US Pastor John Cao may spend the next several years in prison.
May. 18, 2018 | China

U.S. Pastor Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Missionary Work

A court recently sentenced North Carolina pastor John Cao, 58, to seven years in prison and fined him $3,000 for "organizing illegal border crossings." The pastor, who has been detained since his arrest in March 2017, allegedly crossed the China-Myanmar border to minister to 2,000 impoverished minority children in Myanmar's norther Wa state. Read More.

Many of those who fled have ended up in refugee camps like this one. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)
May. 18, 2018 | Central African Republic

Christians Attacked by Seleka Muslim Rebels

Severin Bassala, who served as an elder in his church, was sleeping in a field at his farm on Dec. 5, 2013, when Seleka Muslim rebels attacked his village. The rebels went house to house, breaking down doors and stealing whatever they could find. Read More.

Please Pray

The most common request of persecuted Christians is “PRAY FOR US.” One of the ways we answer their request is through participation in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), which we observe on the first Sunday of each November. Our goal is simple: We want EVERY CHURCH to “Remember them that are in bonds …” on IDOP Sunday (Heb. 13:3).

We also want Christians worldwide to pray throughout the year for those who suffer because of their Christian witness.

Watch VOM’s IDOP videos … share with your friends … and pray for the persecuted.

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The Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church. The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today.