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)
Pastor Wang Yi, who was arrested by the Chinese government on false charges and sentenced to nine years in prison, prays with his son. He has chosen not to appeal his case, possibly for reasons he stated in a document released after his arrest: "If I am imprisoned for a long or short period of time, if I can help reduce the authorities’ fear of my faith and of my Savior, I am very joyfully willing to help them in this way."
January 14, 2019
From the Foleys

New 2020 guidelines strengthen Communist Party control over China's churches and public schools

New guidelines are now going into effect to strengthen Communist Party control over what is taught in China’s state churches and public schools.

The State Administration of Religious Affairs released in November Order 13, the "Administrative Measures for Religious Groups" to go into effect February 1. Article 17 of that Order states: “Religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party, as well as national laws, regulations, rules to religious personnel and religious citizens, educating religious personnel and religious citizens to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, supporting the socialist system, adhering to and following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Then on Tuesday January 7, the Communist Party issued guidelines for Chinese primary through high schools banning the use of foreign teaching materials. The guidelines also require that all curriculum undergo political review to ensure that it promotes the “spirit of Xi Jinping Thought” and traditional Chinese cultural values. 

Chinese Christians cannot turn to state churches for true discipleship, nor can they entrust their children to Chinese schools. At both school and church, they are now taught that ...

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
"In 2017, the factory owner approached [Asif] and told him to stop the prayers. Instead, Asif gave him a Bible to read so he could learn about Christianity."
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
NK Links
NK ministry at VOMK is largely done by NK defectors who are studying how to do ministry to their own people through hands on experience. Recently, 7 students graduated from this school
Doers of the Word
As pressure increases on faithful Christian communities around the world, how do we continue to do all that Christ has commanded?

Pastor and Doctor Foley talk about what the underground church is, when (and why) it is necessary, and how to pave the way for it long before it's needed.

Click here to view the video.
Pastor Tim's Prayer Points
  • Praise - VOM Korea sent 35,036 Bibles, 8,129 SD/MP3/MP5 and 750 Ministry packs to North Korea through the air, by sea and over land in 2019!

  • Pray for NK defector Mr. L - He recently arrived in SK from Russia where he spent several years as a worker sent by the NK government. Due to Russia forcing all NK workers out, Mr. L defected to South Korea. We baptized Mr. L while he was in Russia and we were glad to see that he is still faithfully following the Lord. We hope to work together with Mr. L to visit and minister to those NKs who are still in Russia. Please pray for Mr. L and this ministry together with him.

  • Pray for NK defectors - Defecting from North Korea to South Korea is a painful and expensive process for defectors. Even after successfully arriving in Thailand (the place where most North Koreans apply for asylum), defectors must wait for long stretches of time to have their application accepted. Pray not only for the physical health of defectors on the road, but for their spiritual and mental health as well. Pray that they will feel God opening doors for them and keeping them safe throughout their journey. 

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