Praise: There are reports from Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) that Christians in southern Sudan are only growing stronger in their faith, in the face of mounting persecution. "As a matter of fact, I have seen the efforts to spread the gospel increase, and the Christians in the south are digging in their heels, remaining steadfast and strong in their faith. This is not deterring them at all," said VOM's Gary Lane. He said the Khartoum government uses food as a weapon against refugees from the fighting. "They will reward them with food to get them to ally themselves with the government, or to deter them from allying themselves with the opposition."