Voice of the Martyrs

Voice of the Martyrs - USA

     Bible Organizations             Voice of the Martyrs                    Open Doors
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Voice of the Martyrs

Voice of the MartyrsVoice of the Martyrs was founded by Richard Wurmbrand (right) in 1967.

A Romanian Jew and Christian pastor, Richard Wurmbrand withstood 14 years of horrific torture for his faith by the Romanian Communists before being ransomed out to the United States, where he founded the Voice of the Martyrs.

Today, Voice of the Martyrs and its affiliates are active in about 50 countries, caring for, equipping, supporting and encouraging persecuted Christians, which includes Bible placement.

According to its published reports, Voice of the Martyrs' 2011 revenues were $43.0 million, of which $19.4 million (45%) were spent on foreign (non-US) ministry. The three largest spend regions were East Asia & Pacific ($6.2 million), which includes China, South Asia ($3.0 million), and Middle East & North Africa ($2.7 million).

Its 2010 revenues were $49.5 million, of which $26.6 million (54%) were spent on foreign ministry. The three largest spend regions were Sub-Saharan Africa ($12.4 million), East Asia & Pacific ($4.8 million), and Middle East & North Africa ($2.1 million).

Strengths

•  In 2011, Voice of the Martyrs spent $3.0 million on fundraising and $4.3 million on administration. The resulting 83% revenue efficiency ((revenues - fundraising - administration) / revenues)) is lower than its 87% revenue efficiency for 2010 ($2.7 million spent on fundraising and $3.6 million spent on administration) but remains higher than those of Open Doors' 73% and Bible League's 67%.

•  Voice of the Martyrs aids the world's most persecuted underground churches in North Korea and the Muslim world.

Weaknesses

•  Some Voice of the Martyrs projects prioritize revenue generation and are relatively expensive. Bibles Unbound for China and the more recent "prayer bands" serve as examples.*

•  Voice of the Martyrs has veered into ecumenism.

•  Satan's latest and arguably the fiercest attack on Voice of the Martyrs presents it with a defining opportunity to rally around the victim instead of itself, and to Biblically strengthen its leadership.

(* Voice of the Martyrs' relatively expensive projects, Open Door's aggressive money requests and Bible League's high fundraising expenditures wouldn't be needed if Western Christians gave more / directed a greater proportion of their giving to their projects, which are far more urgent and biblical than church building mortgages, social events and other non-urgent and/or unbiblical expenditures.)

Bible Organization Open Doors with Brother Andrew