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Merry Christmas from the Voice of the Persecuted Team

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:12-14(KJV)

Rejoice! In the name of the Lord, Rejoice!

In the words of Corrie Ten Boom, “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”

The true joy of Christmas is in the everlasting love of Christ.

All over the world, persecuted believers are worshiping God for the greatest gift ever given to mankind. They count their suffering worthy to be in Him as part of the Body of Christ. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, please take a moment to remember and pray for those who are suffering in the name of Jesus.

This Christmas, let us reflect not on the trials, but on all God’s blessings in our lives. Let us praise the Lord for His faithfulness to give hope to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, bring liberty to captives and life to the lost. We thank God for comforting all who mourn, giving them strength and peace instead of mourning, and the ability to praise instead of a spirit of fainting. He is always with us in the storm.

Though nothing we could ever give or do will compare to the rescue mission of Christ, because of your prayers and faithful support, persecuted believers have been given hope. From all of us at Voice of the Persecuted and on behalf of persecuted believers, thank you for standing with us in the mission! We pray for the Lord’s guidance and the ability to do more in the coming year.

To all our persecuted brothers and sisters, our advocates and workers in the field, to all friends of Voice of the Persecuted—and to you who have supported our ministry and make it possible for us to care for our persecuted family… MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all through the year.

From all of us at the Voice of the Persecuted, God bless you!

Voice of the Persecuted

Summary of Sunday’s Event and a Special Invitation for you

(Voice of the Persecuted) Last Sunday, a special event took place and we want to thank each and every one of you who were a part of it. We could never fully express what a joy it is to hear your voice as we speak and pray together in real time. It was a delight to hear one of the first time callers express excitement about praying with others for the persecuted on the call. We’ve included special letters written by the event moderators which they would like you all to read. But first, if you missed the event, we want to explain what it’s all about and share some of what took place. Annually, Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted team up together to host a Call-in Event in recognition of the IDOP, International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The IDOP is scheduled for two Sundays in November. Those in the west normally observe on the first scheduled Sunday. This year, we chose Nov. 3, 2019 as an opportunity for all to join in a 12-hour conference call and pray united with us for the persecuted.

Why we do it…Scripture tells us to pray for one another and our suffering brothers and sisters ask us to pray for them. It’s always their number one request. Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) has partnered with Persecution Watch on many prayer call events for the persecuted church. What is the partnership between Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted? Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch, has led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern. The prayer focus of the Persecution Watch mission compliments that of Voice of the Persecuted and has become an integral part of the VOP mission. Blaine Scogin, Founder of Persecution Watch, is also the Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted. We are blessed and consider all those who pray on this call, VOP’s Prayer Warrior Team!

Voice of the Persecuted brought a Pakistani brother to share some exciting news with those who joined the prayer call. He and his family fled from an extremely dangerous case of persecution in Pakistan. However, they found themselves caught up in the horrific situation of seeking asylum in Thailand. With a heart of compassion, this young man often risked his own safety to help care for others in the same situation. We had waited until the IDOP Call Event to share this praise report with the Prayer Team who had often prayed on and off the call for him. To protect his identity the Prayer Team knew him as Christian. On Sunday, we were thrilled to reintroduce him using his real name. He would like to continue working with Voice of the Persecuted to advocate and bring a light to the situation of Christians in Pakistan. We feel very blessed to have him as part of The VOP team.

From Nadia Dybik, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch 

I had been looking forward to being on the IDOP 12-hour Prayer Conference Call Event which took place this past Sunday. When the leaders of Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted asked if I would be willing to moderate on the call. I excepted with great excitement.

The Bible tells us to “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” (Hebrews 13:3) I feel morally obligated to pray for my brothers and sisters who are persecuted for accepting Jesus as their Savior. They know their loved ones may shun and cut-off all communication, even attack them, when they decide to become a Christian. They realize the great risk of persecution yet are still willing to suffer. They understand that to follow and share Jesus with others may even cost their lives. The Lord has revealed himself to these dear ones and in their hearts there’s no turning back. Many go through unimaginable sufferings and persecutions simply because they will not deny Jesus. They ask us to pray for their endurance to overcome whatever trial they face. With all they go through, it amazes me that they also pray for us here in America!

Oh, what a privilege it was for me to be on the prayer conference call. To be obedient to God’s calling to serve Him, to know that we were in His presence as I moderated this call of prayer for the persecuted. Each time one of you joined in to pray with me, I rejoiced! It was so beautiful to hear the many Spirit led prayers lifted to the Lord for our persecuted brothers, sisters and their children. For missions and missionaries, leaders, nations and for each other. United, we praised God and Glorified His name!

It’s always encouraging when we hear from persecuted brothers and sisters who are invited to share on the call. We hear their voice; we ask them questions and we pray together with them. They often tell us that they were able to bear their sufferings because they felt our prayers sustaining them. We are so blessed to stand in the gap for our dear brothers and sisters.

What a joy to hear the good news of those whom we have prayed for are finally free. We prayed many times for our brother Raymond from Pakistan, whom we used to call Christian. I was so happy that I cried when I heard his voice again and to learn he was finally free! A Canadian Church chose to sponsor him with his mother and two brothers. They are finally starting a new life and freely able to worship our Father. May the HE be glorified!

Brother Blaine, Founder of Persecution Watch, often recites, ‘The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ found in James 5:16.  We recently learned that he is battling serious health issues and was in the Hospital. One of our many prayers was to have our dear brother back on the call. He not only was able to join but to pray on Sunday’s call. That prayer has been answered! You should have heard the fervent prayer of this faithful servant crying out to Him for the Persecuted Church. It is often through persecution, trials and afflictions that we get even closer to the Lord.

I often think how sad it is for any Believer who hasn’t experienced the Spirit-filled joy and glory of going at the foot of the Cross to pray. I can honestly tell you this, we do not go on the Call and expect our hearts not to be changed! The Lord said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Luke 10:2) You are welcome to join the prayer conference call every Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday! Come faithful servant of the Lord.

In Christ love,

Nadia Dybvik

From Leigh Murphy, Prayer Team Moderator-Persecution Watch 

Greetings to all of you,

Great are you, Lord!  You give life, you are love and you bring light to the darkness.  In the words of Blaine Scogin, the Founder of Persecution Watch and Prayer Director of Voice of the Persecuted, Brother Blaine shared that “God has given us powerful weapons that are not of this world.  We recognize those weapons as the Word of God and Prayer.

Imagine the power of using His Word as we pray.  Through the Holy Spirit, we can pray powerful prayers to uphold our persecuted family!  And, indeed this is truly what took place on Sunday’s 12-hour prayer call for the persecuted which was sponsored by Persecution Watch and Voice of the Persecuted with its Founder and Advocate, Lois Kanalos.  People from all over the world assembled through the phone lines to pray together in one accord for our Brothers and Sisters who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  It was a powerful time of prayer and testimonies of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness!

I am deeply grateful and humbled to have had the chance to monitor a couple of those hours. Thank you to Lois and Blaine for trusting me with such a privilege!   May I encourage those of you who came on the call and those of you who continue to stand in the gap for the persecuted to look ahead to the coming new year- 2020 and consider igniting a fire within your church and community to take up the call and pray for the persecuted.  Ephesians 5:13-14 reminds us  “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.  This is why it is said:  “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!”.

Today more than ever there is opportunity to expose the deeds of darkness and shine light on those who are persecuted for Christ’s sake.  Wouldn’t it be great if the numbers of prayer warriors increased so greatly in this upcoming year that our next IDOP call would simply overwhelm the phone lines!

To my Brothers and Sisters around the globe who suffer because of their faith in Jesus Christ, may I encourage you.  You are not forgotten.  We continue to pray for you and stand with you daily.  May you take comfort that He who began a good work in you, carry it on to completion until the day of Christ. As you trust in Him and turn your eyes upon Him and look full in His wonderful face, may the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!

To God be the glory!

In His service, Sister Leigh

We would also like to thank the moderators and prayer warriors for their love, compassion and devotion to pray for the Lord’s suffering church. You are such a blessing to more than you know. All for His glory, forever and ever!

We invite you to call in and join the Prayer Team on the Prayer Conference Call.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters are invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ.

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Merry Christmas from Voice of the Persecuted, Rejoice!

 

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:12-14(KJV)

Rejoice! In the name of the Lord, Rejoice!

In the words of Corrie Ten Boom, “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”

The true joy of Christmas is in the everlasting love of Christ.

All over the world, persecuted believers are worshiping God for the greatest gift ever given to mankind. They count their suffering worthy to be in Him as part of the Body of Christ. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, please take a moment to remember and pray for those who are suffering in the name of Jesus.

This Christmas, let us reflect not on the trials, but on all God’s blessings in our lives. Let us praise the Lord for His faithfulness to give hope to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, bring liberty to captives and life to the lost. We thank God for comforting all who mourn, giving them strength and peace instead of mourning, and the ability to praise instead of a spirit of fainting. He is always with us in the storm.

Though nothing we could ever give or do will compare to the rescue mission of Christ, because of your prayers and faithful support, persecuted believers have been given hope. From all of us at Voice of the Persecuted and on behalf of the persecuted believers, thank you for standing with us in the mission! We pray for the Lord’s guidance and the ability to do more in the coming year.

To all our persecuted brothers and sisters, our advocates and workers in the field, to all friends of Voice of the Persecuted—and to you who have supported our ministry and make it possible for us to care for our persecuted family… MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all through the year.

From all of us at the Voice of the Persecuted, God bless you!

Voice of the Persecuted

 

The Light of the world has come! Merry Christmas from Voice of the Persecuted

Voice of the Persecuted Merry Christmas 2015

At Voice of the Persecuted, we share with you all the joy that is felt as we recall and honor the birth of our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Even angels appeared to announce the great event and joy to the world.

 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:8-14

A promise of peace among men with whom He is pleased!

It’s a special time of gratitude, giving, hope, anticipation of a new year and time spent with those we love.  But for many, it can be a time of isolation and loneliness, longing for those we have lost and the place we called home. As we hear of war, terror attacks and fallen economies, many fear for what may come. When Christ was born, people also lived in oppression and walked in dark times.  But through amazing love, we were given the greatest gift, a Savior, Jesus who is the Light of the World!

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  John 8:12

In the darkness of night, Christ was born to bring hope and light into the world. He did what no other could accomplish; He brought salvation to all who believe, love and follow Him. As followers of Christ, we will never walk in darkness.

This Christmas, let us reflect not on the trials, but on all God’s blessings in our lives. Let us thank the Lord for His faithfulness to bring hope to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted and liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners. We thank God for comforting all who mourn, giving them strength and peace instead of mourning. For the ability to praise instead of a spirit of fainting, for being with us in the storm.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14

To all our persecuted brothers and sisters, our advocates and workers in the field, missions who partnered in emergency situations—to all friends of Voice of the Persecuted—and to you who have supported our ministry and make it possible for us to care for our persecuted family…THANK YOU! We pray for the Lord’s guidance and the ability to do so much more in 2017.

Rejoice! In the name of the Lord, Rejoice! Christ is King and Savior of the world.

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all through the year. We thank you for standing with us in the mission!

God bless you,

From all of us at the Voice of the Persecuted

THANK YOU PRAYER WARRIORS!

Thank you for participating!

Thank you for participating and making a difference!

(Voice of the Persecuted) I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those intercessors who joined us this past weekend on the Serving the Persecuted in September Prayer Call Event.  I believe your participation in the 24 hour prayer call advanced the Kingdom purposes of Christ. His purposes, as we prayed for the persecuted church and calling out for the global harvest of souls.
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Truly, I believe we did call heaven down to push back hell.  That the persecuted felt their cross to be a little lighter as we washed their their feet in prayer on this 24-hour call.
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Again, thank you so much intercessors, prayer warriors and prayer partner ministries. Your prayers brought a smile on the face of God and his persecuted bride.  I believe this was by far our best 24 hour call. It is always a joy to join in prayer with the persecuted and you, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
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God bless you!
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Your brother in Christ,
Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch.

Thank You Prayer Warriors! You’re making a difference

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Dear Saints,
What an amazing time spent hearing from and praying with our persecuted family on the ‘frontlines’! It is always a joy to hear their voices and to be encouraged by the incredible witness of their steadfast faith and joy. One of our persecuted brothers reminded us that we are connected through prayer and how truly important prayer is. He said they are praying for the Western Church and will continue to do so. God bless the faithful suffering in the name of Christ! You’re our modern-day heroes of faith.
I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in our 24-hour prayer call this past weekend.  Our numbers were smaller than in previous calls, but the quality of the prayer and hearts for the persecuted made up for the smaller number.
The Lord reminded me that it is not about numbers. But the quality of heartfelt prayer where two or three come together in His name. That He would be present.  I believe the Lord Jesus was present with us. The call reflected His peace and rest.
We prayed for the persecuted church. We called out for the global harvest of souls.  We followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. The persecuted brothers and sisters were much encouraged by the prayers that were prayed.
Again I thank each and every one of you who participated on the call. Our next 24-hour prayer call, JOINING in JULY with the PERSECUTED  in Prayer will be 7/29 – 7/30 beginning at 9pm EST—Mark your calendars and join us along with the persecuted brethren on the call. 
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Joining in July
Much blessings in Jesus be upon you, dear intercessors.
Your brother in Christ,
Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch.

Merry Christmas from Voice of the Persecuted – Rejoice!

Voice of the Persecuted Merry Christmas 2015

(Voice of the Persecuted) In the darkness of night, Christ was born to bring hope and light into the world. He did what no other could accomplish; He brought salvation to all who believe, love and follow Him.

This Christmas, let us reflect not on the trials, but on all God’s blessings in our lives. Let us thank the Lord for His faithfulness to bring hope to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted and liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners. We thank God for comforting all who mourn, giving them strength and peace instead of mourning. For the ability to praise instead of a spirit of fainting, for being with us in the storm.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14

To all our persecuted brothers and sisters, our advocates and workers in the field, missions who partnered in emergency situations—to all friends of Voice of the Persecuted—and to you who have supported our ministry and make it possible for us to care for our persecuted family…THANK YOU! We pray for the Lord’s guidance and the ability to do so much more in 2016.

Rejoice! In the name of the Lord, Rejoice! Christ is King and Savior of the world.

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all through the year. We thank you for standing with us in the ministry!

God bless you,

From the Voice of the Persecuted Team

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To all who participated in the FIRE in FEBRUARY Prayer Event for the Persecuted Church- THANK YOU!

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Saints we want to thank those of you who came on the FIRE in FEBRUARY call, last Friday. For sure your prayers have made a difference.

Mathew 18:19-20
Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst.

We believe our prayers did reached heaven and that Jesus was in our midst as we made intercession for the persecuted church.

James tells us that the prayers of a righteous man can accomplish much. Where two or three come together in agreement our prayers do move heaven.  John Wesley remarked that God will only do for us in humanity as we do for Him in prayer.

During the Prayer Event, we heard from and prayed for two servants of God, as they shared the plight Christians are facing in Nigeria and Iraq.  These precious saints have seen people impacted by persecution firsthand. Our brother, Father Gideon and Sister Charmaine are ministering to people who are fleeing the onslaught of Islamic terrorism. Their eyes have seen people traumatized by evil and yet their presence in the lives of the persecuted bring the hope of Jesus.

Though we cannot be with these servants physically. We can certainly be with them in spirit through our prayers. Already Brother Gideon has sent an email expressing how much our prayers have meant to him and to the people he ministers to. They have been encouraged to remain ever resilient and focused in their faith, hoping God keeps us together in His love.

Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch is already planning the next call event and hoping to offer this opportunity quarterly for the persecuted Church. We’ll keep you updated.

Dear saints, the persecuted church ask that we pray for them.  They ask we pray for their endurance and strength in the midst of their trials and tribulations. They ask us to pray that they not deny Jesus. How can we turn away from such a simple request. All they ask for is our prayers.

I pray, we make a new commitment to pray for the persecuted Church in the days, weeks and months ahead. I pray that you will avail yourself to the opportunity to pray with other saints on the conference call, which continues through Persecution Watch, a ministry that partners with VOP.  Though we can intercede privately for the persecuted in the prayer closet and praise God for those that do, there is a power when saints come together in agreement in prayer. For truly there is a shifting in the heavenlies.

Persecution Watch will continue to meet nightly to the end of February.  This is a splendid opportunity to come and pray with other like minded brethren for the persecuted.

Time of call is …….
9 p.m. Eastern
8 p.m. Central
7 p.m. Mountain
6 p.m. Pacific

Call number and passcode are…….
218.548.8367…….261475#

Lord willing, I look forward to praying with you in the prayer room. I look forward to our prayers impacting the internal destiny of Nations.

Brother Blaine
VOP Prayer Facilitator

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