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Week of February 11, 2008
Christian persecution goes unreported
Church faithful to its calling is punished
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
“The Church lives in the shadow of the Cross.”
- Glenn Penner
Western Christians who sit in “air-conditioned churches” in “comfortable pews” have no idea what life is like for the average Christian in the world, who is more likely to be a Nigerian woman who faces losing her job, having rocks thrown at her when she leaves church, being harassed, thrown into jail or killed for her faith, he said.
Penner stressed the ecumenical nature of the VOM’s work. Like Amnesty International, VOM is a decentralized group of organizations worldwide that works to raise awareness of Christian persecution and offer support to persecuted Christians and their families.
Founded in the 1960s by Romanian Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned for almost nine years by the Communist regime, VOM also equips suffering Christians by showing what the Bible teaches about persecution.
Penner described how in places like Sudan, where even Amnesty International has ignored the Christian suffering there, “the lights come on” in peoples’ minds when they hear what the Bible actually says. He said many had told him they thought their suffering stemmed from their having done something wrong and God was punishing them.
They come to understand they are suffering because they are doing something right.
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