Hey guys, so today I read something a little bitter sweet (I had so many mixed thoughts). Initially I thought wow…isn’t God amazing? But then on the flip side I thought how could humanity be so cruel? Being persecuted for your beliefs and what you know is truth, is in itself inhumane and wrong. We all want to live in freedom but it’s come to light not everyone gets to live in the land of freedom.
An account was given by a volunteer who went to Pakistan on a Release ministry trip. They mention meeting a woman called Rose, who is a convert from Islam. Her parents shunned her for converting to Christianity and hired Islamists to attack her. At the time of the assault Rose was pregnant. The attacker poured kerosene over her abdomen and set her on fire. They did this to shame her, and because of this attack she lost her first baby. However, little did they know that God had a plan. With support from Release, Rose recovered. Later she became pregnant and had a beautiful baby girl!
In the same article there was another story about Shokhert, a convert from Islam who is growing in faith despite ongoing attacks from inside the Islamic community. When Shokhert became a Christian, his dad and brother tried to break his legs. They were unsuccessful. But despite this trauma, his faith didn’t waver. Both of these stories reminded me of Psalm 91:1-2 “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.”
I truly believe that the struggles persecuted Christians face bring them to a special dependence on God, where he keeps them under his wing.
The challenge here for us is to get together with friends and family and pray for our brothers and sisters who are facing persecution and cover them in prayer. We might even be praying at their very lowest moment.
In Matthew 18:20 it encourages us and says: ‘For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them’. Church… Gather together and pray, remember those who are suffering, and act.
Love Rach x