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About VOM - "Voice Of The Martyrs"
The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. 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 through the following main purposes:

   1.  To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great
        Commission in areas of the world where they are
        persecuted for their involvement in propagating the gospel
        of Jesus Christ. We accomplish this by providing Bibles,
        literature, radio broadcasts, medical assistance, and other
        forms of aid.

   2.  To give relief to the families of Christian martyrs in these
         areas of the world.

   3.  To equip local Christians to love and win to Christ their
        enemies who are opposed to the gospel in countries where
        believers are actively persecuted for their Christian

   4.  To undertake projects of encouragement, helping
         believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in
         countries that have formerly suffered Communist

   5.  To emphasize the fellowship of all believers by informing
         the world of atrocities committed against Christians and by
         remembering their courage and faith.
"Tortured For Christ"
Months of solitary confinement, years of periodic physical torture, constant suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brainwashing and mental cruelty - these are the experiences of Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian pastor, during his 14 years in Communist prisons.

His crime, like that of thousands of others, was his fervent belief in Jesus Christ and his public witness concerning that faith.

Meeting in homes, in basements, in the woods - sometimes daring to preach on public street corners - these faithful souls persisted in their Christian witness knowing full well the ultimate cost of their actions.

Tortured for Christ is their story - a classic account of courage, tenacious faith and unbelievable endurance. This history of the Underground Church reflects the struggle in many parts of the world - a struggle that continues to this day.

"This book was singularly instrumental in awakening the conscience of the free world to the horrors experienced by our brothers and sisters behind the Iron Curtain."
- Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship
See Below For What You Can Do To Help!

"Writing To Prisoners"
You may select from the various phrases and Scripture verses we have provided. These will be translated in the appropriate language. We also encourage you to write a few simple lines in English. The prisoner or one of his or her cellmates may be able to understand it.

(NOTE: When writing additional lines, please do not state anything negative about their government.)

We also invite you to personalize your letter with a postcard or family photo. Attractive Christian greeting cards are especially cherished.

Christian prisoners are generally not allowed to write letters or cannot afford to mail them. However, it is possible that you will receive a reply from family members, attorneys, or other acquaintances of the prisoner to whom you write. In most cases, VOM does not have direct contact with these people. It is not uncommon for those living in restricted nations to write to people in the West asking for financial assistance or help to leave their country. VOM does not recommend sending money directly to anyone inside a restricted nation.

We DO NOT encourage individuals to send funds directly to those claiming to represent the imprisoned Christians. Through VOM’s Families of Martyrs Fund, we are able to provide assistance to these Christians in an appropriate manner.

For many families in these restricted lands, the cost of a letter back to you may be equal to a day’s wage. Letters sent to Christian prisoners are occasionally returned unopened. Sometimes, authorities refuse to give a prisoner their mail in order to make them feel isolated. In other cases, the prisoner may have been moved to a different camp and their mail is not forwarded. Keep writing. Don’t be discouraged! Your letters are significant. They are a quiet and loving gift to your brothers and sisters. You will rejoice together when we meet in Heaven.

Never mention the name of the source of your information or the name of any organization such as Voice of the Martyrs or Prisoner Alert. It is not dangerous for a prisoner to receive letters from individuals, but if an organization is mentioned they may be accused of links with ‘foreign organizations’ and receive harsher sentences.

Please do not send the letters to The Voice of the Martyrs for mailing. The letters are more effective when the officials see persons have sent them from many different parts of our nation. Your local post office can help you with the required postage.

Occasionally someone else may respond to your letter and request money from you. Please be assured that the program officers from VOM are providing assistance to the families of prisoners. If you receive such a letter you may forward a copy to PrisonerAlert at The Voice of the Martyrs, PO Box 443, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74005, USA
Persecution Worldwide
In more than 40 nations around the world today Christians are being persecuted for their faith. In some of these nations it is illegal to own a Bible, to share your faith Christ, change your faith or teach your children about Jesus. Those who boldly follow Christ—in spite of government edict or radical opposition—can face harassment, arrest, torture and even death. Yet Christians continue to meet for worship and to witness for Christ, and the church in restricted nations is growing.

Areas of the world where Christians face persecution include:

Afghanistan                          Egypt                                                      Libya                                                    Somalia
Algeria                                   Eritrea                                                    Malaysia                                              Sri Lanka
Azerbaijan                            Ethiopia                                                  Maldives                                              Sudan
Bangladesh                         Gaza and the West Bank                     Mindanao, Philippines                     Syria
Belarus                                  India                                                       Mauritania                                           Tajikistan
Bhutan                                   Indonesia                                              Morocco                                              Tibet (China)
Brunei                                    Iran                                                         Nepal                                                    Tunisia
Burma (Myanmar)               Iraq                                                         Nigeria                                                  Turkey
Chiapas, Mexico                 Jordan                                                    North Korea                                        Turkmenistan
China                                     Kuwait                                                    Oman                                                    United Arab Emirates
Colombia                              Kyrgyzstan                                            Pakistan                                               Uzbekistan
Comoros                              Laos                                                        Qatar                                                     Vietnam
Cuba                                      Lebanon                                                Saudi Arabia                                        Yemen

For more information on these countries and persecution worldwide, sign on at

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