Friday, May 4, 2012
I honestly can't remember how old I was when I started hearing about people being persecuted, imprisoned and killed just for being Christians. Yes, there were those in the Bible that we read about, but I'm talking about people of all ages in places like China, India, North Korea, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, etc... I read a book recently that really broke my heart and made me ask, "what can I do personally and what can we do as a family?" There is a website called Voice of the Martyrs, that keeps us updated on recent persecutions of Christians and I found that there is a link for kids. It is called Kids of Courage and tells about what's going on from the young people going through it. It tells about kids in the States doing fundraisers to help free prisoners or provide food and clothing for families that are in need because the father was put in prison for witnessing. What if this was our country? Did we deserve to be born here in freedom? These people are standing up for their faith while we sit on the other side of the world amusing ourselves because we're bored... I'm talking to myself as much as anyone else. I've totally been guilty of this over the years. I know we can't help all of them, but we can pray and I know there must be other things we can do, as the Lord leads. I've been reading the kids stories to our children so that they can pray for them and be more aware of how blessed we are to have freedom of religion(for now). There are people in this country that want us to stop telling others about Jesus and I pray they never succeed. It amazes me that people can be so set against us as Christians when we aren't causing them any trouble. In fact, people in prison that our friends have told about Jesus and seen saved have gone from being troublemakers to well-behaved people. A testimony to what God can do in a person'e heart. We all have an empty space inside of us that only He can fill. I'm so glad He's filled up that part of me. I can't imagine life without Him! If any of you reading this have been a part of helping persecuted Christians around the world, I'd be interested in learning more about it.