The Voice of Truth is a weekly, one-hour program that ministers to the overlooked and stigmatized Roma people of Prilep; 98 per cent are from a Muslim background. It is written and produced by Pastor Edijan and his team and is broadcast on a local FM station in Prilep. In 2020, the programs were a great blessing to the people at a time when worship services were not held due to the pandemic.
Most people listen with their friends who have never heard of Christianity. Through these programs, they can learn more about faith, salvation, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and other fundamental truths. Many do not attend church, because they are afraid of the condemnation from their society and family. Later, when they come to know the truth, they no longer have the fear or shame of coming to church and being in communion with other believers. This is why The Voice of Truth is such an effective way of evangelizing.
Mira is 27 years old and shared her story with us: “My childhood was very difficult. My parents were divorced, and I lived with my mother and stepfather in a large family. Nobody paid any attention to me. I was often dirty and hungry, and almost every day my stepfather shouted at me and beat me. My mother was sick and couldn’t take care of me. I didn't feel loved or accepted and because of that, I cried a lot. I didn't go to school regularly because no one insisted on it. Often, female children in our neighbourhood do not even finish primary school but get married or start living an immoral and promiscuous life. Then a friend of mine started talking to me about Christ and his love. It touched my heart and for the first time in my life, I realized that there is someone who really loves me and cares about me. I realized that my life should not be like my parents’ lives. I went to church and regularly listened to radio programs in the Romani language with a group of young people. These programs were a great inspiration for me because I was learning new things about God and they also motivated me to start a new life. I went back to school and finished both elementary and high school. God has blessed my life – I have found a good job and a wonderful husband who is also a Christian. I want other young people to understand that Christ is the one who changes lives and lifts people from the mud.”
Praise God for the way he has worked in Mira’s life through The Voice of Truth. Please pray with us for the Roma community, that they would be inspired by the life of Christ and come to know him as their Lord and Saviour.