Monday, November 13, 2006

Martyr Monday

The following has been copied from an insertion that was in my churches bulletin yesterday morning regarding the persecuted church.


What is my response?

I know I must be diligent in praying for and encouraging my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for our common faith. I make the following commitments today:

I will seek to get more informed regarding suffering Christians and write notes of encouragement to them.

I will give a gift toward the purchase of Bibles where they might be most urgently needed to strengthen persecuted believers. If 100 people in this service today were to give just $4 each, we would be able to supply 100 Children’s Bibles to China.

I will pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their commitment to the Lord. Suggestions for prayer:
• Pray for Christians who are beaten and tortured, that they may be healed and forgive their tormentors (Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60)
• Pray for imprisoned Christians to be comforted by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 6:9-13)
• Pray for the provision of Bibles (Psalm 119:105-112)
• Pray for Christians who have lost homes, farms, water and income, that God will meet their every need and ease their anxiety (Matthew 6:32-34)
• Pray that Christians in persecuted countries will support each other and band together (1 Peter 4:7-11)
• Pray that God would raise up leaders in the persecuted church, that they might be courageous, wise and faithful to their God given responsibilities (! Peter 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:1-10)

I will pray for the Lord’s guidance concerning the possibility of going on a short term mission trip to some par of the world where my fellow believers are suffering for their faith.

I will seek to learn more about what is going on globally in the Body of Christ. The following we sites and organizations may be helpful.

• (Open Doors)
• (Voice of the Martyrs)
• (The Bible League)
• (World Evangelical Fellowship Religious Liberty Commission)
• www.christian (Christian Freedom International)
• (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
• (Christians in Crisis)
• (Gospel for Asia)
• (International Christian Concern)
• (Compassion Radio)
• (Iranian Christians International)
• www.jubileecampaign. Org (Jubilee Campaign)
• (Mission India)
• www.thelast (The Last Harvest)

“You should always pray and not give up” Luke 8:1

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