Be inspired by the stories of our persecuted brothers and sisters! At the VOM ADVANCE conference, speakers from around the world share personal testimonies about God’s faithfulness in the midst of persecution. Join us to learn how God’s kingdom is advancing, even in the face of fierce opposition. Meet your persecuted family face to face, and let God use their stories to challenge you to a deeper, bolder walk with Him.

The conference rekindled my desire to pray for others, to stand in the gap and, again, intercede for those who are persecuted for His name.

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About The Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967, VOM is dedicated to inspiring all believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission no matter the cost. The Voice of the Martyrs continues in this mission around the world today through the following main purposes:

Our ministry is based on Hebrews 13:3: Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
  • To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • To provide practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
  • To equip persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
  • To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
  • To promote the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

Register for this VOM Advance Conference Saturday, October 13, 2018, in Tulsa, OK Register Now

Time

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location

Asbury United Methodist Church
6767 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

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Details

Sign language interpretation is available for this conference.

One-day conference 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for registration, prayer room and resource area.

Lunch is 12:00-1:15 p.m. on your own at area restaurants.

There is no charge to attend. There is the opportunity to give an offering.

No child care provided.

Video and photography are prohibited during the conference.

Speakers

  • Petr Jasek
    Sudan
    Petr Jasek, a Christian humanitarian worker and Czech national, spent 445 days in a Sudanese prison. more about Petr Jasek

    Since 2002, Petr Jasek has worked with The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) to help aid and assist persecuted Christians in hostile and restricted nations. His background in hospital administration was beneficial in his role overseeing VOM’s efforts to provide medical care to Christians injured by Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria. As Petr traveled to meet with persecuted believers, he encouraged them with stories from his own experience growing up as the son of a pastor who was persecuted in communist Czechoslovakia.

    In December 2015, Petr’s life changed dramatically when he was arrested at the airport in Khartoum, Sudan, after meeting with Christians there to evaluate how VOM could best serve them. Instead of continuing his work with imprisoned Christians and their families, Petr became a prisoner himself. Instead of delivering VOM aid to families of persecuted Christians, Petr needed VOM to help and support his own family.

    Petr was convicted of espionage and sentenced to life imprisonment, before the Czech government negotiated his release in February 2017. Petr had times of discouragement, but he also found God’s faithfulness to be real and true in prison. He turned his imprisonment into an opportunity to grow in Christ, sharing his faith with others and encouraging the Christians imprisoned with him.

    Throughout Petr’s 445 days in prison, VOM and Christians around the world stood with his family through prayer and other means of support. When Petr was released from prison, he returned to his wife, Wanda, and two grown children in the Czech Republic.

    Petr continues to work with VOM, traveling around the world to speak about his time in prison and to encourage believers to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer and action.

  • Hassan Abduraheem
    Sudan
    Hassan Abduraheem spent 510 days in prison in Sudan for helping VOM worker Petr Jasek provide aid to an injured Sudanese Christian from a Muslim background. more about Hassan Abduraheem

    In November 2015, Hassan Abduraheem presented at a conference for Christian leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There he met Czech national Petr Jašek, who then served as VOM’s Regional Director for Africa. During his presentation, Hassan shared a picture of a young man from Darfur who had been badly injured during a demonstration. Following the presentation, Petr spoke with Hassan about the young man’s case and Hassan agreed to help him meet the injured Christian.

    Petr later met with the injured man in Khartoum and donated money toward his medical treatment. As Petr left Sudan, he was searched by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), who discovered a receipt for the donation to the injured Christian. They confiscated Petr’s personal belongings and detained him. Nine days later, on Dec. 18, 2015, NISS officers arrested Hassan, who had signed the receipt, and another pastor. Hassan and others were falsely accused of multiple crimes, including conspiring against the state, espionage, entering and photographing military work areas and publishing false news. Hassan was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

    After 510 days in prison, Hassan was released on May 11, 2017. Hassan, former secretary general of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC), is originally from the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan. He currently lives in the United States with his wife and their five children.

  • Tom and JoAnn Doyle
    Middle East
    Tom Doyle is the Founder and President of UnCharted Ministries. His wife, JoAnn, serves with him at UnCharted and as the director of Not Forgotten, a ministry to women of the Middle East. more about Tom and JoAnn Doyle

    Tom Doyle is the Founder and President of UnCharted Ministries. He has written eight books, including three bestsellers: Dreams and Visions, Killing Christians, and Standing in the Fire. His wife, JoAnn, serves with him at UnCharted and as the director of Not Forgotten, a ministry to women of the Middle East. Together they bring God’s astounding work in Islamic nations to light.

  • Cole Richards
    President, VOM
    Cole Richards serves as President of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). In this role, he leads VOM's global ministry work, which includes significant outreach both in the U.S. and abroad. more about Cole Richards

    Cole Richards serves as President of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). In this role, he leads VOM’s global ministry work, which includes significant outreach both in the U.S. and abroad. VOM ministers internationally by serving, and serving with, Christians who are severely persecuted for their faith. This is accomplished through a multinational team of 51 missions leaders from 22 nationalities, based in 23 countries. VOM accomplishes more than 1,600 projects annually in 68 hostile and restricted nations by responding to persecution and advancing God’s eternal Kingdom on the world’s most difficult missions frontiers.


    In VOM’s U.S. ministry endeavors, Cole acts as executive editor/producer of VOM’s media and events. This includes VOM Radio, the VOM Advance Conferences and VOM’s monthly newsletter – an award-winning full-color ministry magazine that goes out to an average of 800,000 homes and churches each month. It also includes significant books and films such as I Am N: Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists. All of these ministry tools and channels serve as a voice for persecuted Christians, bring American Christians into fellowship with their persecuted brothers and sisters, and allow believers in the U.S. to be inspired by the example of their joyful, bold and suffering family members.


    Cole came on staff with VOM in 2006 after living and ministering in a least-reached and restricted nation in the Middle East where he, with his wife and children, reached out to Muslims and supported persecuted Christian house church networks. He has since worked in more than 40 hostile and restricted nations and is a close ministry associate and personal friend of indigenous Christian leaders in places like Iran, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt and Burma.
    Before entering into fulltime ministry, Cole served as a military officer, with his military career focused almost entirely on the rise of Islamic terror groups in the Middle East. His life calling and passion is to see the Body of Christ unified to fulfill the Great Commission no matter the cost. His Bachelor’s degree is in Civil Engineering and he holds two Master’s degrees: The first in missiology with focus on evangelism in the Muslim world, and the second a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in the context of organizational leadership.

  • Todd Nettleton
    VOM Radio Host
    Todd Nettleton is Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and host of VOM Radio. more about Todd Nettleton

    Todd Nettleton is Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and host of VOM Radio. Todd serves as a voice for persecuted Christians, working with the media to tell people in the United States about the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in more than 60 nations where they face persecution because of their Christian faith.

    During 17 years of service at VOM, Todd has traveled the world to interview hundreds of Christians who’ve endured persecution. He has been interviewed more than 2,250 times by various media outlets, including CNN, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Moody Broadcast Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, Newsweek, The Voice of America, Mission Network News and Trinity Broadcasting Network.

    In 2014 VOM launched a weekly radio program, which Todd hosts and produces. Guests have included Christians persecuted for their faith and family members of Christians martyred for following Christ. The show was named Radio Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters. You can find a broadcast station carrying VOMRadio and listen to all episodes online at www.VOMRadio.net.

    Todd was part of the writing team for four VOM books, including the best-selling Extreme Devotion and FOXE: Voices of the Martyrs. He was the principal writer for VOM’s book about the church in North Korea, RESTRICTED NATIONS: North Korea.

    A former sportswriter, Todd is a graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan College (now Oklahoma Wesleyan University) and has done postgraduate work at the University of Oklahoma.

    The son of missionary parents, Todd grew up in Papua New Guinea and in southern California.

  • Gilbert Hovsepian
    Iran, Music & Worship
    Gilbert Hovsepian became involved in Christian music at an early age, producing his first recording by age 20. He faced persecution and numerous violent threats after his father, Rev. Haik Hovsepian, was martyred. more about Gilbert Hovsepian

    Gilbert Hovsepian was born in Iran, where his family and church community faced persecution because of their Christian faith. He witnessed God’s power amid the persecution, as many Muslims came to know Christ through his father’s evangelism. When Gilbert was 17, his father, Rev. Haik Hovsepian, was kidnapped and stabbed to death by Islamic extremists.

    The persecution continued even after his father’s martyrdom, causing Gilbert to seek God’s face more earnestly. Despite losing his father in 1994, Gilbert forgave the killers and, by God’s grace, began his own international ministry work. Gilbert has traveled to numerous countries and to more than 200 churches worldwide, ministering through music, media, worship and teaching. His satellite programs have touched thousands of lives internationally, leading many Muslims to faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Amy Shreve
    Music & Worship
    Amy and her husband, Gary, lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for many years. They have recorded 16 CDs, ranging in style from harp instrumental to vocal with full instrumental accompaniment. more about Amy Shreve

    Amy and her husband, Gary, lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for many years. They have recorded 16 CDs, ranging in style from harp instrumental to vocal with full instrumental accompaniment. Of the 16 CDs, two were produced in conjunction with The Voice of the Martyrs. They have led worship and music at VOM conferences across the United States. Their newest CD includes the song “Beautiful Scars,” written on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters. They have one daughter, Elise, and make their home in Michigan when not living “on the road.”

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