Persecution & Prayer Alert

"...Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver
us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known
to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods
or worship the golden image that you have set up."
(Daniel addressing King Nebuchadnezzar)
~ Daniel 3:17-18 ESV


This week celebrates 20 years since The Voice of the Martyrs Canada first started its automated email service by providing the Persecution & Prayer Alert. Three years prior this being implemented, Glenn Penner (who was serving as VOMC's Communications Director at the time, and then later on as Chief Executive Officer) had been asked by some friends of the ministry if he could email them specific ways to pray for the persecuted church. Word got out and, by 2001, the number of people receiving this information had grown to the point that the emails could no longer be done manually. So, on August 1st of that year, a new website was launched, including the opportunity for online donations, purchasing of catalogue resources, and the automated email service. Since that first day, more than 1,000 Persecution & Prayer Alert emails have been sent out to thousands of faithful prayer supporters around the world.

We know that many of you have devotedly prayed with us throughout these two decades. As Floyd Brobbel, VOMC's present Chief Executive Officer, wrote: "Thousands have responded weekly to remember their persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer. Although the impact of this global prayer movement cannot be measured on this side of heaven, we continue our service of intercession in obedience and faith in the Lord who sustains and strengthens His people." May God richly bless each of you for your faithfulness!

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A delivery being brought through Wu Wuqing's chained door.
Chain-locked door at the minister's home.
Photo: Early Rain Church

Members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan, China, continue to face harassment as authorities attempt to shut down their unregistered church. While the head pastor, Wang Yi, is serving a nine-year prison sentence, other members of the church have also encountered consistent persecution.

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Crowd holding flags and raising the
Protests in Myanmar.

A coalition of more than 25 organizations has signed a joint statement expressing deep concerns over the violence committed by security forces in Myanmar against peaceful protesters. The global call to action follows the illegal coup d'état which overthrew the democratically elected government on February 1st. This signed statement especially spotlights how the military has been destroying places of worship in their crackdown. Religious and ethnic minorities have been targeted, resulting in an increasing number of internally displaced persons.

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Man standing by burned out bus. - Photo: VOM Poland
Photo: The Voice of the Martyrs Poland

More than 130 civilians in Burkina Faso were indiscriminately slaughtered during an overnight raid on Yagha village on June 4th. Although no particular group has claimed responsibility for this most recent attack, government officials believe the devastating invasion was the work of one of several Islamic jihadist groups operating in the area.

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