This is an excerpt from an email coming from the area of the world in which I grew up.
“Even as I write, today there is a situation among the new believers’ fellowship that needs your prayers. Recently, the son of a very influential man became a Christian, and this provoked the man to order retaliation on the believers in his area. This past week their houses were burned in the night, but they escaped into the bush, where about twenty men and women, and a number of children, spent several days and nights in the open, unprotected from the rain and cold. Among them, six men were caught and detained for questioning. The leader of their network went to help them, and he too was detained and beaten.
Since then, another leader has been working for their release. He told me today that the network leader could have been released several days ago, but refused to be separated from the others. The young Christians were offered their freedom if they would recant their faith by reciting the creed of their former religion, but they all forcefully declined. Everyone involved has seen the strength of their commitment. Thank God for their witness, and pray for the resolution of this situation.”
This is such a poignant reminder to me to be steadfast in prayer for my suffering brothers and sisters. Their faith is also a great example to me, especially since many of them are new believers.