Pam and I decided to give the proceeds from our garage sale to Voice of the Martyrs. We frequently lift up a prayer for the persecuted church. We have followed Voice of the Martyrs http://www.persecution.com for about 15 years. They have a credible ministry helping those who suffer harassment, prison and death for the Lord Jesus.
Governments in Columbia, Ethiopia, Turkey and Indonesia may try to provide protection of believers but Christians are victims of violence because of their witness.
Governments like Libya, Saudi Arabia, Laos and Malaysia have anti-Christian laws restricting believer’s access to Bibles or assembly together. A member of Afghanistan’s parliament has suggested that anyone who converts from Islam to Christianity should be executed in order to stop the rapid growth of Christianity among Afghans.
Perhaps you have read of Christian homes and businesses being burned and saints harassed and killed in Nigeria and Egypt. Recently 72 churches have been destroyed in Egypt. Although I prefer to write about things light and cheery both Pam and I recall Hebrews 13:3; “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
There are things we can do for our persecuted brothers and sisters! You may pray, contribute to ministries that serve these saints, write letters to persecuted prisoners and even to governments that incarcerate them. Who knows, someday you may be on location helping our dear brothers and sisters personally!
Steven C Johnson
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