Encouraging our persecuted brothers and sisters who are in prison to stand firm in their faith.
- Youth will be educated that Christians are still imprisoned today for their faith.
- Youth will encourage a jailed believer by writing a letter to them.
Christians around the world are placed in prison because of their faith in Jesus. This is not new; it has been happening since the beginning of Christianity.
The apostles Peter and John were arrested because they were telling people about Jesus (Acts 4).
Jesus warned His disciples that being a Christian will mean that you will be hated by the world (John 15:18-19).
However, although believers in restricted nations may know these things, during persecution it is easy to feel isolated, alone and to be tempted to deny Jesus. It is our duty to care for our brothers and sisters, especially those who are persecuted and in prison for their faith.
Hebrews 13:3 says, “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
- Download prisoner profiles. Provide enough for each group or each person.
- Have a leader introduce the activity and why you are writing letters to Christians in prison. Use the background information and the PowerPoint presentation as a guide.
- Split your youth into groups. Depending on group size this could be done just as effectively as individuals.
- Provide the group with a prisoner profile, a sheet of paper to write on and a pen.
- Allow the groups time to write a letter.
- Pray for the prisoner.
- Have a leader collate the letters and send them to:
Voice of the Martyrs Australia
PO Box 250
Lawson NSW 2783
Instead of writing a letter, have the youth write a message on a chalk board and take a photo of it with a Polaroid or digital camera. Print the photo and send to Voice of the Martyrs.