Are you “N?”
In yesterday’s post I shared with you about the new resources from David C Cook and Voice of the Martyrs called I Am N. This is a project that I’m personally excited about and I’m so glad it’s finally out in our stores.
As Islamic extremist acts reach the news every day, readers are eager for a deeper understanding of how God is working in spite of these horrific events. I am N takes readers into the persecuted world through real-life stories of Christ followers holding on to faith in the midst of violence, fear, and death. The authors then explore how each story reveals God’s eternal perspective, how the story challenges readers to live out their own faith, and how readers can pray.
As this book shows, persecuted Christians are our brothers and sisters and they have great hope to share.
Today I’m thrilled to have Jason Peters with us. Jason serves as the Associate Vice President of Connection with Voice of the Marytrs. I had the chance to meet him late last year and what a heart he has for the persecuted church around the world.
When Islamic State (ISIS) militants moved into northern Iraq, they began identifying Christian-owned homes and businesses. Families would find the Arabic letter “N” (ﻥ) painted on their buildings. This single letter, the first letter of the word used in the Quran to identify Christians, conveyed the powerful accusation that the occupants were followers of Jesus.
Our Christian brothers and sisters were tagged in this way and given the choice of either converting to Islam or standing for Christ and losing everything they owned. In the Iraqi city of Mosul (Nineveh, in the time of the Old Testament) more than 100,000 Christians were displaced, abducted or killed in less than one week. That happened more than a year ago, and none of the displaced believers have been able to return to their homes.
I have had the privilege of meeting and hearing the incredible stories of some of these sisters and brothers during recent visits to Iraq and neighboring countries where The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is serving them in their time of great need.
I have seen firsthand the way these followers of Jesus live out their faith. When we wrote the book I Am N, we organized it around six themes that capture the essence of their faith and inspire us to stand strong for Christ no matter where we live. The book explores the themes of sacrifice, courage, perseverance, faithfulness and two other themes that many find surprising — forgiveness and joy. These last two are characteristics that we have witnessed repeatedly in hundreds of interviews with persecuted Christians.
I have personally witnessed all six of these themes at work in the lives of our persecuted family members. God is faithful. He has not abandoned them, and neither should we.
VOM and LifeWay Christian Stores are working together to bring you inspiring stories of Christians facing Islamic extremists. I invite you to partner with us as we stand alongside these brothers and sisters, who remain joyful and blessed by their relationship with Christ despite having lost everything they own. The joy they have in Christ is something the extremists cannot take away from them. These Christians are our family members — part of the body of Christ. We will not let them suffer in silence. We will not let them serve alone.
Are you “N?”
Dr. Jason Peters serves as Associate Vice President of Connection for The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). As a global voice for our persecuted family members, Dr. Peters travels frequently to meet face-to-face with persecuted believers around the world and equips VOM to tell their stories. He leads VOM’s outreach initiatives, including media development, special events, public relations, and oversees hundreds of speakers and representatives. Read more of his bio here.