(Voice of the Persecuted) A typical day in the life of those that have chosen to answer the call from God, with “Send me. “
My day starts with coffee and the internet. Viewing reports and researching news, often leaves me in tears as the slaughter of innocents increases daily. While I read about the latest killings and attacks on our brethren, I hold my breath and quickly check to see if one of our ‘frontline’ contacts is a victim.
Reading daily messages from refugees across the world, I learn about their ongoing suffering, pain, fear, and confusion. I listen to them heartbreakingly describe the cries of hunger coming from their children and their feelings that nobody cares. Hours are spent encouraging, praying with and for them.
Headed to my second job, I start out my day with their pain in my heart. Humbled, I beg others to help, but often met with statements such as: “you can’t save the world,” or “Jesus didn’t command us to care for everyone.” Their words cutting like a knife, I realize the scope of the issue is lost on them. But the Holy Spirit tells me, “Don’t be discouraged, I am with you—forge ahead!”
Recently a fellow advocate said, “If I told you all the stories, you wouldn’t sleep at night.” I can tell you, his words are true. So many sleepless nights interceding in prayer. Images of death so brutal no movie could portray it. This is what goes through our minds everyday during sleep and waking moments as we pray, Oh Lord, how much longer? If I could take their pain for even a moment, I’d gladly accept to give them a time of relief and some peace. For these are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Our unsung heroes in these modern times.
Walking in their shoes, requires a heart for the persecuted and total submission to the Holy Spirit. Submission because unless you allow God to work in your life, bringing you into prayer and through intercession, you might as well not begin the journey, it’s more than any man can bear alone.
When God called Isaiah he said: “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? Isaiah answered, “Here I am, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
So if you answer this call, be prepared for your eyes to be opened, your heart un-calloused, with ears to hear. Emptied of ‘self’, to be guided by the Holy Spirit and the cries of those suffering. You must be willing to suffer with them as if in bonds—being persecuted with them, as members of one Body in Christ.
This work and attention given to our persecuted family, is done by us voluntarily. In this way, we can use funds to aid those in great need. My office is my car, a bench, a rock, or the field. I sit on a couch or a chair at my computer, with my phone nearby to answer the call of one desperate or in despair. Fortunately, I have a job that affords me phone conferences, prayer time and seeking God’s guidance. We don’t sit in a fancy office with 6 figure salaries, nor have an extravagant budget to travel the world. I’m in God’s office and He doesn’t need a high rise building to impress and accomplish His will. The Father is my boss, Jesus intercedes for me, and the Holy Spirit guides my steps.
The true act of mission, or letting God work through you for the advancement of His kingdom, can be a mystery for those who’ve never had the experience, even for some who have. It’s more than simply going to a place to provide short term services to those in need. For followers of Christ, it’s a part of daily life to reach out to those we are called to serve wherever they may be. To be the hands and feet of Christ, though the journey seems impossible. We trust and focus solely on Him, humbled as willing servants. In a world never more desperate for His hand to move, how can we not cry out, “Use me!” Our obedience is simply an outward expression of the great love we hold for Christ in our hearts. For the even greater love, amazing grace, and mercy He continues to give us. With God, there are no boundaries. If acting in His will, we can accomplish all He sets before us.
If you’re unable to devote time to become an advocate for the persecuted, take time to pray for those who do. Commit to pray for those suffering, and those who intercede on their behalf. Read to understand what is happening to the Body of Christ, the suffering and tribulation they’re enduring across the world. The next time you read a report about Christian persecution, take a moment to share and encourage others to pray for them. It’s time to unite as one Body, loving, caring and lifting up each member as we are called to do.
It may not be easy or glamorous, but God will bless you with understanding, strengthen and encourage your faith and amazing love through your brothers and sisters in the persecuted Church.
C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst and the VOP Team
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