Are you ready for some hard facts?
In China, Christian communities are persecuted for their beliefs. Churches are often bulldozed. Pastors and their families arrested. When arrested, they are sentenced to prison (a recent sentence was 12 years).
In Sudan, trumped-up charges are levied against pastors. Recent punishment includes whipping, amputation, and stoning to death
In Nigeria, thousands of Christians have been kidnapped, including young girls who are forced to serve their captors in horrific ways.
As of February 2016, approximately 90 Christians were either in prison, detained, or awaiting trial in Iran because of their religious beliefs and activities.
Many individuals have been banned from India after government accusations of coercion. Many of these are ministries that offer dignity to Indian women who lived in the streets or were trapped in sexual trade. This not only impacts the missionaries and pastors and their families as they are exiled, but also the Indian women employed by these nonprofit fair-trade ministries.
I could share more, but do we really need to hear more to pray?
When I went to India in April, I asked this question: What is it like to suffer persecution as a Christian?
As I’ve shared with you before, the response floored me. It made me ashamed. He looked at me, honest surprise in his response.
“Is it possible to be a Christian and not be persecuted?” he asked.
Let us not forget that a large part of the world picks up their cross every day and suffers for their faith. They do so willingly.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Cor. 12:26-27). @suzanneeller
I know that we can get tangled up in things like politics and who said what, but there’s a war going and we have a part to play. We may never carry the cross of persecution (though I believe it’s coming), but we can pray for those who do.
Day 12 of 21 Days to Revolutionary Prayer
Choose any persecuted nation and pray for that country.
Ask God if there’s something tangible he wants you to do. Listen, and write it in your journal. It may be to pray, to write a letter, to reach out financially, or to simply care.
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