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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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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.

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/photos may be reprinted with credit to Voice of the Persecuted.

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2015: In The Eyes of an Advocate for the Persecuted Church

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(Voice of the Persecuted) As we walk through the pages of 2015, trying to make sense of all the persecution suffering, death, and destruction—our thoughts turned towards the joy, and faith witnessed throughout the year. There were many days consumed with prayer, tears, and at times feelings of helplessness. Helplessness as we looked at the larger picture and magnitude of suffering, we feared for the situation. Fear that we couldn’t help so many. But at these times, we go before the Throne of God.

Recalling 2015, one VOP Advocate shared,

“Many times I’ve asked to be relieved of my position as a voice, and advocate. Why, because I couldn’t witness the suffering without means to help every single victim. Many times I was told, “No, My Grace will see you through”. Prayers were answered, others joined us in the mission of helping the persecuted. Tears were turned into joy and in some instances shame, as I learned that those suffering had the faith of Job.  Faith that I lacked. I felt ashamed of myself, and my Faith was increased.  I learned so much from those I was trying to help, so much about love, about faith, and God. I learned they were praying for me and my heart broke.”

A dear persecuted Brother doesn’t celebrate his birth on earth. He celebrates his birthday as the day He was born again! This brought so much joy to my heart. Another dear Brother had prayers answered and found a mate who shares his Faith and love for God in the middle of war and persecution. They are now excitedly expecting a child. Such joy! In the refugee camp where Voice of the Persecuted brings relief, we’re invited to share in the excitement when a baby is born. They ask us to PRAISE GOD and REJOICE with them for the gift of new life. The entire camp celebrates this wonderful miracle. In the middle of slaughter and suffering comes rejoicing and new life!

Project 13:3 Nigeria sees refugees (IDP’s) in the camp sick with Cholera, an outbreak caused by an overused water source. Soon we hope the temporary well project will be completed and bring fresh drinking water. The need for food and medicine is always extremely great. Some must sleep on the ground, not even a mat to lay on. Though we have purchased mats and mattresses, we hope to get everyone off the ground, this year! It has been confirmed by our Nigerian sources that Boko Haram has not been subdued and the crisis in Nigeria is far from over. The risk is too great for IDP’s to return to villages still vulnerable to the radical militants. From one day to the next, these brothers and sisters don’t know if or when another attack will happen. Yet, there is joy in their hearts and their faith increases. They still want to encourage us in the West.

As we watch the starving and homeless in war torn regions, we see their enduring faith, they too encourage us. We see the celebrations of just being able to worship, be it in a jungle, a burned out building, or even a makeshift tent—they are always joyous and grateful. They have hope beyond measure.  Hope in God’s Word and what He has promised.  A Blessed Hope in God who loves and will provide our needs.

Another dear Brother, persecuted himself, but is trying to help those in prison, those without food or shelter, those needing Spiritual encouragement. His unrelenting work and enduring faith in God brings great Joy to our hearts. Faith and Hope is growing in the face of persecution. Persecution is growing the Body of Christ. While the sleeping western church relishes in monetary gains instead of harvesting and aiding the suffering Body, God is growing the church in persecution, in the midst of extreme suffering and trials.

Our Project 13:3 Thailand sees precious souls fleeing persecution in Pakistan, then hiding from authorities in Thailand. They live in constant fear of being arrested. The Thai government constantly raids their slum-like apartments and arrest all who are found, including children. One poor woman describes covering her babies mouth so the child’s cries wouldn’t alert the police to their hiding place. She prayed the baby wouldn’t choke or suffocate. Praise God that the baby remained quiet and for now, they are safe.

Overstay fines keep them out of the criminal element at the Central jail, but still places them in the horrific Immigration Detention Center (IDC). The Center’s disease ridden, putrid, overcrowded cells with a single toilet, houses as many as 70 people together. Their fed cucumber and rice in hot water, nothing else. We send food into the IDC to supplement their diet to bring them hope and comfort. Overstay fines and exorbitant fees to bail them out of the IDC, takes food, medicine and shelter away from the large numbers hiding outside. Food away from those who remain inside. Often we must choose from the many cases and decide who will receive assistance. Those in jail, those in the IDC, those in hiding, those without milk or food for their babies. It can be a heartbreaking process. But when we are torn in half trying to decide who we can help this month, we take it to the Throne of God and ask Lord to guide us. He always answers!

We encourage everyone to be a voice, join a prayer team, pray in your quiet place, share news, and speak out. Be a Voice! Our prayer this year is Hope for all. Hope that governments will soften their hearts. Hope that aid will increase, so we will help many more. Hope that the killing will end.  Hope that Peace will prevail. Our Hope is in the Lord, and we will not stop or stand down until the last brother and sister is safe and cared for! Our family in the Body of Christ.

Won’t you join us? In 2016 we are believing to see the Lord’s hand in miraculous ways. We believe the Body of Christ will answer the call to move. We believe 2016 will be a Year of HOPE..HOPE in action. The Lord’s hand and the Glory of God revealed!

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

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Migrant Crises Envelopes The West But Thailand Cracking Down With Arrests

Facebook photo ( Peter Bronsveld's)

Facebook photo ( Peter Bronsveld’s)

(Voice of the Persecuted) Many of us are witnessing a Christian genocide that we never believed would be in our lifetime. The world is in chaos like we never thought we would see again. But in the present, it’s nearly impossible to ignore it.

The refugee crisis in Europe, Iraq, Syria, & Nigeria has grown to proportions that the world has not seen since World War 2. Western leaders are finding that they cannot adapt to the number of migrants coming into their countries.

However, the government of Thailand has announced new plans of an even more rigorous crackdown on those who have overstayed their visas. This recent development has all Christian asylum seekers on edge, tense over what comes next.  It’s  heartbreaking news for many Western Christians who grieve with them and are extremely concerned for these brothers and sisters in Christ.

A large number of Pakistani Christians are seeking asylum in Thailand. The UNHCR is basically ineffective as far as Thailand is concerned. The Thai government has blatantly disregarded Pakistani Christians and their plight. They fled persecution and death threats in Pakistan only to be met with more heartache and darkness. It’s hard to understand why the UN is silent about the Thai government’s treatment of UNHCR documented asylum seekers.

It had been announced that the 1st through the 10th of every month, raids will take place where know asylum seekers dwell and they will be arrested. A few days ago, the government of Thailand announced new and tougher overstay penalties. view them here

The Christian asylum seekers have visas that expire due to the painfully long wait periods to be interviewed, then another long wait for status approval. The UNHCR often postpones interview dates for one to three years, even though they already had waited 15 months for the original interview. The UNHCR certificates verifying they’re asylum seeker status is not recognized by the Thai government. With plans for the new crackdown, we’re left wondering how safe they will stay and why arrangements can’t be made by the UNHCR for their protection.

Scared, afraid to leave their meager dwellings, unable to legally get a permit to work and provide for their families. Their children cry from the pain of hunger. Many are sick or have ongoing health problems. They need medical attention, but simply can’t afford it.  Still, the world and the UN is silent.

The United States is well aware of the human rights abuses in Pakistan and Thailand. Britain has merely stated that Pakistani Christians face severe discrimination as opposed to persecution, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many are praying for change as the U.K. is holding hearings to re-evaluate their existing policy. ‘Special Status’ should be afforded to Pakistani Christians as is by the governments of Canada and Holland.

What is darker still, instead of welcoming persecuted Christians, Thailand re-persecutes them.  The country has a less than stellar human rights record, steeped in human trafficking, sex slavery, and corruption which reaches all the way up to the government level.  But when the world is broken and refugees seek safe havens in Europe and across the world, what Thailand offers is a grave abuse.  Again, the world remains Silent! Again, strong leadership hidden under the desk, refusing to demand the UNHCR do it’s job to defend asylum seekers who hold their issued documents in hand.

Recently, the UNHCR has revised their figure on the number of Pakistani Christians in Thailand from 4,600 to 11,900: a figure so large that it clearly illustrates a far more serious concern than previously accepted by the West. Where should the blame lie? Finger always point to another…

It was said once that the world has failed humanity miserably…at this moment, our ‘modern’ world is proving that correct.

The suffering these precious Christians are enduring in Thailand is heartbreaking. We know, we’re in contact with them everyday. We pray with them, we cry with them, we rejoice and thank God for every blessing with them. When will the world take notice enough to care?   One small voice resounds in a world of silence…let us not be silent.

Pray for them to withstand and endure the suffering. Pray they will receive relief. Halfway across the world, may our brothers and sisters feel our prayers and God’s comforting presence giving them rest. Father, may you be glorified in this present storm in Thailand and around the world.

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!

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Guilty Silence – Will you remain silent?

There exists a great suffering that many do not dare to cry out.

Wanting to unite to the cry of so many souls, especially those of Christians, who are suffering persecution because of their faith, HM Television shared the clip “Guilty Silence” giving a voice to those who are living persecution themselves and to those accompanying the persecuted in their pain. These testimonies are excerpts from interviews that you can find in the HM Television series, “In the Footsteps of the Nazarene.”
They asks, “Will you remain silent after watching it?”

Nigerian Christians “Looking forward to the end of Boko Haram”

Nigerians hope in Christ

Nigerians hope in Christ

(Voice of the Persecuted) As Boko Haram presses to regain strongholds, Nigerian Christians are seeking God for deliverance.

“Hopefully this is really the beginning of the end of Boko Haram,” said Nigeria’s Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese,  Oliver Dashe Doeme. The Bishop said this about the current situation in Nigeria, where in recent weeks the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, appears to have suffered serious setbacks at the hands of Nigerian, Chadian and Cameroonian military forces. Bishop Doeme was speaking to representatives of “Aid to the Church in Need.”

“Extremists continue to attack because the military have not been able to hit all the strongholds of Boko Haram,” says Bishop Doeme, “and I am not surprised that Boko Haram is still attacking new areas.”

The Bishop, however, speaks of several areas recaptured by the army. He hopes that the newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who from 1983 to 1985 held the position of President of the Supreme Military Council, will have more success than his predecessor.  “Buhari has solid experience in the military and this will certainly have positive effects in the fight against terrorists. Fighting Boko Haram is one of the priorities of the new government and we hope we can finally put an end to this madness,” the Bishop said.

Following the reconquest of areas once in the hands of Boko Haram, the first refugees and some internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been able to finally return home. Bishop Doeme has been visiting several parishes in his diocese to give comfort to the faithful just returned.

The violence of Boko Haram has seriously affected the Diocese of Maiduguri.  The death and destruction at the hands of Boko Haram are too ghastly to contemplate: Thousands of Christians and some Moslems, among them many Catholics, killed by Boko Haram; 350 Catholic churches destroyed; many priests and religious women displaced from their rectories and convents respectively. Also destroyed are three of the four Catholic schools in the diocese.

Despite the terrible suffering, Bishop Doeme invites the faithful not to give in to the desire for revenge. “The crimes committed by Boko Haram are the work of the devil. Only God can free us.  He will fight this war and end the violence,” Bishop Doeme said.

Sent to us by Fr.Gideon Obasogie, Communications Director of the Diocese of Maiduguri

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Let us storm the heavens with prayers and petitions that Nigerian Christians will be free from the evil that has been and terrorizing them from the past 6 years. They have witnessed so much grief and suffering, it will takes much time to rehabilitate and rebuild their lives. Voice of the Persecuted is working to aid those in the hardest hit areas. They have experienced atrocities beyond our comprehension. Many have become widowed and orphaned directly through persecution and pray for our compassion and help. Please consider partnering with us in making a difference in the lives of persecuted Nigerian Christians, one family at a time. May the Spirit work through us, as the hands and feet of Christ, to answer their cries. May these dear ones glorify Him in return.

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