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 those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are 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, October 12, 2019, in Wausau, WI Register Now

Time

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

Immanuel Baptist Church
5100 Hummingbird Rd, Wausau, WI 54401

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Details

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

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for check-in 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.

  • Petr Jasek
    Sudan
    Petr Jasek, a Christian humanitarian worker and Czech national, spent 445 days in a Sudanese prison. more about Petr Jasek

    Since 2002, Petr Jasek has worked with The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) to help aid and assist persecuted Christians in hostile and restricted nations. His background in hospital administration was beneficial in his role overseeing VOM’s efforts to provide medical care to Christians injured by Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria. As Petr traveled to meet with persecuted believers, he encouraged them with stories from his own experience growing up as the son of a pastor who was persecuted in communist Czechoslovakia.

    In December 2015, Petr’s life changed dramatically when he was arrested at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, after meeting with Christians there to evaluate how VOM could best serve them. Instead of continuing his work with imprisoned Christians and their families, Petr became a prisoner himself. Instead of delivering VOM aid to families of persecuted Christians, Petr needed VOM to help and support his own family.

    Petr was convicted of espionage and sentenced to life imprisonment, before the Czech government negotiated his release in February 2017. Petr had times of discouragement, but he also found God’s faithfulness to be real and true in prison. He turned his imprisonment into an opportunity to grow in Christ, sharing his faith with others and encouraging the Christians imprisoned with him.

    Throughout Petr’s 445 days in prison, VOM and Christians around the world stood with his family through prayer and other means of support. When Petr was released from prison, he returned to his wife, Wanda, and two grown children in the Czech Republic.

    Petr continues to work with VOM, traveling around the world to speak about his time in prison and to encourage believers to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer and action.

  • Brother Fassal
    Pakistan
    Pastor Fassal has served Pakistani Christians since 1998. He and his wife, Carrie, currently lead Grace Bible Church and its many outreach ministries, serving directly in Pakistan for about half of each year. more about Brother Fassal

    Pastor Fassal has served Pakistani communities since 1998. Twelve years ago, he met and married an American missionary, Carrie, and together they began a journey of serving Jesus Christ by spreading His love and Word worldwide.

    Their direct mission work in Pakistan usually extends from November through April each year. At Grace Bible Church in Pakistan, Fassal shepherds a flock of about 200 people, with well over 400 attending on Christmas and Easter. While in Pakistan, Fassal teaches believers face to face every morning as well as twice on Fridays and Sundays. Even when he is in the U.S., he provides his flock with encouragement and Bible lessons through Skype.

    Grace Bible Church offers a variety of ministries in Pakistan: Outreach sends a team of two men to several villages each week to pray with and encourage Christian families living in remote areas; Grace Academy English Medium School educates 187 extremely poor children, with the goal of not only teaching them to read and write in two languages but also introducing them to the gospel of Christ and training them to serve Him; the church’s 3:16 Children’s Home currently cares for 25 orphans; and Grace Theological Seminary is directing men in theological studies.

    When in the U.S., Pastor Fassal and Carrie travel as missionaries, teaching and encouraging young people at various youth camps. Along the way, they share the Gospel and update local church bodies on how God is working in Pakistan.

  • Jonathan Ekman
    VOM
    Jonathan Ekman leads VOM's international project work, overseeing nearly 1,600 projects in 68 hostile and restricted nations. more about Jonathan Ekman

    Jonathan Ekman leads VOM’s international project work, overseeing nearly 1,600 projects in 68 hostile and restricted nations. His team, representing more than 20 nationalities, is responsible for providing practical and spiritual assistance to believers who are persecuted because of their active faith and witness in some of the world’s most difficult places.

  • Gilbert Hovsepian
    Iran, Music & Worship
    Gilbert Hovsepian became involved in Christian music at an early age, producing his first recording by age 20. He faced persecution and numerous violent threats after his father, Rev. Haik Hovsepian, was martyred. more about Gilbert Hovsepian

    Gilbert Hovsepian was born in Iran, where his family and church community faced persecution because of their Christian faith. He witnessed God’s power amid the persecution, as many Muslims came to know Christ through his father’s evangelism. When Gilbert was 17, his father, Rev. Haik Hovsepian, was kidnapped and stabbed to death by Islamic extremists.

    The persecution continued even after his father’s martyrdom, causing Gilbert to seek God’s face more earnestly. Despite losing his father in 1994, Gilbert forgave the killers and, by God’s grace, began his own international ministry work. Gilbert has traveled to numerous countries and to more than 200 churches worldwide, ministering through music, media, worship and teaching. His satellite programs have touched thousands of lives internationally, leading many Muslims to faith in Jesus Christ.

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