it as gain to give up their lives, for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Two North Korean Christians have died because of their faith, a global persecution watchdog group revealed today.

Opens Doors USA confirmed the deaths of the two Christians, revealing that one was shot while he was leaving for Bible training in China, and that another one died in a labor camp in North Korea.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/two-north-koreans-killed-for-christian-faith-88516/#SkLAqQU1gaSD3VfT.99

Uploaded by opendoorsuk December 19, 2012.

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The Hidden Gulag

Second Edition

The Lives and Voices of
“Those Who are Sent to the Mountains”

David Hawk

Description: Based on extensive interviews with over 60 defectors and more than 40 satellite photos of North Korean political prisoner camps, the report calls for the dismantlement of the vast North Korean gulag system in which 150,000 to 200,000 are incarcerated.

From Page 158: In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, crimes against humanity are committed against persons sent to the political penal labor colonies. Evidence shows that:

1. Perceived or suspected “wrong-doers” or “wrong-thinkers,” or in some instances, persons with“wrong-knowledge,”123 and/or their family from the DPRK State Security Agency,124 which refuses to acknowledge the deprivation of freedom and refuses to provide information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons with the intent of removing those persons from the “protection of law” for a prolonged period of time.

2. The abducted persons are subjected to deportation or forcible transfer from the area in which they were lawfully present without grounds permitted under international law.

3. The abducted and deported persons are deposited at distant, remote, penal labor colonies or encampments, where they are subjected to “imprisonment or severe deprivation of physi- cal liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law.”129 These abductions, deporta- tions and the subsequent imprisonments all take place without any judicial process. There is no arrest, charge, trial, conviction or sentence, as provided in the DPRK Criminal Code and the DPRK Criminal Procedures Code.

4.The prolonged, indefinite detention of family members is a violation of Article 26 of the ICCPR, “…the law shall prohibit any discrimi- nation and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against discrimination on any ground such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” The imprisonment of family members amounts to what the ICC Statute terms as “persecu- tion.” Most family members of suspected wrong-doers or wrong-thinkers are detained for the rest of their lives in sections of the prison camps termed “total control zones.”

5. Once cut off from any contact with the coun- try or world outside of the prison camp, including former family and friends, the imprisoned persons are subjected, usually for a lifetime, to arduous forced labor under extremely severe circumstances. This begins with the provision of below subsistence level food rations.

7. Prisoners are regularly subjected to beatings and sometimes more systematic torture for infractions of prison camp regulations and during interrogations.

8.On numerous occasions, prisoners compelled to observe executions (which are carried out publicly to demonstrate to other prisoners the severe consequences of escape attempts and/or non-compliance with camp regulations) …

9. Prison camp officials and guards are regularly able to exact sexual relations with female prison- ers under circumstances that have been judged to constitute rape or sexual violence …

These are just a few excerpts from the  CONCLUSIONS in the Hidden Gulag Report. You can read the entire report here – http://www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/HRNK_HiddenGulag2_Web_5-18.pdf

Photo via Google satellite via stormfront.org –

the rear of a secret Gulag (internment camp for Christians)

The world was not worthy of them, who is the God they serve? (1)… Graham Staines’ family, India

(via) Randy Alcorn from his Eternal Perspective Ministries.

On January 23rd of 1999, Graham and his two sons, Phillip (11 yrs.) and Timothy (6 yrs.) were murdered by a large mob of militant Hindus. They had gone to a Christian camp in the jungle, where Graham was ministering. At midnight the mob attacked, setting fire to the jeep in which Graham and his sons were sleeping. They were burned alive. When the fire finally cooled, they found the charred body of Graham Staines with his arms around the bodies of his sons.

Graham served the Lord in the jungles of Orissa for over 34 years. He was described as “a wonderful, gracious, self-effacing man of God, full of faith, confidence and humility; warm-hearted, and a wonderful father.” At his funeral, the streets were thronged with masses of people—Hindus, Muslims and Christians. They were there to show respect for Graham and his family and to show their solidarity against the actions of the killers. Despite the fact that persecution of Christians has increased in recent years, the president of India came forward and said, “that someone who spent years caring for patients of leprosy, instead of being thanked and appreciated as a role model should be done to death in this manner is… a crime that belongs to the world’s inventory of black deeds.”

The response of Gladys and Esther was on the front page of every newspaper in India (with one billion people, soon to pass China as the most populous nation on earth). Gladys said, “I have only one message for the people of India. I’m not bitter. Neither am I angry. But I have one great desire: that each citizen of this country should establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who gave his life for their sins…let us burn hatred and spread the flame of Christ’s love.”

Gladys and her daughter did not move back to Australia, but, instead stayed on to work at the Hospital leprosy center that her family had served before her husband and two sons were killed. Indeed, a moving example of faithful serving and dying for Christ. Read the entire article at Randy Alcorn’s site…

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