The Voice of the Martyrs / VOM

Summary

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is an interdenominational organization working with Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ. The Voice of the Martyrs purpose, which is based on Hebrews 13:3, is to supply persecuted Christians with Bibles, literature, and Christian broadcasts; to provide the families of Christian martyrs with relief; to help believers rebuild their lives and witness in countries that have suffered Communist oppression; to win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel; and to inform the world about atrocities committed against courageous and faithful Christians. VOM is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 443
Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443

Website: www.persecution.com

Phone: (918) 337-8015

Email: thevoice@vom-usa.org


Organization details

EIN: 731395057

CEO/President: Mr. James Dau

Chairman: Mr. Harvey Little

Board size: 11

Founder: Rev. Richard Wurmbrand

Year founded: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Purpose

The Voice of the Martyrs, Inc. (VOM) is an interdenominational organization working with Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ. The Voice of the Martyrs purpose, which is based on Hebrews 13:3, is to supply persecuted Christians with Bibles, literature, and Christian broadcasts; to provide the families of Christian martyrs with relief; to help believers rebuild their lives and witness in countries that have suffered Communist oppression; to win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel; and to inform the world about atrocities committed against courageous and faithful Christians.

VOM has more than 30 offices around the world and works in more than 50 countries with staff members from many different denominations, through its International Christian Association of mission offices.

VOM is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

The Voice of the Martyrs uses the following to express its mission:

    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 win to Christ those persecutors 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.

Statement of faith

The Voice of the Martyrs communicates its statement of faith as follows:

  • 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 in Christ.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Persecuted Christians

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating196 of 4302 of 3
Fund acquisition rating133 of 4302 of 3
Resource allocation rating202 of 4302 of 3
Asset utilization rating292 of 4303 of 3

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%5%7%4%4%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%4%7%4%4%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%97%97%97%96%97%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%5%6%4%4%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%3%3%3%4%3%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%83%82%85%83%81%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%94%108%103%92%91%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%78%88%88%76%74%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%6%-8%-3%8%9%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%7%-9%-3%7%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%12%12%11%13%11%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.961.151.000.780.73
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.932.212.142.172.55
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.531.862.552.151.691.86
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.1018.2215.7619.7721.7218.74
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.050.060.050.050.05
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.066.114.415.306.766.11
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%6%6%5%4%4%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%98%82%95%123%131%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$18,146,372$13,535,850$17,213,286$18,149,180$13,323,997
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,889,202$2,892,942$2,488,394$1,785,823$1,635,185
Short-term investments$7,857,411$7,125,308$6,535,082$6,514,283$5,992,785
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$28,892,985$23,554,100$26,236,762$26,449,286$20,951,967
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$26,579,086$28,308,432$29,620,090$30,672,519$32,159,559
Other long-term assets$276,686$282,402$287,892$299,337$298,236
Total long-term assets$26,855,772$28,590,834$29,907,982$30,971,856$32,457,795
Total assets$55,748,757$52,144,934$56,144,744$57,421,142$53,409,762
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$1,486,243$1,391,505$1,232,286$1,130,858$1,036,105
Other current liabilities$99,259$103,066$95,052$87,070$81,666
Total current liabilities$1,585,502$1,494,571$1,327,338$1,217,928$1,117,771
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,570,363$1,483,215$1,304,487$1,133,360$1,185,416
Total long-term liabilities$1,570,363$1,483,215$1,304,487$1,133,360$1,185,416
Total liabilities$3,155,865$2,977,786$2,631,825$2,351,288$2,303,187
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$46,537,539$43,350,912$48,134,531$46,982,945$43,790,821
Temporarily restricted$6,055,353$5,816,236$5,378,388$8,086,909$7,315,754
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$52,592,892$49,167,148$53,512,919$55,069,854$51,106,575
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$55,371,152$53,959,168$53,479,494$47,058,191$41,722,224
Program service revenue$1,037,908$1,241,036$1,408,403$1,463,212$1,309,565
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$514,030$321,324($234,670)$99,717($306,815)
Other revenue$117,118$210,847$214,250$160,699$184,105
Total other revenue$1,669,056$1,773,207$1,387,983$1,723,628$1,186,855
Total revenue$57,040,208$55,732,375$54,867,477$48,781,819$42,909,079
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$44,526,287$49,133,893$48,180,634$37,137,576$31,614,397
Management and general$6,523,076$7,231,268$5,954,321$5,741,754$4,387,349
Fundraising$2,565,101$3,712,985$2,289,457$1,939,210$2,931,844
Total expenses$53,614,464$60,078,146$56,424,412$44,818,540$38,933,590
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$3,425,744($4,345,771)($1,556,935)$3,963,279$3,975,489
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,425,744($4,345,771)($1,556,935)$3,963,279$3,975,489

Response from ministry

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History

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded thirty-five years ago by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned in Communist Romania for 14 years for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years.

In 1964, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, his wife Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed from Romania for $10,000, after spending fourteen years in prison for their ministry with the underground church in Romania during the Cold War. Expecting to see a feeble, defeated man, the world witnessed a spiritual giant who overcame desperate situations through his love for Christ. Pastor Wurmbrand founded The Voice of the Martyrs, and it quickly became known as "the voice of the underground church."

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) has been actively serving the persecuted church for over 30 years. With the continued persecution of Christ's body around the world, VOM strives to bring practical and spiritual assistance to the persecuted Christian Church while making their voice heard.


Program accomplishments


Needs

Prayer Request Please pray the scales will fall from the eyes of Muslims in Egypt and Palestine--particularly those who persecute Christians and believe their actions honor God.