PrisonerAlert - a ministry of the Voice of the Martyrs

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What should I write to government officials?
    1. Write a short, clear message.
    2. Be Polite. Remember you are representing Jesus Christ.
    3. State your general concern for persecuted believers.
    4. Do NOT write about politics or the government.

    Here are some examples of the kinds of things some people have written.

    Dear Sir: We are thankful that your law in Vietnam allows freedom of religion. However, we heard that a man named __________ was put in the prison at ____________. We are concerned about this and about his welfare. We would like to ask you to please give your attention to this matter. Thank you very much.

    To Whom It May Concern: Last month, ____________, a Christian, was arrested and charged with [the charge]. He was given a [length of sentence] prison sentence. We ask that you release him. Thank you.

    Dear Sir: Last year, __________, was arrested for __________. The story of this case has been circulated around the world and thousands of Christians know about it. We ask that he be released from all charges. We are praying for you as a leading spokesman for your country.

  • The email I sent to a government official was undeliverable. Why?

    Due to a potentially high volume of emails to government officials through the Prisoner Alert program, an official may shut down their published email address. If your email is undelivered, please check back for updated email addresses.

  • How can I get an update on a person that I read about on ?

    The Voice of the Martyrs takes every opportunity to gather more information and updates about each prisoner we highlight. Please check back to this site periodically for updates.

  • Why was __________ removed from

    VOM does not post prisoners without the approval of church leaders in the prisoner's home country and—when at all possible-permission directly from the prisoner's family. There are numerous reasons why a prisoner would be removed from PrisonerAlert, including new information from church leaders in their home country, the prisoner's security situation inside prison or that of their family outside prison, or prisoners' family members or others misusing information provided by PrisonerAlert letter writers.

  • How can I find prayer requests for countries?

    The Voice of the Martyrs sends out an email prayer request every Friday morning through You can sign up for the weekly emails.

  • I have just found out about The Voice of the Martyrs, can you tell me about your ministry?

    Pastor Richard Wurmbrand founded VOM over 50 years ago. He was in prison in Romania for 14 years for his faith in Christ. In the ’60s he and his family were ransomed out of Romania for $10,000 and came to the U.S. where he began traveling, educating the free world of the atrocities committed against Christians in Communist and other restricted countries. VOM's five main purposes are based on Hebrews 13:3. They are:

    1. To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for their involvement in propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ. We accomplish this by providing Bibles, literature, radio broadcasts, and other forms of aid.
    2. To give relief to the families of Christian martyrs in these areas of the world.
    3. To equip local Christians to love and win to Christ their enemies who are opposed to the gospel in countries where believers are actively persecuted for their Christian witness.
    4. To undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries that have formerly suffered Communist oppression.
    5. To emphasize the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of atrocities committed against Christians and by remembering their courage and faith.

    Read our newsletter to learn more about how VOM is helping the persecuted church worldwide.

    If you live in the USA and would like a free subscription to The Voice of the Martyrs monthly newsletter, please click here.

    If you live outside the USA you may contact the nearest VOM office. Click here for a list of VOM offices worldwide

  • Is Pastor Wurmbrand still involved with the ministry?

    No. Pastor Wurmbrand passed away on February 17, 2001, joining his wife Sabina in eternity. Until the end he was a prayer warrior on behalf of the persecuted church. The Voice of the Martyrs continues to follow his vision for service to our brothers and sisters in restricted nations.

  • Is The Voice of the Martyrs affiliated with a specific denomination?

    The Voice of the Martyrs is an interdenominational organization working with Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ. We have over 15 offices around the world with staff members from many different denominations, all working with the common goal of helping the suffering church.

  • Do you have a doctrinal statement or Statement of Faith?

    Statement of Faith We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God who is 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. We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. 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 resurrection of both the saved and the lost. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers of Christ. We believe in the message of the persecuted churches, a message which has been brought to the West by the founders of the mission, Pastor Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand. We have witnessed that the blood of the martyrs is the seed which makes the churches grow; and therefore, the mention of martyrs must be brought into the teachings and practices of the church. We believe that Christians who serve and love Christ, and are persecuted for this, should be helped. We believe the Bible teaches that we should love even our enemies. How much more so should we love our brethren who are persecuted for their faith in all parts of the world? Hebrews 13:3 states, "Remember them that are in bonds as bound with them, and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body."

  • Are you (VOM) boycotting China-made goods, and opposing MFN for China?

    As an international mission with over 15 offices around the world, we have chosen not to set policies on political matters. This does not mean that we have no involvement with our government or that of another country. We (VOM) will assist in any way to help in raising awareness of our suffering and persecuted Christian brothers and sisters around the world. We have cooperated with U.S. Congress in giving information and documentation to assist in forming laws and policies that effect persecuted Christians. We will also continue to encourage our readers and friends to write to government officials on behalf of those who are in bonds for Christ's sake.