Voice of the Persecuted is not only helping in Nigeria but still working diligently for the Pakistani Christians suffering in Thailand. They need our prayers and they need our help. If you, your church or ministry group would like to sponsor a family in need or to offer a one-time gift, Voice of the Persecuted will be sure these persecuted ones are comforted by your generosity. These families spend most of their time in hiding and constant fear of arrest. They’re in desperate need of rent, food and medicine as many are suffering from ongoing illnesses, skin infections and disease. The children are too often malnourished. There are approximately 10,000 Pakistani Christians stuck in this crisis that can take 6 or more years. Their children are not allowed to attend school. What will become of their future?
Another danger in places like Thailand is sex trafficking. Thailand is known throughout the world for this booming industry. Many asylum seekers fear for their young daughters, that they may be abducted then sold. Knowing how vulnerable they are, many girls are constantly approached by traffickers trying to lure them in. A few weakened by desperation have fallen for their trap. Some will tell you, “I had no other choice.” How sad it is to lose even one sister to this life of abuse, simply because she could find no compassion from others.
Asylum seekers cannot legally work in Thailand to care for their families and are often arrested when caught working illegally. This puts a huge strain on the mother trying to care for her littles ones with no support. They are at great risk of being exploited. Raids are regularly held by Thai authorities in slum areas known to house these asylum seekers. At times, whole families have been detained in the Immigration Detention Center though they hold asylum seeker certificates from UNHCR. You would think this document could protect them, but not in Thailand. It’s a devastating and inhumane situation for them. You see, they’re frequently held in overcrowded cells with one filthy toilet, and only served a soupy mix of water, cucumbers, and rice. The fee to bail them out is extremely high, 50,000 Thai Baht (approx. $1500 USD). Frequently they, particularly men, are held without bail for extended periods of time, even months.
We have been blessed with the ability to get food, baby formula and toiletries to those suffering in the IDC. Thank You to those who are helping to support that program of our Thailand mission. We were able to get a delivery of formula to the babies this month! But the need is so great for the whole of Pakistani Christians fleeing persecution in Pakistan; then forced to endure the drawn out process of asylum in the unwelcoming nation of Thailand. Pray for them, pray for God to meet their needs, to give them hope and strength. And ask our LORD to send caring hands to help them.
But the need is so great for the whole of Pakistani Christians fleeing persecution in Pakistan, then forced to endure the drawn out process of asylum in the unwelcoming nation of Thailand. No human being should have to endure these conditions. The program is failing them and so are we when we ignore the cries of our brothers and sisters. With all the churches in America alone, why do these brothers and sisters suffer? Surely we could be doing much more to help alleviate their misery. Pray for them, pray for their needs to be met and to give them hope and strength to endure. Ask the LORD to send caring hands to help them.
Voice of the Persecuted helps pay monthly living/medical expenses for families suffering the greatest need. More cases are continually brought before us, but it’s heartbreaking we are unable to help them all. With your love and support, we’re praying that many more of our brothers and sisters covered and comforted by the Body of Christ, us! But we can only do this with your help.
If you are feeling led to bring hope to Christians suffering in Thailand please consider the following:
- Cover the monthly living expenses for a family in great need. (approx $250+/- based on family size)
- Provide bail to protect a persecuted believer from rearrest for two years. ($1500 based on exchange rate)
- Food deliveries for the nutritional needs of those detained in the IDC. ($50 provides 2 meals a day for 4 people weekly – personal hygienic products such as soap, toothbrushes and paste are also much-needed items.)
- Donations of any amount are always needed and greatly appreciated.
Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground in Thailand. Come with us on the mission through your gifts!
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.
Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
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