Putting Feet to Our Prayers for the Persecuted Church

19 Nov

This morning, I was wrecked by two stories of those who are being persecuted for their trust in Christ Jesus as the hope of the world.

First, is the story of Sayed Mossa, an Afghani who was put into a prison in Afghanistan for converting to Christianity from Islam. World Magazine reports that this husband and father of six (one of whom is mentally disabled) is being tortured, beaten, sexually molested, and is scheduled to be executed for his faith in Jesus Christ. You can read the letter Mossa smuggled out of prison, begging the international Church to help him in this time of persecution. Pastor J.D. Greear, on his blog, has put action steps (beginning with prayer) on how we can do just that. I pray that you will take the time to pray for Brother Mossa, as well as write to the White House, asking President Obama to put pressure on Afghani President Karzai to release him.

Secondly, there’s the story of this young, North Korean student who recently gave a nine-minute testimony at the Lausanne Conference that was held a few weeks back. In this testimony, she tells the incredible story of her father, who after escaping to China, went back to North Korean not once, but twice (at the risk of torture and death) in order to share the love of God with his people. The first time he went, he was put in prison for three years. The second time he went back, he didn’t return and was most likely, executed in public for treason.

It seems ironic that those who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ is thriving in pain and persecution while we, who are not, are dying in our pleasure.

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