Sunday, August 8, 2010

VOM Regional Conference Coming to Scottsdale!

If you've ever wanted to meet people in person who have experienced real persecution for their trust in Jesus, you'll have a great opportunity in September.  The Voice of the Martyrs is holding a regional conference in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale on Saturday, September 25.  Two of the speakers, Getaneh Getaneh and Mujahid el Masih, were in Arizona at last year's regional in Flagstaff, but the other three are new to us:
  • Steven Khoury is a Palestinian Christian who was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Bethlehem.  His father pastors one of the few evangelical churches in the West Bank. Steven is now planting a church in Jerusalem.
  • Russell Stendal was born in Minneapolis and raised on the mission field in Colombia, South America. He became a missionary jungle pilot at age nineteen. Almost ten years later he was kidnapped in 1983 by Marxist rebels and held hostage for five months. His book, Rescue the Captors, relates his experience, including how God worked in the hearts of the rebels. Since then he has been captured three more times.  Yet he continues to risk his life to bring the gospel to the guerrillas, and has the joy of seeing some of them embrace Jesus.  I have heard Russell speak once before (at the VOM national conference in 2006) and I was particularly blessed by his touching combination of courage and humility.  (Check out the short YouTube of Russell below.)
  • Robert Brock has been a Mission Representative with The Voice of the Martyrs since 1993. Before joining VOM, Robert was a missionary in Europe working with refugees from Communist and Islamic countries. Now he travels throughout the United States sharing the message of today's persecuted church and VOM’s work on their behalf. Robert has traveled to over 35 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. On his overseas travels, he meets with families of martyrs and is able to deliver aid, relief, and spiritual encouragement.  
There is no cost to attend the regional conference in Scottsdale, but an offering will be received.  For more details or to register, visit the lower left corner of  You can also download a flyer by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

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