About Us | Voice of the Martyrs New Zealand

About Us

Our Mission: Empowering persecuted Christians in hostile and restricted nations and leading Christians in New Zealand into fellowship with them.

Voice of the Martyrs works at the sharp edge of Christian persecution; in places like North Korea, the Middle East, Africa, China and Central Asia. We support churches and families widowed or isolated from spouses imprisoned and tortured. We raise awareness, supply practical help, and encourage advocacy and support for persecuted Christians.

We are supported entirely by donations from NZ supporters to support the persecuted church.

We publish a free monthly colour newsletter to highlight stories and examples of persevering faith from some of the world’s persecution hotspots. Subscribe here

About the word Martyrs

Wikipedia simply defines a Christian martyr as being “a person who is killed for following Jesus.”

The English word martyr is originally a word transliterated from an original Greek word, martur, which simply means “to be a witness to a thing observed.” In Acts 1:8, Jesus stated to His disciples, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The Church has always understood that His words were not reserved for those who had only been physically present with Christ, but to all believers since that time.

The first followers of Christ called themselves “witnesses” to what they saw and learned while with Christ, and those who lived centuries later and up to the present day recognise that they, too, are witnesses.

As Voice of the Martyrs we have chosen to use the term as it applies to being a witness suffering persecution for following Christ. Throughout the world today millions of Christians are experiencing persecution; Pastors are imprisoned or killed for proclaiming the Gospel in their churches and villages, young people flee for their lives when their families discover they have converted to Christianity, and believers are beaten, tortured, and pursued.

We seek to be a voice for them, and to serve and support them in being witnesses – and sometimes literally martyrs – for Christ.

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The first followers of Christ called themselves “witnesses” to what they saw and learned while with Christ, and those who lived centuries later and up to the present day recognise that they, too, are witnesses
Richard Wurmbrand spent 14 years in a Romanian Communist prison for his faith

Our History

Voice of the Martyrs was started by pastor Richard Wurmbrand (Tortured for Christ, 1967), who spent 14 years in a Romanian Communist prison, as a ministry to the worldwide persecuted church. VOM New Zealand (based in Christchurch) was one of the earliest of the international branches of the ministry, started in 1969. There is now a close fellowship of 14 autonomous VOM offices around the world.

Read more about Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand and their story

What We Believe

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His personal return in power and glory.

Salvation

We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

Life in the Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

 

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