This morning as I was reading through one of my Voice of the Martyrs magazines, (which my hubby and I subscribe to in order to stay in touch with what’s happening to Christians around the world), I felt led to share this with all of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It seems to me that in North America anyway, many of us are unaware of the terrors that are taking place elsewhere – especially with the Body of Christ, and that is disturbing. Considering that we are called to pray for all those who are persecuted, how can we do this if we do not know about them? Yes, we hear of news stories here and there, but for the most part, with the media, they only show whatever is approved by those in charge. We do not hear about all the Christians who are threatened on a daily basis, sometimes beaten, tortured, imprisoned for years on end, and basically stripped of everything they have. I think as Christians we need to be aware of what is happening in the world or else how can we help those who are helpless? Believe me, I’m in just as much of a bubble as anyone else, so this message is for me too. Sometimes I think we are too preoccupied with all of the day-to-day stuff, that we cannot look past ourselves, so it can be a challenge to even remember to pray for others, but we must. There is so much despair in this world as it is, and as followers of Christ, we need to reach out to our brethren so that they can continue to spread the Word of God, support their families, and stay strong throughout their trials. I know we each face our own problems, that is true, however, how many of us can actually say we’ve faced threats of imprisonment or death for our faith? Not too many I imagine. And that makes me thankful, both for our safety, but also for the boldness that others have shown in the face of danger. To keep one’s eye on the Lord throughout persecution takes faith and strength and courage. And I know that every letter people write to the persecuted, every prayer, and every donation to VOM is appreciated and felt by those in trouble. That is why it is crucial that we make a stand for Christ by standing with those in danger. We are not to renounce our faith in Christ, no matter the circumstance, and I am encouraged when I see that Christ prevails in all these situations, as God’s Word truly cannot be chained. It is alive and will continue to make a difference in the world. Now let us do our part.
There are many ministries you can help out with, but why not check out this website and find out how you can help fellow Christians – there are many ways, and every bit helps. Why not take a few minutes to pray today for those in trouble, and send them some love?