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Heartfelt Letter from VOM's President on Tom White

The Voice of the Martyrs has released this letter from VOM President Jim Dau.

I thought I'd share it with you so you would be encouraged to pray for the White family and our friends at VOM:

James E. Dau: Letter from the President

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dear Friend:

My name may be unfamiliar to you, but I have served VOM as Chief Operating Officer for nearly 13 years and have served as both COO and President for the past five years. In addition, I served as a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot in Vietnam and retired with the rank of Colonel. I am humbled and honored to serve at VOM.

My first overseas trip with VOM was as part of a ministry team delivering Christmas Care packages in Egypt. Since that time, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with and delivering your aid to our persecuted brothers and sisters in many nations where Christians face persecution.

Overseeing an organization with the scope and reach of VOM involves many challenges, but the joy and gratitude expressed on the faces of our courageous persecuted family always remind me of how privileged I am to share in this great work.

God has blessed VOM with a dedicated team of workers and leaders, and I am grateful to be part of this leadership. I’ve never been the “public face” of VOM and probably never will be. We have relied on many others to fulfill that role, including our late Executive Director, Dr. Tom White, which unfortunately brings me to the purpose of this letter.

No day in the history of my work at VOM has been more difficult than Wednesday, April 18th. That morning, we learned that Tom had taken his own life. Like everyone on our team, and probably like you, my first question was, “Why?”

We don’t have all the answers to that question, and we never will this side of eternity. But we do know some of the events that led up to his tragic death.

The day before, allegations were made to authorities that Tom had inappropriate contact with a young girl. I personally believe that rather than face those allegations and the resulting fallout for his family and this ministry, Tom chose to end his life.

No one in leadership at VOM was aware of the allegations at the time of Tom’s death.

There is no doubt that Tom deeply loved his wife, his children and his grandchildren. And there’s no doubt that he was passionate about serving the persecuted church. As one of our directors stated, “He truly was a voice for the martyrs.”

All of us at VOM are deeply saddened by these events. Our hearts are broken. Yet God has called us to continue his work of standing with persecuted Christians around the world.

In serving alongside Tom for more than a decade as a ministry leader and friend, I am honored to have seen the work that God performed through Tom and through VOM. Our friendship and close working relationship make his death and the circumstances very hard. Yet my loss is small compared with the loss Tom’s family is now feeling. Our hearts and our prayers go out to them, and I know that you will want to pray with me that “The God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3) will be their Rock during these difficult days.

The work God has called VOM to fulfill — originally through the vision of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand in a Romanian prison cell — is much bigger than any one person. God has done an amazing work over the past 45 years in establishing this ministry to stand with those who are persecuted for their faith.

None of this could have been accomplished without our faithful friends who, led of the Spirit, encourage us, pray for us and contribute generously to support this work.

VOM has always been a ministry that relies on God moving His people to help the persecuted church. From the beginning, Pastor Wurmbrand traveled widely to spread the stories of the persecuted church, and people gave. We will continue to follow the model he established by freely sharing the stories of persecuted Christians and supporting them in their suffering.

We are continually humbled by the faithfulness of our readers who support this work. In effect, this is your ministry and we are merely God’s facilitators. We thank you for all the encouraging notes we have received in the past week; they have been a blessing beyond measure.

There are many exciting opportunities ahead. With God’s help, we will continue expanding our ministry to serve those who are persecuted and to make their voices heard. We do not know why or when tragedy will fall, but we do know that God is in control and desires us to be in fellowship with His persecuted body (Phil. 3:10).

On behalf of those who are suffering for their faith and my co-workers here at The Voice of the Martyrs, I thank you for standing with us during this difficult time and humbly seek your ongoing prayers.

James E. Dau
James E. Dau
The Voice of the Martyrs

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Comments on this post

# RE: Heartfelt Letter from VOM's President on Tom White

Virtually nothing was noted to express the deep sorrow that should be felt for the 10- year-old girl. God forbid that VOM would try to white wash and minimize what White did. When you have organizations such as the APA stating that sexual contact with children is OK as long as the child is consenting, and when you have a fallen society that says homosexuality is normal and abortion is acceptable, and when you have a society that is filled with pornography, Christian believers cannot fall into that demoralizing evil trap. What Dau's letter should have said is that VOM is absolutely mortified that a man they had trusted so much betrayed them and is utterly overwhelmed with sorrow about the damage done to a little girl. Please, VOM, do not try to make this less than it is. Take this opportunity to humbly apologize to the body of Christ, to the little girl and her family, and to God. Humility, repentance, restitution, biblical integrity, honesty - these are the qualities needed right now.
Left by joiful77 on Apr 27, 2012 1:36 PM

# RE: Heartfelt Letter from VOM's President on Tom White

joiful77 - VOM posted a letter on their website and facebook page again today. Please read it because I think it will address some of your concerns. The Lord has His hand on this entire situation. No one is white washing or minimizing. There are details the families don't want shared and that has to be respected. This is the way I understood the letter when I read it.
Left by lilclanoa on Apr 27, 2012 10:13 PM

# RE: Heartfelt Letter from VOM's President on Tom White

Just received VOM letter in the mail.
Just Devastating! Thanks to VOM for their
forthright honesty. NOTHING is being whitewashed.
This just goes to show us that we need to be
PRAYING DILIGENTLY for those in leadership.
We live in a very evil world and Satan is surely
out to destroy each and every one of us, especially
those in leadership. Or those with Mega Gifts like
Thomas Kincade & Tom White.
We also need to be radical about sin, plucking our
eyes out if necessary. Also being very careful that we all have an enemy seeking whom he may devour.
God Bless VOM!!!!!
Left by TotallyDomestic on May 09, 2012 11:30 AM

# RE: Heartfelt Letter from VOM's President on Tom White

I was saddened when I received the letter from VOM on Dr. Tom White. I never knew or met Dr. White, but he must have been a staunch soldier for Jesus. Why did this happen? I don't know, God knows. My prayers are with the White family, and the family of the young girl. May Jesus forgive him for taking his own life. May those concerned also find firgiveness in their hearts, and let the unfinished work of VOM continue.
Left by Robert (Bob) on May 11, 2012 3:25 PM

# RE: Heartfelt Letter from VOM's President on Tom White

A ten year old? While it is possible, I have to wonder. Did anyone witness any indication that he was overtaken in a fault? Anyone? As far as I am concerned, Tom was a target. It was the nature of his occupation. It was a dangerous one, and even more so in this hour in which we find ourselves. The world, and the United States especially, is waging war now on Christianity.

I'm sorry, I was not paying attention and didn't realize this until now, Jan 13. And I have to to ask the question. It is a matter of thoroughness. A ten year old? How hard would it be to accuse Tom White, start an investigation, and have him silenced, then make it look like suicide?
Left by amazgraz on Jan 25, 2013 4:29 PM

# RE: Heartfelt Letter from VOM's President on Tom White

I have lost a 12 year old son to an addiction that my husband and I did not know existed. It has a connection to what killed Tom White and I want people to be aware of the way that the enemy works and assure people that God is truly able to help us in our time of need no matter what happens to our loved ones.
Left by a Mother on Apr 08, 2013 11:44 AM