The reality for those professing the Gospel in the countries featured in this newsletter is extremely dangerous.
Families of pastors and frontline workers share the burden of the calling as each member is affected by the evil emanating from drug traffickers, guerrillas, communists and atheists.
The Gospel is a message few in this environment are willing to listen to, and the brave individuals who preach it are devoid of any government or community protection. Their presence is undergirded by a reliance on the Word of God and His favour, leading and protection in their lives.
Their ministry is in the belly of the beast, as many before them have been scorned and martyred.
Yet despite these challenges, the Gospel message is preached by the faithful, and God is using these families to be a testimony in a very troubled and confused environment. The pressure on these families to move to safer surroundings is always there, but no one can doubt their commitment to their ministry as they adapt and bear the pressure so the Word of God can go forth and bring life to the unreached and indoctrinated.
Through our travels in countries where Christians are persecuted, we find the most determined, godly people who despite the adverse circumstances, rely on God with their whole being and, in most cases, with very little regard for their own safety. There is a pervasive presence of godliness and peace, the peace which can only come from Christ.
On the frontline, every family member understands they play a vital support role, and their own personal walk with God is critical to the family unit because the dangers are real and palpable.
Please continue to keep these valuable families of God in your prayers and let us never lose sight of their sacrifice.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me, says the LORD” Isaiah 54:17.