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)
While most of the world focuses on the coronavirus outbreak in China, Christians need to especially remember the persecution our Chinese brothers and sisters are facing in the midst of this. Featured here is Pastor Wang Yi who is currently facing nine years in prison on trumped up charges.
January 28, 2020
From the Foleys

Trapped between government troops and rebels, Cameroon pastors receive trauma care

Dr. Foley and I traveled to Cameroon in December to conduct an emergency Christian trauma recovery training event for pastors from the western region of the country.

Persecution caught these pastors by surprise.

There is a civil war happening now in Western Cameroon between a secessionist rebel group and the regular army. The pastors there are determined to stay out of politics; to simply preach the gospel and care for their churches and families. But that has caused the rebels and the government troops to be suspicious of the pastors. Both sides treat them as spies. As a result, life has become extremely difficult for the pastors.

As villages are burned down, pastors’ churches and homes are destroyed. The pastors move their families to the capital city, but they themselves stay in the war zone, without the support of their denominations. They live in tents in the jungle without a salary and minister to the people on both sides of the conflict. Gunfire is a daily occurrence. They are frequently interrogated by both sides. Sometimes they are kidnapped. This has gone on for almost two years. The result is an unimaginably high level of trauma for the pastors of Western Cameroon.

We received an urgent summons from a VOM sister mission late last year for Dr. Foley to ...

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The Chinese government is preventing children in China from attending religious services. 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!
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Reverend Hussein Soodmand was the only Iranian Christian who was officially executed on charges of apostasy. (Most are now punished under false charges.) When his family went to visit his grave for the 29th anniversary of his death, they found it demolished.
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A North Korean woman attending one of our many discipleship bases, memorizes a hymn which she hopes to share with other North Korean women she knows.
Doers of the Word
Even when we break our own promises, God keeps his. But what are God's promises to us? And how can we know that God keeps his promise?

Pastor Eric Foley and Doctor Hyun Sook Foley examine the scripture to find the answers these questions.

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Pastor Tim's Prayer Points
  • Pray for our partners who minister to North Koreans. VOMK partners with Christians in countries where high pressure is put on Christianity. Every time our partners minister, they are risking their safety. Please pray that God honours their sacrifice by not only keeping them safe, but also helping them to grow in him. Please pray for their health and their families. Most of all, however, pray that their ministry bears fruit.

  • Pray for Chinese Christians. In an attempt to bring the church within the fold of the state, the Chinese government has been cracking down on churches. Pastors are arrested on trumped up charges, laypeople are beaten, scriptures are mutilated, and churches are demolished. Pray that God will show himself to be more powerful than any government by bringing the very people who persecute his children to faith in Jesus.

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Doctor and Pastor Foley interviewed by
C Channel (a Korean news network) outside the Malaysian Embassy.
Pastor and Doctor Foley recently delivered a petition to the Malaysian Embassy, demanding the government uncover the truth of Pastor Raymond Koh's mysterious disappearance.

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