In countries around the world, Christians are facing religious persecution. Millions of Christians are being judged, tortured and even killed for their love of God, making praying, reading the Bible and worshiping with fellow believers difficult to do. Every day proves to be a struggle, and for many people the scriptures are their only source of comfort and strength, making the Bible one of the most sought after resources.
In a country that cannot be named, to protect those who are currently experiencing persecution, over 50,000 people are being tortured in labour camps for their beliefs. Despite suffering both physical and emotional abuse, these believers are holding onto the promises of God and the scriptures. Five years ago, the New Testament was translated for this country, and this year, the Old Testament has been completed. For the first time in 4o years, believers in this country are able to read the entire Bible in their own dialect so that they can learn more about God and find comfort in times of trial.
On November 13th on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, people from all over the world joined in prayer for those who are experiencing persecution. Religious persecution can take many forms, but it still aims to break beliefs and question God’s authority and existence. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is seeking to support believers and their struggles so that they can focus on developing a greater relationship with Christ.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness… Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me…” Matt 5:10-12.
It can be difficult to look at persecution as a blessing when it causes people to feel ashamed and lost. We are never alone, however, as God is with us no matter the trials that we face. We are called to be a representative of God and shed His light to the world, so when our light starts to eliminate the darkness, it shows that God’s word and presence are being revealed to others and stirring change. When we show Christ to others, we not only learn more about ourselves but about Him, which is a blessing that can be appreciated and looked forward to.
Religious persecution is affecting Christians all over the world, but with your help and prayers, we can support believers who struggle to worship God and have a greater relationship with Him. Click here to see how you can distribute Bibles, sending hope and strength.
“If one member suffers, we all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.”
1 Corinthians 12:26