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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.

  • Nigeria: Strong Faith (Video)

    Ten years ago, Nigerian Christians could expect a major attack against them about once every year. Then the attacks began to...

    NigeriaVOMNovember 21, 2012
  • Sierra Leone: More Muslims Converting to Christianity

    In the past year, more Muslim leaders in Sierra Leone have converted to Christianity than ever before, according to a VOM...

    Sierra LeoneVOMSeptember 28, 2012
  • Christian pastor arrested for baptizing former Muslims

    Pastor Khanna converted to Christianity in 1969 at the age of 22. He later became a minister in the Church of...

    IndiaVOMSeptember 26, 2012
  • LAOS: Young Pastor Killed

    A 24-year-old Lao pastor was found dead in the forest in July, and Christians believe he was murdered. Thong Hak, of...

    LaosVOMSeptember 21, 2012
  • RUSSIA: Moscow Authorities Destroy Church Building

    Unidentified workers, backed by police and civil volunteers, tore down the Holy Trinity Pentecostal Church in east Moscow in the early...

    RussiaVOMSeptember 21, 2012
  • Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released

    Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released from prison on Saturday, Sept. 8, after remaining in custody for nearly three years while fighting...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMSeptember 19, 2012
  • BHUTAN: Prayer Request for 40 pastors

    Pray for 30 to 40 pastors and leaders who are studying in an underground Bible school. They are using the Voice...

    BhutanVOMSeptember 17, 2012
  • JORDAN: Missionary Murdered in Irbid

    A veteran school teacher was stabbed to death recently in Irbid, Jordan, in what police are calling a crime motivated by...

    VOMSeptember 17, 2012
  • SRI LANKA: Pastor and Wife Assaulted by Mob

    A pastor and his wife were attacked recently in Deniyaya, Sri Lanka, while returning from a church member’s home. A mob...

    Sri LankaVOMSeptember 17, 2012
  • CHINA: Missionary Couple Ordered to Leave

    Officials from China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) asked a missionary couple to leave the country after they were caught attending a...

    ChinaVOMSeptember 17, 2012
  • Holy Trinity Pentecostal Church Destroyed in east Moscow

    Unidentified workers, backed by police and civil volunteers, tore down the Holy Trinity Pentecostal Church in east Moscow in the early...

    RussiaVOMSeptember 14, 2012
  • Christians Help Spread gospel to to Marxist FARC guerrillas

    From old to young, retirees to homeschoolers, they are all working for a common cause — spreading the gospel to Marxist...

    ColombiaVOMAugust 22, 2012
  • Pastor Farshid Fathi’s six-year sentence for “political offenses”

    Iran’s Revolutionary Court recently upheld Pastor Farshid Fathi’s six-year sentence for “political offenses,” forcing him to complete a prison term that...

    IranVOMAugust 21, 2012
  • Church Attacks Kill 17 in Kenya

    At least 17 Christians were killed in simultaneous attacks on two churches near the Somali border on Sunday, July 1. A...

    KenyaVOMAugust 21, 2012
  • A Christian Team Attacked in Kyrgyzstan

    A Christian worker in Kyrgyzstan has filed a case against a village Islamic leader who, along with a small mob, attacked...

    KyrgyzstanVOMAugust 21, 2012
  • Laos: Pastor Continues Meetings

    On Jan. 4, 2011, at 7 p.m., district police arrested Pastor Wanna at his home in Nakoon Village, Laos. They also...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMJanuary 21, 2011
  • Egypt: Killer Sentenced to Death

    An Egyptian court has sentenced a man to death for killing six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman in January 2010....

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMJanuary 18, 2011
  • Iran: Government Cracks Down

    Since Christmas, more than 70 Christians have been arrested in Iran in a large, well-coordinated strike. Most of those arrested belong...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMJanuary 14, 2011
  • Afghanistan : Christian Imprisoned

    On Jan. 3, a judge told Shoaib Assadullah he had one week to renounce Christ or he would be sentence to...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMJanuary 6, 2011
  • Somalia: Teenage Girl Shot

    A 17-year-old girl who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death recently in an apparent “honor killing” in Somalia,...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 30, 2010
  • Algeria: Christians Sentenced

    Four Christians were given suspended prison sentences recently for opening a place of worship without a license in the eastern region...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 28, 2010
  • Indonesia: House Churches Closed

    On Dec. 12, seven house churches were forcibly closed in West Java, Indonesia, by Muslim extremists who claimed the buildings were...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 22, 2010
  • Pakistan: A Prayer for Asia Bibi

    Sandul Bibi recently met with VOM friends in Pakistan to celebrate one year since her release from prison. Sandul was arrested...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 17, 2010
  • Prayer Bands: Nearly 500,000 Ordered!

    Nearly 500,000 Olympic Prayer Bands have been requested to date. The Voice of the Martyrs is processing the orders as fast...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Pakistan: Christians Abducted

    PAKISTAN – On June 21, 16 Christians were abducted by Muslim extremists when they gathered to pray in Academy Town, Peshawar,...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Indonesia: Church Closed

    INDONESIA – Recently, Muslims closed a church in Jatimula, Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia and blocked Christians from entering and holding services....

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Azerbaijan: Court Hearing for Pastor

    On July 22, a court hearing was held for Pastor Shabanov after he was arrested for possession of an illegal weapon....

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • VOM Website: Attacked

    On July 24, VOM’s Web site was deliberately attacked forcing us to take the site offline temporarily. Our network engineers say...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Eritrea: Students Imprisoned

    On August 5, Eritrean authorities locked eight high school students in metal a shipping container and burned hundreds of Bibles at...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Olympics: Pastor Appealing Sentence

    Pastor Zhang Zhongxin is appealing his two-year sentence to a reeducation labor camp. In July, Chinese authorities convicted him of being...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Olympics: Pastor Re-arrested

    Pastor Hua Huiqi, who was evicted from his rental apartment in Beijing on July 2, and subsequently forced to leave China’s...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Olympics: China Confiscates Bibles

    Customs officials confiscated 315 Chinese Bibles from a Vision Beyond Borders team on Sunday, August 17, 2008. The Bibles were hidden...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Saudi Arabia: Man Kills Daughter

    Recently, a Saudi member of the religious police cut his daughter’s tongue off and burned her to death for converting to...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • India: Violence Escalating

    On August 23, widespread violence erupted against Christians following the assassination of World Hindu Council leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati, the alleged...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • China: House Leader Released

    UPDATE: On August 29, prominent house church leader, Pastor Zhang Mingxuan, affectionately known as “Pastor Bike”, his wife and a co-worker...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Chiapas, Mexico: Family Attacked, 3 Killed

    On August 23, three Christians in Chiapas, Mexico, were brutally killed by their neighbor after he blamed them for his daughter’s...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Iran: 2 Christians Released

    The Voice of the Martyrs contacts report that on Sept. 25 two Christians, Mahmood Matin Azad and Arash Basirat, were released...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Iraq: 7 Christians Killed

    Seven Christians have been killed in Mosul, Iraq, so far this month, The Associated Press (AP) reported. “We are worried about...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Orissa, India: 70,000 Displaced

    UPDATE: The Voice of the Martyrs contacts working to assist believers affected by attacks in Orissa state report that more than...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • China: Leader’s Sons Assaulted

    On October 16, Zhang Jian, the elder son of Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan, was severely beaten by Public Security Bureau (PSB)...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Afghanistan: Taliban Kills Christian

    Taliban gunmen shot and killed 34-year-old Gayle Williams, a Christian aid worker in Kabul, as she was walking to work because...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Belarus: Bishop Deported

    On October 16, Protestant Bishop Veniamin Brukh, a Ukrainian bishop in the Full Gospel Church, was deported from Belarus because of...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • United States: Concerned by Harassment

    UPDATE: The U.S. Department of State released a statement detailing its serious concern about the brutal beating of Pastor “Bike” Zhang’s...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • China: Persecution Intensifies

    On Oct. 29, China Aid Association (CAA) reported that since the end of the Olympics in Beijing, cases of religious persecution...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • China: Church Leaders Released

    On Nov. 25, 2008, Pastor Wang Weiliang was released from prison on “medical” parole. Praise God, Pastor Weiliang is now receiving...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Iraq: Christian Sisters Killed

    On Nov. 12, two sisters were killed and their mother wounded by a gang of Islamic extremists in the Al Qahira...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • Eritrea: 100 Christians Arrested

    Since late November, about 100 Christians, men, women and children, have been arrested by Eritrean authorities, VOM Canada reported. The wave...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • India: Church Leaders Attacked

    Praise God, Christians in Kandhamal district, Orissa were able to celebrate Christmas in relative peace and stability. However, in Hyderabad, Andra...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • India: Four Christians Arrested

    On Jan. 5, police arrested four Christians on false charges of forcible conversion in the village of Kushalpura, Madhya Pradesh, India....

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010
  • China: Husband Denied Visitation

    Chinese government authorities have denied Hua Zaichen, 91, visitation with his imprisoned wife, 79-year-old Shuang Shuying, according to China Aid Association...

    Persecuted ChristiansVOMDecember 11, 2010