Integrity Music, David C Cook partner with VOM to support persecuted Christians
Thousands of Christians have died at the hands of Muslim extremists, and the atrocities committed by terrorists continue to make headlines across the globe. The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), a nonprofit that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians, has launched the “i am n” movement that has already generated over $5 million in aid for Christians who have been displaced by the self-proclaimed Islamic State known as ISIS. Now, VOM is partnering with Integrity Music and its parent organization, the 140-year old church resource provider, David C Cook, to help spread awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians around the world through a new i am n album releasing Feb. 12, and i am n book and curriculum releasing in March.
The “i am n” movement takes its name from the symbol used by ISIS militants to target believers. It began when ISIS militants moved into northern Iraq and began identifying Christian-owned property by painting the Arabic letter ن or “n” on homes and churches. This single letter conveyed the accusation that the occupants were “Nazarenes”—followers of Jesus of Nazareth rather than Islam—giving them the ultimatum to convert to Islam and stay in the community, leave, or die.
Integrity Music worked with VOM to develop a soundtrack for the movement, featuring music from All Sons & Daughters, The Brilliance, Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche, Travis Ryan, New Life Worship, WorshipMob, NCC Worship, Desperation Band, Rend Collective, Israel and New Breed and newly signed Integrity worship leader, Greg Sykes. The 12-track i am n album includes the song, “We Stand As One,” performed by Sykes and written especially for the album by him along with Integrity A&R Director Steve Merkel, writer of “Lord Have Mercy,” and Dove Award winner Don Poythress, who is also the songwriter behind country hits like Willie Nelson’s “You Remain” and Easton Corbin’s “A Little More Country Than That.”
In addition to the music, David C Cook published the book i am n: Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists along with a 90-day companion devotional and related curriculum. The i am n book shares the real-life stories of Christians holding on to their faith in the midst of violence, fear and death. Readers will be inspired, encouraged and challenged by the tremendous faith and courage of their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ and motivated, enabled and equipped by the practical insight VOM provides at the conclusion of each story.
Proceeds from the sale of all “i am n” related products will be used by Voice of the Martyrs to support persecuted Iraqi and Syrian Christians, including those fleeing Syria as refugees by providing temporary shelter, medical care, food, clothing, clean drinking water and more.
Churches and universities are also partnering with VOM to host “Exile Nights,” events for students that simulate what refugees might experience when forced to leave their homes. The first Exile Night will be hosted by Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will include worship with All Sons & Daughters.
VOM will also partner with Christian Booksellers Association stores to launch their “Family Med Pack” initiative next month, which will provide a practical way for Christians to help refugees and their families. Empty Family Med Packs will be available for pickup at CBA retailers, with a list of a family’s medical needs included. Participants will then fill the pack with the needed items and ship the filled pack to VOM, who will forward the supplies to refugee families in need overseas.
Additional information on the “i am n” movement and ways that individuals and groups may help is available at https://www.i-am-n.com.
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About The Voice of the Martyrs: The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967, the Voice of the Martyrs is also dedicated to inspiring all believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill his Great Commission no matter the cost. Additional information is available at http://www.persecution.com.
About David C Cook: David C Cook is a leading nonprofit organization serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with offices in Illinois, Canada and the United Kingdom, David C Cook’s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, David C Cook today publishes numerous bestselling fiction and nonfiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music label, which publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including “Revelation Song,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.davidccook.com.
About Integrity Music: Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with offices in Tennessee and the United Kingdom, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Integrity publishes many of the top songs in the Church, including the No. 1 radio hit “We Believe” (Newsboys) as well as church standards “Revelation Song,” “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” “Your Great Name” and “I Am Free.” Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.