Be inspired by the stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters! At the VOM ADVANCE conference, speakers from around the world share personal testimonies about God’s faithfulness in the midst of persecution. Join us to learn how God’s kingdom is advancing, even in the face of fierce opposition. Meet your persecuted family face to face, and let God use their stories to challenge you to a deeper, bolder walk with Him.
The conference rekindled my desire to pray for others, to stand in the gap and, again, intercede for those who are persecuted for His name.
You make the persecuted real to us by sharing their pictures and their stories, and I feel like we know them through our prayers.
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About 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. Founded in 1967, VOM is dedicated to inspiring all believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission no matter the cost. The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today through the following main purposes:
- To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
- To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
- To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
- To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.
Register for this VOM Advance Conference Saturday, August 12, 2017, in Sioux Falls, SD Register Now
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Community Reformed Church
6800 E 41st St, Sioux Falls, SD 57110
One-day conference 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for registration, prayer room and resource area.
Lunch is 12:00-1:15 p.m. on your own at area restaurants.
There is no charge to attend. There is the opportunity to give an offering.
No child care provided.
Video and photography are prohibited during the conference.
Dr. Hormoz ShariatDr. Hormoz Shariat, who came to the United States in 1979, is the founder of Iran Alive Ministries. more about Dr. Hormoz Shariat
Dr. Hormoz Shariat was born into a Muslim family in Iran. He came to the United States after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Through his personal study of comparing the Quran and Bible, he accepted Christ in 1980. Pastor Hormoz was referred to as the “Billy Graham of Iran” in Joel Rosenberg’s bestseller Inside the Revolution.
Sarah LiuSarah Liu lived a life of faith in her homeland of China. Her unapologetic Christian beliefs ultimately led to her arrest, torture and imprisonment for six years. more about Sarah Liu
“Sarah” Liu lived out her Christian faith in her homeland of China. Her faithfulness ultimately led to her arrest, torture and six-year imprisonment. Reflecting on what she went through during that time, she said, “I thought of Christ being beaten on the way to the cross. He suffered for me and in a small way I shared in that suffering for Him. It gave me courage to survive my time in prison.” Her story is told in the video “Sarah’s Trail of Blood.”
Amy ShreveAmy and her husband, Gary, lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for many years. They have recorded 16 CDs, ranging in style from harp instrumental to vocal with full instrumental accompaniment. more about Amy Shreve
Amy and her husband, Gary, lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for many years. They have recorded 16 CDs, ranging in style from harp instrumental to vocal with full instrumental accompaniment. Of the 16 CDs, two were produced in conjunction with The Voice of the Martyrs. They have led worship and music at VOM conferences across the United States. Their newest CD includes the song “Beautiful Scars,” written on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters. They have one daughter, Elise, and make their home in Michigan when not living “on the road.”
Cole RichardsCole Richards serves as Executive Vice President of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). In this role, he leads VOMís global ministry work, which includes significant outreach both in the U.S. and abroad. more about Cole Richards
Cole Richards serves as Executive Vice President of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). In this role, he leads VOM’s global ministry work, which includes significant outreach both in the U.S. and abroad. VOM ministers internationally by serving, and serving with, Christians who are severely persecuted for their faith. This is accomplished through a multinational team of 51 missions leaders from 22 nationalities, based in 23 countries. VOM accomplishes more than 1,600 projects annually in 68 hostile and restricted nations by responding to persecution and advancing God’s eternal Kingdom on the world’s most difficult missions frontiers.
In VOM’s U.S. ministry endeavors, Cole acts as executive editor/producer of VOM’s media and events. This includes VOM Radio, the VOM Advance Conferences and VOM’s monthly newsletter – an award-winning full-color ministry magazine that goes out to an average of 800,000 homes and churches each month. It also includes significant books and films such as I Am N: Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists. All of these ministry tools and channels serve as a voice for persecuted Christians, bring American Christians into fellowship with their persecuted brothers and sisters, and allow believers in the U.S. to be inspired by the example of their joyful, bold and suffering family members.
Cole came on staff with VOM in 2006 after living and ministering in a least-reached and restricted nation in the Middle East where he, with his wife and children, reached out to Muslims and supported persecuted Christian house church networks. He has since worked in more than 40 hostile and restricted nations and is a close ministry associate and personal friend of indigenous Christian leaders in places like Iran, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt and Burma.
Before entering into fulltime ministry, Cole served as a military officer, with his military career focused almost entirely on the rise of Islamic terror groups in the Middle East. His life calling and passion is to see the Body of Christ unified to fulfill the Great Commission no matter the cost. His Bachelor’s degree is in Civil Engineering and he holds two Master’s degrees: The first in missiology with focus on evangelism in the Muslim world, and the second a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in the context of organizational leadership.