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What lies at the heart of the mission
Those who serve in our global
mission to the persecuted Church
do so with a deep passion for God’s
hidden children who are in peril
simply because of their expressed
faith in Jesus Christ. Our vision
statement is, “We see a world where
all persecuted Christians are remembered and supported within
the Body of Christ.”
How does VOMC fit into the fabric of
the Canadian Church?
We see clear evidence of transform-
ational power arising from those
churches who catch the vision and
allow the message of the persecuted
to permeate their mission. When
the Canadian Church is confronted
with the modern-day realities of
suffering [and the teaching about
suffering] woven through all of
Christ’s teaching, we are compelled
to ask ourselves: “Am I prepared to
die for my faith?” As the underlying
truth of this question sets in, many
other religious distractions fade
away and the process of transform-
What drew you to this leadership
It was not until I fully understood
the theology of persecution (which
is at the core of our service model
and our storytelling) that I realized
my own theology had a significant
missing piece. Given that spiritual
dawning, and the need I saw in the
VOMC mission to convey the true
and valiant stories of those who are
suffering, I realized there was a way
I could add value to the work of an
already brilliant team.
What is your leadership advice to
I stress the critical need for them to
diligently, and in partnership with
others (peers, pastors, ministry reports, partners and so on), pray and
meditate such that they are fully
affirmed and equipped by God to
handle the task at hand.
Without such confirmation my
advice is to hold back and wait. The
stakes in contemporary ministry
are far too high, and future leaders
must have many skills and gifts,
such as being agents of godly
change while being endowed by the
Holy Spirit with applicable gifts.
Who are your heroes?
I’ve been gifted with many godly
friends in my life, foremost Sandy,
my wife of 43 years, as well as many
peers and ministry associates.
I have been honoured to meet
many of those brothers and sisters
whom we serve and to be humbled
by their willingness to risk everything for Jesus’ sake. We are constantly reminded that most of the
persecuted do not want to be taken
out and given a better life in Canada.
Instead we assist them in rebuilding their abused or disenfranchised families and their ministry,
mostly in stealth and underground.
So, as they are quick to point out,
the only hero they know of, and the
only one by whom their lives are
restored, is Jesus Christ. /FT
Doug McKenzie is chief executive officer of The Voice of the
Martyrs Canada (VOMC), a charity dedicated to helping, loving
and encouraging persecuted Christians.
Standing with the persecuted