Persecution

Genocide Against Christians

As a ministry who strives to raise the level of awareness and education of persecuted Christians around the world, we need your help.

The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines “genocide” as killing and certain acts “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.”

Extensive and irrefutable evidence supports a finding that the so-called Islamic State’s mistreatment of Iraqi and Syrian Christians, as well as Yazidis and other vulnerable minorities, meets this definition. This evidence includes:

  • assassinations of Church leaders
  • mass murders and deportations
  • torture
  • kidnapping for ransom
  • sexual enslavement and systematic rape of girls and women
  • forcible conversions to Islam
  • destruction of Christian churches, monasteries, cemeteries, and artifacts

ISIS’s own public statements take “credit” for the murder of Christians precisely because they are Christian and express its intent to wholly eradicate Christian and other minority communities from its “Islamic State.” Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill noted in their historic joint statement that “whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated.”

The European Parliament, prominent members of both political parties in the United States, including presidential candidates on both sides, Pope Francis, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, groups such as Genocide Watch, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and American Christian leaders of a broad array of faith traditions, along with the Christian leaders of Iraq and Syria themselves, and many others, have called ISIS’s actions against Christians in Iraq and Syria genocide.

We humbly ask that you sign the petition organized by the Knights of Columbus and the Defense of Christians to help force the United States Department of State and Secretary of State John Kerry to designate the Islamic State’s (ISIS or ISIL) systematic killing of Christians and members of other religious minority groups in the Middle East as “genocide” and pray for persecuted Christians around the world.

Please click here to learn more and sign the petition. 

Humbly in Christ, we thank you.

Remember Our Persecuted Family This Christmas

Sponsor Christmas Care Packs and Village Outreach Kits through our brothers and sisters at Voice of the Martyrs.

Send a gift to persecuted Christians in one of the nations where VOM serves. Bless a child with a Christmas Care Pack full of items to use at school and home, including Christian literature such as a children’s Bible. Provide Christian workers with a Village Outreach Kit that includes tools to help them effectively reach others with the gospel. This year, packs will be distributed among the more than 60 nations where VOM works.

Please click here to learn more or sponsor a care pack.

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit,inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting our persecuted family 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:

Pray for the Persecuted

“For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off” (Psalm 37:28)

During this Holy week we ask that you pray for the persecuted Christian. From the U.S. to Kenya. From China to Cuba. From Russia to Libya. The are many types of persecution. From the soft persecution of Christians in the United States to horrific persecution of Christians in the Middle East, North Korea and more.

As you celebrate the magnificent resurrection or our Lord this week, please pray for those who are still suffering for their love of the Lord.

God Bless

PRAYER REQUEST ALERT: Egypt – Pray for Naglaa el-Emam, Detained for Contempt of Islam

Naglaa el-Emam, a well-known human rights lawyer and Christian convert from Islam, was detained on Feb. 24 by State Security on charges of “insulting Islam” in Egypt. Following her conversion to Christianity in 2010, she was fired from her job and disowned by her Muslim family. The outspoken activist, who has shared her faith publicly, has been repeatedly harassed by government officials and slandered by Muslim extremist groups.

Pray for the 200 Christians Abducted by Islamic State

As many as 200 Assyrian Christians, mostly women and children, were kidnapped in Syria on Feb. 24 in an overnight raid by Islamic State. Reports indicate that IS may have executed some Christians and destroyed several churches during an attack on villages near the town of Tel Tmar, close to the Kurdish held city of Hassaka.

It is feared that the men will be executed and the women and children abused, sold or used as human shields. Voice Of Martyrs contacts in Syria ask that we pray for the encouragement and protection of Christians in Syria so that they can be a living testimony in the midst of war.

Prayer for the persecuted church

We would like to invite you to pray for the persecuted church. The most common request of persecuted Christians is “PRAY FOR US.”  We want EVERY CHURCH to “Remember them that are in bonds …”  (Heb. 13:3). We also want Christians worldwide to pray throughout the year for those who suffer because of their Christian witness.

You can do so here:

http://www.icommittopray.com/

I Commit To Pray is a place to gather and pray for the persecuted church. Read prayer requests from around the world and post your own prayers specifically for your brothers and sisters who are being persecuted. We urge you to join and pray for your fellow Christians.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

We invite you to learn more about the upcoming International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church. Nov. 2, 2014, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. VOM would like to offer you our free IDOP DVD, Liena’s Prayer, to share with your church.Request your free copy here.

Your free IDOP DVD comes with a special “Syria” edition of the VOM newsletter as well as one Syrian Outreach Pack that you can fill for distribution to Syrian refugees.

DVDs will ship on or before October 7, 2014, to arrive in time for IDOP Sunday on Nov. 2, 2014. The complete video wil be available for preview after Sept. 15, 2014. One free DVD per household; U.S. residents only.

OVERVIEW

Liena and her family turned down offers of asylum in Western countries after civil war broke out in Syria. They knew the cost that might be required, but they chose to remain as witnesses to their Muslim neighbors and as an encouragement to other Christians.

Liena was a dedicated Christian, faithful wife and mother of two. In her prayers, she asked God to use her to reach more people. And then God asked her to make one more commitment.

Watch the dramatic testimony of Liena’s Prayer, as she struggles with the difficult decision of how much she can offer God.

You may never pray the same again.

Please consider visiting VOM and learn more.

– SFDM

Iraq: Hard Choices in Mosul

As we are the the Body of Christ called to be Jesus throughout our community, country and beyond. We are also called to share the message of the persecuted church to the American church in order to fulfill our Christian responsibility according to Hebrews 13:3. Therefore we ask that you continue to pray for those in need and those persecuted for their Christian faith around the world. Please consider the story below in your prayers.

IRAQ: HARD CHOICES IN MOSUL

From The Voice of the Martyrs 4 August 2014

The eyes of the world turned last month to the northern plains of Iraq, to a city where Jonah first delivered Jehovah’s message thousands of years ago. Today the story of Nineveh (now called Mosul) isn’t of a messenger of Jehovah going into Nineveh, but of thousands of Jehovah’s followers being forced out of the city. The IS (Islamic State) told Christians if they don’t leave Mosul their alternatives are subjugation to Islam or being forced to follow a different god—Allah. Or they will be killed.

The Christians that fled the city—it is reported that the remaining 200 Christian families left prior to an IS-imposed deadline of July 19—left behind all of their possessions, as demanded by the radical Muslims. Those who tried to carry more than the clothes on their backs were robbed at IS checkpoints on their way out of the city.

The cross on the Cathedral of Mar Afram in Mosul—the Archbisopric of the Syriac Orthodox Church—was pulled down and replaced by loudspeakers to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer. Middle East Concern, a VOM partner ministry, reports: “A few Christians remain in Mosul, including some elderly or infirm who were not able to leave. In some cases, Christians are being shielded by Muslim neighbors. There are [also] credible reports that some have been compelled by the IS to convert to Islam by reciting the Islamic declaration of faith before a Sharia court.”

Most of the Christians described in these sad news reports are part of the historical Christian community in northern Iraq, primarily Syriac Orthodox or Catholics who are considered by Muslims to be “Christian” because they were born in Christian families.

There is another group of Christians in northern Iraq too: those that were born into Muslim families but have consciously made the choice to reject Islam and follow Jesus. It is important to understand that these believers do NOT have a choice to pay a tax and save their lives. These converts are, in the eyes of IS, apostates. If IS fighters learned of their faith, they would give these believers two choices: return to Islam or be killed.

VOM is ministering to both groups of believers. Already VOM is caring for 2,000 displaced Christians who have fled Mosul; it is likely that number will increase. We are also working with Christian converts in the region who risk their very lives to witness of the love of Jesus to Muslims—even radical and violent ones.

As we look through the eyes of TV cameras into this volatile region, may we be reminded daily to pray for our brothers and sisters suffering such hardship and violence. And as we pray for them, let us also pray for their persecutors, that some of those hunting believers today will become believers themselves in the days and months to come.

Iran: Execution Delayed

As we are the the Body of Christ called to be Jesus throughout our community, country and beyond. We are also called to share the message of the persecuted church to the American church in order to fulfill our Christian responsibility according to Hebrews 13:3. Therefore we ask that you continue to pray for those in need and those persecuted for their Christian faith around the world. Please consider the story below in your prayers and support The Voice Or Martyrs in their work.

A judge rescheduled the Aug. 12 sentencing date for a Christian man imprisoned outside Tehran, Iran. “Amir” was set to be executed after being imprisoned two years ago after being caught transporting a truckload of Bibles. Publishing, importing or reprinting Bibles or Christian literature is illegal in Iran. Though the sentencing trial has been delayed, his family remains very concerned for him.

Posted on www.icommittopray.com on Aug. 8, more than 250 people from 18 nations have committed to praying for Amir.  These are just a few of the prayers that have been offered on behalf of Amir and his family:

“Lord Jesus my heart breaks for Amir and his family. Please move the judicial system in Iran to free him. I pray for a great awakening in Iran.”
— Debbie S. (USA)

“Dear Father in heaven, I sincerely thank you for the life of Amir. Gracious Father, I pray that his faith will not fail in these trying times of his life. The scriptures say, “Indeed, all who desire to live a holy life in Christ will be persecuted.” I pray that you reverse the execution and through that even the executioners will come to the knowledge of Christ”
— Christina Afua N. (Ghana)

“Thank you Lord, for this young man. Oh Lord, your works and your people are powerful. Oh God, let your will be done –but we ask that if your will be to release this man … that many more may come to Christ through him. Release him like you did Peter. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
— Charles A. (India)

Like Charles, many others prayed in the spirit of Acts 12, in which “constant prayer was offered to God for [Peter] by the church,” and Peter escaped from prison. We praise God that Amir’s execution date was postponed and we pray that God’s perfect will would be done. Continue to offer constant prayers for Amir and his family. Please pray with us on www.icommittopray.com.