Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy 40th Anniversary, VOM Canada!

Forty years ago today, VOM Canada received its official status as a non-profit organization.

Back then, VOM was called Jesus to the Communist World Inc. (JTTCW). When the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union dissolved, many thought persecution was coming to an end. There were those who questioned the need for a ministry called Jesus to the Communist World.

In reality persecution of our Christian family was increasing. The leadership of JTTCW recognized this and adapted, changing our name to The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).

Instead of focusing only on the former Soviet Union, we started visiting places in Africa, the Middle East and other countries in Asia. Finding many Christians in these areas who suffered for their faith in Christ, we began telling their stories and providing assistance to them.

Today, VOM still provides support to faithful believers who stood strong under Communist oppression in the 1950s and ’60s. However, much of our attention and resources are now focused on countries such as North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

In 2011, VOM projects will support persecuted Christians in more than 30 countries. This support takes many forms.

One person may need a Bible or theological training to lead a group of believers meeting in secret. Another may need a microloan to start a small business to support evangelistic activities. Still another may need the advice of a lawyer to help him navigate through the judicial system.

While we do not know all that the future holds, we believe the Lord’s inerrant Word that promises that persecution will continue until His return (John 15:20, Rev. 21:4). The form of persecution may change, and we may need to adjust our methods of support, but our commitment to remain faithful to the charge in Hebrews 12:3 remains:

“Remember them in bonds as bound with them.”

Consider joining VOM Canada for one of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations throughout 2011!
May 14
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Emmanuel Fellowship Baptist Church
Vernon, BC

September 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grace Orleans Church
Ottawa, ON

October 1
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cornerstone Alliance Church
Winnipeg, MB

October 29
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
First Church of the Nazarene
Moncton, NB
Call our office for more information! 1-888-298-6423

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