During this unique year across the globe, we have been constantly reminded that lessons on perseverance are best learnt from those who suffer for the name of Jesus.
In addition to loss of life resulting from COVID-19, the most common privations reported in Western society are economic. The Western world, ill-equipped for such struggles, succumbs to fear, and anxiously tries to predict outcomes with a worldly mindset rather than trusting in Christ.
The persecution of Christians has not taken a break during this time. Our fellow brothers and sisters are still facing the reality they faced before COVID-19, with the additional complications of lack of work, as countries enforce lockdowns and restrict movement. We have many examples of these situations; China is continuing to strangle the worshipping of believers, driving them further underground. Pakistan is still imprisoning Christians falsely accused of blasphemy. Christians around the world are still being treated like second-class citizens when much-needed humanitarian aid is distributed. Christians are still targeted and being killed in many hostile countries.
So, what can we learn?
We learn that persecuted Christians draw inner strength from their relationship with Jesus and their time spent reading God’s Word. The adversity they face only serves to draw them closer to Him. When asked how we can help, we are asked to pray. Pray that their resolve to withstand the persecution is strengthened; pray that God will show them how to be a witness to those who persecute them. Pray that they can reach others for Christ.
Is this unique? It should not be.
Romans 5:3 states, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.”
And in Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
The reassurances given to us in the Bible serve as a reminder where we should place our faith and hope, in Christ alone.
Thank you for your continued generous support of our ministry and let’s together continue to pray for those who suffer for their love of Christ.