Following up the post on missional living, I wanted to share some ways that you can partner with the persecuted church around the world. The Lord has helped me see the importance of this over the last year.
- Pray! The Voice of the Martyrs and Christian Solidarity Worldwide both publish prayer requests. You can sign up to get emails of prayer requests, too.
- Host a prayer meeting: We recently hosted an evening of prayer for the persecuted church. We kept it simple—no food was served, and the evening was focused on praying with no other activities. It was a tremendous blessing to spend some time with friends asking the Lord to comfort our brothers and sisters who are suffering and to bring the persecutors to faith in Christ.
- Give: Money doesn’t solve everything, but it buys things that suffering people really need. Here is a list of giving opportunities.
- Write to Prisoners: Voice of the Martyrs has a way for you to write letters to those imprisoned for their faith and encourage them in these difficult times! There are several pre-selected phrases available to compile into a letter. The site also suggests sending family photos with the letters. I’m planning to order some extra Christmas cards this year and include them in letters to prisoners. Once you finish, you can print the letter and address and mail it! The cost should be under $2 per letter. This is a simple way to encourage those in prison.
- Update: Adopt a Front-Line Worker. Be matched with a Christian worker in a persecuted area to pray for them and, if you desire, send monthly financial support.
As we enjoy the ability to worship freely, let us remember those who are suffering for the sake of Christ and partner with them for the advance of the gospel!