Today we remember the persecuted church. The writer to the Hebrews says:
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering (13:3).
In his book Tortured For Christ, Richard Wurmbrand says when beaten in prison – even if one small part of his body – his whole body felt the pain. In the same way, the whole body of Christ – the church – ought to feel the pain the persecuted church suffers. We are the one body of Christ.
Open Doors estimates 100 million Christians are persecuted worldwide for their belief in Jesus Christ. Often it is communist atheism or Islamic extremism that persecutes. The research shows that daily life for Christians is getting harder and harder.
Persecuted Christians ask that we pray for them and send Bibles.
Pray God would strengthen, protect and encourage the persecuted and their families; the gospel message would spread across restricted borders; more Bibles for the persecuted church to grow; for the persecutors to come to know Jesus personally; and that we would stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.
We will take a special collection for Bibles for the Persecuted (Bible League Australia) this week and next. You can also give online: https://bl.org.au/donation/
Maybe next time you’ve a few minutes and a coffee, go to these websites rather than the popular media or Facebook!?
In Christ, Tory.