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.

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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:

Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3: Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
  • 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, September 14, 2019, in Chicagoland Area, IL Register Now

Time

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

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Greater, Chicagoland Area, IL 60007

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Details

We are currently searching for a church partner to host an Advance Conference in the Chicagoland area. If you have a church connection in this area and would like more information about hosting a conference, please use the Contact Us form or email conferences@vom.org.

One-day conference 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for registration 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.

Speakers

  • Gracia Burnham
    Philippines
    While serving as missionaries in the Philippines, Gracia and her husband, Martin, were kidnapped by a militant Muslim group and held captive for 376 days. more about Gracia Burnham

    For 17 years, Gracia and her husband, Martin, served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines, where Martin was a jungle pilot. Gracia served in various roles supporting the aviation program and also home-schooled their three children. While celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at a resort, the Burnhams and other guests were kidnapped on May 27, 2001, by the ASG, a militant group of Muslims. In the ensuing months some of the hostages were killed, but most were set free. From November 2001, only the Burnhams and one other hostage remained in captivity. During their captivity, they faced near starvation, constant exhaustion, frequent gun battles and intense soul-searching. On June 7, 2002, Martin was killed during an attack on the ASG camp by the Philippine military. Gracia was wounded in the attack but was freed by government forces. Gracia has written two books about her experiences, In The Presence of My Enemies and To Fly Again.

  • Dan Baumann
    Iran
    In 1997, Dan Baumann visited Iran to share about the love of Jesus. He and a friend were arrested on false charges, and Dan received two death sentences. The story of God's miraculous work during this time is included in his book Imprisoned in Iran. more about Dan Baumann

    Dan Baumann was born in Los Angeles, California, where he attended El Camino Junior College before transferring to Wheaton College to complete a degree in business. He then joined Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and moved to Afghanistan to work as a volunteer at an eye hospital. He served as a hospital administrator full time for five years and part time for four years. In 1997, Dan visited Iran to share about the love of Jesus. He and a friend were arrested on false charges, and Dan received two death sentences. By God’s grace he was released after nine weeks in prison. The story of God’s miraculous work during this time is included in his book Imprisoned in Iran. In 1998, he moved to southern Colorado to join a YWAM training center and begin training and discipling young people. While in Colorado, he and a friend wrote a second book, A Beautiful Way, which openly and simply discusses how Jesus meets us in our walk with him. In 2007, Dan moved to Kona, Hawaii, to continue his work at another YWAM training center. He currently spends more than half of each year traveling to teach for YWAM and at churches and universities, challenging and encouraging people to run after and fall in love with Jesus. He spends the rest of each year at home in Kona, Hawaii, working with the YWAM Discipleship Training school. Dan’s passion is to see a generation of people discover who Jesus is and to help and encourage them to walk with Him in every area of their life. In January 2015, he published his third book, A Fresh Look at Fear.

  • Todd Nettleton
    VOM Radio Host
    Todd Nettleton is Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and host of VOM Radio. more about Todd Nettleton

    Todd Nettleton is Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and host of VOM Radio. Todd serves as a voice for persecuted Christians, working with the media to tell people in the United States about the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in more than 60 nations where they face persecution because of their Christian faith.

    During 17 years of service at VOM, Todd has traveled the world to interview hundreds of Christians who’ve endured persecution. He has been interviewed more than 2,250 times by various media outlets, including CNN, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Moody Broadcast Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, Newsweek, The Voice of America, Mission Network News and Trinity Broadcasting Network.

    In 2014 VOM launched a weekly radio program, which Todd hosts and produces. Guests have included Christians persecuted for their faith and family members of Christians martyred for following Christ. The show was named Radio Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters. You can find a broadcast station carrying VOMRadio and listen to all episodes online at www.VOMRadio.net.

    Todd was part of the writing team for four VOM books, including the best-selling Extreme Devotion and FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs. He was the principal writer for VOM’s book about the church in North Korea, RESTRICTED NATIONS: North Korea.

    A former sportswriter, Todd is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) and has done postgraduate work at the University of Oklahoma.

    The son of missionary parents, Todd grew up in Papua New Guinea and in southern California.

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Attendance is free, but please pre-register below for the Chicagoland Area VOM Advance Conference.
For residents outside USA, please call 800-747-0085.

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