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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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, November 21, 2020, in Jacksonville, FL Register Now

Time

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

North Jacksonville Baptist Church
8531 North Main St, Jacksonville, FL 32218

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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

  • Brother Rachid
    Middle East
    Brother Rachid is a Moroccan Christian convert from Islam. As one of the most outspoken Christian converts in the world, he currently hosts a program called Let's Be Clear. more about Brother Rachid

    Born the son of a Muslim imam in Morocco, Brother Rachid memorized one-sixth of the entire Quran by age 6. He attended Hassan II University in Casablanca, where he studied economics. Rachid holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion and is currently working on his master’s degree in political science. After listening to Trans World Radio, a careful self-study of the differences between Islam and Christianity led him to take correspondence courses for four years, and he gave his life to Jesus Christ in 1990.

    While in his homeland, Rachid began a project to translate the Quran into local dialects. He found that more than 80 million in the Arab world do not truly understand what the Quran teaches because they hear it in an old, classical dialect of Arabic, which they do not speak. Rachid firmly believes that as more Muslims understand what the Quran says, their eyes will be opened and more of them will leave Islam. For the past six years, he has been leading a project to translate the Bible into the Moroccan dialect.

    Since 2006, Rachid has hosted television shows that compare Christianity with Islam, including 55 taped episodes of Unveiling the Mask and 555 live episodes of Daring Questions. He now hosts a program called Let’s Be Clear. Rachid’s deep knowledge of both faiths enables him to boldly challenge false beliefs with wisdom, love and respect. The program features dynamic testimonies of Muslim-background believers and gives followers of Islam the opportunity to ask questions about the Christian message through lively on-air phone calls. The program also exposes the plight of oppressed Christians in Muslim countries; refutes misconceptions about Christianity, which are often perpetuated by major media outlets in the Middle East; and fearlessly tackles other controversial topics. Christian converts share their testimonies on the 60-minute show each week, and thousands of viewers have called the program’s live prayer line or visited its several websites — many to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amy Shreve
    Music & Worship
    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. 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.”

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