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)
VOMK's Underground University programs continue to provide a space
for Christians, (North Korean, South Korean, American, Chinese, young, old, etc.)
from all over the world to worship, teach, and learn together what it means
to be a faithful witness of Jesus Christ and to prepare to suffer for His name.
December 11, 2019
From the Foleys

Could church closures be a blessing for Chinese Christians?

Christians from a church in Shanghai asking not to be identified held their Sunday worship service on the street last week after authorities closed their church building. A video clip shows the church members singing in front of their building.

The closure of the church building is part of an accelerating trend across China since the implementation of new religious laws in January 2018. But even though that trend is concerning, Christians in China are responding with their own trend: Returning to old-time house church ways of meeting that are keeping the faith alive.

When you listen to the Christians in Shanghai singing outside of their closed church building, you can hear that they are not afraid of the authorities. Instead, they and the other Christians of China see the present moment as God redirecting the Chinese church away from modern "megachurch" models and back to the past where Christians met anywhere they could, anytime they could, using whatever Bibles and discipleship resources they had, to keep their faith and even to spread it.

Some of the Chinese churches that Voice of the Martyrs Korea works with are shifting their worship away from the central church building into members’ homes, while others are meeting in public parks or even while walking. The goal is to decentralize church activities and to shift as much of the ministry as possible from pastors and trained professionals to congregation members.

Now the greatest need is to ...

To read the rest of Pastor Foley's update on our blog, click here.
The Chinese government is legally preventing children
in China from attending religious services.
This Christmas, rally your congregation's support to 
provide a "Sunday School in a Box" to Chinese children so that their
parents might have the materials necessary to disciple them in the home!
Global Links
Last year's church bombing
in Sri Lanka was not the only one.
Pray for Sri Lankan brothers and
sisters as they continue to worship
despite the circumstances.
NK Links
Voice of the Martyrs Korea supports North Korean Christians in ministering
to their own people, believing that
they are experts in knowing how to
minister best in their own culture.
Doers of the Word
Sermon
Some churches only do the Lord’s Supper once in a while.
Other churches do it often, but sometimes they only do it with bread.
Some use juice, others use wine.
Some believe the bread really becomes Jesus’ body, others believe that the bread is just a reminder.

But what was Jesus’ real concern when he gave us the gift of the Lord’s Supper? Let’s find out together!

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Pastor Tim's Prayer Points
  • Praise – So far, we have sent 34,597 Bibles to NK through the air, by sea and over land in 2019! We have exceeded our goal of sending 25,000 Bibles.

  • We have six North Korean defectors who are graduating from Underground University (UU) this week. These students have been involved with our ministry for the past 2 ½ years and have faithfully ministered as missionaries both in South Korea and around the world. Most of them will continue serving at VOM Korea as interns. Our interns continue to serve as missionaries, but they also have the added responsibility of discipling new students who enter our program. Please pray for these students as they are commissioned to serve through this special graduation event.

  • Pray for the healing of emotional trauma in the Chinese church. As persecution rages on in China, married couples are separated, children are turned against their parents by state indoctrination, and families experience all sorts of trauma. Pray that the Prince of Peace will ease their hearts, restore their souls, and strengthen their bond—even in the most difficult situations. 

 
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