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In the Face of Evil, We Must Live Our Faith Out Loud

Cattails / In the Face of Evil, We Must Live Our Faith Out LoudToday my heart is heavy after being assaulted by the evil depicted across the internet of the American journalist being beheaded. I woke with the following thoughts: As followers of Jesus Christ we must not be deterred by evil. Our mission remains the same as the day it was given to us—Go, and make disciples. 

Of an Unnamed Nigerian Woman

Voice of the Martyrs Monument: A Nigerian WomanDisplayed on the Martyrs Monument (at The Voice of The Martyrs USA ministry office in Bartlesville, Oklahoma) are the names of many martyrs—each one representing a real person with a real story. During a recent visit I found myself once again drawn to the monument. On this particular day there was one memorial stone that stood out to me. It simply read A Nigerian Woman. 

Remembering Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in North Korea

Asian girl praying"We Western Christians are tempted or deceived into confusing God with Mammon, and freedom of religion with freedom in Christ. North Korean Christians see daily the stark difference between the One True God and every counterfeit. They talk of a freedom that can’t be taken away, even inside a concentration camp." —Eric Foley, Seoul USA

Meditating on God’s Word, a Verse at a Time: One Woman’s Hand-copied Bible

Handcopied BibleI wanted to share a recent message that came to me. A woman wrote:

Randy, here are pictures of my hand-copied Bible. This 9 plus year journey started when I read Safely Home. The main Chinese character’s mother hand copied the Bible. 

Randy’s novel Safely Home and Opening Our Eyes to the Reality of the Persecuted Church

Safely Home by Randy AlcornWhen Randy wrote Safely Home, no one knew how readers would respond—especially considering the topics of persecution and martyrdom that the novel deals with are anything but light and superficial. Randy’s goal, he explains, was to tell a compelling story which fueled the reader’s imagination, and also served the purpose of Proverbs 31:8-9, speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Save Saeed

Save SaeedSome of you have followed the story of the Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini. Saeed was in Iran helping with an orphanage when he was arrested for sharing his faith in Christ. His wife is still struggling with how much she should tell the children about what their father is going through.

 

A 6-minute video drama based on Safely Home

Safely Home DramaI was very moved by this video produced by Matthew Holbrook and the high school ministry of Grace Church of Orange. I came to Christ while in high school, and it’s very encouraging to see high schoolers focus their attention on following Christ wholeheartedly.

 

Pray for the Liberties and Faithfulness of God’s People in Russia

Puzzle pieceI received this letter from a friend, Andre, who is a pastor in Russia. It’s a matter of great concern. Please read it and join us in prayer for the liberties and faithfulness of God’s people in Russia.

 

Remember Us and Pray for Us: the Persecuted Church

Tami in IndiaGuest blog by Tami Yeager, EPM bookkeeper

My introduction to The Voice of The Martyrs came through a newsletter handed to me in 2003. The stories in this publication disturbed me greatly, yet I was compelled to learn more. I found in the words of these pages real people with real stories. I was being confronted with a reality that did not fit into the neat package I had unknowingly wrapped my knowledge of God in.

April 15: A Day of Fasting and Prayer for North Korea

North KoreaBelievers around the world are setting aside this Sunday, April 15, as a day of prayer and fasting for the country of North Korea and the believers who live there. The situation in North Korea is increasingly problematic with the country facing its worst food shortage in a decade.

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