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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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NIGERIA: Boko Haram hits Maiduguri again – Suffering Christians in Great Need

Children forced into refugee camp through persecution. Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

Children forced into refugee camp through persecution. Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

(Voice of the Persecuted) In VOP’s latest communications with our contacts in Nigeria, we hear “life has not been easy”.  They are “under much tension and fears, as the terrorists are at it again.”  In recent weeks, Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on the suffering.

(Agenzia Fides) – Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, is again at the center of the attacks of Boko Haram, the Islamist sect, that despite having suffered heavy losses on behalf of the army in Nigeria and those of neighboring countries (Chad, Cameroon and Niger), has proven to still be able to hit and to sow death and destruction. On June 2, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the cattle market of the city, killing at least 13 people and several were wounded. During the night, residents in Maiduguri were kept awake by the gunfire and explosions of the clashes between the army and a commando of Boko Haram that wanted to make an incursion into the city.

“Maiduguri – explain local sources to Agenzia Fides – is a highly symbolic target for Boko Haram, especially as the new President, Muhammadu Buhari, has announced plans to transfer the command center of operations against the Islamist sect, so far located in the federal capital, Abuja. The new attacks are also a ‘sort of welcome’ for the new President, who has made the fight against Boko Haram one of the priorities of his mandate”.

By attacking Maiduguri, Boko Haram intends to prove that they are still able to hit, minimizing their losses. According to some interpretations, even the change of the group’s name, “Islamic State of West Africa”, announced in a video released yesterday, would be part of a operation to emphasize the threat posed by the Islamist sect. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 03/06/2015)

Two suicide bombs have rocked the city of Yola. It is reported that the men staged a fight to draw in a large crowd before detonating themselves on Thursday evening. Authorities confirmed on Friday that two suicide bombers killed at least 31 people and injured 38 others in the crowded Jimeta Main Market. Boko Haram is suspected of carrying out the attacks.

9 Northern Nigeria states already have implemented Sharia law completely, 3 others partially use Sharia. But Boko Haram’s goal is to Islamize all of Nigeria’s 36 states and put it under strict Islamic law.

Boko Haram, with ties to jihadists such as ISIS, has changed it’s name to ‘Islamic State of West Africa’. In their most recent video, suspiciously missing their leader, they mock the coalition, including Obama in an attempt to prove they have not been weakened. But the group has lost ground in recent months as the Nigerian military and their coalition partners push them out of places once under their control. But many areas remain unsafe with a real threat of being re-attacked by the militants.

In light of all this, the persecuted are praising God for sustaining them and they covet our prayers. They’re encouraged by their family in Christ remembering them in their suffering. DO NOT let up! Press into the throne with many prayers and petitions. Connect with our Father, intercede on their behalf.

The amount of internally displaced (IDP’s) is staggering. So many are suffering with little means to restart their lives. They have faced extreme persecution and great loss, including the lives of loved ones. Many have no where to turn, but to God and the Body of Christ. They NEED our help!

VOP has been blessed to work for and help Nigerian Christians in one of the hardest hit parts of the north. Running water, electricity, even shelter is not available for many of the affected.

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Bringing Hope by aiding Christians suffering in persecution

Voice of the Persecuted’s, Project 13:3 mission offers aid such as nutrition, shelter, clothing, medicine, encouragement and Spiritual needs. We believe putting a bandaid on the wound is not enough. Following these families is an important part of this mission. And to assist in ways to help them rebuild their lives and future to the point of sustaining themselves.

Presently in one camp, we have 19 families including widows and orphans (equaling 100 people-58 of these are children) living in harsh conditions. Their needs are great and most are forced to sleep on cold concrete floors. Entire families sharing a tiny doorless cubicle with no glass in the windows. Clean water must be brought in for them, as the facility does not have the luxury of running water. They are unable to pay for the basics such as food, clothing, medical care and must rely on us, the Body of Christ.

Last week, I suffered an accident where the tip of my finger was crushed. Surprisingly, I didn’t notice any immediate pain but within seconds, it became so intense that I had waves of nausea that nearly brought me to the floor. This continued on for hours throughout the day. And though there was no visible signs of blood, it was bleeding on the inside. The next morning, my entire finger was so swollen it had more than doubled in size. If it was not raised above my heart, I experienced great pain and found it nearly impossible to focus on anything else. And for the past week, I’ve taken great care to protect it from further injury. A little part of the body that normally goes unnoticed, yet the injury affected my body as a whole and basically rendered my hand useless. Thankfully, it’s finally beginning to heal and should soon be back to normal.

Through this ordeal, I could not help but be constantly reminded of how the persecuted who so often go unnoticed, are a part of the Body of Christ that is suffering to the extreme. That when we are injured, our whole body suffers. And this is what the Church is experiencing today. The Word of God kept resounding in my mind. See below

For those partnering with us, your donations have recently covered the needs of one Nigerian family with 7 children in this camp. They now have pillows and are able to sleep on a mattress. They are clothed and no longer must go barefooted. The mother and her new baby (born in the camp-see photo above) have been seen by a doctor and will receive ongoing medical care. They have food and utensils to help sustain them, along with hygiene products to protect them from disease.

Their faith was really shaken; they went through and have faced extreme challenges. They urgently fled their home during an attack taking nothing for the journey. All they’ve ever labored for has been looted and destroyed by the radical elements. The whole community where they lived has been reduced to a heap of ruins.

“But God is still God. It is only in persecution that our faith is tested and purified.”

In their challenges, they have come to believe that God is always close to the persecuted. In Christ, your gifts have literally encouraged and strengthened their faith. To God they give all praise!

From nowhere and in our nothingness, we have come to see the hand of God at work in our lives.  We are gradually rebuilding our lives through the aid of Voice of the Persecuted.”

As they continue to cry out to God for help, we have been given the opportunity to bring hope to all 19 families in the camp.   But caring for so many has brought a great financial burden. On their behalf, we are asking and pleading for your help. As the Body of Christ, let us be used as vessels, and continue on in this mission as his hands and feet.

Next Saturday, we will be sending an encouraging letter to our brothers and sisters in this camp. All those who have donated this month and those donating to the Nigerian Project in the next week, your names will be added to that letter. When donating, you are also welcome to add a message which we will include in the letter. They would love to hear from you!

UPDATE 93/2015: Since April, this camp has doubled in size with more coming everyday.

Lois Kanalos, Founder and the VOP Team

Together with your generous support, 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:

Voice of the Persecuted
2740 Third St
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, MI. 48183

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.

If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

John 13:34-35 “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.”

Galatians 6:10  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

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NIGERIA: The UNIMAGINABLE

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Living daily at risk of unspeakable torture, becoming enslaved, or killed at the hands of brutality.

(VOP) Imagine, for a minute that you live in a land where slavery is rampant.  Imagine for a minute that a walk in the park, or simply going to the store could find you in the hands of barbarous rebels who wanted nothing more than to rape, torture or kill you. Imagine for a minute while riding a bus to visit family, to get to work or go home at the end of the day suddenly overtaken by evil men demanding that you recite a prayer to their deity which is foreign to you. Imagine how you would feel knowing you couldn’t and the result would most likely end in your death.

This is reality for many in Africa from Somalia to Nigeria, even as far north as Libya.  A recent slaughter took place in Kenya as a band of Muslim rebels attacked a bus load of people, and when the men couldn’t recite the Muslim ‘shahada’ they forced them to lay on the ground and shot them.  One man who survived said they must have thought that another already shot him. He laid very still until they left.

There are reports that 33,000 Nigerians are still in the caves and starving. They were forced to flee the Boko Haram to escape death. The same report says that Boko Haram has stolen tear gas canisters that they are now throwing into the caves.  (More) Why is this barely reported by the West?  Why is it not repeatedly denounced by the UN?  Nigeria has been embroiled in a political struggle amid reports of human rights abuses by the military, which prominent leaders deny.  Yet, no one is helping the many in the most dire situations, nor interested in the truth.

FACT: The people are suffering, many to the extreme. Based on the magnitude of need, they have received little aid relief, safety, nor much sympathy.  It appears Western leaders along with the UN are not interested in the ethnic cleansing and what is called by some, a genocide taking place. History repeating itself?

One of our Nigerian contacts witnesses these horrific scenes and great suffering on a daily basis. He described to us a recent trip to deliver relief. While traveling, he felt the sudden urge to leave the car, he said God was guiding him to get out the car and run into the bush.  He demanded the driver to stop the car and urged him to leave too, but the driver refused and continued down the road.  He didn’t get very far. The car was attacked, robbed and the driver beheaded.  These are occurrences faced by those brave enough to offer love, sympathy and aid to those suffering immensely.

It has become common place for people of Western nations to accept the fact that their governments are supplying aid to rebel groups in Syria and other places, including weapons.  It has been presented to them as necessary to help rebel groups who are fighting evil, so it’s honorable to arm them.  But what is the truth?

It’s reported these weapons are being shared and trafficked in a ways unimaginable to most. Many in these groups, no matter what they portray to the West, are uniting with one another for one goal, to set up one government, one law, (Sharia) that will as they believe, rule the world. Rebels trained to kill as many ‘non-believers’ as possible. To rape women, force conversion, marriage, and torture those they kidnap.

In another recent attack at least 40 were killed by two female suicide bombers in Maiduguri. One entered a roadside trading area and detonated herself. While people were trying to get to the wounded, the second woman blew herself up causing more damage and death, preventing help from getting to the victims.  (More) A calling card of Boko Haram.  Again it begs the question, could these females be captives that were kidnapped?

Cameroon, that borders Nigeria is closing 130 of it’s secondary schools as they have become targets of Boko Haram (Western education is sinful).  It is understandable why they would want to do this for the protection of children. However, many feel this will only embolden the terror group as, ‘mission accomplished’.  Again, why does the West remain silent? These terror groups have catapulted the Middle East, Africa and Asia from a modern-day world that has prided itself on movements toward equivalence and peace, into the dark ages wiping out thousands of years of history, all vestiges of civility and growth toward peace and equality for all.

World leaders have instituted failed foreign policies that have set 1/4 of the world on fire, with cataclysmic results.  They have fueled and aided a war of attrition.

“Attrition warfare is a military strategy in which a belligerent attempts to win a war by wearing down the enemy to the point of collapse through continuous losses in personnel and material. The war will usually be won by the side with greater such resources. The word attrition comes from the Latin root atterere to rub against, similar to the “grinding down” of the opponent’s forces in attrition warfare.”

Is the West ‘complicit’ in these killings, tortures and genocide of minorities?  While this snake continues to grow governments continue to slice up the spoils.  And the people, innocent victims are starving, or suffering immense & indescribable torture. Do they view them as simple casualties of war? While thousands are forced to flee from this evil, fear and hatred grows in strength.

Amid the cries from the West to stop all travel to Africa due to Ebola, many now question if they should mission to this Continent. Who is going to help these people? Who will provide comfort, food, clothing, spiritual support and encouragement for these children and their families? Many are hiding and unable to even find a crumb of food or water.  While African leaders have met with the West, no sustainable solutions are forthcoming.  No condemnation, only defensive statements when challenged such as, “We have given military support.”

You can be their voice, you can be their spiritual family.  Your prayers and voices do matter.  Over and over we hear the same thing, “no one cares.”  No one is helping, are we forgotten? Sadly, for most of the world this is true. Too few care, “Africa’s always in crisis, what’s new?”

These are our brethren! Innocent people who are being ripped apart by this erosion of civilization in modern times. Spreading an evil ideology that’s beginning to make the dark ages look pale in comparison. Today, atrocities are being carried out with blindness in part for a civilized world.  Why not start, or help to start a conversation in your church, your parish, your neighborhood and help with a mission there. Ask your community leaders, your Representatives, your Senators for their help. You would be surprised at the lack of interest for missions boards in this region. Didn’t Christ tell us not to fear?  So why are not more of these agencies helping.  We have heard that they do not wish to plan their activities in these areas facing untold evil.  Why not ask your pastor about your mission board and how they can do more?  Watch, a minister who is speaking out and aiding.

Again, send your prayers to the throne of God, but start a conversation this Thanksgiving.  Lets start a revival with the Holy Spirit guiding us with Spiritual fire instead of manmade flames.

We, at VOP have answered God’s call “Whom shall we send.” Won’t you help?  Help us to go, or bring a voice from the front lines to tell us first hand, their heart wrenching testimony? Won’t you wrap your arms around our family who needs us so desparately?  Will you answer God’s call, can you hear His voice? We can’t do it without you.

As we are thanking God for our blessings this season, let’s remember and act for those less fortunate and suffering.  Let’s do as Jesus said:  “Truly I tell you what you did for the least of these, you did for me.”

Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate their suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and HELP SAVE THE PERSECUTEDgiving hands to provide light and hope.

Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you have greatly blessed others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support.

VOP Advocate Team

Social Media Blitz Campaign to help #FREESAEED

freesaeedDec4Pastor Alan Hawkins, of Albuquerque’s New Life City Church is organizing a social media event to bring awareness and attention on Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, that has been imprisoned in Iran for over a year for the crime of being a Christian.

In this mission he describes how in recent negotiations with the government of Iran his plight was ignored by our administration.

Pastor Alan HawkinsWe cannot, will not, do the same. As member of the Body of Christ, when one member suffers we all suffer. Our brother is suffering…and we must enter into that suffering with him and seek God’s power to free him.

 

 

Here is what he is proposing.

The single loudest outpouring of support via social media to free Saeed in the history of the church.

On Wednesday December 4, every Christian with a platform, great or small, will feature Saeed on it and demand that our government secure his release.

If you have a Facebook page, you have a platform. We will use the Twitter hashtag #freesaeed… use it on Facebook and other social media as well.

Our scattered voices can be ignored, but if we can come together across denominational and political lines as one voice, the church may break prison chains once again.

We need every single Christian to spread the word to friends, family and any media outlets.

Pastors, we need it featured on your websites and blogs.

Bloggers, we need it on your front page.

Brothers and sisters, we need your Facebook status.

He is welcoming any ideas to further this cause and hopes for your participation and promotion.

This is an historical moment for the American church…shall we participate in it or pass?

On the event page located here, they share:

WHAT #freesaeed / #savesaeed  IS ALL ABOUT — THE MISSION

1. AGREEMENT: There’s much we all disagree on, but over this issue we’ll unite our voices to demonstrate agreement & use the hashtag #freesaeed and/or #savesaeed on Dec. 4th

2. AWARENESS: We want our governing officials to know, though Saeed Abedini may not be of interest to them he is to “us” (see #1) and therefore as elected officials working “for the people” we want it to be their priority too.

Also, because President Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی has both FB & Twitter accounts, we want him to be aware that Saeed is not forgotten nor insignificant, and we want his immediate release.

3. PRAYER: This is an opportunity to pray for our imprisoned brother. God moves through the prayers of his redeemed people (Acts 16:25-26).

None of the above is a magic formula. Assuming by adding more voices to beg/plead with God as if he needs convincing because of his stubborn unwillingness to bless, is nothing short of paganism & grossly misrepresents the God of the bible. This God, is a Father who lovingly gave this broken/sinful world his greatest treasure (John 3:16), not because they were asking, but because he is Good.

So, motivated by loving trust in Him, may we in agreement humbly/boldly pray (Heb 4:16). Perhaps, He who delights in blessing, feeding hungry mouths & setting captives free, may once again move to open prison doors by moving the hearts of leaders.

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. – Proverbs 21:1

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LINKS: Current Info: http://beheardproject.com/saeed https://aclj.org/Tags/Saeed
Tweet President Hassan Rouhani حسن روحانی @HassanRouhani
Contact your Senator (U.S. Senate: Senators Home) http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Contact the House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/451324411638963/

Please join this campaign to help us do more for Saeed’s release and to stand with his family.

 

 

 

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