Prayer is a powerful tool that can bring hope and help even amidst the direst of situations. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, recognized by churches across the globe, is a particular time when believers gather to pray for those facing opposition for their faith.
In countries where it is frowned upon or outright illegal to be a Christian, many faithful men and women worship the Lord. Despite the dangers, they courageously continue to show their faith to any who might listen no matter the consequences. And sometimes, those consequences entail discrimination, exclusion, beatings—even death. Yet in the face of seemingly overwhelming opposition, these brave believers hold on to their faith, knowing God will preserve their soul.
A Family’s Opposition
For 16-year-old Adette, attending church brought her no small amount of joy. Having been freed from an evil spirit, the young woman attended the church of Gospel for Asia (GFA) Pastor Kearney, the one who had helped deliver her from the oppressive spirit. Where before, Adette had been a devout practitioner of her beliefs, her deliverance opened her eyes to the love of God.
When her parents found out Adette had embraced Christ into her heart and cast away her previous beliefs , they were furious. Adette’s newfound joy only served to further infuriate her family…
Let us join together as the Body of Christ and pray in faith for the Persecuted Church as God comforts their hearts! Faithfully they serve, carrying the burden of hungry souls waiting to hear about the hope that is found only in Jesus.
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