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, July 15, 2017, in Lafayette, LA Register Now
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
150 Verona Dr., Lafayette, LA 70507
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.
"Brother Benny"Pastor Benny is president of IMPACT Leadership Development with Alpha Bible Churches of India. more about "Brother Benny"
"Brother Benny" is chief executive pastor of Alpha Ministries, Inc., and serves as the president of IMPACT Leadership Development at Alpha Bible Churches of India. Their objective is to train 100,000 leaders to plant 100,000 churches by 2020. Benny followed in the footsteps of his parents, who are church-planting missionaries in northern India. He spends most of his time speaking at seminars in Africa and in South Asian countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs.
Semse AydinSemse Aydin's husband, Necati, was brutally murdered by Islamic extremists in the offices of a Christian publishing house in Malatya, Turkey. more about Semse Aydin
Semse Aydin, from Turkey, has a passion for sharing the love of Christ. In 2007, Semse’s husband, Necati, was brutally murdered by Islamic extremists in the offices of a Christian publishing house in Malatya, Turkey. The day after, Semse announced on national TV that she had forgiven the men who committed the murder. Semse's story of how God's love helped her forgive the murderers and reach out to them in His name is life changing.
Dr. Mike AnsariDr. Mike Ansari is the president of Heart4Iran, a non-political partnership of multinational organizations whose number-one aim is to serve and bless the people of Iran. more about Dr. Mike Ansari
Dr. Mike Ansari is the president of Heart4Iran, a non-political partnership of multinational organizations whose number-one aim is to serve and bless the people of Iran.
Mike was born into a secular Muslim family in the city of Shiraz, Iran. At age 7, he experienced the Iranian Islamic Revolution and witnessed the deaths of many Iranians, including his cousin. The events of his early life led him to question Islam, spirituality and God. Mike eventually came to the United States and dedicated himself to academics, becoming a biochemist and a doctor. When Mike’s mother came to know Jesus Christ through a dream, the change he saw in her was so dramatic that he put his faith in Jesus, too.
Early in his walk as a new Christian, Mike felt led to help unify the church and equip worshipers inside Iran. He founded FarsiPraise Ministries and some years later was asked to join Mohabat TV, where he currently serves as director of operations. Mohabat TV broadcasts Farsi Christian programs into Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan 24 hours a day via satellite. During his tenure, Mike has developed one of the largest and most successful models of partnership among dozens of ministries serving the Farsi speakers of Iran and the surrounding region.
He is author of The Forbidden Stories, a compilation of 299 testimonies of Iranian Muslims who have encountered Jesus in dreams and visions.
Cole RichardsCole 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. 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.
Gilbert HovsepianGilbert 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, born in 1976 in Iran, gained an enthusiasm for music at a very young age, becoming involved in Christian concerts and worship events, and producing his first recording by age 20. While Gilbert was serving in the military in the city of Mashad, he faced persecution and numerous violent threats after his father, Rev. Haik Hovsepian, was martyred. Gilbert immigrated to the United States in 2000 and was honored to be a presenter and teacher for different youth TV programs. He became well known and admired among thousands of students in Iran and produced worship recordings and resources for the growing number of Christians there. Gilbert has produced more than 35 Persian albums that include many other gifted Persian singers. His recent new TV program, called “House of Worship,” has enabled many underground churches in Iran to worship with live music, to learn new songs and ultimately see the power of worship in their spiritual life.