2015: In The Eyes of an Advocate for the Persecuted Church


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(Voice of the Persecuted) As we walk through the pages of 2015, trying to make sense of all the persecution suffering, death, and destruction—our thoughts turned towards the joy, and faith witnessed throughout the year. There were many days consumed with prayer, tears, and at times feelings of helplessness. Helplessness as we looked at the larger picture and magnitude of suffering, we feared for the situation. Fear that we couldn’t help so many. But at these times, we go before the Throne of God.

Recalling 2015, one VOP Advocate shared,

“Many times I’ve asked to be relieved of my position as a voice, and advocate. Why, because I couldn’t witness the suffering without means to help every single victim. Many times I was told, “No, My Grace will see you through”. Prayers were answered, others joined us in the mission of helping the persecuted. Tears were turned into joy and in some instances shame, as I learned that those suffering had the faith of Job.  Faith that I lacked. I felt ashamed of myself, and my Faith was increased.  I learned so much from those I was trying to help, so much about love, about faith, and God. I learned they were praying for me and my heart broke.”

A dear persecuted Brother doesn’t celebrate his birth on earth. He celebrates his birthday as the day He was born again! This brought so much joy to my heart. Another dear Brother had prayers answered and found a mate who shares his Faith and love for God in the middle of war and persecution. They are now excitedly expecting a child. Such joy! In the refugee camp where Voice of the Persecuted brings relief, we’re invited to share in the excitement when a baby is born. They ask us to PRAISE GOD and REJOICE with them for the gift of new life. The entire camp celebrates this wonderful miracle. In the middle of slaughter and suffering comes rejoicing and new life!

Project 13:3 Nigeria sees refugees (IDP’s) in the camp sick with Cholera, an outbreak caused by an overused water source. Soon we hope the temporary well project will be completed and bring fresh drinking water. The need for food and medicine is always extremely great. Some must sleep on the ground, not even a mat to lay on. Though we have purchased mats and mattresses, we hope to get everyone off the ground, this year! It has been confirmed by our Nigerian sources that Boko Haram has not been subdued and the crisis in Nigeria is far from over. The risk is too great for IDP’s to return to villages still vulnerable to the radical militants. From one day to the next, these brothers and sisters don’t know if or when another attack will happen. Yet, there is joy in their hearts and their faith increases. They still want to encourage us in the West.

As we watch the starving and homeless in war torn regions, we see their enduring faith, they too encourage us. We see the celebrations of just being able to worship, be it in a jungle, a burned out building, or even a makeshift tent—they are always joyous and grateful. They have hope beyond measure.  Hope in God’s Word and what He has promised.  A Blessed Hope in God who loves and will provide our needs.

Another dear Brother, persecuted himself, but is trying to help those in prison, those without food or shelter, those needing Spiritual encouragement. His unrelenting work and enduring faith in God brings great Joy to our hearts. Faith and Hope is growing in the face of persecution. Persecution is growing the Body of Christ. While the sleeping western church relishes in monetary gains instead of harvesting and aiding the suffering Body, God is growing the church in persecution, in the midst of extreme suffering and trials.

Our Project 13:3 Thailand sees precious souls fleeing persecution in Pakistan, then hiding from authorities in Thailand. They live in constant fear of being arrested. The Thai government constantly raids their slum-like apartments and arrest all who are found, including children. One poor woman describes covering her babies mouth so the child’s cries wouldn’t alert the police to their hiding place. She prayed the baby wouldn’t choke or suffocate. Praise God that the baby remained quiet and for now, they are safe.

Overstay fines keep them out of the criminal element at the Central jail, but still places them in the horrific Immigration Detention Center (IDC). The Center’s disease ridden, putrid, overcrowded cells with a single toilet, houses as many as 70 people together. Their fed cucumber and rice in hot water, nothing else. We send food into the IDC to supplement their diet to bring them hope and comfort. Overstay fines and exorbitant fees to bail them out of the IDC, takes food, medicine and shelter away from the large numbers hiding outside. Food away from those who remain inside. Often we must choose from the many cases and decide who will receive assistance. Those in jail, those in the IDC, those in hiding, those without milk or food for their babies. It can be a heartbreaking process. But when we are torn in half trying to decide who we can help this month, we take it to the Throne of God and ask Lord to guide us. He always answers!

We encourage everyone to be a voice, join a prayer team, pray in your quiet place, share news, and speak out. Be a Voice! Our prayer this year is Hope for all. Hope that governments will soften their hearts. Hope that aid will increase, so we will help many more. Hope that the killing will end.  Hope that Peace will prevail. Our Hope is in the Lord, and we will not stop or stand down until the last brother and sister is safe and cared for! Our family in the Body of Christ.

Won’t you join us? In 2016 we are believing to see the Lord’s hand in miraculous ways. We believe the Body of Christ will answer the call to move. We believe 2016 will be a Year of HOPE..HOPE in action. The Lord’s hand and the Glory of God revealed!

Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

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  1. If there is one thing this age of mass communication is that it has served to bring to others in the Lord’s family directly what is happening in countries around this fallen world to his people.

    Please tell these brothers and sisters their steadfast faith encourages me onwards in my walk in the Lord no matter what little persecution I may or may face day by day. As difficult as it may seem in the visible I continue to look to the invisible who is my Lord and God.

    People leave me including those in the Lord and then I am alone and only have the Lord to run into. I have wept many tears till I thought I could weep no more but then I read some story about the wickedness being done to both those in the Lord and those who are not and my heart breaks that much more.

    In these times I cry out, how long oh Lord, how long before you take revenge against these ones who pursue the innocent unto death. Their blood cries out from the earth as it did in past times and yet my Father there appears to be no respite for these ones. Death lurks behind every corner waiting for these ones whilst the ones that walk with satan have plenty and take everything from the innocent.

    Ofttimes I am reminded of the scripture though the subject is around how rich men and how they can be saved. The answer that was given by Jesus was what is impossible in man, is possible in God for all things are possible in Him.

    I cannot imagine what it must be like for these ones you speak of as one cannot know this unless you walk their roads and like it has been written, the helplessness I feel is so weighty I have no way to remove it, but go to the Lord and ask what is it I can do in these situations.

    Though he answers and I do what it says and give out of what he has placed in my hands this heaviness, helplessness never leaves me. With each life lost whether be through lack of the basics or by the hand of these murders and thieves, my bewilderment and pain just increases that much more.

    In all this I speak to others in the Lord’s church and many just shrug their shoulders and go their way which only adds to this heaviness and bewilderment inside of me.

    I understand what our Lord and father says in his written word that these things must come to pass and that our kingdom is not of this earth. Like him we are to give our lives even unto death for this is what we called to do, go and make disciples of all men and nations for his has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

    To close even though I am so far away I repeat your words, In the darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.

    From my mouth Father I bring to your remembrance your words, pray for all the saints and we do Lord, for these ones and many others who finds themselves alone, facing tremendous trials that you will strengthen them for these times that they are walking through.

    They may think everyone has forgotten them but Father please reveal to them of the things that you are doing specifically for them because of your love for each one of them. Thank you for raising your people who are willing to walk where other men fear to tread to reach out to these ones and bring them what has been placed in their hands for these poor saints.

    Come Lord Jesus come, tarry not one minute longer than you have to for your people’s sake.

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    • Amen brother!! We will tell them. Many read our words. God bless you brother. I so appreciate your words. You are embedded in our hearts and we will stand together in Christ for our brethren.

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