...All the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord… (Acts 19:10 ESV)
The unfamiliar sound of Asian language buzzes around her. The church she visits meets in a public place where it’s illegal for natives to attend. They request her passport, the government keeps a record of every international present as well as requiring them to live in gated communities to track their daily movements. Christianity is permitted as long as it is not offered to the locals. She has not met one Christian here who is content with stagnant evangelism.
The service starts. A multi-cultural worship team leads accolades of His greatness. Outreach is this heartbeat of this church, a corporate longing to see their area won for Jesus at the risk of deportment or jail or worse. The sermon is on the covenant God makes with us. It encourages those in the room to renew their commitment to spread the Gospel at any cost. I am humbled by the passion of this persecuted church. These lifted hands and hearts today will continue to face hostility tomorrow. So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:5 ESV) Right now, let’s stand in prayerful solidarity with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
Father, You are sovereign over this earth and all the governing powers in it. With a humble heart, I gently lift up the Christians who are facing tremendous persecution from those governments. I respectfully ask for Your protection and favor over their efforts to make You known. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
God sent you to your part of the world. How can you respond to His call to spread the Gospel?
Pick a country outside your own. Lift up the people there, that they come to know Him as Lord.