Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
(Hebrews 12:1)
Almost every Saturday, youth come to the VOMK office to learn about
martyrs, and to volunteer their time to serve persecuted Christians.
June 19, 2019
From the Foleys

Asia's persecutors: NK, China...and Russia???

On April 2019, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) added Russia to its list of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC), a list of countries “whose government engages in or tolerates particularly severe religious freedom violations.”

This rise in Christian persecution is tied to Russia instituting the Yarovaya Law in 2016.

The Yarovaya Law outlawed house churches, forced missionaries to have government permits, and forbid Christians from evangelizing outside of church.

Forum18, a news service that reports on Religious Freedom in Russia and Central Asia, details 159 anti-missionary prosecutions in 2018 alone .

In one of these cases, a Baptist Christian named Eldar Akhundov was...


To read the rest of Pastor Foley's update on our blog, click here.
Sign and share today to stand with Chinese pastors
We are calling on Christian leaders worldwide to add their names to a declaration of religious freedom written by the former law professor and recently imprisoned Chinese pastor of the Chengdu Early Rain Church, Wang Yi.
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A house church pastor in China's Henan province is arrested mid-sermon.
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Sermon
In the fifth episode of VOMK's sermon series on the Apostles' Creed, Pastor and Dr. Foley speak on why it matters that Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

Click here to view the video!
Pastor Tim's Prayer Points
  • Please pray for NK workers in Russia. These are not defectors, but workers who have been sent to Russia to make money for the NK regime. The NK workers in the Maritime Province of Russia have seen their working conditions become particularly bad. They are forced to live in a shipping container which is surrounded by a high iron fence. Pray that God would raise people up in the region to reach out to them and share the gospel with them.

  • Please pray for all of our partners that work in China. Any form of ministry is dangerous in China these days, but North Korean ministry is particularly perilous. One of our partners in China was kidnapped and taken to prison in North Korea in November 2014 and remains there to this day. Please pray that God would keep his hand on each and every one of our partners and their families. They don’t ask for prayer for safety, but rather that they would be able to remain faithful in any situation. Pray that the Lord will make his presence felt by them at every moment.
 
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