Where Is the Persecuted Church?
Where is the Persecuted Church Today
(November - Week 2)
(1). One young woman in Eritrea was tortured in order to get her to recant. With that not working, the prison commander was able to arrest her visiting pastor, then told her that the pastor had denied Christ and had regretted deceiving those in the Church in following Christ. They told her that the pastor urged her to deny Christ also. She responded, “I do not believe my pastor would deny his Savior. But even if he did, I would not deny my Lord and Redeemer. I do not follow my pastor. I follow Christ, my Lord.” [International Christian Concern - 10/25/2013]
(2). 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. The declaration by Nazir Ahmad Hanafi is the latest in a series of anti-Christian statements by Afghan public officials. An Afghan news service quoted Mr. Hanafi as saying, “Numerous Afghans have become Christians in India. This is an offense to Islamic laws, and according to the Quran, they need to be executed.” [Voice of the Martyrs - 9/19/2013]
(3). A number of Christians in Syria are deciding to stay behind and heed what they say is God's call to reach out to their Muslim neighbors despite the violent attacks against them. [The Christian Post Interview With Open Doors USA - 10/5/2013]
(4). Rebel groups and drug lords in Colombia thrive on violence and chaos. Hostile toward Christianity they threaten pastors and church-leaders who work to spread the peace of Jesus. Those who preach the gospel are given a choice; stop their activities or lose their children. Threatened, most choose to continue doing God’s work… in spite of the risk. [One With Them - Stories of Persecution - 2012]
(5). “The first request from persecuted Christians is often ‘Pray for us.’” [Voice of the Martyrs]
(6). 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
(7). Prayer thought: What is the cost for our brothers and sisters to be persecuted in the Church today? What is the cost for us to pray for these brothers and sisters?