In many countries around the world today, our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering incredible persecution for following Jesus, yet they don't let that stop them from loving their enemies and sharing the truth of God's redemptive love. As we are all one body, it is our job to support them. Sometimes that seems like a daunting task, but our friends at Voice of the Martyrs provide several practical ways for us to send encouragement and practical assistance to our persecuted family. We should jump at the opportunity to do this, for as 1 John 3:16 reminds us, "We know what real love is because Christ gave up His life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters." And Hebrews 13:3 tells us, "Don't forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies."
How can you help? There are so many ways, but here are three to get you started:
Pray. When asked what we can do to help them, our persecuted family members always plead with us to pray for them, and not forget them. Visit http://www.icommittopray.com/ to find out specific things to pray for, and download the Voice of the Martyrs Prayer Calendar app on your phone to get a daily prayer requests, prayer guidelines, and news.
Write Letters. Our friends who are imprisoned around the world face the fear of being forgotten. Your letters can let them know they have support, and also let their oppressors know that people around the world are paying attention. Voice of the Maryrs makes it very easy to send letters to those in prison. Visit this website for instructions: http://www.prisoneralert.com/.
Practical Assistance. In many countries around the world, Christians are denied basic necessities, education, and jobs because of their faith. There are also many refugees stuck in limbo. Voice of the Martyrs provides the opportunity to send Action Packs to these families, containing things such as soap, clothing, and blankets. Check it out here: http://www.persecution.com/actionpacks.
There are many more ways for you to get involved. Keep an eye out on our webpage for upcoming events, and mark your calendars for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 1.