The next organization I want to profile is the Voice of the Martyrs (VOM)
I have been subscribing (it's free) to their 16-page monthly newsletter for several years. Each month features a different country where freedom of religion is not practiced - even if it's ostensibly guaranteed in that country's government policies.
Believe me, the magazine is eye-opening. In fact, some of the photographs of tortured or abused Christians can be hard to see. But we need to see them if only to know that religious persecution is still alive and well in the 21st century.
Each issue also includes several ways we can help, including:
- Praying for specific people who now have faces and names and stories
- Sending Action Packs
- Writing to embassies and ambassadors (VOM provides addresses - and sometimes even postcards)
- Writing to prisoners
- Supporting the families of martyrs or prisoners
You can also subscribe to a weekly email letter that updates ongoing situations in up to 4 countries a week. The 8/9/06 issue featured cases in Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, and Iran.
VOM has an extensive web presence here
You can view more pictures and video of ongoing cases. And learn much more about the work VOM has been doing since it was founded by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand in 1967.
Check out VOM's ministries and see if there's one (or more) in which you can be involved.
It's good to be aware of what's going on around the world!