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Christian convert killed in Bangladesh

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(Voice of the Persecuted) In the latest attack on minorities in the country, Hossain Ali (68), a Christian convert was brutally hacked to death by suspected Islamic militants in the northern Bangladesh town of Kurigram. Witnesses claim during his regular morning walk, attackers jump out at Ali and slashed his neck. Law enforcement reported 3 unknown assailants fled the scene on motorbikes and that Ali died on the spot. They also reported that there had been disputes in the family and he may have been murdered for religious reasons.

Ali converted to Christianity in 1999. He had recently retired from government service. Locals also claim Hossain Ali was a pastor at a neighborhood church, although autorities have denied this claim. He was also a 1971 liberation war veteran.

In January, the Islamic State claimed the murder of Samir al-Din because he converted from Islam. Their statement, “Soldiers of the caliphate were able to eliminate the apostate, named ‘Samir al-Din’, by stabbing him with a knife,”

Despite ISIS claiming responsibily for a number of attacks, the government denies the presence of ISIS in Bangladesh and attributes the murders to the banned Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh. The nation seen a surge in Islamist violence as activists and religious minorities have been targeted.

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh. Pray endurance for the many who have converted to faith in Jesus across the globe.

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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!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183


 

VIDEO: Thailand’s Asylum Crackdown

Pakistani child living in slum conditions (BBC video)

Pakistani child living in slum conditions (BBC video)

(Voice of the Persecuted) BBC Journalist, Chris Rogers went undercover in Thailand to expose how the country treats its asylum seekers. Pakistani Christians fleeing extremist violence are among the second largest group of asylum seekers in Thailand. Many are routinely rounded up and sent indefinitely to immigration detention centres or locked up in jails. Their crime: to be seeking asylum, in a country which does not recognise refugees. The video is an eyewitness account of only a portion of the suffering our brothers and sisters face in Thailand while seeking safety from extreme persecution in Pakistan. We highly recommend that you view the video by opening this link and typing the password: Pakistan

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers at risk of arrest

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers at risk of arrest

Voice of the Persecuted is on the ground offering compassion, food, shelter and medical needs. We are also caring for one of the families in the video interview. Please consider partnering with us so that we can continue to help these brothers and sisters and their children survive. The need is great and they truly need our help. If you or your church group would like to sponsor a family, please contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org for more information. If we are the Body, let’s do this!

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 

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Let us not forget them, nor think as the world, ‘someone else will step up to help’. Let us not regret the loss of even one of these ‘family members’ when there is surely a way to share and provide. But any help you can give is appreciated more than you could ever know.

L Kanalos, VOP Founder

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.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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!

You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

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Listen To The BBC Describe Conditions Of Pakistani Christians In Thailand

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers brought to court caged in police van

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers brought to court caged in police van

The Christians Stranded in Thailand

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Thousands of Christian refugees who have fled religious violence in Pakistan are stranded in Thailand. They travel there because of cheap tourist visas but quickly get caught in a tangle of asylum bureaucracy which can mean waiting years to move on to a third country. It happens because Thailand does not offer asylum to refugees, but passes them on to the UNCHR for processing; but the UN is overwhelmed, leaving many to suffer poverty and deprivation while they await news of their cases.

In some cases men, women and children are rounded up by the Thai authorities and incarcerated in grim detention centres or even imprisoned.

For Assignment, the BBC’s Chris Rogers reports from the backstreets of Bangkok where many of the refugees are in hiding and goes undercover to expose the treatment of these people in Thailand’s detention system.

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Voice of the Persecuted is one of the missions helping these Christians in Thailand. Their situation is dire. Please help us to continue offering aid to our brothers and sisters in great suffering.

This unstable situation that will become a regrettable tragedy if continued to be overlooked. If others cannot manage to help them, the Body of Christ (the Church) must step up and care for the least of our brethren in Thailand. Surely this example was set by the first century church, or have we forgotten?

Many new cases are brought to Voice of the Persecuted. Our mission has been designed to stay along side these families to help them endure. But we are a small mission trying to help in a big crisis. It is heartbreaking to not have the means to care for all those needing aid. Each month, we rely on and ask the Lord to provide as we continue covering those we already care for. To give us the ability to add the many other families on our waiting list. We ask for His heart for these dear ones who suffer for their faith in Christ Jesus. We pray for more to partner with us in the mission. As they have had to beg—today, we beg for them. Brothers and sisters, we ask for your help to distribute aid to the persecuted suffering in Thailand.

For more information to aid a persecuted family in Thailand, contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org

Let us not forget them, nor think as the world, ‘someone else will step up to help’. Let us not regret the loss of even one of these ‘family members’ when there is surely a way to share and provide. But any help you can give is appreciated more than you could ever know.

L Kanalos, VOP Founder

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.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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!

You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

UNHCR warns Nigeria to listen to internally displaced (refugees)

UN Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk talks to displaced Nigerian children in Malkohi host community, Yola, Nigeria.

UN Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk talks to displaced Nigerian children in Malkohi host community, Yola, Nigeria.

(Voice of the Persecuted) The government of Nigeria is pushing for IDP camps to be closed and the internally displaced returned to villages which many believe to be extremely vulnerable to Boko Haram attacks. For the past 3 years, VOP has been raising the issue that the Boko Haram is better coordinated globally than the media has reported, or the international community wants to admit. They are equally as dangerous and brutal as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. They too are branching out, spreading like cancer to other regions.

During a recent security conference in Germany, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said,

…There are proofs and evidence that (for) some time Boko Haram has been trained in Somalia and they went back to Nigeria,” he said.

“The terrorists are so linked together, they are associated and so organized, (that) we the world we need to be so organized,”

The UNHCR is warning the Nigerian government to listen to the IDP’s. They have suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of the Islamic group who is pushing for the implementation of strict Sharia Law throughout the country and beyond.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Feb 23 (UNHCR) UNHCR’s top protection official, Volker Türk, has called on the Nigerian authorities to heed the concerns of internally displaced people (IDP) in the north-east of the country.

“We all need to listen to the IDPs, their aspirations and sense of dignity and safety,” he stressed during a visit at the weekend to Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, referring to organized returns to areas back under government control but still considered risky.

Earlier this month, suicide bombers killed more than 50 people and injured dozens in attacks on a site holding some 50,000 IDPs at Dikwa in Borno, the state hardest hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The UN Refugee Agency has long been unable to visit the Dikwa site for security reasons. Many of the IDPs in Borno come from towns and villages that have been practically razed over the past two years, lacking infrastructure, basic services and security.

Türk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, arrived in Nigeria last Thursday to review the refugee agency’s emergency operations in the north-east, where UNHCR helps tens of thousands of IDPs located in camps. He has also met Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja and government partners to discuss the challenges and areas of cooperation.

During these meetings, he appealed to the government to take advantage of UNHCR’s experience in voluntary repatriation and to work closely to ensure the welfare of people of concern. The insurgency has affected about 5 million people, including more than 2.2 million Nigerians who are internally displaced and almost 180,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries. Türk offered to help neighbouring countries organize voluntary repatriation where and when the conditions were right.

While encouraging government institutions and civil society organizations to lead the response to forced displacement, he said: “UNHCR, as part of the international community, will continue to support local initiatives.”

The Assistant High Commissioner also met IDPs in Borno and Yola states, listening to harrowing tales of violence and destruction and the continuing suffering and challenges facing people unable to return home. He was deeply moved by their courage and resilience.

At Malkohi, on the outskirts of Yola, capital of Adamawa state, he talked to some of the internally displaced about their concerns and situation. “We want to listen to the people in order to better assist them,” Türk said. Hapsatu Amadu, a 47-year-old community leader, told him they needed clothing, food and shelter. “We are exposed to the vagaries of the weather in these grass thatched huts,” she explained.

UNHCR and its partners have been providing protection, shelter, camp management training and assistance to about 10 per cent of the IDPs in north-east Nigeria, where most of the displaced live with host families. At Bakassi camp in Maiduguri, visited by Türk, UNHCR has built 450 transitional shelters.

But the needs in Borno, including Maiduguri’s 17 organized and 13 informal IDP camps hosting some 125,000 people, are great and increasing. “Borno is the most devastated state; social and health infrastructures are virtually non-existent,” a senior local government official, Alhadji Usman Didda Shua, told Türk. “This state should be treated on the same footing with Syria,” he added of an emergency that is under-reported and under-funded as well as spreading in the region.

In Borno alone, 16 out of 38 hospitals have been destroyed or looted, and 214 primary health care centres shut. Bama was the second largest city in Borno until 2014 with a population of 600,000. Today it lies in ruins and is deserted. State authorities say it will require millions of dollars to reconstruct.

“In each crisis, there is an opportunity, which we need to seize, hopefully in the form of a new social contract,” Türk concluded. He will next visit Cameroon to discuss the situation of Nigerian refugees there and to visit the Minawao refugee camp in the Far North Region before wrapping up his regional visit on Wednesday. By Hanson Tamfu in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Promises have been given, as the government claims the Islamic extremists have ‘technically been defeated. But continued attacks prove their capabilities to infiltrate and slaughter innocents. Many believe the return of IDP’s is a dangerous risk. Based on assessment reports from inside the country, Voice of the Persecuted is in agreement with those who say they are in danger. We do not believe their lives should be used as an experiment to test the ability of the military who has, to this day, been unable to protect them, even in an attack near to their headquarters.

It has been brought to our attention that Christians are being severely discriminated agaist in government and UNHCR camps. Many complain water or food is not shared with them and they are constantly pressured to convert to Islam. Christian women are also preyed upon by Muslim men. Church leaders are now requesting they leave those camps and find ‘Christian camps’. Pastors are requesting our prayers.

orphan-306x4601Voice of the Persecuted is caring for internal refugees from Christian villages hardest hit by the Boko Haram. It is one of the largest Christian camps in the area with over 400 displaced persons. We’ve been asked if it would be possible to extend the mission to the other camps too. Many children reside at the camp, including those orphaned and woman made widows in the insurgency. Their needs are immense. Please consider supporting this mission to care for those suffering great physical and emotional trauma. VOP is on the ground in Nigeria, GO with us on the mission through your gifts.

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through your support and they keep you in their prayers.

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.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

If the Lord is placing it on your heart and you are able, please help us to continue the mission in Nigeria. It will be a long term project.

Boko Haram Strikes Terror In Adamawa State

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17 Feb. 2016: Voice of the Persecuted received an urgent request for prayer from Nigeria Christians. We were notified that Boko Haram is suspected to have carried out an attack in Adamawa State which killed at least six people. Insurgents stormed Kuda village around 9pm on Monday and shot at fleeing villagers, which killing five and injured several. The extremists destroyed more than 20 houses. Reports claim an elderly woman burned to death when they set fire to her home. Witnesses claim the 30 heavily armed insurgents came on foot and looted valuables.

The head of Krichinga, Abubakar Kanuri, a nearby village, said the insurgents came through Malakwaya, a section of the Sambisa Forest.

He said, “Today, they will invade our villages as rustlers, another day they stormed our villages in convoy of vehicles and some time they will use cattle to deceive us that they are normal herdsmen only to start killing people.

“We need help in our area. Many are beginning to return but with current security situation, they may not return to these areas.”

He said that they are still hiding in caves inside Sambisa Forest.

The Nigeria government has offered no detailed proposal to rebuild the northeast razed by the Islamic terror group. Borno State has suffered most at the hands of the Boko Haram. Estimates to repair damage total more than $1 billion in Borno alone. Plunging oil prices have hurt revenue and further the Nigerian government’s economic woes.

Please keep our Nigerian brothers and sisters in your prayers.

Voiorphan-306x4601ce of the Persecuted (VOP) is caring for internal refugees from Christian villages hardest hit by the Boko Haram. Many children reside at the camp, including those orphaned and women made widows in the insurgency. Their needs are immense. Please consider supporting this mission to care for those suffering great physical and emotional trauma. VOP is on the ground in Nigeria, GO with us on the mission through your gifts.

We want you to know that even in great hardship, they thank God and feel extremely blessed that He has kept His hand on them. They have been so encouraged and thank God for each one of you who have joined this mission through your support and they keep you in their prayers.

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.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

If the Lord is placing it on your heart and you are able, please help us to continue the mission in Nigeria. It will be a long term project.

Forced To Flee Persecution Christians Continue To Suffer Unfair Treatment

 

 

 

Heartbroken and persecuted in Pakistan

Heartbroked and persecuted in Pakistan

(Voice of the Persecuted) Faisal was a hardworking employee who had been with the company for years. His attention to detail paid off as he successfully managed projects leading the team in the office. Happy with his work, the boss often praised him with a ‘job well done’. In the evening, he made the journey back to his wife who was preparing dinner in their rented home. It was a decent place to raise their 2 children. Faisal’s education and wages offered his family opportunities many don’t have in Pakistan. They were living comfortably and excited about their son’s high marks on the entrance exam at the private school.  Everything seemed to be going in their favor, they never anticipated their lives would soon be turned upside down.

The couple had always been strong in their Christian faith and thanked God for all their blessings.  They raised their children to know the Lord, even helping them to memorize Scriptures. They faithfully attended church and helped the pastor with church programs and missions to the poor. Faisal never hid is faith and freely shared the Gospel to all who would listen. One day, a Muslim friend approached him and they spoke about Jesus. Though somewhat heated at the beginning, Faisal was able to explain the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His friend returned again and again, hungary to know more of this Savior. Soon, he and his family began following Jesus, along with his in-laws. Months later, a secret evening service was set up at the church for their baptism. 9 people were baptized that night.

The family’s conversion later became known to some Muslims in the community. The family eventually was forced to move to a safe location due to constant threats and pressures, even from their own family members. Faisal became a target as they blamed him for brainwashing his friend. One evening, he was approached by men unknown to him. They called him an infidel and other obscenities. They robbed him and began beating him on the street. They threatened him for spreading Christianity and tried to forcibly convert him to Islam. When he refused, they became so enraged, Faisal thought they would beat him to death and he cried out for help. The men ran way when his cries drew the attention of others who called for the men to stop. A local Christian helped him home. Faisal soon began receiving threats and his home was vandalized. His pastor became very concerned and thought he should move his family to another location.

One day, men came to his home looking for him, but he was out. They threatened his wife. They threatened their church if they kept attending. They threatened to kill them if they aided the conversion of Muslims to Christianity. A few nights later, the windows of their home were smashed. The family shifted to the home of a friend and Faisal chose not go to his job for fear of being assaulted or worse. His extended family members were also approached and asked to give up Faisal’s location. They too were threatened.

Advised by his pastor, Faisal took all their savings and fled to another country to seek asylum with the UNHCR. He wanted to live in a place where his children could worship and grow up without fear. Expenses to survive was much higher than they had expected. It wasn’t long before they’re visa’s expired and they were left penniless. Faisal sought out odd jobs to support his family, but did so at great risk of arrest and being sent to the detention center. If arrested, his wife and children would be left to fend for themselves, as they would not have the means to bail him out. Life became hard and they also relied on charity from others. (Name changed for security purposes)

In the case of a woman who had been left on her own, she struggled to find ways to care for her children. It broke her heart as she heard her children wail with pain from hunger. She was forced to beg in the streets to buy them milk. On Sunday’s, she and her children stood near the steps of a church praying the church members would have compassion for them. Some would give her the equivalent of a dollar or two and on rare occasions $20. But the majority would walk past her, while some shamed her or yelled to get out of their way. This shattered any dignity she had left. But every Sunday, she swallowed her pride and found herself back at the church steps, she had no other choice in this foreign land.

kidnappedAnother 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.

The stories above are not uncommon. Many who have left Pakistan due to persecution have traveled to Thailand for asylum. The Thai government brings further hardships as they don’t recognize asylum seekers, nor the UNHRC asylum seeker certificates that should protect them. When their visa’s expire they are considered illegals. If arrested, they’re thrown into the Immigration Detention Centre, along with it’s horrific conditions. The UNHCR office is burdened by thousands of asylum applications, while the office remains understaffed. The 24 month wait for a scheduled interview is often postponed by the office for another year . We’ve found this to be the case for many Pakistani Christians interview dates. Determination status and transfer to welcoming nations has taken as long as 6 years. That’s an unbearable amount of time for anyone to continue suffering without the means to change their conditions.

As illegals, they’re children are not allowed to go to school. They are not allowed a work permit and arrested if found working. They are given little to no aid and must beg or take risks to survive. It’s even harder for women with children, or those who suffer health conditions which prevent them from finding odd jobs. Many can’t afford medical treatment and medications for their illnesses. They’re unable to take their sick children to a doctor. They suffer in silence, or succumb to their disease.

The refugee crisis in the Middle East has taken over media headlines and government meetings, as they try to deal with the woes it is causing. Churches and organizations are now focusing their attention on these refugees. Based on numbers or rules as to how government grants must be used, many Christian refugees/asylum seekers from the Mid East and elsewhere are falling through the cracks. We see this being the case for the large number of Pakistani Christians in Thailand. We recently heard of a case where a Pakistani Christian had applied for sponsorship of his family with a church in a western nation. The process began very promising as they communicated back and forth. Sadly, the church later informed this brother that they were now only approving sponsorship for those coming from Iraq or Syria. He was heartbroken when the high hopes for his family’s freedom and an end to their ongoing pain in Thailand came crashing down in a single communication.

Thailand has stepped up their efforts and regularly raids low cost housing complexes known to house asylum seekers. The Bangkok Post reported in an article titled, ‘Migrant crackdown steps up’ that the Immigration Bureau claimed to only arrest those who have committed crimes. It’s true that some foreigners have entered with criminal intentions, but this is not the scope of the current situation in Bangkok. They are arresting anyone found with expired visa’s, as in the case of Pakistani Christians. The article states, Some of these refugees were found to be breaking Thai laws by working without permits. But their only crime is waiting on the UNHCR process to move them to a country of refuge, and working odd jobs to feed and shelter their families. It is unjust to expect them to starve to death, when the programs designed to help them are failing. What’s criminal is to expect them to return to a nation where they will face severe persecution, death sentences or lose their lives by the hands of extremists. They cannot return and like many other Christians fleeing persecution, they’re running out of safe places to go. How can we turn our backs on them?

Child arrested with his mother and brought to court in caged police van. Children remain incarcerated along side their parents.

Child arrested with his mother and brought to court in caged police van. Children remain incarcerated along side their parents.

Pakistani Christians make up the largest number of those seeking asylum in Bangkok. To be treated as they are and often prevented from bail outs from the IDC is inhumane. Voice of the Persecuted is caring for a family who took in another family’s children, both parents are locked up at the detention centre. Recently, all the adults but one woman in this family was arrested and taken to the IDC. She now must care for 9 kids on her own. Also alone, another woman has been caring for her 6 children. Her husband has been held in the IDC for 5 months. The struggles they face in Thailand is an unfair burden on the many who have already suffered so much. Voice of the Persecuted would like to see the Thai government do more to work with the UNHCR for the protection of valid asylum seekers, including allowing work permits so they can support their families. We would like to see the UNHCR Bangkok work on solutions to better staff their office and process asylum cases with greater efficiency. For cases to be heard at their scheduled times and no longer postponed. We believe the UNHCR should also be responsible for the education of asylum seeker children.  They are prevented (as illegals) from going to school in Thailand and until these families can be relocated, they remain uneducated.

This unstable situation that will become a regrettable tragedy if continued to be overlooked. If others cannot manage to help them, the Body of Christ (the Church) must step up and care for the least of our brethren in Thailand. Surely this example was set by the first century church, or have we forgotten?

Many new cases are brought to Voice of the Persecuted. Our mission has been designed to stay along side these families to help them endure. But we are a small mission trying to help in a big crisis. It is heartbreaking to not have the means to care for all those needing aid. Each month, we rely on and ask the Lord to provide as we continue covering those we already care for. To give us the ability to add the many other families on our waiting list. We ask for His heart for these dear ones who suffer for their faith in Christ Jesus. We pray for more to partner with us in the mission. As they have had to beg—today, we beg for them. Brothers and sisters, we ask for your help to distribute aid to the persecuted suffering in Thailand.

For more information to aid a persecuted family in Thailand, contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org

Let us not forget them, nor think as the world, ‘someone else will step up to help’. Let us not regret the loss of even one of these ‘family members’ when there is surely a way to share and provide. But any help you can give is appreciated more than you could ever know.

L Kanalos, VOP Founder

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.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

Article may be reprinted with credit to Voice of the Persecuted.

Thank You For Remembering Us And Sending Your Love

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And If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. Matthew 10:42

(Voice of the Persecuted) Our precious brethren in Thailand fled Pakistan from certain death and now suffering immensely at the hands of the Government in Thailand, as the country refuses to recognize their UNHCR documents. The UNHCR does little to help them particularly by postponing their interviews for years, putting them at risks of arrested and starvation. Children are suffering the most. Ridden with disease and physical as well as emotional pain, it’s nearly impossible—unbearable for them to endure. They are and feel FORGOTTEN.

Voice of the Persecuted is able to get food, medical care and cover the cost of shelter for those in extreme suffering and remain at great risk. Let us not forget them, nor think as the world, ‘someone else will step up to help’. Let us not regret the loss of even one of these ‘family members’. Go on the mission with us and bless these dear ones 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.

HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTED

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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!
You may also send your gift to:

2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

 

 

 

 

Persecuted Christians Cry Out To The Church: “Please give us a chance”

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Child suffering from lack of medical treatment. Photo Voice of the Persecuted

(Voice of the Persecuted)  Too many have been forced from their homes, villages, even countries from the violence and threats against them. Many are left with no means to fend for themselves. Without the love and support of caring hearts, they go hungry, homeless and often succumb to illness and disease. Each day we hear, “Please give us a chance” from those who are suffering for Christ. They cry, “Please help us”.

The picture above reflects the ongoing suffering many experience through persecution. When John and his family fled from their home seeking freedom from persecution, they faced a new battle and ongoing suffering in Thailand. Because his father is prevented from legally working, there was no money to take his son for much needed medical treatment. Unfortunately, his hands became worse and he developed a severe infection. This little boy experienced great pain and suffering. By the time treatment was finally provided, John had to spend 10 days in the hospital. How heartbreaking it progressed to this point before someone provided the funds to care for this child. Infections like John’s are common and likely due to a lack of nutrition and and the inability to purchase hygiene products. Many find it hard to even buy a toothbrush.

Child suffering from lack of medical treatment, hospitaiized. Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

Child suffering from lack of medical treatment, hospitaiized. Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

The situation for this family has not changed. John and his 2 siblings continue to go underfed. From month to  month, his parents wonder how much longer they will have a roof over their heads or be forced out on the streets. Families like John’s suffer silently while waiting on the UNHCR asylum process which takes years. A staggering amount of these Pakistani Christians suffer to the extreme. They receive very little or no help to sustain and help them endure the painfully long wait to be moved to a welcoming nation. Many parents can’t even buy milk and diapers for their babies. Sadly, too few are trying to cover their needs. The UNHCR does not have a program to care for their needs, nor can they protect them from being arrested as illegals. Thailand doesn’t recognized asylum seekers. In 2011, James Lynch, a UNHCR Representative for Thailand said,

“The UN refugee agency believes no refugee should be locked up simply for being a refugee, so we applaud any measure that gets refugees out from behind bars. At the same time, we continue to work with the Thai government to prevent refugees from being arbitrarily rounded up and sent to detention centres.”

Unfortunately, it’s 2016 and the arrest rate of innocents fleeing persecution and hold UNHCR asylum certificates has risen. The approx. $1450USD to bail them out is an extremely high amount for most of us working for their survival. This costs takes food and shelter away from families suffering ‘outside’. The Thai government has developed a monthly plan to raid places known to house these Christian asylum seekers. They have ramped up their efforts to round them up and hold them in the most horrific conditions at the immigration detention centre. When funds are available, Voice of the Persecuted delivers nutritional food and toiletries for those suffering in the IDC. We remain in prayer that something can be worked out between the government and the UNCHR Bangkok office for their protection. We continue pray their asylum interviews can be fast tracked and moved to a country where they can worship Christ freely…this is their hope.

Severe depression and high blood pressure from stress, even in the young, is a critical issue among Pakistani asylum seekers. They are overlooked by government agencies and the Church as a whole. How can the Church ignore the suffering of the weakest members of the Body of Christ? They tell us the world has forgotten them, or looks at them as beggars. We assure them they are not, the world has left them no other choice.

Voice of the Persecuted is able to pay the costs of John’s medical care and hospitalization, but the family’s ongoing needs are a major concern. Without help, they’re lives remain at great risk.

To help John’s family, those we already cover month to month, and the many praying for relief on our waiting list, we ask, we beg, we pray for your help. In one of our cases, multiple families stay together in a two room ‘apartment’. All the adults except one woman have been arrested and taken to the IDC. She’s caring for 9 children on her own and is worried how they will survive. In another case, a woman with 6 children waits near the top of our list. She too cares for her children alone…her husband has been detained in the IDC for over 4 months.

We are short on the amount necessary to provide next month’s expenses for those we already care for. Voice of the Persecuted relies on the generosity of people like you, members of the Body of Christ to help this mission continue. If you can and would like to sponsor John’s family, the costs to cover shelter, food and basic necessities is only $230 USD per month. So many families are in great need. Take this information to your church, or faith group. Ask if the congregation could sponsor even one of these families or those still waiting on the lists. The costs would barely be felt by each individual. We are happy to send you or your church updates, photos and messages from ‘your family’. They would also love prayers, encouragement and messages from you!

For more information to aid a persecuted family in Thailand, contact us at info@voiceofthepersecuted.org

Let us not forget them, nor think as the world, ‘someone else will step up to help’. Let us not regret the loss of even one of these ‘family members’ when there is surely a way to share and provide. But any help you can give is appreciated more than you could ever know.

L Kanalos, VOP Founder

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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Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and 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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