ISIS, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups around the world are driving Christians away from their homes. Still other people, just by becoming Christian, are rejected by family and community and forced to leave to start a new life.
Displacement and devastation (homes burned, etc.) are traumatic experiences, especially when coupled with the threat of death.
The Voice of the Martyrs has staff members in strategic locations to help Christians through the trials of persecution. Among other things, they distribute “Action Packs” that include various essentials for survival.
When we see a brother or sister in need, we are responsible for taking action to help. For this reason, the survival packs are called Action Packs. They provide a tangible way for Christians to put their faith into action by obeying God’s Word:
Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”–but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
–James 2:15-17, NLT
The Voice of the Martyrs will send you a special pre-printed vacuum bag to be filled with items you select from the list included with your pack. Examples of the types of items that go in Action Packs:
- Jacket / windbreaker (adult or child)
- Light sweater (adult or child)
- Socks (Adult or Child)
- Solid-color T-Shirt (any child size)
- Bed sheet
- Bar of Soap
- Sponge or foam ball
- Family photo and note or drawing (optional, but definitely appreciated)
A longer list will accompany your Action Pack. Not everything on the list will fit in your pack. They are suggestions for you to select from.
Here is some further explanation from their website:
Action Packs are bags that YOU fill and then return to VOM for distribution to a persecuted Christian. Each $7 donation covers shipping and distribution costs for ONE Action Pack. Every Action Pack includes a piece of Scripture, such as an illustrated gospel storybook.
Here’s how it works:
- Order an Action Pack bag from VOM.
- Fill the bag with items from an approved list.
- Mail the filled bag back to VOM (you pay postage to our office in Bartlesville).
- VOM ships the bags to the field and distributes them via our field staff.
That’s it! Your bag will be sent wherever it is most needed. We’re currently distributing bags in Sudan, Pakistan and Iraq.
I don’t want to sit on the sidelines. I want to be involved in the work of God. I want to take action, to make a difference, and to find practical and tangible ways to show God’s love to others. This is one of those opportunities to make a difference to Christians who have made great sacrifices for their faith in Christ. In God’s eyes (and mine) they are heroes and deserve more than a few sundries, but it’s a place to start.
Please visit The Voice of the Martyrs website for more information and to order one or more empty Action Packs to fill. (Note: they also allow you to make a donation to have them fill an action pack on your behalf.)