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Episode 100: Pakistan and Israel

Todd and Dory share prayer updates for Pakistan, Israel, and Comoros. This week features a special on North Korea, recorded from a presentation at a VOM regional conference in late 2011.

Episode 100

The Persecution Podcast: 100 Episodes

The Persecution Podcast is celebrating its 100th episode with a free t-shirt contest!

In the comments section for this episode, type out your favorite Bible verse relating to the persecution of Christians. Five people who leave a Bible verse in their comment on this post will be randomly selected as winners of a “This Message Is Illegal” t-shirt from The Voice of the Martyrs! U.S. Residents only, one entry per person, please! We will contact the five winners via email, so remember to fill out your name and email address in the comments section before entering the contest!

Nations highlighted for prayer:

Pakistan
A Pakistani couple who have endured several years of persecution from villagers and local authorities remain strong in faith even after losing their home and possessions. Arif, 35, used to spend evenings in his small village visiting friends and neighbors, sharing the gospel and praying. But in 2009, several men began to harass Arif, trying to compel him to deny Christ. He was beaten seven times, and police continued the beatings for 13 days after arresting him on Sept. 27, 2009. When Arif refused to return to Islam, he was imprisoned on false robbery charges. Arif was released four months later when his wife paid his bail. But that same evening, the village leader confiscated their livestock and home and told them to leave. They left with $2 in their pockets. Last month, a VOM staff member met with the couple for several days to pray through the events with them. Arif prayed, “O God, we thank you because you have not left us. … But [now] we have seen and experienced that you never leave us. … Lord, we are ready to obey you.” Praise God for the testimony of Arif and his wife.

Israel
One of the largest universities in Israel has made it clear that Christian students will have their visas revoked if they work with or fellowship with Messianic Jews, according to VOM contacts. Many Christian students have submitted to Ariel University’s stipulations. “Believers allow their God-given freedom of choice and worship to be taken away in order to spare themselves,” wrote a VOM contact. Ariel University of Samaria, which serves more than 11,000 students, is located in the West Bank city of Ariel. Every student at the university is required to take classes in Judaism, Jewish heritage or Land of Israel studies. The VOM contact continued, “May God give us the strength when the time comes to cling to the words of Yeshua, ‘Greater love has no man, than to lay down his life [or his self-interest or his ministry] for his brother.’” Pray for the body of Christ in Israel.

Comments

Comment from Greg Mills
Time January 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

The New King James Version. 1982 (Mt 24:9–13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Comment from Jody McRoberts
Time January 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I WANT TO WIN A T-SHIRT!! Lol! I love the podcast!! I especially like it when there are special speakers–I learn SO much!

Thank you for all of your hard work and your love for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Blessings!!

Jody McRoberts :>}

Comment from Gary Rennar
Time January 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

Matthew 5: 11. Praise FATHER GOD and our beloved Saviour JESUS CHRIST and may THE HOLY SPIRIT light our path and keep us strong so we may STAND FIRM!!! 2Corinthians 4:9

Comment from Candace Ellett
Time January 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! John 3:16

Comment from Gordon
Time January 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

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New Living Translation
9And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. 10So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.

Comment from Daved
Time January 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

2Tim. 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Comment from Sheri Hepworth
Time January 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

My scripture selection isn’t just one verse but I’ve seen it used many times for missionaries going into hostile nations.
2 Corinthians 4: 7 – 12 I’ll share just a small portion for this comment. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” Congratulations to the ‘pod’ staff of VOM for the 100th podcast episode!

Comment from Mark Lee
Time January 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

James 1:2-4
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Comment from Randall Buchanan
Time January 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. (2 Cor 4:16, HCSB)

Comment from Michael
Time January 24, 2012 at 12:24 am

The verse I chose is an encouragement during times of persecution:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

Thank you for all that you do!

Blessings,
Michael

Comment from William Powell
Time January 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hebrews 13:3
New International Version (NIV 1984)

3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Congratulations on your 100th episode. May God bless you in your ministry.

Comment from Eunice michael
Time January 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Congratulation! May the be with you always

Comment from Hope Lawrence
Time January 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I have two favorite Scriptures about persecution. The first is Mark 13:9-11, 13 because those predicted events seem to be unfolding and the second is Philippines 4:13 because Paul wrote it when he was in jail.

As for the recording from the conference about North Korea, I plan to write about it in my blog that I recently started.

Comment from Mirianna F.
Time January 30, 2012 at 9:41 am

My favorite verse about persecution is 2 Timothy 3:12 – “Yea, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
It was this verse that made me realize, as backward as it seems to our way of thinking, that persecution is normal. Also, the question that echoed in my mind after reading this was sobering. “Does this mean that if we don’t have any persecution, we’re not living Godly lives?”
I also really like the verse in Phillipians 3:10 about the “fellowship of His sufferings”. So many of us want to experience the power of His resurrection, without the fellowship of His sufferings. But we cannot have one of the other. Thanks, VOM, for all the word you do and congratulations on reaching podcast #100!

Comment from Shona Mullins
Time January 31, 2012 at 8:34 am

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Cor. 12:9 – 10

Comment from Michelle Barden
Time January 31, 2012 at 8:37 am

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most glady, I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2nd Corthinians 12:9

Comment from Jan Rusk
Time January 31, 2012 at 8:43 am

My favorite Bible verse about Christian persecution is 2 Cor 4:8-9 KJ Bible We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsake; cast down, but not destroyed;

Comment from Dean Peterson
Time January 31, 2012 at 8:43 am

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

Comment from Brad Avans
Time January 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5:10-12
Thanks for all you do. GOD BLESS!!!

Comment from Sylvia Ghist
Time January 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:36-39 (TNIV)

Comment from Vera L Smith
Time January 31, 2012 at 9:08 am

“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”. Phil 3:10

Comment from Evelyn Huth
Time January 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants, to speak your Word with boldness, while You stretch out Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the Name of Your holy servant Jesus.”

Comment from Tiffany Keeler
Time January 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

Philippians 3:7-8
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.

Comment from Jeff L
Time January 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction – 2 Cor 7:4

Comment from Charlie Rawlings
Time January 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, 4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. 5 This hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
May God Bless you all :)

Comment from David Adams
Time January 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

John 15:18-2518 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

Comment from Tracey Shanks
Time January 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

within the innermost part of my being, there is a sacred place where no outer turmoil can intrude, where no feelings of doubt or failure can reside. Here, within my soul, is the peace of God. I experience and give expression now to the peace of God within me. “The peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds” (Phil. 4:7

Comment from Shawna Osborn
Time January 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can Man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6) NIV

Comment from adriana
Time January 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Comment from Amber Nease
Time January 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12 (NASB)

Comment from sara
Time January 31, 2012 at 8:09 pm

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed by not despairing; persecuted, but NOT FORSAKEN; struck down, but not destroyed. 2nd Cor 4:8-9 and
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your Right Hand will Save Me.
Psalm 138:7

Bless the LORD O my soul!

Comment from admin
Time February 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

The winners have been announced! Congratulations to the following users:

Brad Avans
Greg Mills
William Powell
Adriana
Sylvia Ghist

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