For the past week I’ve been working on a multicultural prayer guide that I pray Texas Baptists will use to gain a different perspective on our neighbors. The intent is to open our eyes to the harvest field that is all around us and one that is filled with people from around the world. God is erasing the lines on the map and just moving folks all over the earth. He is bringing people to us because we are a people committed to His mission.
One strong picture imprinted on my mind is that of the persecution that many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have endured. These are not 1st century stories but rather 21st century. These are people who have been threatened, tortured, and imprisoned because they name the name of Jesus and they refuse to give that up. It is humbling to even attempt to tell a bit of their stories and it causes me to wonder how I would stand up if I found myself in their place.
Join with me in praying for the persecuted — those who live far away and those who have survived and are now our neighbors. Hearing their stories reminds me of another one who started churches and encouraged believers. Maybe we need to pay a little more attention to God’s instruction in the books Paul left for us. He has something to say that we need to hear.