VOICE OF THE MARTYRS: Helping the Needy in Nigeria

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Photo courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs. Used under Fair Use.

Voice of the Martyrs says that they are “committed to providing widows and children of martyred Christians.” They are doing this through supporting, encouraging, and connecting widows with churches; through vocational training for widows (and quite possibly older orphans); and through discipling widows and orphans. They also help those “Front-line workers” who are working to share the Gospel in such hostile regions like Northern Nigeria.

Right now, they have a special offer for donating to Persecuted Christians in Nigeria. You can find a direct link to donate to VOM’s Nigerian Widow and Orphan offer here.

Thank you for your support!


Do you know Jesus?

“I will not leave you as orphans…” (John 14:18a, NIV)

Thousands upon thousands of people in this world have never known what it is like to have a Loving, Protective, Good Father.

Thankfully, God is the ultimate Father– and He gave His very life for our sins to prove His Love for us. Learn more about Jesus, what He did, and how it proves His Love, here.


Please pray for (you can find the prayer sheet, here)…

  • Those who have lost their loved ones because of Boko Haram violence. As in the story of a woman named Christina, thousands of people have lost their loved ones and their health due to Boko Haram violence. Please pray for people going through such horrendous times.
  • The Chibok girls & Leah Sharibu. Please pray that they would come home, soon. You can read their names and see their pictures here.
  • The parents of Leah Sharibu. Her mother’s name is Rebecca; her family has been suffering since her abduction. Please pray for them to have Peace and Hope.

Thank you for your prayers!

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January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Spotlight on The “U COUNT” Campaign

Hi friends,
Today I learned much in church, and because of both its importance and its relevance, I would be remiss if I did not mention it on this blog!

Today, I learned that January is Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month, and January 11th was National Human Trafficking Day (something I wish I would have known earlier!).UCOUNT post Human trafficking is not only a tragedy and a horror; it is something that deeply grieves and angers the heart of God. Proverbs 22:22-23 says, “Don’t rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. 23 For the Lord is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them” (NIV).

If Jesus’ heart is so against oppressing people and exploiting the vulnerable, those who do such things– in “small” ways and in “big” ways– will be held accountable for their actions before Christ, saved or not (source). To fight this blight on humanity, a nonprofit named “The U COUNT Campaign,” started by a group of Christians in 2007, was started– to remove men, women and children from human trafficking, and to help them thrive as free people in their societies.
Now, eleven years later, “The U COUNT Campaign” (“U COUNT”) has worked as partners with many international and US Domestic projects and initiatives to bring Human Trafficking to an end.

Centered in Northern Colorado, “U COUNT” has many different projects going on, such as A Face to Reframe, Street’s Hope, Free Our Girls, and Sarah’s Home.

Internationally, “U COUNT” has built safe houses and “reintegration apartments” to help men, women and children who have been sucked into Human Trafficking to leave Human Trafficking. As these men and women– both within the US and outside of it– reintegrate into society, “U COUNT” also gives victims a viable means to survive without turning back to Human Trafficking (you can learn more about their international partnerships here.)

Using the “Marketplace,” men, women and children are taught to sew and create jewelry. When they are done with different projects, “U COUNT” sells those products via a direct trade model, both online and in person through events in the form of pop-up shops. These products are also sold at Timberline Church’s bookstore in Fort

People Dont Buy People

A “U COUNT” shirt reads “People Don’t Buy People: Fighting Human Trafficking” bought during “The U COUNT Campaign’s” spotlight weekend at Timberline Church, January 28th/29th, 2018. (c) Andrea Hoover

Collins, Colorado.

Most of all, the Gospel is preached in these many avenues of aid for trafficked people, to show them the Freedom found in knowing Jesus Christ personally! As for money, 100% of donations go to these various projects, because private donors pay for “U COUNT”‘s operational costs. Please consider buying from “U COUNT”‘s marketplace, or donating to this amazing campaign against human trafficking!

As said before, abuse of any kind, especially the kind of sexual degradation and trauma that occurs in most of human trafficking, is grievous to Christ’s heart. As a blog committed to praying for the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, as well as all victims of Boko Haram, Please be praying for everyone involved in human trafficking– including and especially the Chibok girls, and those victims of captivity and bondage (find specific ways you can pray for human trafficking at “U COUNT”‘s prayer page.)

What people who propagate human trafficking do is insidious and evil, in every way; and I in no way want to lessen what SO many innocent people have been through.
Yet, Jesus desires to see all men come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)– even people as evil as those oppressing others. As you pray for Justice to be served, please pray for their salvation, as well, if you can; and if these people become saved, please pray that they would completely repent of all of their actions. For, “‘…vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

Thank you for reading, supporting, and praying. You are all very loved and appreciated!

To learn more about “U COUNT,” watch this video: https://vimeo.com/196495293


Do you know Jesus?

Countless people all over the world are in bondage. But, every person, whether physically a slave or a free man, is a slave to sin (Romans 6). Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” But, the end of Romans 3:23 says, “…and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.No matter where you are, where you have been, or what you have done, God does not expect you to “get your act together” and then come to Him. Jesus wants you to come to Him, however you are.

You cannot earn your salvation, contrary to what the religions of the world say. Only Jesus Christ can save you from your sins. Stop relentlessly striving for something God offers you for free. Repent, and turn to God for forgiveness, today (Acts 3:19).

To learn more about Jesus, and His amazing gift of Salvation, Grace, Forgiveness, and Freedom, click here!